Jamie Payne – Twinfinite http://twinfinite.net Video Game news, reviews, opinions, guides and videos! Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:19:58 +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 Jamie Payne – Twinfinite http://twinfinite.net 32 32 Bayonetta Is Nintendo’s Baby Now, IDC What the Birth Certificate Says http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/bayonetta-nintendo-baby-now-idc-birth-certificate/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/bayonetta-nintendo-baby-now-idc-birth-certificate/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:27:11 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=333092 “Please, SEGA, please bring Bayonetta 2 to non-Nintendo consoles,” they cried. Petitions, they signed. Fans were outraged by the fact that Platinum Games was developing Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive, and rightfully so. The first Bayonetta was an excellent action game for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and the sequel (which was also excellent) […]

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“Please, SEGA, please bring Bayonetta 2 to non-Nintendo consoles,” they cried. Petitions, they signed. Fans were outraged by the fact that Platinum Games was developing Bayonetta 2 as a Wii U exclusive, and rightfully so. The first Bayonetta was an excellent action game for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and the sequel (which was also excellent) should have been made available to as many fans as possible. Alas, game publishing just doesn’t work that way. It’s a business. And like any business, it is a case of money exchanging hands, and contracts being signed.

In an interview with Polygon, the producer of Bayonetta 2, Atsushi Inaba, said “We are not viewing this as a change of platform. We were looking for a partner to create Bayonetta 2 and Nintendo was a strong, cooperative partner that was willing to create and grow Bayonetta 2 together [with us]. As a result the platform became the Wii U.” The team at Platinum Games had a difficult time gaining the funds to develop Bayonetta 2, but Nintendo stepped in to save the day. SEGA didn’t have much of a hand in the game, besides an advisory role.

Fast-forward to now, and history has repeated itself. Bayonetta 3 is in the same situation as the second game, being funded by Nintendo, and being released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. It’s safe to say that Nintendo and the umbral witch herself have a good relationship going – they’re largely synonymous at this point. But the truth is that the franchise as a whole doesn’t sit under Nintendo’s roof at all. The rights to the IP have always belonged to SEGA, and it’s just allowing Nintendo and Platinum Games to use its IP. No matter how much Nintendo pushes it, Bayonetta is, and always has been, a SEGA-owned intellectual property.

But let’s forget the legal mumbo-jumbo and technicalities for a second. We all know in our hearts that the series is a Nintendo franchise at this point, right? But not just because of the fact that the second and third games are Nintendo exclusives, it’s also how much effort Nintendo has put into marketing the franchise. A quick YouTube search showed that the original game (the one published by SEGA for Xbox 360 and PS3) only had a couple of TGS trailers and a launch trailer. Bayonetta 2, on the other hand, was given a bunch more trailers, plus its own 30-minute Nintendo Direct, which was something usually reserved for the biggest first-party Nintendo titles. Nintendo even used its time in the spotlight at last year’s The Game Awards to announce Bayonetta 3. Nintendo’s commitment to the series seems to completely trump that of SEGA’s.

Nintendo’s support for the series goes beyond that of the game’s themselves. It even gave the umbral witch her own spot in its mascot fighting game Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U. Granted, her inclusion in Smash Bros. was a result of  a fan vote, rather than actually being specifically chosen by Nintendo, but that in and of itself says a lot about what Nintendo fans think of the character. Regardless, her inclusion in Smash Bros., and the existence of her amiibo figures (a treatment that very few non-Nintendo characters have received) further solidifies the affiliation between Bayonetta and Nintendo.

No matter how close in our minds we link the two, though, something always comes along that makes us go “oh yeah, Bayonetta isn’t a Nintendo franchise.” More recently, the Steam port of the first game, and the previously rumored Bayonetta & Vanquish double pack for PS4 and Xbox One. The rights to the franchise are owned by SEGA, but the rights to the games Bayonetta 2 and 3 are co-owned by SEGA and Nintendo. So while it’s highly unlikely that those games will appear on a non-Nintendo console anytime soon, there’s always a chance that the fourth game (if there is one) may have no Nintendo involvement, and could come to other systems.

However, this statement from Platinum Games founder, Hideki Kamiya, suggests that the franchise will likely be sticking with Nintendo for a long time to come. “I am extremely thankful to Nintendo for funding the game, and to SEGA for allowing them to use the Bayonetta IP,” he said. Nintendo’s continued support of the franchise has helped it grow more in the public eye, despite the Wii U’s lack of success. The improved sales of the Switch could possibly further bolster the sales of the Bayonetta games. If the Switch games do prove successful, why wouldn’t Nintendo help fund a fourth game? Especially when we already know that Kamiya has plans for the series beyond Bayonetta 3. As long as Bayonetta games keep releasing exclusively on Nintendo platforms, and Nintendo continues to treat her like she’s one of their own, Bayonetta will always, to me at least, feel like more like Nintendo’s baby than SEGA’s.

