Irwyn Diaz – Twinfinite http://twinfinite.net Video Game news, reviews, opinions, guides and videos! Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:46:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 http://twinfinite.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-logo-2-32x32.png Irwyn Diaz – Twinfinite http://twinfinite.net 32 32 Bayonetta 2 Has Some Interesting Easter Eggs Hinting at the Third Game and Smash Bros. http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/bayonetta-2-amiibo-easter-eggs-smash-bros/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/bayonetta-2-amiibo-easter-eggs-smash-bros/#respond Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:10:49 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332930 Bayonetta 2 has finally released on the Nintendo Switch, bringing the Umbra Witch back in action. Many of the main features are included in the port, including amiibo functionality. Normally, you will use this to scan figurines of Peach, Daisy, Link, Samus, Fox McCloud, and Falcon to unlock some of the Nintendo-themed costumes early on […]

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Bayonetta 2 has finally released on the Nintendo Switch, bringing the Umbra Witch back in action. Many of the main features are included in the port, including amiibo functionality. Normally, you will use this to scan figurines of Peach, Daisy, Link, Samus, Fox McCloud, and Falcon to unlock some of the Nintendo-themed costumes early on in the game.

The resident weapons dealer, Rodin, will have a special message for Bayonetta every time you scan an amiibo. These letters vary per figurine, but they all allude to the corresponding character you scan. That said, players can also use other amiibos in the game, giving players some useful in-game items. The Nintendo Switch port has a few new special messages that contain some pretty interesting easter eggs, particularly for Smash Bros. and Bayonetta 3. You can read the messages below (via YouTuber GameXplain):

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The first Bayonetta 2 message likely hints to the demand from fans who have been asking for a third game. Similarly, the second letter seems to be about Bayonetta’s hairstyle and how it changes every game. “I just wanna see what your hair’ll do next,” might mean that she could be getting a completely different hairstyle or maybe even some new powers in the third installment.

Finally, Rodin’s last message is definitely talking about the “all-stars” Smash Bros. series, seeing as how she was added in the fourth game as DLC. Interestingly enough, the weapons dealer mentions, “Bring me along next time huh? I could use the sparrin’ practice,” which could be a potential hint that Rodin will be part of the next Smash Bros. Either that, or he’s just pulling Bayonetta’s leg. Whatever the case, these little clues or a great nod to the Umbra Witch.

Bayonetta 2 is now available on the Nintendo Switch. The third game is under development with no current release date. Here are some things we’d like to see in the next installment.

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Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night Trailers Showcase Junpei and Ann http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/persona-3-dancing-moon-night-persona-5-dancing-star-night-junpei-ann/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/persona-3-dancing-moon-night-persona-5-dancing-star-night-junpei-ann/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:53:23 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332741 Atlus has just shared two new trailers for Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night. This time, the spotlight shines on Junpei Iori and Ann Takamaki as we get to see a bit more of their funky dance moves. Both Persona users also have their own set of costumes they wear […]

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Atlus has just shared two new trailers for Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night. This time, the spotlight shines on Junpei Iori and Ann Takamaki as we get to see a bit more of their funky dance moves. Both Persona users also have their own set of costumes they wear during their picturesque performances.

Aside from his new threads in Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night, Junpei also sports his winter Gekkoukan High uniform, some sports clothes, and an interesting mummy outfit. He also takes to the stage with his friend, the protagonist, as they boogie together.

Ann, on the other hand, is also rocking her new dance costume in Persona 5 Dancing Star Night. She has a few other outfits to choose from, such as the signature Shujin Academy uniform, her red Metaverse jumpsuit, a maid dress, and even her bikini. The trailer also shows Panther sharing the dance floor with the protagonist, showing off their awesome jazz steps.

Both Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night are slated to launch this May 24 in Japan for the PS4 and PS Vita. That said, Atlus has yet to confirm a western release date, though it seems likely that we’ll get one in the near future seeing as how they ported over Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Watch the trailers below to learn more:

 

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Adds Spectator Functionality to Custom Games and More http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/dissidia-final-fantasy-nt-spectator/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/dissidia-final-fantasy-nt-spectator/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:10:39 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332729 Square Enix has just launched versions 1.04 and 1.05 for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Aside from the general bug fixes, they have also added some new features to the game, Gematsu. Version 1.05 Various bug fixes. Version 1.04 Added Spectator functionality to Custom Matches. Added ability to copy EX Skill Sets between characters during customization. Improved […]

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Square Enix has just launched versions 1.04 and 1.05 for Dissidia Final Fantasy NT. Aside from the general bug fixes, they have also added some new features to the game, Gematsu.

Version 1.05

  • Various bug fixes.

Version 1.04

  • Added Spectator functionality to Custom Matches.
  • Added ability to copy EX Skill Sets between characters during customization.
  • Improved stability.

With the new Spectator functionality, you can now follow Custom Matches from the player’s point of view. Similarly, you can also switch between viewpoints at any time. Each lobby can hold up to 24 fighters and spectators at a time. EX Skill Sets, on the other hand, can now be copied from one character to another. This should save you some time if you plan on customizing your various fighters.

The latest Dissidia game brings together a slew of iconic characters from the series for epic 3-on-3 fights. Characters like Noctis, Ace, and Y’shtola are finally playable, and the latest installment also brings in a few new mechanics to this series. The game also includes an updated story mode that you can unlock by winning battles.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is now available to play on the PS4.

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3 Reasons to Buy a Nintendo Switch Over Everything Else http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/3-reasons-people-choose-nintendo-switch-over-everything/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/3-reasons-people-choose-nintendo-switch-over-everything/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:28 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332398 The Nintendo Switch has taken the world by storm since it initially launched last year. The console’s gotten plenty of praise from fans and critics alike, and it isn’t too hard to see why. That being said, here are a few good reasons why some players decided to stick with the Switch over the other […]

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The Nintendo Switch has taken the world by storm since it initially launched last year. The console’s gotten plenty of praise from fans and critics alike, and it isn’t too hard to see why. That being said, here are a few good reasons why some players decided to stick with the Switch over the other consoles in the market.

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3 Reasons People Choose the Nintendo Switch over Everything

Since the official reveal trailer back in October 2016, Nintendo has been placing a lot of focus on the Switch’s Joy-Cons. These nifty little sticks are the console’s main controllers, boasting features like a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a sensor bar, and the new HD Rumble. On top of that, both controllers are detachable from the main system. You can play using the tablet form or while lying down on the sofa with both Joy-Cons in your hand.

