Previews of Games Developed By Square Enix

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Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Preview - Twofold Reunion

Very few games elicit an emotional response from me like anything related to Final Fantasy VII does. The original game is undoubtedly one of the most iconic games of all time; I think most people can…

September 20, 2023 | 11:00 EDT

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Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Preview - A Pokemon-Like With Its Own Personality

During Gamescom in Cologne, I played a preview build of the upcoming Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince on Nintendo Switch and experienced the next iteration of the popular sub-franchise of the…

September 8, 2023 | 09:47 EDT

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Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventure of Dai Preview - Anime Goodness

Video game adaptations of manga and anime are nothing new, but Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest The Adventures of Strash features a surprisingly refreshing game mode, showcased at PAX West 2023. But…

September 5, 2023 | 11:30 EDT

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Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis Preview

The famous bombing mission from Final Fantasy VII is an all-time classic moment in gaming, and there are so many ways to play it. Soon, Square Enix will serve it up on your phone (or tablet) with…

June 11, 2023 | 11:30 EDT

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Foamstars Preview

I’ll just get what we’re all thinking about out of the way first: yes, Foamstars is more or less Splatoon. It’s not a one-to-one copy, but let’s say they share enough DNA that they could be…

June 11, 2023 | 11:15 EDT

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Final Fantasy XVI Preview - The Most Promising Final Fantasy Game in Forever

Final Fantasy XVI is getting close to its release date, and a few weeks ago I flew to London to experience the game for a few hours. Today, I can finally share how I feel about my time with the next…

May 22, 2023 | 09:00 EDT

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Forspoken Preview - Dazzling With Parkour and Characters

Way back in October, my colleague Dan and I got the chance to try a hands-on demo of Forspoken while we were at NYCC. We both had a great time, and so when I was offered to try a deeper dive preview…

December 12, 2022 | 09:00 EST

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Harvestella: Final Fantasy Meets Rune Factory

I’m sure there are a few people out there who might have wondered what a farming-sim from Square Enix would look like, but I imagine not many. I, for one certainly haven’t, given their repertoire for…

October 17, 2022 | 04:45 EDT

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Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII Reunion Feels Like Coming Home

When Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core was originally released for the PSP in 2007, it was one of the reasons I even bought a PSP in the first place and it quickly became my favorite Final Fantasy game…

October 10, 2022 | 10:00 EDT

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Forspoken Nails Parkour Traversal

At New York Comic Con, we had the chance to meet with folks from Square Enix and go hands-on with a Forspoken gameplay demo. I had the chance to play the game for about an hour, testing out different…

October 9, 2022 | 12:08 EDT

Valkyrie Elysium's demo lets you try out what it's like to play as a valkyrie.

Valkyrie Elysium Resurrects the Classic Square Enix Action Series for the New Generation

It’s been a long time since Square Enix did anything with the Valkyrie Profile series. Outside of the mobile outing with Valkyrie: Anatomia in 2016, the last time there was any activity on the…

September 28, 2022 | 11:00 EDT

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Impressions - Like The Demo I Remember

The first console I got as a kid was the PlayStation 1, in all of its big honkin’ brick-like glory. After tearing open the wrapping paper to find what was inside, and opening the box, and setting it…

March 3, 2020 | 04:37 EST

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Outriders Is Much More Than It Seems

When I first saw the trailer for Outriders at last year's E3 I wasn’t too impressed. Not to say it looked bad, but the game didn’t really come off as anything other than another post-apocalyptic…

February 13, 2020 | 03:30 EST

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Dragon Quest Trilogy Shows Square's Porting Struggles

Sometimes, revisiting classic games can be something of a challenge. While it's hard to deny the classic status of games like Ocarina of Time and Goldeneye, going back and playing them through a…

September 30, 2019 | 07:31 EDT

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Trials of Mana Remake Feels Like Familiar Fun

Whenever people talk about influential, iconic JRPGs from the past few decades, some major franchises very quickly come to mind. I’m sure names like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest crept into your…

September 12, 2019 | 12:30 EDT

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The Marvel's Avengers Footage Doesn't Do the Gameplay Justice

Square Enix recently released the footage they showed back at E3 2019 to the public. When I saw it at E3, and again after it was released, it looked pretty rough. Now that I have had the…

September 4, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Builds upon its Predecessor

Dragon Quest built a legacy for itself in the past few decades. With a slew of acclaimed JRPGs and spin-off titles under its belt, the series has had a celebrated history. Back in 2016, Square Enix…

June 20, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Final Fantasy VII Remake Packs More Punch than Tifa's Fist

Final Fantasy VII just sort of showed up at my house at some point. I can't actually tell you when, just there's the time before Final Fantasy VII and the time after. At first... I didn't really like…

June 14, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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The Last Remnant Remastered Left Me with No Clue What Was Happening

In 2008, Microsoft was trying to collect as many JRPGs onto the Xbox 360 as possible. One of these games was The Last Remnant, a game that came out to a resounding meh. It released on PC the…

October 8, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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Life Is Strange 2 Will Be a Road Trip Full of Heartbreak

While at PAX West, I had the chance to attend a presentation on the upcoming Life is Strange 2 and play the game's opening minutes. From what I saw, Life is Strange fans should definitely be…

September 11, 2018 | 12:30 EDT

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Just Cause 4 Continues Its Chronicle Of Chaos

The Just Cause series is unique. From the beginning, the developer's intentions were pretty clear. Every iteration has driven players closer and closer to that ideal explosion simulator. While Just…

June 29, 2018 | 01:00 EDT

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NieR: Automata First Impressions - One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Let's get this out of the way now: the original NieR is a decent game. It had a great story and a lovely soundtrack all wrapped around competent but unexceptional gameplay. NieR: Automata wants to…

March 9, 2017 | 09:00 EST

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Final Fantasy XV First Impressions - A First-Timer's POV

The much anticipated Final Fantasy XV opens with the line “A Final Fantasy for Fans and First-Timers” and it delivers on that promise. I've never played a Final Fantasy game before, although I’ve…

November 29, 2016 | 09:00 EST

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PAX West: An Hour with Final Fantasy XV

At PAX West I met up with a Square Enix Japan rep who plopped me down in front of an Xbox One development console and a build of Final Fantasy XV that contained the game's first three chapters.…

September 7, 2016 | 09:00 EDT

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided First Impressions - The Future is Bright

Personally, I've always considered Iron Storm's cyberpunk epic Deus Ex to be the pinnacle of Western RPGs. It was a game that combined smart writing and a captivating story with pristine mechanics,…

August 19, 2016 | 10:00 EDT