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Final Fantasy XV for PC Will Have Specifically Created Higher Quality Assets http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/final-fantasy-xv-pc-higher-quality-assets/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/final-fantasy-xv-pc-higher-quality-assets/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:24:26 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=333002 It’s not too long now until we’ll be able to get our hands on Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, but there’s still enough time for Square Enix to give us a few more details about the title. In an interview with technical director Takeshi Aramaki, and game design manager Kenichi Shida at the recent PC […]

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It’s not too long now until we’ll be able to get our hands on Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, but there’s still enough time for Square Enix to give us a few more details about the title. In an interview with technical director Takeshi Aramaki, and game design manager Kenichi Shida at the recent PC Gamer Weekender, we’ve learnt more about some of the technical aspects of the PC version, as well as a few other details.

It has been restated that that the PC version of Final Fantasy XV has not been ported from the console version, but has instead been built from the ground up. According to the team, the PC version will have higher quality assets than the console version that have been specifically designed to take advantage of the increased power of the PC.

Furthermore, Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will support minor modding possibilities at launch. The example is given of being able to re-skin all of the characters. Square Enix plans to expand mod support in the future with more extensive modding tools.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will release soon on March 6, and will come with all of the game’s previous downloadable content.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Devs Considered Allowing the Player to Control the Weather http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-control-the-weather/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/zelda-breath-of-the-wild-control-the-weather/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 23:02:37 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332999 In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the weather is an important factor in determining how a player can explore certain parts of the world. In a recent interview with Game Informer, the game’s director Hidemaro Fujibayashi explains that the team initially considered giving players the ability to control the weather. The weather […]

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In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the weather is an important factor in determining how a player can explore certain parts of the world. In a recent interview with Game Informer, the game’s director Hidemaro Fujibayashi explains that the team initially considered giving players the ability to control the weather.

The weather in Breath of the Wild affects both the temperature and the world’s terrain. If you’ve played it, I’m sure a heavy downpour has spoiled your plans of climbing one of the game’s many tall mountains. Fujibayashi explains that “it was more interesting to have Link against nature, not controlling it,” and that “that ended up being more natural and fun.”

Initially we did consider giving players control of the weather, but realized not being able to control it is much more fun. Controlling it wasn’t really fitting in this game. In Ocarina of Time, you were in places that were just sunny or raining. That was the way the players were able to control that. Adding in the weather control would have increased the number of variables in the world. It was more interesting to have Link against nature, not controlling it. That ended up being more natural and fun.

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Discounts on Uncharted 4, Overwatch and Much More in the PSN Flash Sale http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/psn-flash-sale-uncharted-4/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/psn-flash-sale-uncharted-4/#respond Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:23:44 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332996 Sony’s latest PSN flash sale brings tons of big discounts to PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games – some titles saving you up to 70% off of the original price. Sony’s biggest first party offering is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. If you haven’t picked up this PS4 exclusive yet, now is the time to […]

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Sony’s latest PSN flash sale brings tons of big discounts to PS4, PS3 and PS Vita games – some titles saving you up to 70% off of the original price.

Sony’s biggest first party offering is Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. If you haven’t picked up this PS4 exclusive yet, now is the time to do it, as it has received a 50% price cut, putting it down to $19.99. Along with the cinematic single-player experience that the Uncharted series is known for, A Thief’s End also comes with a robust multiplayer mode. It’s the same mode as the one included in last year’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and you can play with owners of either game.

Blizzard’s Overwatch Game of the Year Bundle is also on sale for 50% off, bringing it down to $29.99. Not only does this bundle net you the award-winning multiplayer shooter, but also a selection of exclusive skins.

Those are just two great games that are currently on sale – there are way too many more to name. But here are a few other great deals for PS4: Final Fantasy XV for $20, Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition for $32, Super Meat Boy for $1.50, and Unravel for $5.

The PS4 isn’t the only console getting some love though, the PS3 and PS Vita also have some nice deals. For the PS3 you can pick up the Mass Effect Trilogy for $9.89, Alice Madness Returns for $5, and Skullgirls Encore for $2.99, among others. For the Vita you can grab Oddworld New n’ Tasty and Tearaway for just $5 each.

You can check out the full list of discounts on the PlayStation Blog. You’ll have to act fast as the PSN flash sale ends on Feb. 19.

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Shaq Is Back This Spring with the Release of Shaq Fu: a Legend Reborn http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/shaq-fu-release-date/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/shaq-fu-release-date/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:02:21 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332494 The sequel you didn’t know you wanted, but are getting anyway, is almost here. The crowdfunded beat ’em-up starring basketball legend, rapper, and actor Shaquille O’Neal will be releasing both digitally and physically on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC this Spring. For those who may be unfamiliar with the first game (or those […]

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The sequel you didn’t know you wanted, but are getting anyway, is almost here. The crowdfunded beat ’em-up starring basketball legend, rapper, and actor Shaquille O’Neal will be releasing both digitally and physically on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC this Spring.