What truly sets them apart from the competition, however, is that both Joy-Cons each act as a mini-controller. Playing couch co-op games, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Fire Emblem Warriors, has never been easier since you only need to give the other Joy-Con to a friend. You’re essentially getting two controllers when you buy a Nintendo Switch, which is a great deal for those who like to play with their friends or family. The system isn’t short of any party games either, and using the Joy-Cons are one of the best ways to play them.

Moving forward, it seems like Nintendo is also looking for new ways to make the most out of the Switch’s controllers. The Nintendo Labo is their next take on innovation, blending cardboards and Joy-Cons for a unique experience designed for kids and kids-at-heart. Similarly, most developers have yet to tap into some of the controller’s other features, such as the sensor on the right controller. With the Nintendo Switch only approaching its second year, we’ll probably see plenty of more ways to use the Joy-Cons in the future.

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Fire Emblem Warriors’ Shadow Dragon DLC Gets Three New Trailers for Navarre, Minerva, and Linde http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/fire-emblem-warriors-shadow-dragon-dlc-trailers/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/fire-emblem-warriors-shadow-dragon-dlc-trailers/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:54:10 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332341 The second batch of Fire Emblem Warriors DLC arrives later today, and Tecmo Koei has just shared a batch of trailers for the upcoming playable characters. The three new heroes come from the Shadow Dragon game, featuring Navarre, Minerva, and Linde. Navarre is already part of the story mode, although this DLC pack marks his […]

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The second batch of Fire Emblem Warriors DLC arrives later today, and Tecmo Koei has just shared a batch of trailers for the upcoming playable characters. The three new heroes come from the Shadow Dragon game, featuring Navarre, Minerva, and Linde.

Navarre is already part of the story mode, although this DLC pack marks his inclusion as a playable character. He is a sword wielder who attacks enemies with a flurry of fast sword strikes. Minerva, on the other hand, is a wyvern rider who takes to the skies and fights with an axe. Finally, Linde is a mage who storms the battlefield with an array of lightning and light-based spells.

Aside from the three new characters, the second DLC pack also includes a handful of new content. There are a handful of new Armor Break models, as well as some new costumes for several characters. Fans can also look forward to some new history maps, weapons, and weapon attributes.

Those who are looking into the Shadow Dragon DLC can purchase it separately for $8.99, or choose to buy the season pass for $19.99. Fire Emblem Warriors is available now on the Nintendo Switch and 3DS. Watch the videos below to learn more:

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Overwatch’s Capture the Flag Mode Is Finally Enjoyable http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/overwatch-capture-the-flag-is-huge-step-up-from-last-year/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/overwatch-capture-the-flag-is-huge-step-up-from-last-year/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:30:36 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331217 I’ll be honest, the original capture the flag mode felt like one of the most tedious, time-wasting experiences in Overwatch. When Blizzard revealed the mode last year, I was absolutely ecstatic. It’s such a welcome change of pace from typical Overwatch gameplay objectives, and while it wasn’t the PvE mode I was hoping for, it […]

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I’ll be honest, the original capture the flag mode felt like one of the most tedious, time-wasting experiences in Overwatch. When Blizzard revealed the mode last year, I was absolutely ecstatic. It’s such a welcome change of pace from typical Overwatch gameplay objectives, and while it wasn’t the PvE mode I was hoping for, it was at least something fresh and different. Blizzard deserves credit for attempting innovation, but unfortunately, I found myself sick of queuing after only a handful of matches. It was difficult trying to work around the clunky mechanics, and the constant draws after games didn’t help either. So when Blizzard announced the Overwatch Year of the Dog event and the return of capture the flag, I wasn’t all that hopeful.

Just before the event, the game director shared a developer update detailing some of the new things coming to the event – including a capture the flag overhaul. I was intrigued by these new changes but needed something more than Jeff Kaplan’s honeyed words to sway me. And so I tried the mode myself the following week and I was absolutely smitten, wholeheartedly believing that this was what capture the flag was supposed to be.

Before the Overwatch Year of the Dog event, the mode felt incredibly clunky and slow. Defense heroes were the order of the day, isolated from the meta in their own little kingdom. As a result, heading into the enemy base meant certain death if a Torbjorn or Symmetra were waiting there, turrets melting you at the ready as you attempt to stand on the flag. Even so much as a single bullet would reset the flag timer, making it frustratingly difficult to actually grab it. And if one team managed to deliver the flag back to their own base, the game was pretty much good as done. The “winning” team would usually just focus on defending their base instead of grabbing more flags since, hey, it was way easier to defend than put up with attacking again. Unfortunately, there were plenty of times when both teams wouldn’t even score a single flag, ending the game with a draw. For the most part, it just felt like a waste of time.

Blizzard has since tossed these mechanics aside for something much more streamlined, starting with removing the flag timer. As soon as I started my first match on the new map, Ayutthaya, the changes clicked instantly. Although players still have to worry about the turrets waiting for them at the enemy base, they don’t slow the game’s pace to a crawl. Team fights also feel much more engaging as they focus less on standing on the point and more on actually taking down the enemy. Both sides still need to keep an eye on their banner since there’s no use winning the fight if they didn’t capture or defend it.

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Things take a particularly interesting twist, however, when somebody grabs the flag. The battle suddenly stops and it becomes an intense game of Protect the President, especially since the flag bearer has no access to their movement abilities. There’s a strong sense of urgency with the flag bearer’s vulnerability, and that really helps everyone work together. I’ve been using Mercy throughout most of my capture the flag matches, and it honestly felt amazing when I would use Valkyrie to swoop in and sustain my team as they fled from the enemy base, guns blazing.

That being said, the revamped capture the flag mode still keeps the same exhilarating feeling when you have the enemy flag yourself. Going through the main route is out of the question, so you have to rely on your map knowledge to squeeze through the hallways and corridors to avoid being hunted down. When someone has the flag, nothing else matters as long as they deliver it safely. In my case, playing Mercy in Overwatch basically places a large target on my back, so imagine the added tension of having to carry the banner back to base without Guardian Angel.

Probably the best thing about the new Overwatch capture the flag mode, however, is the sudden death. In an attempt to remove draws, Blizzard added one final fight if players tied their scores at the end of the round. In sudden death, flags move much closer to each other, and the winning team must bring at least one banner to their base. It’s basically an all-out deathmatch out there, and you’ll really have to coordinate with your team to win. The addition of sudden death is the finishing touch to the Overwatch capture the flag mode, guaranteeing that one team will be bringing home the bacon.

Players have four weeks to enjoy the Year of the Dog event, but I hope that capture the flag will stay in the arcade. The Overwatch mode is the perfect shakeup for those who start feeling burned out by the monotonous cycles in quick and competitive play.

