FFVII Remake screenshots: Sephiroth, an improved Midgar, and learning Aerith

Sephiroth never looked so good



Christmas is almost here, and Square Enix just keeps handing more and more gifts for early 2020. The company just released more screenshots from their much anticipated Final Fantasy VII remake coming in March.

Let’s take a look at these new screenshots.

A glorious look at Sephiroth

The first few screenshots I saw were that for Sephiroth. Sephiroth, one of the key characters in the original Final Fantasy VII got an absolute glow up in the remake. Fans will surely remember the former SOLDIER with a deep black coat, donning silver hair and wielding his signature Masamune. And this remake of him just looks clear, sharp, and stunning!

Mastering Aerith

Aerith’s game focuses heavily on ranged magic attacks, triggered by the Square button. You can launch successful attacks just by simply mashing the button over and over again. Also, Aerith has a Tempest ability, a charging ranged attack triggered by the Triangle button. Holding down the Triangle button charges up the attack that will deal an explosion when fully charged.

Aerith’s other abilities include Soul Drain and Lustrous Shield. Soul Drain, as the name suggests sucks MP from enemies — essential to conjure up for magic attacks. Meanwhile, Lustrous Shield protects Aerith from long ranged projectiles with nearby enemies taking damage.

Summoning Shiva

As mentioned before, equipping Summon Materia allows you to bring different characters and their abilities in-game. One other character you can summon is Shiva, the powerful queen of ice! Bringing Shiva along gives you access to her ability, Heavenly Strike which summons a great glacier to bring down an enemy’s head.

Midgar gets the glow up

The overworld for several parts of Midgar turned out real nice. The redesigned areas include the Train Graveyard (with a new event specific to the remake), and the Shinra Building. All of these places were given quite the overhaul in terms of design, gearing towards a more realistic feel.


The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is now available

The first laptop with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate



ASUS ROG continues to roll out more premium gaming devices, with the latest one coming from the Zephyrus lineup. The two new Zephyrus laptops now come with the highest refresh rate on any device along with powerful hardware.

Starting today, you can get your hands on the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701. The new  Zephyrus S comes with a 17.3-inch IPS FHD display with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate. To complement this high of a refresh rate, ASUS ROG even slapped in either an NVIDIA RTX 2070 or NVIDIA RTX 2080 inside. Along with the latest Intel Core i7 processor inside, the ROG Zephyrus S GX701 looks to be the ideal gaming laptop for the pros.

Depending on the unit you get, you also get up to 32 GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. All of these contribute to unparalleled performance for any task you throw at it, or any game you throw at it. Both units also come with Gigabit WiFi adapters for better wireless connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0. When you purchase the whole package, you also get a free ROG Backpack, Cerberus Gaming Headset, teh ROG Gladius II, and an ROG Eye webcam.

The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is available in all ASUS and ASUS ROG Concept Stores. The 32GB RAM, RTX 2080 unit is priced at PhP 209,995, while the 16GB RAM, RTX 2070 unit comes in at PhP 169,995.

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FFVII remake teasers now comes with behind the scenes footage

A look into the iconic theme song and squad



A delay in release did not stop Square Enix from teasing Final Fantasy fans even more. This time, however, the company is  just giving us two things to prepare our minds and hearts for the remake.

The first one, as you’ve seen from the header image, an HD recreation of Cloud Strife and his trusty motorcycle. An entire cast literally joins him in the picture, including Aerith, Tifa, Barret, and even Red XIII. Looks like this is just feeding more details on character art, more than anything else.

The second one is actually a behind-the-scenes look into the end theme of the whole remake. Nobuo Uematsu guides us through the creative process behind the end theme, including the recording sessions for it. To see more of it, here’s the entire behind-the-scenes footage:

Square Enix’ remake of Final Fantasy VII will be released on April 10, 2020. It will only be available for the PlayStation 4, and pre-orders are still being accepted.

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NVIDIA’s GeForce Now is ready for gamers

Another cloud gaming competitor



NVIDIA’s game streaming service, GeForce NOW, is ready for gamers looking for alternatives to Google’s Stadia and Microsoft XCloud. NVIDIA is looking at its support for more devices and compatibility with existing game stores as its edge against competitors.

Luring in gamers

NVIDIA GeForce NOW is now available for general audience after it entered beta last year. Starting today, gamers can opt for either of the two tiers: Free and Founders.

Gamers on Free tier have to contend with a one-hour gameplay limit. Plus, they maybe put on a wait list for a certain game if there is too much demand. Meanwhile, gamers on Founders tier have priority access to games, a six-hour gameplay limit, and support for RTX.

Unlike its competitors, NVIDIA’s game streaming service supports more devices. It is available now in Windows, macOS, Android and SHIELD TV platform, with Chromebook support coming in the future.

This game streaming service also works differently than Google’s Stadia and Microsoft’s XCloud. It streams supported games from the Steam library, Epic Games Store,, and Uplay.

There is no need to purchase a game as gamers can simply stream it if the service supports it. Smooth gameplay is guaranteed with support of up to 1080 at 60FPS.

Pricing and availability

GeForce NOW is available on all 30 countries across North America and Europe. Beta users are migrated automatically. For those planning to pay for the Founders tier, they will only have to shell out US$ 4.99 per month.

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