For those who may be unfamiliar with the first game (or those of us who tried to remove it from our memories), the original Shaq Fu was a 1994 fighting game released for the SEGA Genesis, SNES, Game Boy, Game Gear, and Amiga, and featured Shaquille O’Neal beside an unfamiliar cast of playable characters, including Auroch, Beast, and Voodoo.

While it received mixed reviews upon its release, retrospective criticism of the original Shaq Fu has been overwhelmingly negative. The new, playful trailer for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn addresses this criticism. One of the main selling points that the new trailer pushes is that it is “better than the old one.”

Anyone who purchased Saber Interactive’s NBA Playgrounds on Nintendo Switch prior to June 10, 2017 will be treated to a free digital copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn, which is also being developed by Saber Interactive. This was to make up for the fact that NBA Playgrounds launched on Nintendo Switch without online play.

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Nintendo Labo Overview Trailer Shows Gameplay and How It All Works http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/nintendo-labo-overview-trailer/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/nintendo-labo-overview-trailer/#respond Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:41:29 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=332419 Nintendo Labo is certainly a new and unique concept in the world of video games that may have had you scratching your head when it was first revealed. Its uniqueness raises the question of how it all works, and how does the physical hardware actually interact with the games. Nintendo has released a new overview […]

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Nintendo Labo is certainly a new and unique concept in the world of video games that may have had you scratching your head when it was first revealed. Its uniqueness raises the question of how it all works, and how does the physical hardware actually interact with the games. Nintendo has released a new overview trailer that tries to answer some of these questions.

The trailer is split into five sections: make, play, discover, invent, and customize. Firstly, the make section shows what the Labo kits come with, and how the software will guide you through the process of creating toy-cons (which is the term that Nintendo has coined for your cardboard constructions). Each kit comes with sheets of cardboard, any additional parts required, as well as the game software itself. The interactive instructions on your Switch system take you through the assembly process step-by-step.

The play section of the trailer shows how you’ll be able to use your creations. One example shown is an RC car that moves using the joycons’ HD rumble feature. It also shows gameplay for a piano game, a fishing game, a racing game, a robot game, and a game where you “play with a mysterious little creature” in a house that you make out of the cardboard. The discover section sheds a little light on how each construction works using the technology of the Nintendo Switch. It’s quite fascinating.

The invent and customize sections show how people are able to come up with their own creations. It encourages you to give your toy-cons some personal flair using paint, stickers, or by modifying the shape with scissors. A Customization Set for Nintendo Labo will be available to purchase that comes with different stickers, including some Mario and Splatoon themed ones.

Nintendo has also released two videos that specifically detail what comes in the Variety Kit and Robot Kit, as well as showed off more gameplay footage from the included software.

Nintendo Labo will be releasing in the US for Switch on April 20.

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Splatoon 2’s Pearl and Marina Getting Their Own amiibo http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/splatoon-2-amiibo-pearl-and-marina/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/splatoon-2-amiibo-pearl-and-marina/#respond Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:21:30 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331168 News of new amiibo figures has been pretty scarce recently. Besides a cereal box and a jumbo Pikachu, there hasn’t been much going on in the world of amiibo. But out of the blue, Nintendo have announced a pair of new figures. Splatoon 2’s Pearl and Marina, the hosts of Off the Hook, are each […]

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News of new amiibo figures has been pretty scarce recently. Besides a cereal box and a jumbo Pikachu, there hasn’t been much going on in the world of amiibo. But out of the blue, Nintendo have announced a pair of new figures. Splatoon 2’s Pearl and Marina, the hosts of Off the Hook, are each getting their own amiibo, which you can get a better look at in the Japanese reveal trailer.

The trailer gives us a close-up look at these new figures. If you’ve played a lot of Splatoon 2, you’ll easily recognize the iconic pose that they’re pulling, synonymous with their signature catch phrase “don’t get cooked, stay of the hook.”

The release date for the Pearl and Marina amiibo isn’t known as of yet, nor is it known how they will function in the game. The previous Splatoon amiibo allowed you to unlock special gear, take pictures with the character, as well as store your loadouts to the figure itself.

On top of this, Famitsu has given us a glimpse of a new map coming to Splatoon 2. In Japanese, the map is called “Aji Furai Stadium” (literally translated to fried mackerel stadium). This new map sports a theme of, well, sports, complete with basketball hoops and punching bags. A new weapon is also coming to Splatoon 2: the Quad-Hopper Black, a new set of splat duelies.