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Top 5 Best Gaming Ships For Valentine’s Day http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/top-5-best-gaming-ships-valentines-day/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/top-5-best-gaming-ships-valentines-day/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:10:09 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331613 Highwind (Final Fantasy VII) Top 5 Best Gaming Ships For Valentine’s Day Starting off our list, we have the iconic airship from Final Fantasy VII! This impressive piece of aerial technology was designed by Cid Highwind and is the player’s primary vehicle when traveling the overworld. This huge ship also acts as a hub where […]

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Highwind (Final Fantasy VII)

Top 5 Best Gaming Ships For Valentine’s Day

Final Fantasy VII, Highwind

Starting off our list, we have the iconic airship from Final Fantasy VII! This impressive piece of aerial technology was designed by Cid Highwind and is the player’s primary vehicle when traveling the overworld. This huge ship also acts as a hub where you can rest up and save without having to pay a single gil. Similarly, you can board the vehicle while riding a Chocobo, in which case, the bird will stay at the stables inside the Highwind. That way, you can bring your favorite pet with you wherever you go!

The Highwind has been the party’s saving grace over the course of the game, starting with Tifa’s epic escape after her slap off with Scarlet. Not to mention that this was also the group’s getaway vehicle during the explosion in the Northern Cave. Cid even calls on his airship during his ultimate limit break, Highwind, wherein the ship bombards explosives on the enemy. Sadly, not much is known about the ship after the main game since Cid replaced it for another vehicle, the Shera.

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20 Best Waifus and Husbandos from This Console Generation http://twinfinite.net/gallery/top-20-best-waifus-and-husbandos-from-this-console-generation/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:11:59 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?post_type=k-gallery&p=331583 Xenoblade Chronicles 2 offers a quirky cast filled with all sorts of characters, but Pyra definitely stands out. The Aegis harbors a sensitive side despite her destructive abilities, and she truly cares about her friends and driver. Her strong will and determination make her an excellent waifu (and she knows how to cook too!). The […]

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 offers a quirky cast filled with all sorts of characters, but Pyra definitely stands out. The Aegis harbors a sensitive side despite her destructive abilities, and she truly cares about her friends and driver. Her strong will and determination make her an excellent waifu (and she knows how to cook too!).

The leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, Ren Amamiya is actually just your run-of-the-mill student. He is often quiet and reserved, but also houses a wild side that shows during heists in the metaverse. If you aren’t careful, this plucky husbando might steal your heart!

Makoto is the class president Shujin Academy and rightfully so. She is an overachiever and aims to please those who’ve set their high expectations on her shoulders. That said, Makoto also has her own quirks and gets along well with her fellow phantom thief friends. It’s no surprise that Persona fans chose Makoto as their waifu in the game.

If you’re looking for a real man, you can’t go wrong with Geralt of Rivia. He is a monster hunter by trade, often taking on dangerous missions to take down terrifying beasts. Geralt can come off as rather cynical and cold, but he shows fierce loyalty to his friends and lovers. His experience in the field, coupled with his strong values, make him a perfect husbando.

Celica is the priestess in Mila’s Temple and acts accordingly with that of grace and sophistication. However, don’t be fooled by her dainty appearance as she isn’t afraid to fight for the cause she believes in. She’s also shown to have the gift of the gab, evident by the number of troops she manages to sway to her side throughout her journey. All that said, it isn’t hard to see why Celica would make the perfect waifu.

Nathan “Nate” Drake yearns for adventure and has taken on plenty of dangerous jobs hunting for lost treasure. He can come off as brash and even uncouth, but he is willing to put his life on the line for the people he cares about. And while he might also seem like a ladies man, Nate is actually married and even has a daughter with his beautiful wife, Elena Fisher.

Final Fantasy XV is extremely lacking in the female department, but we still managed to get the pure waifu known as Iris Amicitia. She’s Gladio’s younger sibling and acts as one of the few guests party members in the game. She is kind and optimistic, often looking at the brighter side of any situation. True to her role, Iris acts as the “little sister” of their group but becomes a famous daemon-hunter later on. You’ll have to get past her big brother if you want her as your waifu though.

Starting off as a notorious member of the Deadlock Gang, Jesse McCree quickly turned a new leaf as a Blackwatch agent after being caught by Gabriel Reyes. Following the fall of Overwatch, he became a vigilante to thwart the rising crimes in the world. Vocation aside, McCree is actually quite the looker and is described as a “charmer,” making him the perfect husbando.

D.Va aka Hana Song is a gaming icon within the Overwatch universe, noted to be an expert StarCraft II player. She quit her gaming profession to become a member of the MEKA (Mobile Exo-Force of the Korean Army) to help bolster her reputation. Since then, she’s become one of the best soldiers in the army who even streams her battles online. Aside from gaming and fighting, this waifu also seems to be a talented actress, having starred in the film, Hero of My Storm.

Sidon is the prince of the Zoras and brother to the late champion, Mipha. Link stumbles across this strangely attractive shark man on the way to his domain to stop Divine Beast Vah Ruta. Despite the chaos surrounding Hyrule, Sidon is extremely optimistic and cheerful. This husbando yearns to set an example for his people, wanting them to be happy during the dark times.

Aloy has become one of the more notable female protagonists over these past few years. She is a brave woman who can take down monstrous machines with ease and fights for what she believes in. However, Aloy also has a soft side to her after growing up as an outcast. She sympathizes with those in need, garnering respect from the many people she meets.

Bayek is one of the central figures in Assassin’s Creed Origins who helped form the Hidden Ones. He’s also shown to be a family man, one who cares deeply for his son, Khemu, and wife, Aya. He was also just as kind to his friends, although showing no mercy to his enemies. Aside from literally being a great husbando, Bayek is extremely proud of his homeland.

This cheeky umbra witch hunts down angels with wicked style. Bayonetta is often perceived as cool and collected during her missions, having even teased some of the more serious angels before a fight. That said, she isn’t afraid to use her sexuality as a means to get what she wants, often teasing friends and foes alike her sexual innuendos. Bayonetta’s definitely an unconventional waifu, but still a great one nonetheless.

Stardew Valley offers plenty of bachelor/bachelorettes to woo, with Sebastian being one potential love interest. This broody teen might come off as cold and callous at first, but there’s actually a softer side to him that most people in town don’t realize. If you prefer a more sensitive yet caring husbando, Sebastian is right up your alley.

Pauline’s been moving up in the world since her initial debut back in 1981. From starting out as a damsel in distress, she’s now become the capable mayor of New Donk City. While her kidnapping was a traumatic experience, Pauline learned and became a better person (and waifu) because of it. She’s still one of Mario’s good friends and he’s always welcome to visit her metropolis. Pauline’s also a fantastic singer, acting as the main vocalist of Jump Up, Super Star!

