Reviews of Square Enix Developed Games - Page 1

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Final Fantasy XVI Review - An Eikon-ic Adventure

Final Fantasy XVI is a return to form in some ways, bringing the setting back to a high-fantasy world of sword and sorcery, while also bringing something totally new to the franchise in the form of…

June 21, 2023 | 10:00 EDT

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Forspoken Review

For years now, PlayStation has been an incredible ecosystem for fast-paced third-person adventure games to call home, and Forspoken fits right into the prestige selection that already dominates the…

January 23, 2023 | 09:00 EST

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Harvestella Review

When Harvestella was announced, I was somewhat skeptical. It was revealed along with a few other Square Enix titles that would be released within close proximity of each other, as if they were just…

December 19, 2022 | 10:00 EST

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Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core Reunion Review

The Final Fantasy VII renaissance is upon us! Fans of Cloud, AVALANCE, and the world of Final Fantasy VII have come from the excitement of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, have Final Fantasy VII Rebirth…

December 6, 2022 | 05:00 EST

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PowerWash Simulator Review

Don your rubber cleaning suits, because PowerWash Simulator has finally reached a 1.0 release. Developed by the UK studio FuturLabs, who most recently released Peaky Blinders: Mastermind, it’s also…

August 20, 2022 | 11:00 EDT

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Outriders Worldslayer Review

Outriders Worldslayer provides plenty of new material for players to enjoy. In addition to several quality of life features, and new changes to difficulty levels, this premium expansion includes new…

July 9, 2022 | 11:30 EDT

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Babylon's Fall Review

There are few Japanese developers as fascinating as Platinum Games. "Fascinating" is the choice word for the disparate spread of their quality instead of their consistency. One moment they're…

April 19, 2022 | 10:00 EDT

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Life Is Strange Remastered Collection Review

Back when they were hitting fever pitch (early/mid-2010s), I was getting reeled into a number of episodic games. Dontnod's Life is Strange was among them. So, when it was announced that co-developers…

March 3, 2022 | 01:05 EST

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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Review

Most people were first introduced to the Guardians of the Galaxy in the film from 2014, and many people fell in love with the group of misfits instantly. Eidos Montreal has a lot to live up to in…

October 25, 2021 | 09:00 EDT

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Life is Strange: True Colors Review

Ever since the first Life is Strange game release back in 2015 I've been waiting for a proper follow-up to the time-bending adventures of Max and Chloe. While Life is Strange 2 and Before The Storm …

September 8, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

Outriders Review

Outriders Review

Ever since Destiny released back in 2014 it seems like every major game publisher has been trying to make the next great looter shooter. While some have had success and carved out their own niches,…

April 9, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Review

Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series is known for many things: complicated plots, titles that don't make a whole lot of sense, epic multi-stage boss fights, and characters whose designs involve a lot…

November 24, 2020 | 11:00 EST

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Marvel's Avengers Review

I didn't play any of the betas for Marvel's Avengers, but I followed all of the controversies surrounding its development. Insults were flung at the game that ranged from MCU fans claiming the…

September 6, 2020 | 12:00 EDT

Final Fantasy VII Remake Review

Final Fantasy VII Remake Review

Final Fantasy VII came out in 1997 and served as many people's first introduction to jRPGs. While opinions of the game vary (I think it is simply good), there's no denying the impact it has had on…

April 22, 2020 | 10:30 EDT

Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind Review

Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind Review

It's still hard to believe that Kingdom Hearts III actually came out. While what released may be decisive among fans (I loved it), Square Enix isn't quite done yet. Shortly after launch, they…

January 28, 2020 | 12:00 EST

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Oninaki Review

Playing through some games can be a roller coaster. When you go in with low expectations, finding something truly enjoyable can be great. Even games for which you have no expectations can end up…

August 21, 2019 | 11:00 EDT

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review - Build, Fight, Survive

Dragon Quest has always appealed to me in a big way. I love this light-hearted approach that stands out against the more self-serious Final Fantasy. I love the innately British localization that’s…

July 20, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Life is Strange 2 Episode 3: Wastelands Review – Welcome To Weed Camp

Life is Strange 2 has been a pretty wild ride so far. The first episode established some seriously dramatic stuff. It set up a narrative filled with potential, even if its execution was a little ham-…

May 16, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Left Alive Review - Metal Gear Subpar

Don’t let the Yoji Shinkawa artwork trick you. Left Alive isn’t the Metal Gear Solid revival you’ve been hoping for. Nor is it a quality entry in the Front Mission series. It’s a clumsy trainwreck of…

March 8, 2019 | 04:45 EST

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Kingdom Hearts III Review - Goofy Survives

I've thought about this for a while. I'm not sure there's a point to reviewing Kingdom Hearts III. Let's be honest: you've already made up your mind about the game. You've either been waiting 14…

February 12, 2019 | 02:02 EST

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Life is Strange 2 Episode 2: Rules Review - Ground Rules

Rules continues directly from where the first episode left off. After accidentally killing a cop during an emotional outburst that unleashed Daniel’s psychic powers, he and his older brother Sean are…

January 31, 2019 | 02:00 EST

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Kingdom Hearts Rewind Review - The One That Makes Sense

This is where it all began. The original action RPG that combined Disney and Final Fantasy in a unique way. Everyone thought it was some weird April Fools joke. Then it just sort of... kept happening…

December 21, 2018 | 01:00 EST

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The World Ends With You: Final Remix Review - The Ports End With You

I'll admit, I'm no longer a JRPG person. It's a genre I used to care about quite a bit, but I now find that I lack the patience to sit through turn-based combat and overly convoluted anime-esque…

December 5, 2018 | 12:00 EST

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Just Cause 4 Review - Summer Blockbuster: The Video Game

This year has been chock-full of thoughtful, story-driven experiences, like Celeste, God of War, and Red Dead Redemption 2. Sometimes, it’s nice to take a break from these rich experiences and have…

December 3, 2018 | 04:00 EST

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The Quiet Man Review - Silence is Stupid

During Square Enix's bizarre 2018 E3 conference we mostly saw nothing of value. However, there was one game that caught my eye. This was The Quiet Man, and I'm not sure it captured my attention for…

November 4, 2018 | 12:00 EST

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Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 Review - A Brother's Bond

In early 2015, DONTNOD Entertainment introduced Life is Strange, a story rich graphic adventure featuring a teenage girl wielding the power to rewind time. The tale explored relatable emotions…

October 2, 2018 | 02:00 EDT

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Secret of Mana Review - Classic At Its Core

Secret of Mana is the recently released remake of the 1993 classic SNES JRPG of the same name. Back in the 1990's, I was very much a Sega fangirl. I missed out on a lot of the games which are now…

March 3, 2018 | 09:00 EST

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Lost Sphear Review - Finder's Remorse

The second game from Tokyo RPG Factory, Lost Sphear promises a return to the "golden age" of RPGs while still improving on the criticisms of I Am Setsuna. Channeling elements of Chrono Trigger, …

February 1, 2018 | 01:00 EST

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Children of Zodiarcs Review - Turn Based Tragedy

A success story from Steam's much maligned Greenlight program, Children of Zodiarcs managed to outshine the crowd in that hit and miss marketplace, gaining backing through Kickstarter and with a…

August 9, 2017 | 12:00 EDT

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NieR: Automata Review - Robots in Love

In 2010, cult classic NieR released, an RPG that mostly was remembered for its story despite its clunky gameplay. Years later, Square Enix has handed off its sequel, NieR: Automata to action game…

March 18, 2017 | 11:00 EDT