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana for Switch Releasing in Summer and Getting Exclusive Content http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/ys-viii-switch-releasing-summer/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/ys-viii-switch-releasing-summer/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 21:41:37 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331155 NIS America have announced some new information on the upcoming Switch title Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, including a release window for the JRPG. It will release in Summer 2018. Ys VIII is a port of a PS4 and PS Vita game that was originally released in Japan in 2016. We now know that the […]

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NIS America have announced some new information on the upcoming Switch title Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, including a release window for the JRPG. It will release in Summer 2018.

Ys VIII is a port of a PS4 and PS Vita game that was originally released in Japan in 2016. We now know that the Switch port will be based on the graphically superior PS4 version, and will come pre-packaged with DLC from both the PS4 and the Vita version. The Deserted Pirate and Tropic Swimwear costume that were previously exclusive to the Vita version, as well as the Eternian Scholar costume that was previously a PS4 exclusive will all be coming to the Switch version. Additionally, six other cosmetic DLC will also be available for the new Switch release.

Ys VIII is infamous for having a poor localization upon its initial release; it was so heavily criticized that they decided to release a patch for the PS4 and Vita version that completely updated the localization. They even delayed the PC to ensure that the updated localization was ready for release. Rest assured, the Switch version will come with the updated localization at launch.

Will you be picking up the Switch version of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana? Let us know in the comments below!

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Japan Getting Mini Switch Keychains That Actually Hold Switch Cartidges http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/switch-mini-keychains/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/switch-mini-keychains/#respond Sat, 10 Feb 2018 20:54:29 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=331151 Max Limited have announced a new set of accessories for the Nintendo Switch called Nintendo Switch Pocket Mini Case. They’re small keychains that can actually house your game cartridges. Each Pocket Mini Case is a 1/3 scale version of a Switch game box. The box art has been faithfully recreated in miniature form and attached […]

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Max Limited have announced a new set of accessories for the Nintendo Switch called Nintendo Switch Pocket Mini Case. They’re small keychains that can actually house your game cartridges.

Each Pocket Mini Case is a 1/3 scale version of a Switch game box. The box art has been faithfully recreated in miniature form and attached to a keychain. Each one can hold only a single cartridge. While the Pocket Mini Cases may not have the versatility of other portable storage solutions, they certainly look pretty stylish. At the moment, only five designs have been revealed, and they’re all for Nintendo published games: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS, Splatoon 2, and Super Mario Odyssey.

They will be available to purchase at Japanese retailers in April 2018. Your import game will have to be strong in order for you to nab of these in the West.

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Your My Nintendo Gold Points Will Soon Be Spendable on the Switch eShop http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/my-nintendo-gold-points-switch-eshop/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/my-nintendo-gold-points-switch-eshop/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:55:37 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=330585 If you’re registered with My Nintendo (which you should definitely do if you haven’t already – it’s free), you may have noticed that any time you purchase a digital game on Switch, Wii U, or 3DS, or a physical game on Switch, you receive a few Gold Points. Previously, these could only be redeemed on […]

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If you’re registered with My Nintendo (which you should definitely do if you haven’t already – it’s free), you may have noticed that any time you purchase a digital game on Switch, Wii U, or 3DS, or a physical game on Switch, you receive a few Gold Points. Previously, these could only be redeemed on the My Nintendo website for a small selection of digital games, and discounts. However, beginning in March, all of those Gold Points that you’ve saved up will now become currency that you can spend directly on the Switch eShop, or when you buy Switch digital software via the My Nintendo website.

When purchasing anything from the Switch eShop, an option will become available that will let you spend your Gold Points as a payment method. If you haven’t got enough Gold Points to cover the entire cost of whatever it is you wish to purchase, you can pay for the remaining balance with with any other payment method that is available for the eShop.

As long as your My Nintendo account is linked to the Switch, 3DS, or Wii U system that you’re using to purchase digital software, you will automatically accumulate Gold Points upon purchase. To earn Gold Points from physical Switch games, make sure that the game card is inserted in the system, scroll to the game’s icon on the home menu and press the + button, scroll down to the “My Nintendo Rewards Program” option and select earn points from there. If you need help on linking your My Nintendo account to your system, here is a helpful guide from Nintendo.

The Gold Points that you earn will only remain valid until the end of the following calendar year. So once you get some points, you’ll only have around a year to spend them before they expire. Any points that you earned at the launch of the Switch (March 2017) will expire shortly after this My Nintendo update is released in March 2018.