Sebastian “Seb” Castellanos started out as a skilled detective in the Krimson City Police Department before becoming a member of STEM to save his daughter. He’s suffered from a lot of traumatic experiences throughout both games, yet still pushes onward with a steely resolve. He jumped at the chance to save his daughter, even if there was no guarantee that she was still alive. For the most part, this husbando is curt and audacious, yet he still houses a good heart and will help others in need.

One of Sony’s more underrated icons, Kat stars in both Gravity Rush games as the main protagonist. She’s lost most of her memories and starts her journey with a strange cat named Dusty. Kat gains the ability to shift gravity and puts her powers to good use, often helping out civilians who would even go so far as to scorn her. Despite the occasional flak and hate, she always strives to be the best version of herself and helps anyone in need, making her a great waifu.

Adol Christin is the main hero of the Ys games who often embark on new adventures with his trusted companion, Dogi. Not one for words, Adol prefers to his actions do the talking. He loves to help people throughout his travels and is always goes to great lengths to save those in danger. His fiery-red hair has earned him the moniker “Adol the Red,” and many awe at his impressive sword skills. While he might seem like a great husbando, Adol is always on the move and never stays in one place too long.

Every other waifu (and even husbando) pales in comparison to the goddess known as Rabbid Peach. This majestic creature is an exaggerated version of the Mushroom Kingdom princess, yet there’s certainly something more to her. Could it be her extreme vanity? Maybe it’s her awesome combat prowess? What if it’s those two large teeth? Whatever it is, you can’t deny Rabbid Peach’s sassy charms.

Rean Schwarzer is the main protagonist in the Trails of Cold Steel trilogy. He’s one of the original members in Class VII, often acting as the leader of the group. He displays a wide arrange of impressive sword skills and is quite knowledgeable about military affairs. This husbando is very friendly and always puts others before himself, which often leads others to assign him plenty of school-related activities.

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Ubisoft Pleased with the Nintendo Switch, Promises More Projects to Come http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/ubisoft-nintendo-switch-projects/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/ubisoft-nintendo-switch-projects/#respond Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:11:30 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331677 Ubisoft has been a pretty solid supporter of the Nintendo Switch, releasing two games for the hybrid console last year. During their recent financial call (via My Nintendo News), CEO Yves Guillemot had some good things to say about their partnership with the gaming giant. It also seems like the company still has some other […]

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Ubisoft has been a pretty solid supporter of the Nintendo Switch, releasing two games for the hybrid console last year. During their recent financial call (via My Nintendo News), CEO Yves Guillemot had some good things to say about their partnership with the gaming giant. It also seems like the company still has some other surprises in store for the system, evident Guillemot’s recent message:

“So yes, this relationship continues to grow, and we are very happy with what we were able to achieve with Mario + Rabbids. Let’s also not forget the fact that Just Dance is also a big seller on the Switch, and that will continue to follow the growth of that machine. And yes in the future we are going to do more things – we just can’t go over that right now.”

That said, the CEO hadn’t gone into detail about their future projects for the hybrid console, so we’ll just have to wait for further announcements. Both Just Dance and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle have done quite well on the Nintendo Switch, especially the latter title. Those who are looking into both Ubisoft games can get a copy now.

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Every Overwatch Year of the Dog Skin Ranked From Worst to Best http://twinfinite.net/gallery/overwatch-year-of-the-dog-skins-ranked-2018/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:20:34 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?post_type=k-gallery&p=330830 Symmetra’s Overwatch Year of the Dog skin is one of the more simple skins in the event. This Epic skin just seems like an ordinary palette swap with a few golden designs slapped onto her dress. Compared to some of the other epic skins in the game, this one feels like a bit of a […]

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Symmetra’s Overwatch Year of the Dog skin is one of the more simple skins in the event. This Epic skin just seems like an ordinary palette swap with a few golden designs slapped onto her dress. Compared to some of the other epic skins in the game, this one feels like a bit of a letdown. Still, it’s a decent costume to use if you don’t have any other skins for the hero.

 

Like with the Quipao costume, Junkrat’s Year of the Dog skin doesn’t seem like much effort was put into it. He has some dirty red shorts and a few firecrackers on his neck which match his personality, but it’s nothing mindblowing.

 

We get that Mercy’s main motif is supposed to be yellow, but the Fortune skin takes it a bit too far. There isn’t much variety in terms of color, save for the hidden pants, halo, and green wings. The golden color scheme makes it look really plain and, honestly, quite forgettable. A decent find in lootboxes, but not something you would actually buy.

 

Bastion is possibly the king of recolors in the game, especially since you can’t actually do much with his frame. That said, this Overwatch Year of the Dog skin is just another paint job with a few decals. In fairness though, the black does give him a bit of a luxurious sheen. However, the real saving grace for this skin is the rooster Ganymede.

 

One of the better Epic skins, Tracer is looking pretty sleek dressed in black. The dark color helps accentuate the roses and golden tints on her outfit, making for a sophisticated jumpsuit. Since the outfit is pretty cheap, it wouldn’t hurt to spare a few coins and buy it.

 

Pharah’s gotten a new Overwatch Year of the Dog skin, though it heavily reflects her original outfit. She symbolizes the Azure Dragon, Qinglong, evident by her helmet and ferocious-looking rocket launcher. The skin is an impressive nod to the Chinese constellation, though it pales in comparison to some of the other newer skins. Probably a must-buy if you’re a Pharah main, but you can skip it otherwise.

 

Another new skin, McCree swaps his cowboy clothes for something a bit more serious as a magistrate. To be fair, traditional magistrates didn’t exactly have the flashiest outfits, so props to Blizzard for making the most out of the idea. In spite of this, the skin still looks rather simple compared to the other costumes, especially since the colors don’t really mix well with each other. Fans are probably better off getting this from loot boxes than actually spending 3000 coins for it.

 

Mei gets two skins for Year of the Dog, albeit they are just recolors of the same outfit. These threads are actually traditional Chinese clothing, streamlined for combat with a shorter top and pants. Both colors look great on her, so there is no going wrong with either skin. The skin really accentuates Mei’s Chinese heritage and is not only a great skin in the game but also a thoughtful gesture to the culture.

 

Reinhardt’s Overwatch Year of the Dog skin is a reference to Shu Wujing – an important character in the novel, Journey to the West. Fittingly enough, both characters are depicted as massive men, each wielding a large weapon. The costume’s black motif and large beads enforce Reinhardt’s strength and masculinity, making him the perfect choice to represent the Chinese warrior.

