Media graduate, professional journalist and self-proclaimed Final Fantasy fanboy. Interests (and die-hard passions) include gaming and sports (mainly football).
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Let’s prepare for the future by celebrating the past

The first PlayStation 5 consoles are filtering through the gaming population as we speak. This PlayStation might be the first that some gamers own. B whether it’s your first — or simply your latest — there’s no question that the PlayStation brand has a remarkable pedigree. Let’s take a step back and look at Sony’s home console history — it’s impacts, and some of the greatest experiences offered to players.

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PlayStation

It was back in the middle of the ’90s when Sony, an electronics manufacturer mostly known for its TVs, radios, and cell phones at the time, decided to dip their toes into the video games industry. Soy were spurred by the success of the two key players of the field at the time, Nintendo and Sega. Their initial idea wasn’t to create a console of their own but to co-develop a machine alongside one of the two. However, both their efforts fell flat, with Nintendo opting to join with Dutch manufacturer Philips at the last minute and Sega rejecting Sony’s approach due to their lack of experience in the field. …


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Some fans are still hungry for the traditional experience, even as the franchise leans into action-based battles

With the announcement of the newest entry to the main series, Final Fantasy XVI, still fresh on our minds, it’s worth taking a moment to examine if the move to a more action-oriented playing style is justified or if the franchise should return to its roots by employing a turn-based battle system.

This question has been an ongoing source of contention within the Final Fantasy community for years now. Many hardcore fans of the series were around in the “golden era” of the franchise (the late ‘90s) and were used to getting a new entry every couple of years. During that era, some of the greatest games of all time (Final Fantasy VI through Final Fantasy X) were released. …


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A small exhibit of what goes around in the mind of a gamer who is really looking forward to the release of an upcoming title

As a bit of an introvert, you tend to get excited about things that people around you might not understand. You don’t have the same interests as they do but that’s alright because you’re happy inside the space you’ve created. Video games are a huge part of what you are, the stories and worlds they involve allow you to escape this boring and sometimes difficult reality and experience something different every once in a while.

And even among those, there are some that still hold a special place in your heart and that you consider unique because you formed a special bond with their worlds and characters. …


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The world of Scala Aed Caelum from Kingdom Hearts 3. Source: Hyperxgaming

There were many places we got to visit in 2019. Some familiar, others brand new and others entirely bizarre and uncanny. They all brought with them new adventures and new stories to tell and when the time came for them to end, we always felt that little bit of sadness and emptiness inside, like we had gotten so used to being surrounded by these characters and their worlds that it was difficult to let them go and we just didn’t know what to do with ourselves afterwards. …


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Source: Square Enix

This might just be yet another article on the unending list of the zillions that have come out regarding Final Fantasy VII Remake. But in it, I won’t be wasting a lot of time talking about the game itself or about what it did wrong or right compared to the original or even what my expectations are for the second part of this saga. …


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Source: Gamasutra

Nowadays many gamers tend to have complaints from the developers of some of their most highly anticipated titles, while other companies have been accused of taking advantage of their employees by imposing long working hours (a.k.a. “crunch”) when the games they are working on enter the final stage of production. And so, with all this in mind, now would be a perfect time to look into what is necessary to make a good video game.

Considering the way the gaming industry has expanded in the last few years, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that making any type of game, whether it’s big or small, indie or triple-A, for console or mobile, takes a large amount of effort, manpower and, most of all, capital. …


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The ambitious new Square Enix RPG promises to deliver a compelling narrative rich with political intrigue and epic battles

Following the announcement trailer that was shown back in September during the PlayStation 5’s showcase, Square Enix have released further information about Final Fantasy XVI through the game’s official web site.

The teaser site answers many questions, yet leaves even more unanswered in regards to the world, the protagonists, and antagonists. According to Square Enix, the game will take place in a world called Valisthea, a land “studded with Mothercrystals.” …


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Auron’s story is both compelling and unique in the JRPG world

Final Fantasy X is one of the most well-known JRPGs of all time, thanks to its groundbreaking gameplay mechanics, but also its wonderful story of love, loss, and how coming together to answer questions we thought should never be asked could be the key to a better tomorrow. Most of the main characters of the game find the resolution they’ve been looking for eventually.

All but one, that is.

It’s become one of the gaming’s signature opening sequences. Tidus and the Zanarkand Abes are playing a game of blitzball (a fully submerged water-polo type of sport) in their home stadium when suddenly an enigmatic figure wearing sunglasses appears standing over a ledge and raises his arm. In the background, you can see a strange mass begin to take shape and from there on, chaos ensues. …


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Here are the PS5 and Xbox Series S/X games you can play on launch day, including next-gen exclusives and current-gen upgrades

The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S/X are right around the corner. Given that they are so close to launch, it’s no surprise that we’ve been hit with a massive amount of information around specs, new features, UI, and all kinds of other stuff that’s raising hype levels.

But there’s an outstanding question that many players are struggling with: what games can I play on my shiny new console on launch day? Fortunately, we’re here to help.

Let’s get something important out of the way first: most of the games coming out over the next couple of months are being made for both current and next-gen consoles. If you weren’t able to pre-order one of the new machines (or you simply don’t want to make the leap just yet), you’re still in good shape to enjoy many of these games. That means you can still play Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, for example, on your current-gen console. …


Since I have the good fortune to live in one of the cities that has spent one of the most extended periods of time under lockdown due to COVID-19 restrictions, I find myself with a lot of free time on my hands. In order to fill in that time, I turn to things that I enjoy, such as video games, music, going for long walks or taking drives in my car within the permitted 5 km radius, and watching shows on Netflix.

When it comes to my preferences, I’d rather keep it lighthearted and avoid anything too heavy, unless I’m really into the plot, like with the CW’s The 100, Arrow or Riverdale.

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