How much a Gold Point is worth in real money hasn’t been announced as of yet, but Nintendo assures that we’ll be getting more information in the coming weeks.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Is at Its Best on PC http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/pc-version-final-fantasy-xii/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/pc-version-final-fantasy-xii/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:35:29 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=329980 Fun fact: Now that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has been ported to PC, every single main series Final Fantasy game can now be played on a single system (well, Final Fantasy XV won’t be available until March, but that’s not far off). That’s great and all, but that wouldn’t really mean much if […]

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Fun fact: Now that Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has been ported to PC, every single main series Final Fantasy game can now be played on a single system (well, Final Fantasy XV won’t be available until March, but that’s not far off). That’s great and all, but that wouldn’t really mean much if the PC version wasn’t any good, and sadly that is the case with some Final Fantasy games on PC, such as Final Fantasy V and VI with their questionable art style. For Final Fantasy XII, though, the PC version of the Zodiac Age remaster is not just good – it’s the best version of Final Fantasy XII that has ever been released.

First, a little history. The Zodiac Age is the second upgraded version of 2006’s Final Fantasy XII, the first being the Japan-only PS2 upgraded re-release with the subtitle “International Zodiac Job System.” Last year, a HD remaster of that version of Final Fantasy XII was released on PS4, with all of the added features, including the ability to speed the game up and, of course, the zodiac job system. Now that version has been ported to the PC with a few more upgrades that make it the definitive version.

The most notable improvement is the FPS boost from 30 to 60 FPS. The game is set to cap at 30 FPS by default, so be sure to change that option to 60 in the settings. If this is your first time playing Final Fantasy XII, you may not notice the improvement, but if you’re coming off of the PS2 or PS4 version, this is something that will definitely catch your eye. I just recently played through the PS4 version, and although the game looks and runs perfectly fine at 30 FPS, I was pretty amazed by how good it looks at 60. There were no noticeable dips during combat or cutscenes either. You may be familiar with Square Enix’s botched launch of the PS4 version of Kingdom Hearts I and II where the jump from 30 to 60 FPS caused some unintentional bugs (some enemies’ attacks would act quicker than they should). Thankfully, these issues seem to be non-existent in the PC version of Final Fantasy XII.

Another visual upgrade to mention is that the game supports 21:9 ultrawide monitors. It’s not a feature that I was able to test out personally, but it’s good to know that the option is there for those who can take advantage of it. It should be noted that cutscenes haven’t been updated to support this, and will show the usual black bars on the sides of the screen.

The Zodiac Age also features mouse and keyboard support on PC, too. I can’t say that I really liked playing with a mouse and keyboard though. While the game plays more like an action RPG than a majority of Final Fantasy games, it isn’t as active as, for example, Final Fantasy XIV or XV, and you’ll still be navigating menus very frequently. Fumbling around the keyboard interface when just trying to input a simple menu command can be super tedious. It’s something that you might be able to get used to, but I’d definitely recommend playing with a controller. And Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age actually has native PS4 controller support, so it’s very easy to play the game with a controller that it was originally designed for. Xbox controllers work great too. Just be sure to switch the confirm button from the default option of the B button to the A button.

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There is one last noticeable difference in the PC version, which is that the New Game+ and New Game- modes are available as soon as you begin the game; in the PS4 version, these modes would only become unlocked after completing the game once. New Game+ doesn’t work like it does in many other RPGs in that you don’t carry anything over from a previous playthrough. Instead, New Game+ just starts your characters off at level 90, allowing you to blast through the whole game with no worries. If you’re a Final Fantasy XII veteran and you just want to see all of the new visual improvements of the PC version, then this is a great option for you. Otherwise, I wouldn’t recommend it for your first playthrough as the game’s combat system is one of the more interesting and integral parts of Final Fantasy XII, and being level 90 from the get-go would likely spoil that. New Game- is a mode that stops your characters from leveling at all. If you want your PC playthrough of Final Fantasy XII to be a challenge run, then there’s your mode right there.

The PC version of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age is exactly what a PC version should be. It makes the most of the advantages that the platform has to offer, boosting the visuals but not skimping on the performance. There’s nothing wrong with the PS4 version of the game – it’s a great HD remaster – but if you were to ask me which version is better, it’s hands down the PC version. So long as you have a controller to play with, that is.

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North American Switch eShop Sale Is On, Plus Ace Attorney Discounts for 3DS http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/eshop-sale-ace-attorney/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/eshop-sale-ace-attorney/#respond Sun, 04 Feb 2018 23:57:16 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=329583 The latest Nintendo eShop sale is underway, and it includes both Switch and 3DS games. While there are only four 3DS games that have been discounted this time around, they are definitely the highlights of the bunch, consisting of four games from the Ace Attorney series. Some of these games have received a hefty price […]

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The latest Nintendo eShop sale is underway, and it includes both Switch and 3DS games. While there are only four 3DS games that have been discounted this time around, they are definitely the highlights of the bunch, consisting of four games from the Ace Attorney series.

Some of these games have received a hefty price cut, such as Dual Destinies which is down from $29.99 to only $9.99. If you haven’t played an Ace Attorney game before, its a visual novel series by Capcom where you must solve cases in a courtroom by analyzing a series of evidence. All of the Ace Attorney games on sale were only released digitally in North America, so there’s a chance that they’ll never be cheaper than they are right now.

