In the last two days, I have driven over 250 miles. By the time you read this, I’ll be approaching the 280 mark, with the end of the day bringing me solidly over the 300 mark. For some of you go-getting folks, I’m sure this is all perfectly normal. For me, it represents the most driving I have ever done. Alas, next week promises even farther journeys and earlier starts. I am therefore very tired.
But I wouldn’t leave you without something to read on this Friday morning. Yes, this might be shameless padding (because I’m too tired to come up with anything more complex than sarcasm and witticisms), but it still counts!
I mean this isn’t even a paragraph, but it’s getting its own little space, because it’s special.
Anyway, two bits of news have crept into existence very recently, so let’s take a look at them in a moderate amount of detail.
Alright, so I was off by a month or so. I’m still calling it. The PlayStation Vita Slim is coming to the UK in less than a week from the time of this posting.
I almost went a whole calendar month without doing another article on Final Fantasy news. I can’t tell if this is a sign of me slipping, or if I need genuine help. It was only yesterday that I was talking to someone at work regarding the upcoming Final Fantasy XV. He remarked that it seemed as though Square-Enix were making the transition to fully real-time combat. I mentioned the differences in the battle systems throughout the games over the years, noting how it evolved from pure turn-based to “active time battle” style. Lately, it seems to be having something of an identity crisis, with X, XII and all the XIII’s having wildly differing battle systems. XV seems to be continuing this trend, as Square-Enix try to find something that fits.
It wasn’t the discussion itself that was all that unusual: it was the conclusion I came to afterwards. No matter how weird or alien the combat system ended up being, it was this: “Of course I’m going to buy it regardless,” I said. “It’s a Final Fantasy game.” Square-Enix can see people like me coming from a mile away.
But as I’ve been noting over the past few articles on this very topic, Square-Enix are making some really awesome decisions of late. They might just end up justifying my rabid devotion in the months to come. Here are a few more reasons why.
Capcom are taking great strides towards making 2014 even more exciting. I’m not talking about the recent announcement of the Resident Evil 4 re-release on Steam, though. For anyone who hasn’t played the game, RE4 is certainly something you should try, though I still personally prefer the first three games. No, I’m talking about another re-release that’s sort of slipping in under the radar, probably because it’s only been confirmed for Japan for the moment. As we all know, Capcom plus Japanese exclusivity equals Ace Attorney.
Upcoming stealth game Volume looks like the kind of sneak and creep fun that we at Z1G adore and so we can’t wait to don our quietest shoes once the PS4 title is released later this year.
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