Square Enix Unveils New Dissidia Opening Cinematic and Cutscene

Square Enix Unveils New Dissidia Opening Cinematic and Cutscene

Square Enix has released two new videos for their upcoming Final Fantasy fighting game, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. The new videos include the game’s opening cinematic and the introduction cutscene to Noctis from Final Fantasy XV.

The opening cinematic features iconic Final Fantasy heroes and villains fighting against each other. Heroes such as Lightning, Squall, Tidus, and Noctis are showing fighting against villains such as Garland, Sephiroth, and Ultimecia.

The video that details the opening of Noctis’ story within the world of Dissidia was also unveiled. Noctis is pulled into the conflict as a hero of light fighting for Materia, the Goddess of Protection. The other heroes all remember their previous fights in the other Dissidia games, but this is the first time Noctis has been pulled into the conflict. The video for Noctis features Lightning and the Warrior of Light both finding the prince and escorting him to an audience with Materia.

You can see both of the new videos in our First Fifteen, below.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is a re-release of the arcade version of Dissidia Final Fantasy that was playable in Japan. This new version of the game includes all the characters from the previous installments and is the first time that this version of the game will be playable in the West and Europe.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is releasing exclusively for the Sony PlayStation 4 on Jan. 30 of 2018.


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First Fifteen: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT – “A Princely Welcome” + Opening Cinematic

First Fifteen: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT - "A Princely Welcome" + Opening Cinematic

Square Enix gives us a sneak peek into the world of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, with new footage of the opening cinematic and cutscene.

The cutscene, titled A Princely Welcome, features a rather disoriented Noctus, of Final Fantasy XV fame, as he is suddenly dropped into the world of Dissidia from his own. He is greeted by Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII) and later, the Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy).

The opening cinematic features characters from across the Final Fantasy franchise, including newly added characters to this console installation of Dissidia Final Fantasy, from Final Fantasy XV, and Final Fantasy XIV.

 

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT makes it’s North American debut January 30, 2018 for PlayStation 4. Find out more about Dissidia Final Fantasy NT here.


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Nioh Preview: Shaping Up to be Brutally Difficult

Nioh Preview: Shaping Up to be Brutally Difficult

Nioh is an upcoming ARPG from the crew over at Team Ninja. The temporary beta has been running this week on the PS4. Essentially, there is one major question that, depending on the answer, will decide whether or not Nioh is for you.

Have you ever wanted a game that took threw Dark Souls, Ninja Gaiden, and feudal Japan into a blender? If so, Nioh will be right up your alley.

The story revolves around a sailor named William Adams. He ends up in Japan, then slices and dices his way into becoming a samurai. It’s a tale we’ve heard a million times before, so that’s the last I’ll say on it. Besides, considering this is only a demo, who knows where the narrative will wind up going?

What’s has been shown most all so far is the gameplay, which Team Ninja have cribbed heavily from Souls games. So much so, in fact, that there’s a point where major features and mechanics feel instantly familiar—familiar, but not exactly the same, which is both cool in a few ways and sort of irritating in others.

To start with the cool, Nioh is a third-person ARPG that features a lock-on, dodge, block and parry system for melee combat. Various weapons are available, with more on the way, and players can take a variety of approaches to the combat. The weapons all fall into four categories: the Katana, the Duel-Katana, the Spear, and the Axe. There are also two separate categories for Ninja and Onmyo Magic for those of you who prefer a ranged or caster build. Like Dark Souls, each weapon scales differently with one of eight different statistics.

These statistics are levelled up at shrines (bonfires) using Amrita (souls). However, a neat twist on the system is the various skills and combos that can be unlocked. Each weapon category that opens up different combos and attacks as you level them. Rather than just dumping points in stats to improve your attack rating, players are able to add a deeper level of customization to their preferred approach to combat.

Nioh Preview: Shaping Up to be Brutally Difficult 6Another twist on a classic mechanic is the Ki system. Underneath your health bar at the top is a very familiar looking stamina bar, but rather than stamina it is now an energy that is used for different kinds of attacks. This meter can be replenished by hitting a button at the correct time following an attack. It also has the added benefit of allowing skilled users to chain together even longer combos provided they can continue refilling the Ki bar.