There are also plenty of Switch games on offer. Some highlights include the fairly recently released Brawlout, which is a Smash Bros-esque fighting game, and The Jackbox Party Pack 3, which is a fun multiplayer party/trivia game that you can play using your phones, tablets, or computers.

Here is a full list of games on sale:

Switch

Astro Bears Party – $3.99 (was $4.99)
Brawl – $7.99 (was $14.99)
Brawlout – $14.99 (was $19.99)
The Bridge – $3.49 (was $9.99)
The Count Lucanor – $7.49 (was $14.99)
Frederic: Resurrection of Music – $3.99 (was $5.99)
Grand Prix Rock ‘N Racing – $6.39 (was $7.99)
The Jackbox Party Pack 3 – $19.99 (was $24.99)
Perception – $11.99 (was $19.99)
Robonauts – $11.99 (was $14.99)
Sparkle 2 – $6.39 (was $7.99)
Sparkle 2 Evo – $2.49 (was $4.99)
Tiny Troopers Joint Ops XL – $11.04 (was $12.99)
Unbox: Newbie’s Adventure – $14.99 (was $29.99)
Violett – $4.99 (was $9.99)
Woodle Tree Adventures – $4.49 (was $4.99)

3DS

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney – $14.99 (was $19.99)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies – $9.99 (was $29.99)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice – $14.99 (was $29.99)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy – $14.99 (was $29.99)

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Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition Pre-Orders Now Live, Benchmark Available http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/final-fantasy-xv-windows-edition-pre-order/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/final-fantasy-xv-windows-edition-pre-order/#respond Sun, 04 Feb 2018 23:13:36 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=329579 PC gamers have been awaiting the chance to get their hands on the latest main entry in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XV, for over a year now. Not much longer to wait, though. The PC version of the open-world JRPG can now be pre-ordered from Steam, Origin, and the Microsoft Store for $49.99. […]

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PC gamers have been awaiting the chance to get their hands on the latest main entry in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XV, for over a year now. Not much longer to wait, though. The PC version of the open-world JRPG can now be pre-ordered from Steam, Origin, and the Microsoft Store for $49.99.

The PC version of Final Fantasy XV not only comes with the base game, but also all of the previous downloadable content, including the additional story scenarios Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, Episode Ignis, and the Comrades multiplayer expansion. Not only that, but the PC version also promises to be the best looking version of the game, with native 4K and HDR10 support.

Of course, you’ll want to know if your PC is capable of getting the most out of Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition. Thankfully, Square Enix have released a benchmark tool for the game that allows players to optimize their PC in preparation for the game’s launch.

Depending on which service you use to pre-order Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition, you will be treated with a different downloadable pre-order bonus. The Microsoft Store is offering the “FFXV Powerup Pack,” which contains the Dodanuki sword, along with 10 phoenix downs and 10 elixers. From Steam, you can get the “FFXV Fashion Collection,” which will give you four different stat-enhancing T-shirts. And a pre-order from Origin gets you the “FFXV Decal Selection,” which contains a set of decals for the Regalia car.

Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition launches March 6.

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The Best Dissidia Final Fantasy Games, All 4 Ranked http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/best-dissidia-final-fantasy-games-ranked/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/best-dissidia-final-fantasy-games-ranked/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 19:35:23 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=329093 4. Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia All Dissidia Final Fantasy Games Ranked The only game not available on a PlayStation system, Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia is a free-to-play mobile game set in the same universe as the rest of the Dissidia games. The gameplay differs greatly from the rest of the Dissidia series, and […]

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4. Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia

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The only game not available on a PlayStation system, Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia is a free-to-play mobile game set in the same universe as the rest of the Dissidia games. The gameplay differs greatly from the rest of the Dissidia series, and features turn-based combat similar to the earlier main series Final Fantasy games.

While not as grandiose as the other Dissidia games, it’s a decent little title in its own right. Its in-app purchases will only really matter to the people that just have to make their units as strong as possible; for others, you can still get pretty far in the game without paying a penny. Its gameplay, visual style and music is all pretty good, and there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had here. Plus, the game’s playable cast of characters isn’t mainly based on Final Fantasy’s main protagonists and antagonists like the other Dissidias, allowing you to play as characters like Rem, Vivi, Sazh and tons more. Check this game out if you haven’t.

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5 Other Japanese Arcade Games That Need to Come West http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/japanese-arcade-games-come-west/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/02/japanese-arcade-games-come-west/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 14:00:46 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=328828 We like rhythm games and collectible cards too!

