Thursday, October 9, 2014

By Stephen M. (Contributor: Raymond L.)

Today was press day for Square Enix, where the media was invited to try out some new games as well as interview some of the producers of the games.  The three we got to try out were Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX, Dragon Quest Series (I, II, IV, VIII), and Final Fantasy Type-0 HD.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX is as it's name implies like the previous ReMIX is a remastered in HD version of Kingdom Hearts 2 that was previously only available in Japan on the PS2.  Besides that you also get  Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep that was previously available on PSP and Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded which is a series of cinematic clips also remastered.

Despite being remastered for HD, the graphics while clean looking still looks dated given when they were originally released.  If you're looking to add it to your collection though, it is scheduled to be release December 2nd, 2014 on the PS3 just in time for the holidays.

Dragon Quest Series (I, II, IV, VIII) was the next on our schedule to demo.  All four games are available on iOS as well as Android.  VIII released first, with II I believe being the last one.  VIII being the most graphically intense taking up also the most space at about 1 GB will bring fans of Dragon Quest memories with updated user interfaces suited for touchscreens.  The VIII retails for $19.99 while the others all retail for less than $10.00 and as low as $4.99.  The next one they have planned for release is III.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is another port as well from the PSP.  This is due to be released on PS4 on March 17, 2015.  Among the games we were able to try, because this was a port from a recent release relative to the others, this was just visually more impressive as well as audio as well.  Playing one of three characters, of which you can swap back easily between them gives you different options as each have their own unique fighting style.  In the game itself you will have a total of 12 playable characters making the replay value higher.

Besides the three above games we also got to see demos of Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition, Life is Strange, Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, and Hitman Sniper.  Sleeping Dogs, we got to speak to one of the producers and he spoke about how they added 8-10 hours of additional game play as well as made tons of graphic enhancements that is not found in the PC high res pack.  Lara Croft had a very Gauntlet type look to the game but with more puzzles involved to get the brain going.  Unfortunately from speaking to one of the marketing team, they said these games will not be on hand to demo at New York Comic Con but check them out if you can on Square Enix's site.

(Life is Strange)

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