 

Widowmaker looks exceptionally stunning dressed in this wine-colored cheongsam. The high cut dress with heels is perfect for look for a femme fatale, and the colors blend really well with her skin. If that isn’t classy enough for you, then maybe her venom mine gauntlet and the intricately-designed gun will change your mind.

 

Sun Wukong is one of the more popular characters from Chinese mythology, so it’s only fitting that Winston gets his Overwatch Year of the Dog skin based on the hero. Both characters wield amazing strength and have the power to “transform,” in a sense. Instead of looking menacing, however, Winston looks adorable with his clump of soft fur, looking like a huge stuffed animal.

 

Another character from the Journey to the West, Bajie Roadhog’s design takes after the character, Zhu Bajie. This fearless fighter is a half-man and half-pig who often gets himself into trouble over his gluttony and laziness, which pretty much reflects Roadhog. The costume sews a pig mask on the hero and even gives him a rake instead of a hook, staying true to the original lore. This Overwatch Year of the Dog skin is a bold take on the Chinese lore and definitely something you would want to buy before the event ends.

 

Ana is looking pretty festive in her Tal costume. Despite only being an Epic skin, the developers put a lot of work on crafting her Korean mask. In terms of culture, it seems like they mask they gave her was meant for shamanistic practices that would evoke fear or humor during ceremonies. And it works in the game, too, since there’s nothing more terrifying than watching a “Shhh…” highlight intro with an Ana wearing her Tal skin. Nightmare fuel for days, I tell you.

 

Xuanwu is a black tortoise that acts as one of the protectors of Kyoto, referencing Zarya’s role as a tank in the game. What makes the skin so great are the bits they took from the mythology to craft an actual costume, seeing as how they can’t actually make Zarya into a turtle. The scales are creatively placed on her clothes as armor, and her headdress has reptilian eyes and a ponytail that could be referencing the snake often associated with Xuanwu. Not only is this a great Overwatch Year of the Dog skin, but it’s also one of the character’s best costumes by far.

 

Genji looks dressed to kill in this Overwatch Year of the Dog skin. Taking inspiration from both Japanese and Chinese roots, the cyborg ninja looks like a real samurai in his new threads. There’s more than meets the eye, however, as the Baihu skin actually represents the White Tiger from China. You can see the design crafted in the blue and white motif, as well as the symbol on his chest.

 

Zenyatta’s Sanzang outfit is one of the classic Year of the Dog skins in Overwatch. It’s based on the central figure in Journey to the West, Xuanzang, who is a Buddhist monk searching on a mission to share the teachings of his religion. Both he and the omnic share plenty of ideals in life, with both striving to help their disciples achieve enlightenment. Zenyatta’s take on the character is nothing short of stunning with his human-painted face and regal robes.

 

For the Year of the Dog event, Blizzard has given Mercy a Zhuque skin based on the Vermilion Bird from the Chinese constellations. The bird itself is somewhat like the Asian counterpart of the Phoenix in the Western mythos, which is a creature that never dies (sound familiar?). The Overwatch skin is a refreshing take on the hero, with her red dress and black hair.

 

D.Va has been one of the event’s most popular characters, and it isn’t hard to see why. Her Palanquin skin gives her a cute and vibrant multi-colored dress that reflects her bubbly personality, while her mech is designed to look like a sophisticated Litter used to carry her around. Those who haven’t gotten around to buying this Overwatch Year of the Dog skin should put this on their bucket list and get it before the event ends.

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2018 Winter Olympics Features Japanese Athletes Skating to Yuri on Ice http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/2018-winter-olympics-yuri-on-ice/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/2018-winter-olympics-yuri-on-ice/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 04:56:07 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330864 The 2018 Winter Olympics is in full swing, with figure skating helping to kickstart the event. Among the various athletes participating in the event were two Japanese figure skaters, Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara, who performed their program to the titular track from skating anime Yuri on Ice. That said, this isn’t the first time […]

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The 2018 Winter Olympics is in full swing, with figure skating helping to kickstart the event. Among the various athletes participating in the event were two Japanese figure skaters, Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi Kihara, who performed their program to the titular track from skating anime Yuri on Ice.

That said, this isn’t the first time the duo performed to the same musical piece. They skated to the same track twice last year – back in July during an event in Detroit and another one in September. However, this marks the first time the figure skaters performed it at the Olympics, making for a pretty interesting presentation.

Yuri on Ice has become quite the anime phenomenon since it originally aired two years ago. The story follows protagonist Yuuri Katsuki as he strives to compete in the Grand Prix Finals following a crushing blow in his career. He gets help from his new coach and long-time idol, Victor Nikiforov, and the two develop an interesting relationship that brings out the best in both characters.

To follow the intense figure skating competition, you can follow the 2018 Winter Olympics. Those who are interested in Yuri on Ice, on the other hand, can watch the show via streaming services, such as Crunchyroll or Funimation.

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Next Overwatch PTR Patch Gives Sombra Some Useful Changes http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/overwatch-ptr-sombra-changes/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/overwatch-ptr-sombra-changes/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:16:19 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330824 It’s tweaking season once again in the Overwatch PTR, and this time the developers will be working on everyone’s favorite hacker in the game. Sombra has seen a few changes here and there, but it hasn’t done much to improve her overall low pick rate. She’s undoubtedly one of the more difficult heroes to use […]

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It’s tweaking season once again in the Overwatch PTR, and this time the developers will be working on everyone’s favorite hacker in the game. Sombra has seen a few changes here and there, but it hasn’t done much to improve her overall low pick rate. She’s undoubtedly one of the more difficult heroes to use and doesn’t exactly have the best damage output compared to the other Offense heroes.

Taking to the Overwatch forums, principal designer Geoff Goodman has shared some of the few things they’re working on to balance the hero:

  • No longer gains ult from health pack healing
  • Weapon Spread decreased by 10%
  • Hacking speed increased from 0.8s to 0.65s
  • Hacking will disable more abilities. Basically any ability that requires a button press will also be disabled. (eg. Pharah’s Hover Jets and Hanzo’s Wall Climb)

From these notes, they are trying to take out some of the power from her EMP (by removing the charge from health packs) and make the rest of her kit much more useful. Hacking should generally feel a bit more powerful this time around, especially when casting her ultimate. Not to mention that tweaked weapon spread should help Sombra players score more kills.

Only time will tell if these tweaks will be enough for Sombra to finally earn a spot in the Overwatch meta.