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So we’ve finally received a new entry in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, but what you may not have known is that it is actually a port of a Japan-only arcade game that was released in 2015. It was quite big in the country, with Sega, Namco and Taito-owned arcades dedicating a large amount of floor space just to that game alone. At the time of its release, fans in the West could only dream of what the game might be like to play. As the years went by, it seemed like there was no chance of the game getting released outside of Japan. Lo and behold, people across the world are now playing it on their PS4s from the comfort of their own homes. The fantasy became reality.

But we can never be fully satisfied knowing just how many great games remain thousands of miles away, locked behind the paywall of a plane ticket. Japanese arcades are bustling with unique experiences that are just downright fun to play, and we westerners deserve to play them too. So here are five Japanese arcade games that need to come West.

Taiko no Tatsujin

5 Japanese Arcade Games That Need to Come West

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Forget Rock Band. Forget Donkey Konga. If you want the most enjoyable drumming game, then look no further than Taiko no Tatsujin. This has been one of Japan’s most popular rhythm arcade franchises for years, so popular in fact that you may see imported versions of the machine floating around other parts of the world. It’s a game where you have to bang a giant taiko drum to the beat. There’s only one lane, and only three colored notes which indicate if you have to hit the center of the drum, the rim, or if you have to mash. Its simplicity is probably why this game captures so many different demographics. That’s not to say it can’t get challenging, however – it most certainly can be on harder difficulties.

This game technically has received a localized version in the form of Taiko: Drum Master on PS2, but that was a very long time ago, and it was only one entry. Japan has seen over 20 Taiko no Tatsujin titles outside of arcades across the PS2, PSP, PS Vita, DS, 3DS, Wii, Wii U, and most recently, the PS4; there’s also a Switch game in the works. Is it so much to ask for just one new release to come to the West?

Check out this video if you want to see just how much fun you can have playing Taiko no Tatsujin, and then be sad that we don’t have it.

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Mana Producer Wants to Make a New Entry, Acknowledges That Switch Fans Would Want It http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/mana-new-entry-switch/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/mana-new-entry-switch/#respond Sun, 28 Jan 2018 20:02:23 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=328036 Could we be seeing the rise of Mana?

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It’s only been a few days since Mana series producer Masaru Oyamada let us know that Square Enix is interested in bringing the Secret of Mana remake to Switch, as well as localizing the Seiken Densetsu Collection (which is the Japan-only collection of the first three games). But the Mana news doesn’t quite stop there, as Oyamada-san, in an interview with Dualshockers, has explained that he wants to create a brand new entry in the series.

Personally, after I took up the role as the Producer of the Mana series it has been our goal to create a new title in the Mana series. With that said, there has been this period of time that an entry in the Mana series hasn’t been released. We’ve decided to remake the Adventures of Mana and Secret of Mana in order for people who have played the titles to get to know it once again as well as give players who are new to the series an opportunity to experience the game and get everyone up to speed.

That’s great news for Mana fans, but there’s even more good news for those fans who also happen to be Switch owners. When asked about the possibility of bringing future games to the Switch, Oyamada-san had this to say: ““Considering the amount of passion people have for the platform, it will be hard to remove it as a release option for any future projects.”

The last three titles released in the series have all been ports or remakes. The last truly new game in the series to be released was 2014’s Rise of Mana. Going even further back, the last game to be released for a Nintendo system (not counting the Seiken Densetsu Collection) was 2007’s Heroes of Mana for the DS. It’s certainly been a while since we’ve seen a an entry on a Nintendo platform in the West, but it is looking increasingly likely that we may well see one soon.

The Secret of Mana remake is heading to PS4, PS Vita, and PC on Feb. 15, 2018.

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Mercenary Kings and Flinthook Coming to Switch, Getting Limited Physical Releases http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/mercenary-kings-flinthook-switch-physical-releases/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/mercenary-kings-flinthook-switch-physical-releases/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:15:06 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=327751 Some of Limited Run Games' first Switch releases.

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Indie developer Tribute Games have announced that they are brining two of their previous games to Nintendo Switch: Mercenary Kings and Flinthook. Not only this, but they are both going to be receiving limited physical runs courtesy of Limited Run Games. These games join the previously announced Saturday Morning RPG as some of the first games that Limited Run Games are publishing for the Switch.

Mercenary Kings is a Kickstarter funded side-scrolling run ‘n’ gun game, not dissimilar to SNK’s Metal Slug series. It was released in 2014 for the PC and PS4, but is finally making its way to Switch, PS Vita and Xbox One with the new ‘Reloaded Edition’ subtitle. This new version will include a bunch of extras, including two new characters, some new weapons, a new mission, as well as a bunch of technical tweaks to make it the definitive edition. PC and PS4 owners of the vanilla Mercenary Kings will receive the Reloaded Edition for free. This will be arriving on all platforms on Feb. 6. Limited Run Games will be releasing a physical copy of the game for PS4, PS Vita and Switch, all of which will feature a reversible cover. However, the release date for this physical release is unknown as of yet.