As for another one of the Souls series’ more infamous features that Nioh is evolving on is the difficulty. This game is tough, and even veterans of From’s games will find themselves challenged here. Enemy attacks often do massive damage, and rolling through or blocking/parrying attacks will take some getting used to.
Nioh Preview: Shaping Up to be Brutally Difficult 7
Visually speaking the game looks decent enough, but nothing to write home about. Character models and textures are pretty sub-par, but for games like this only one technical quality is important: the framerate. So far, Nioh plays extremely smoothly and clips along at what appears to be at least around the 60fps mark. There were mentions earlier this year of an option to switch between 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps but that option is not available in the demo. Either way, fans of action games know that speed>detail, and a game that has fast and buttery combat is preferred over one that has great graphics but moves at a sluggish pace.

Nioh is shaping up to be a game that will surely whet the appetite of gamers looking for a new twist on the Souls formula. Looking past the many, many similarities between the games, it looks like it will be a blast for anyone who enjoys fast, fun and difficult third-person combat. The game still doesn’t have an official release date, but hopefully once the demo ends Team Ninja and Koei-Tecmo can nail one down for those who enjoyed what they played and want more.

Koei Tecmo’s Tokyo Game Show 2016 Lineup has been Revealed

Koei Tecmo's Tokyo Game Show 2016 Lineup has been Revealed

Tokyo Game Show 2016 is little under a month a way now and the games that will be appearing on the show floor in Japan’s capital are beginning to be announced, with another twenty being added to the list today.

Japanese publishers Koei Tecmo have revealed their full list of games that they’ll bringing to the show, which contains a healthy helping of both console and mobile games.

There are several interesting titles on the list such as Nioh, a demo of which was released on PS4 on 23rd August, Toukiden 2 and the new Berserk game.

The full list, as posted on Reddit, is as follows:

Console games:

  • Atelier Firis: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Journey (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Berserk (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Blue Reflection: Sword of the Girl Who Dances in Illusions (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PS4, PS3, XBO)
  • Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Geten no Hana with Yumeakari Aizou-ban (PS Vita)
  • Harukanaru Jikuu no Naka de 6: Gentou Rondo (PS Vita)
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon (PS4, PS Vita)
  • Nioh (PS4)
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII with Power-Up Kit (PS4, PS3, PC)
  • Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Toukiden 2 (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)

Mobile games:

  • AKB48’s Ambition (FP, iOS, Android, PC)
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition 201X (iOS, Android, PC, PS Vita)
  • Nobunyaga’s Ambition (iOS, Android, PC)
  • One Million Person Nobunaga’s Ambition (FP, iOS, Android, PC)
  • One Million Person Romance of the Three Kingdoms (FP, iOS, Android, PC)
  • One Million Person Winning Post 2016 (FP, iOS, Android, PC)
  • Toukiden: Mononofu (iOS, Android)
  • Winning Post Stallion (iOS, Android)

Rumours suggest that Koei Tecmo CEO, Kou Shibusawa, will also be making a surprise announcement during a live stream at Tokyo Game Show, but as of yet there is no hint as to what exactly that could be.

Tokyo Game Show 2016 will run from 15th September to 18th September, 2016, and will be held in the Makuhari Messe convention centre.

Itagaki Responds to No Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in the West

Itagaki Responds to No Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 in the West

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Koei Tecmo has no intentions of bringing Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to the West.

Recently fans have reached out to Creator/Director/Producer Tomonobu Itagaki about the situation on Facebook. He responded to fans with ” I have to say. This IS Xtreme selling strategy.” Itagaki himself doesn’t appear to completely know why the game isn’t making it to the west either. “Guys, I don’t know the truth, can’t understand, and even estimate. Are they planning to sell DOAX3 only in Japan??? What the hell…..” He goes on to say ” To all gamers here, loving women/games produces a game worth loving/playing. But it seems puppets of money aren’t aware of this principle even after eight years have passed. Besides, they aren’t afraid to tell lies. But no need to worry. Sooner or later, the nightmare will be end because this is a providence of the professional game industry.”

As of now, it doesn’t appear that Koei Tecmo has any plans to change their decision. It’s difficult to tell how long this will be their standard in the future. Will more DoA games be denied to the west? Hopefully this is not the case and western fans will be able to easily purchase future DoA titles.