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The Final Fantasy VII Remake Needs to Stop Telling and Start Showing http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/the-final-fantasy-vii-remake-needs-to-stop-telling-and-start-showing/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/the-final-fantasy-vii-remake-needs-to-stop-telling-and-start-showing/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:00:57 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330525 Hey, do you remember the Final Fantasy VII Remake? And that feeling you felt as you read through those leaks before the announcement, thinking to yourself, “What? No. Square Enix wouldn’t… wait, will they really do it?” Then E3 2015 swoops in, and you lost your mind at the very first reveal trailer featuring the Buster Sword sword […]

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Hey, do you remember the Final Fantasy VII Remake? And that feeling you felt as you read through those leaks before the announcement, thinking to yourself, “What? No. Square Enix wouldn’t… wait, will they really do it?” Then E3 2015 swoops in, and you lost your mind at the very first reveal trailer featuring the Buster Sword sword on Cloud’s back. It was a pretty long journey, but they finally did it. Square Enix finally decided to remake the Final Fantasy VII. Those were some pretty good times, seeing as how the company brought out the big guns and spoiled fans with that one remake they have been praying for over the past decade or so.

With the grand reveal out of the way, fans could finally start looking forward to some new gameplay. Possibly some new trailers with a few easter eggs? Maybe even just a short clip explaining the battle system? Can we at least get a peek at the cast? I’m sure an updated portrait of Aerith wouldn’t be too much to ask.

It’s been nearly three years since the initial announcement, and we’ve gotten little more than a clip of the bombing mission and a few screenshots… of the bombing mission. 2015 was a great year for the Final Fantasy VII Remake; Square launched the project’s announcement and even threw in an action-packed trailer during PSX. With both clips, things were actually looking pretty good. While it wasn’t actual proof that the remake wouldn’t have a 10-year development period, the successive trailers felt like a positive sign.

Another good thing to note was the steady influx of information about the Final Fantasy VII Remake. The developers were clear with their messages, telling fans that it was a four-part series and that they were revamping the combat system. While both tidbits were met with some mixed responses, the developers were still upfront with their ideas.

From there, 2016 rolled in and things were a bit quiet for the most part. Game producer Yoshinori Kitase held a short interview to discuss some of the changes and “surprises” coming to the Final Fantasy VII Remake but nothing else. To be fair, though, this was a pretty big year for their other project, Final Fantasy XV. The game was finally going to launch, and hyping up the remake could possibly derail the 10-year buildup of the 15th installment in the series. Looking back at it now, announcing the Final Fantasy VII Remake before XV released felt like a strangely rushed decision.

For 2017, all we got was pretty much the key visual of Cloud looming over and contemplating life while Midgar hung in the background. But, hey, we also got two new screenshots of the combat system. When explaining the images at MAGIC 2017, game director Tetsuya Nomura said, “It’s a Scorpion, and the scenery will be partly destructible. Sorry, I asked to show a video, but the company refused. The menus are not yet final, but I will talk more on another occasion.”

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Note how he says “talk more,” and while this might just sound like an expression for revealing more information in the future, it heavily suggests that he plans to keep explaining instead of actually showing what he means. And, honestly, that’s been one of the biggest problems surrounding the Final Fantasy VII Remake. There’s a big difference when it comes to telling fans how the game is going compared to actually showing them the progress you’ve been doing.

Final Fantasy VII is a big game, there’s no denying that. There must be a heavy load of pressure on Square Enix’s shoulders, especially since there are so many fans to please. In spite of this, they’ve been holding off from showing the game, and it isn’t exactly reassuring when the director claims that there is still a ways to go before it’s complete. With the game celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, it seemed like the perfect time to share some actual gameplay clips or even a new trailer. Yet, they treated fans with just two convoluted images that hardly revealed much about the new battle system and more promises of future updates.

This year, Square Enix recently held an exhibition where selected series fans were treated to some new Final Fantasy VII Remake artwork, featuring a different design for Cloud. If you weren’t a guest, well, you’re out of luck. Square Enix has no plans of releasing these images to the public at the moment, which actually seems quite mind-boggling. Instead, netizens have to work with descriptions of how “youthful” Cloud looks or how Jessie is “cute” and Biggs is “handsome.” Such broad terms really don’t do these new artworks justice, considering since most of the characters started out as polygonal models.

That said, maybe the details we’ve learned about the Final Fantasy VII Remake don’t actually do it much justice either. We’ve been hearing a lot about how it works, and though it sounds great on paper, many fans would like to see them actually put it into practice. After all, actions speak louder than words.

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Overwatch Update Will Allow Skin Swapping Before Matches Start http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/overwatch-update-skin-swapping/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/overwatch-update-skin-swapping/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 04:50:24 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330550 While fans are gearing up to grind for the Overwatch Lunar New Year event, Blizzard will be sneaking in an interesting feature along with the upcoming patch. The game’s official Twitter account has revealed that players will now be able to change their character’s costumes at the start of a match. This is truly the […]

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While fans are gearing up to grind for the Overwatch Lunar New Year event, Blizzard will be sneaking in an interesting feature along with the upcoming patch. The game’s official Twitter account has revealed that players will now be able to change their character’s costumes at the start of a match. This is truly the future as you won’t have to visit the Hero Gallery to suit up before a fight.

Now, you won’t forget about having to change to that skin you’ve been meaning to try out. You’ll also be able to use more of the other skins in the game, which is great for those who want to spice up their character’s appearance. This has been one of the features fans have been requesting for some time, and the developers have finally delivered.

In other news, the Year of the Dog event is right around the corner, and Blizzard has shared a few new details in a recent developer update. We’ll be seeing some changes to the Capture the Flag mode for more streamlined gameplay, as well as receive a handful of new cosmetic items.

Overwatch is now available to play on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Is Completing the RWBY Dream Team for Free http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/blazblue-cross-tag-battle-rwby-free/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/blazblue-cross-tag-battle-rwby-free/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:13:57 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330214 You can’t break the dream team! BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will be completing the RWBY girls – and for free! The game is slated to launch with 20 characters in its roster, with another 20 fighters following later as DLC. Strangely, only two main characters from the RWBY animated series, Ruby Rose and Weiss Schnee, […]

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You can’t break the dream team! BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will be completing the RWBY girls – and for free! The game is slated to launch with 20 characters in its roster, with another 20 fighters following later as DLC. Strangely, only two main characters from the RWBY animated series, Ruby Rose and Weiss Schnee, were included in the initial cast. With only RW complete, some fans were a bit worried about having to pay for the BY girls, Blake Belladonna and Yang Xiao Long.

To clear up the issue, Arc System Works took to Twitter and announced that both said characters will be added as free DLC for all players. While the base game won’t come with the complete squad, at least fans won’t have to worry about spending more to complete the all-female huntress group.