Flinthook is Tribute Games’ latest release, and has been available on PS4, Xbox One and PC since April 2017; now the roguelike action game is coming to Switch. Inspired by the likes of Spelunky and Rogue Legacy, in Flinthook you play as a space pirate with a grappling chainhook who searches procedurally generated levels for treasure. Limited Run Games published a physical version of Flinthook on the PS4 alongside its digital release, and it looks as though the they are poised to do the same for the Switch version. The game is due out on Switch some time in 2018.

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Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition is Now Available to Pre-Order on Amazon http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/final-fantasy-xv-royal-edition-pre-order-amazon/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/final-fantasy-xv-royal-edition-pre-order-amazon/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:53:21 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=327721 Get your gil ready.

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Following Final Fantasy XV’s release at the end of 2016, it received a hefty amount of bonus downloadable content. All of this, along with some additional content, has now been collected into one convenient package in the from of the Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition. Releasing on March 6, you can now pre-order this new version of Square Enix’s open-world RPG from Amazon for $49.99.

All of the content that was available as part of the original game’s season pass is included in the Royal Edition. As well as new gear, car skins and item sets, this includes the additional story scenarios Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto and Episode Ignis, plus the multiplayer expansion known as Comrades.

Those who picked up the season pass for the original Final Fantasy XV still have a few extra goodies to look forward to in the Royal Edition. There will be an all-new dungeon, new bosses, new gear, as well as an expanded map that lets you explore the ruins of Insomnia City. A new first-person mode is also being introduced. Additionally, collecting all 13 royal arms in this version will let you unlock a new action-oriented mode for the armiger called armiger unleashed. And as an added bonus, you can also freely control the boat from the original game around Cape Caem and Altissia.

The Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition will be released on PS4 and Xbox One on March 6. PC players will be happy to know that Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will be released on the same day, which will come with all of the additional content that is included in the Royal Edition.

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Nintendo Gives More Details on Super Mario Odyssey’s New Luigi’s Balloon World Mode http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/mario-odyssey-luigis-balloon-details/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/mario-odyssey-luigis-balloon-details/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:29:49 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=326280 How the scoring system works.

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Nintendo has given us some new information about the upcoming Super Mario Odyssey update launching in February that includes the new Luigi’s Balloon World mode, along with some new outfits and shapshot mode filters.

They have detailed how Luigi’s Balloon World will work. Once you have cleared the main story, Luigi will appear when you revisit any of the game’s kingdoms. Talking to him will allow you to partake in two different balloon modes: “Hide it” and “Find it.” In Hide it, your rating is determined by how many coins you collect, as well as how many balloons you have used. In Find it, your rating is determined by how many coins you collect, how many balloons you can find, and how many balloons you can find in quick succession. While playing this mode, there is a chance that the weather could change in the kingdom that you’re in. Nintendo gives the examples of rain in New Donk City, and a sunset in Tostarena.

Nintendo also reiterates the new costumes coming to Super Mario Odyssey, and have now named the costumes. Heading to the game in the February update will be the “sunshine” costume, the “bandman” costume and the “armor” costume. Nintendo states that these will not be the last new costumes coming to the game, meaning that we should expect to see more in the future.

We also have the new snapshot mode filters coming in this update, including a neon filter, and a gold coin filter that lets you place your favorite Super Mario Odyssey moments into the frame of Mario’s famous coins.

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The Totaku Collection Has Been Unveiled; a Series of PlayStation Figurines http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/the-totaku-collection-playstation-figurines/ http://twinfinite.net/2018/01/the-totaku-collection-playstation-figurines/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:05:42 +0000 http://twinfinite.net/?p=326265 Sony's answer to amiibo.

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What better way to show off your love for some of your favorite game franchises than owning some sweet, sweet merchandise. Well, if you’re a big PlayStation fan then you’re in luck, as we’ve just been given our first glimpse at the new “Totaku Collection,” which is a series of figurines of some of PlayStation’s biggest mascots.

The first wave includes figures of Crash Bandicoot, Parappa the Rapper, the Feisar FX350 ship from Wipeout, God of War’s Kratos, Bloodborne’s The Hunter, Tekken’s Heihachi and LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy.

The Totaku Collection is being produced by ThinkGeek, a merchandising company owned by Gamestop. The first wave of figures will be released on March 23 and can be preordered now exclusively from Gamestop’s website for $9.99 each. In some European countries, the Totaku Collection will be exclusive to GAME stores.

Despite the amiibo-like appearance of both the figures themselves and their packaging, they will not feature any NFC functionality – they’re just cool looking figures.

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Are you looking forward to displaying some of PlayStation’s best mascots in your house? Or do you have any requests for a potential second wave? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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