While I am no xbox or PS owner, I felt that I should post this so that others can get this.
In the past this game was available as pre-order bonus for Final Fantasy XV. This meant that if you didn’t pre-order the game you wouldn’t have gotten this game.
Now the developer, Square Enix has opened up the game for everyone, including those who don’t own Final Fantasy XV in the first place. Here’s a brief description from the PlayStation store:
Set in a fictitious 30 years before FINAL FANTASY XV, this game features retro-style inspired graphics centered around a fast-paced combat system with influences from modern gaming. The in-depth combat system blends intense attacks, devastating magic, mighty summons and unique companion attacks into a singular gaming experience through three diverse locations in the world of FINAL FANTASY XV.
Restless before bed, young Noctis asks his father, King Regis, to tell a fairy tale full of fantasy and adventure instead of just another generic bedtime story. Regis begins with a peaceful day being disrupted when monsters raid the royal capital, Insomnia. Young Regis, joined by Weskham, starts his adventure from the royal capital. Eventually they are joined by friends Cid and Clarus, where they travel to the plains of Duscae only to discover a mysterious cave where their enemy resides.
This offer is available to those on PS4 and Xbox One. You will need to have an account with PSN or Microsoft and you can create one if you don’t have one already.
I don’t know how long this will be free for so if you want to get this I would suggest that you get it ASAP.
It’s been on the cards for a while, and we’ve hinted about it in the past already. But now, it’s finally happened. Gaming Reinvented and Gaming Latest have now merged.
So what does this mean for you as a user?
Well, a few things really. Firstly, the forums will now entirely reside on the Gaming Latest domain rather than the Gaming Reinvented one. They’ll still have the same content and many of the same staff (like myself), but the domain and hosting will be under Demon Skeith’s control instead of mine.
And there’s a good reason I’ve done that. Namely, I don’t have the time and energy to keep running a large gaming forum.
I mean sure, I can run a smaller one. Something like Wario Forums where the amount of daily effort needed for generating content and keeping out troublemakers is greatly reduced. That’s well within my capabilities at the moment.
But for a big, nearly big board level community with hundreds of thousands of posts and many thousands of members, that’s just a bit too much for me at the moment. I’ve got a startup to get going, events to attend, news to post on this site and marketing to do on social media. Adding ‘large community management’ to the list is just too much stress.
So I’ve decided that we can now focus on what we do best instead. I can worry how to run a great news site, whereas Demon Skeith can worry about the general forum management aspect. It’s a simple deal really.
As well as one that will help the site immensely. Why?
Because now Gaming Reinvented is the official news site for Gaming Latest too. It’s where members are encouraged to submit gaming content in the form of articles, it’s going to have various articles posted to the forums via RSS, etc. This will bring more attention to our platform, and allow for fun contests like this one.
Where you’re rewarded with eShop/Steam/Xbox Live credits for writing the best articles for the site.
So yeah, the merge is now active. However, that’s not the only thing that is here.
Oh no, we’ve also been working on improving another feature. What is it?
The comments system.
Yeah, as you can tell, we’re now running a new comments system with far better features than before. This system (called wpDiscuz) basically acts like a self hosted version of Disqus.
Except you know, without the annoying forced ads. Or recommended articles shoved at the end.
And it has tons of cool features. For example, you can now upvote and downvote comments like on Reddit:
Subscribe to comments on a per article basis, with replies sent through email.
As well as other additions we’ll be adding on soon. Like the ability to use @ tags like on Twitter, or the ability to post videos and other media directly in the comments section. It’s much more stylish and useful than the bland old WordPress default, and will hopefully make commenting less of a chore in general.
So enjoy the site everyone! It’s now aligned with a new gaming community, has a new comments system and will have numerous other neat features in future as well.
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As is obvious from the trailers and videos, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a great looking 2D platformer with a clean and modern art style. It’s still familiar to the fans sure, but it’s modernised and brings the series inline with the likes of Rayman, Shantae and various other platformers on newer systems.
But what if you don’t want any of this fanciness? What if instead of detailed, HD graphics, you want something a bit more traditional? Something like say, the eight bit graphics the older games used?
Well, no problem! Because with a flick of a switch, you can literally have the game change from a modern art style to an eight bit retro one on the spot! Here’s a new trailer showing exactly how the mechanic works:
As you can see, it’s a really cool feature, and literally lets you switch art styles without any restrictions whatsoever. So if you like eight bit graphics more, you can pretty much play the whole game in that style, and the same with the more modern aesthetics. Kind of like an in level version of Super Mario Maker’s style switcher.
It’s an amazing looking feature, and one I really hope more developers think about trying somewhere down the line. After all, imagine if New Super Mario Bros did this for its next game. Or if a Sonic Mania sequel could go between retro style Sonic and modern style Sonic so easily? The possibilities are endless!
But hey, what do you think? Do you like the idea of being able to switch between modern and eight bit graphics at the press of a button? Or is there some downside to this idea that we haven’t pointed out in the article?
As pretty much everyone knows, Square Enix is the RPG company. They’ve made Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest games for more than 30 years. They’ve worked on the Mana games and Chrono Trigger in the SNES days and beyond. And well, if there’s a classic RPG you’ve got any nostalgia for at all, it’s likely Square Enix had some part in its development.
So now they’ve got another project underway! Nicknamed ‘Project Prelude’, the title is developed by the newly established Tokyo studio Studio Istolia, with former Tales series producer Hideo Baba at the helm. Here’s the outline of the project illustrating what it aims to be:
The project aims to build a new RPG with a new fantasy: unfolding across a vast land teeming with life. Nurtured by the earth, the many peoples of this land dare to dream, fighting for what is just—and this is their tale.
As you can tell, it’s pretty ambitious as a game. Vast world filled with life and things to do? An epic battle between good and evil?
And well, that sounds exactly like the kind of big budget fantasy RPG Square Enix and co are known for. And it’s gonna have a pretty big team too. Since Studio Istolia are actually looking for a ton of staff to work on the game. In roles such as:
- Battle Planner
- Map Planner
- UI Planner
- Character Designer
- Map Designer
- Monster Designer
- Motion Designer
- Effect Designer
- UI Designer
- Battle Programmer
- Tool Programmer
- Event Programmer
- Sound Programmer
- UI Programmer
- Technical Support
So if you’ve got any of those relevant skillsets, go and talk to the studio via their official website or social media channels. If not… well at least you can enjoy some of the artwork they released for the game:
But hey, what do you think of the title? Does it sound like it could be a classic RPG like those in the Final Fantasy series? Or do you worry about the new studio that’s working on it?
Post your thoughts here or on social media today!
Square Enix Announces new RPG ‘Project Prelude Run’ (Gematsu)