That aside, the recent announcement also acts as Yang’s official reveal in the game. She hadn’t been brought up until now, though she was bound to appear as a playable character at some point. So far, we’ve only seen a short teaser for Blake, and they still haven’t shared when these two characters will come to the game.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will be launching this June 5 for the PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.

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Overwatch Year of the Dog Event Tweaks Capture the Flag, Adds Skins for Mercy and More http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/overwatch-year-of-the-dog-event/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/overwatch-year-of-the-dog-event/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:40:35 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330177 With the Overwatch event just around the corner, game developer Jeff Kaplan has shared some new information on the upcoming Year of the Dog. The latest developer update talks about some of the cool new changes coming with the event, starting with the return of Capture the Flag. This game mode originally launched during last […]

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With the Overwatch event just around the corner, game developer Jeff Kaplan has shared some new information on the upcoming Year of the Dog. The latest developer update talks about some of the cool new changes coming with the event, starting with the return of Capture the Flag.

This game mode originally launched during last year’s Year of the Rooster event and was even playable in the Arcade mode. This time around, the developers are making some pretty practical changes for a smoother experience. First off, Blizzard has removed the Draws and added a new mechanic wherein if both teams have the same score at the end of the timer, both flags will move closer to each other in the map. From there, one team has to bring the enemy flag over to their base to win.

Meanwhile, players no longer have to wait when when trying to capture an enemy flag. Instead, you can grab it from the get go – but there are some new restrictions. Using abilities that grant invincibility or greatly boost mobility, such as Winston’s Jump Pack, will cause players to drop the flag. Blizzard is also planning a four-week competitive season dedicated to Capture the Flag.

That said, the developers have decided to keep the Overwatch Year of the Dog event running for four weeks this time since they realized that many people usually travel during Lunar New Year, giving them the chance to experience the event. And an event wouldn’t truly be complete without some Legendary skins, so the developers have prepared six new costumes, with Mercy, Genji, and Widowmaker confirmed to get a skin, while one hero is getting a new highlight intro.

The Year of the Dog event is slated to launch this Feb. 8. You can play Overwatch now on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. You can watch the full developer update video below to learn more:

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Project Octopath Traveler and Dragon Quest XI Arriving After April 2018 http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/project-octopath-traveler-dragon-quest-xi-april/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/project-octopath-traveler-dragon-quest-xi-april/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:07:29 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=329971 Square Enix is gearing up to release two major role-playing games later this year – Dragon Quest XI and Project Octopath Traveler. While they’ve been keeping a pretty tight lip on their respective release dates, it seems like they’ve dropped a hint about the two games during the company’s earnings press conference. Wall Street Journal […]

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Square Enix is gearing up to release two major role-playing games later this year – Dragon Quest XI and Project Octopath Traveler. While they’ve been keeping a pretty tight lip on their respective release dates, it seems like they’ve dropped a hint about the two games during the company’s earnings press conference.

Wall Street Journal technology reporter Takashi Mochizuki has shared the information on Twitter, claiming that Square Enix has “no big title releases” planned for January to March. That said, it’s pretty much likely that Dragon Quest XI and Project Octopath Traveler will launch after April later this year. For now, though, we’ll just to wait for further announcements on their actual release dates.

Dragon Quest XI originally launched on the PS4 and Nintendo 3DS in Japan last year and will be getting a worldwide release this 2018. Project Octopath Traveler, on the other hand, is currently being developed for the Nintendo Switch and is also slated to launch this year. Fans can download the rather lengthy demo on the eShop to learn more about its story and gameplay features.

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Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Review http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/radiant-historia-perfect-chronology-review/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/radiant-historia-perfect-chronology-review/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:00:25 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=329631 Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology on 3DS Playing Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology felt like I was being swept through time – back to the golden era of traditional JRPGs when turn-based combat and strategic decision-making outweighed quick time events and stylish action scenes. From the 2D graphics down to its grid-based battles, it’s pretty clear that […]

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Playing Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology felt like I was being swept through time – back to the golden era of traditional JRPGs when turn-based combat and strategic decision-making outweighed quick time events and stylish action scenes. From the 2D graphics down to its grid-based battles, it’s pretty clear that the 3DS remake tries to make the most of its original charms. However, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology has also changed with the times, offering a refreshing take on the underrated game.

For a quick recap, Radiant Historia was originally released on the Nintendo DS back in 2010 before its localization in 2011. The story follows a young man named Stocke who is caught up in the political affairs between two warring kingdoms on the continent of Vainqueur: Alistel and Granorg. During one mission, he receives a mysterious book, the White Chronicle, which gives him the power to travel through time and change history. Stocke soon learns about the harsh truth behind his continent and how the mysterious plague, desertification, is destined to destroy the world. Using his newfound abilities, he sets off on a quest to uncover the “true” timeline where the world is saved from both plague and war.

While most of the game is seen through Stocke’s eyes, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology also features a handful of other delightful characters. Vainqueur is a diverse continent filled with different races and cultures. Despite the war-torn battlefields and fear of desertification, the world still feels brimming filled with life. Our main character is supported by a handful of other playable characters – such as his best friend, Rosche, and the Princess of Granorg, Eruca. I also have to give props to the amazing supporting cast who all actually felt like real characters instead of just plot devices.

Each person had their own personal motivations and ideals that helped steer the narrative, and I was absolutely enamored. Everyone felt distinctive, each fighting for a cause they personally believed in. Splendid writing aside, the newly added voice acting also helped flesh out the characters in the game. There are plenty of factors behind any war, and the same can be said for the battles in Vainqueur. That said, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology manages to show each side of the conflict through those who are affected the most: its people, through the use of the White Chronicle.

Apart from time traveling, this mysterious book also allows Stocke to shift between two pivotal histories early on in the story. The Standard and Alternate histories are two pieces of the same puzzle, and players must explore both sides to see the bigger picture. The game doesn’t allow time hopping at a whim, however, as you can only access the White Chronicle at save points. You can view the game’s entire timeline from there and travel to a certain point in time by selecting a Node.

These Nodes are special events in history that usually appear during important moments in the game, such as when Stocke must make an important decision. The choices will either keep the plot moving or end it, but even if you choose the wrong option, Stocke will always return to Historia, where you can pick up right where you left off. There are no penalties for picking the “bad endings” scattered throughout the histories, and you’ll even have to see all of them if you want to complete the timeline.

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The Standard and Alternate histories each have their own accounts, but most of the main characters appear on both sides. This narrative style was a great way to add some depth to Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, providing different angles to the war. And while you might feel a little more attached to a certain history, you can’t just leave the other one untouched. There are different gate mechanics in almost every chapter in both histories, and the solutions are usually found in the other history. Traveling through Node after Node should feel exhausting, but the Start button lets you skip any cutscenes you’ve already seen, letting you cut straight to your objective. You’ll also keep your party’s current levels, so you won’t have to worry about grinding.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology further expands its story with the use of its new character: Nemesia. This mysterious historian is also looking for her own way to stop desertification and asks Stocke for some much-needed help, sending him on optional missions. These quests still take place within Vainqueur, albeit different versions of the world. These quests mainly focus on the narrative, expanding on the “what if” possibilities within the game’s universe. Thankfully, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology adjusts to new players by offering two modes: the Perfect mode for returning fans, and the Append mode for those new to the series. The latter adds the new content after you’ve finished the main story, so you won’t confuse any of the new scenes with the pre-existing ones.

Apart from its timeline, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology also offers a large map of Vainqueur. There is no open world, but instead, you just choose the location where you want to travel to. These locations are fully explorable, though, as Stocke must clear them to unlock new points on the map. Exploration is fairly simple and straightforward, but Stocke will earn special field skills throughout the story that can unlock new paths. Several areas have some closed off parts that you can revisit later on once you unlock more skills, and I found some pretty useful gear and items by taking the time to travel back to these paths.

You’ll also encounter some enemies roaming around the field. Touching them will automatically trigger a battle, but you can strike them with your sword for a slight advantage. Fights in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology shake up the typical turn-based battles by placing enemies in a 3×3 grid field. There’s a strong sense of strategy during fights as it relies heavily on stringing combos together through succeeding attacks. Using various skills, characters can push and position the opponents around the field and even stack them together. Characters have their own unique abilities, and I had plenty of fun reorganizing my team to craft new battle plans.

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Ideally, it’s always best if your three fighters attack consecutively, but that isn’t always the case in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. Luckily, characters can swap their turns with allies and enemies alike, allowing you to plan your strategies. Effective combos start off as a great way to quickly take out enemies but soon become a necessary means of survival later on in the game. The game also rewards players who stack their combos strings, giving characters more EXP and money after the fight.

Meanwhile, those who aren’t in your active party will also assist you through their support attacks, sneaking in a quick hit or buff from time to time. There were times when I didn’t need their help, though, as one support character would target an enemy I was already going to finish off, pretty much rendering one of my turns useless. Nonetheless, Support attacks worked really well during major boss fights and it felt like everyone was actually contributing to the fight.

If you enjoy the combat and want to test your mettle, you can try your luck at the newly added Vault of Time in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This area is accessed within the White Chronicle and is teeming with different types of monsters. You’ll have to rely solely on skills though since you can’t use any items whatsoever. Fights won’t give you money, but another type of currency called Mementos you can only use in the shop within the Vault of Time. Items and weapons aside, the shop also sells some exclusive skills, so it’s worth taking a bit of your time to stop by the Vault. Just remember that you can’t keep any Mementos you collect when you leave, so don’t be afraid to spend all of it.

In terms of graphics, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology hasn’t changed much from the original game. The 2D sprites seem a bit crisper, but it retains the DS version’s overall style and presentation. That said, the game’s visuals don’t exactly stand out when compared to other 3DS role-playing games, so it might look a bit dated to some players. The real visual upgrade was in the character portraits. These new images look much more vibrant with its use of brighter colors, and I personally prefer them over the original artwork.

Looking back, I really enjoyed my 40-hour experience with Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. From the fluid storyline down to its tactical combat, I was absolutely hooked. And when the credits finally rolled, I still couldn’t bring myself to leave the cast I’ve grown to love. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is an expanded remake done right, and it’s a solid recommendation for anyone looking for a solid JRPG experience.

Score: 4/5 – Great


 

Pros

    • Fluid story and solid writing.
    • Amazing cast and splendid voice acting.
    • A tactical twist on turn-based combat.
    • Easily travel between histories.

Editor's Choice smallest

Cons

  • Occasional wonky Support system.
  • The remake sticks with the original DS graphics, which might seem a bit dated to some players.

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New BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Footage Features Weiss, Noel, Yu, and More http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/blazblue-cross-tag-battle-footage/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/blazblue-cross-tag-battle-footage/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:25:54 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=329688 Some new footage of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has recently surfaced, featuring a handful of characters duking it out on the battlefield. The clip comes from Taipei Game Show 2018, filmed off-screen by YouTuber Bahamut (via Siliconera). The lengthy clip features four tag battles, with the first match between Weiss and Yukiko vs Hyde and […]

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Some new footage of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has recently surfaced, featuring a handful of characters duking it out on the battlefield. The clip comes from Taipei Game Show 2018, filmed off-screen by YouTuber Bahamut (via Siliconera).

The lengthy clip features four tag battles, with the first match between Weiss and Yukiko vs Hyde and Noel. Meanwhile, the second matchup features Ruby and Linne vs Noel and Linne, while the third battle showcases Yu Narukami and Gordeau vs Ragna and Makoto. Lastly, Nu-13 and Yusuke face off against Waldstein and Yu in the final fight.

In other news, the BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle developers have recently revealed their DLC plans for the game – with 20 fighters joining the fight as downloadable content. One character, Blake Belladonna from RWBY, has already been revealed as a playable character. That said, Arc System Works has yet to share any of the other playable characters coming to the game.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is slated to launch this June 5 on the PC, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. The fighting game brings together four iconic franchises (Persona, RWBY, BlazBlue, and Under Night In-Birth) for intense 2-on-2 battles. Players can freely switch between fighters during the fight and even use Partner Skills to create their own unique combo strings. Check out the gameplay video below to learn more:

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Nintendo Switch Online Services Officially Launches This September http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/nintendo-switch-online-services/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/nintendo-switch-online-services/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 02:07:42 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=328980 It's finally coming.

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The Nintendo Switch will be getting its full online services later this year, according to a recent tweet by the company. Since launch, players have been able to test out the console’s multiplayer features for free. It seems like Nintendo will finally be putting a price on their services, having previously revealed the 3,000 Yen (or roughly $26 USD) annual rate.

To sweeten the deal, their online service will also come with a free NES or SNES game each month. Players will need to subscribe to the service once it launches this September if they want to continue using the various online multiplayer features for Nintendo Switch games like Mario Kart 8, ARMS, and Splatoon 2.

While they haven’t share any new information with the official announcement, it’s likely that they will reveal more details in the near future, including the free game that comes with the service. That said, hopefully, the online service will help pave the way for more Nintendo Switch features, such as Virtual Console or streaming apps.

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