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!
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.
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 Last of Us Part II Preview: Nimble and off to the races
Ellie rides searching for answers in a broken world.
I needed to mentally prepare myself for the amount of groundwork The Last of Us Part II demands. The lingering question on my mind as I take on this game was pretty simple: what’s next? Its prequel takes on a point-of-view that focuses on hope; on a riveting end to a dangerous time. What do we look forward to? Will the end come in a marvelous way, or will there be more to uncover?
This time around, you play as Ellie — the girl you saved from the Fireflies back in The Last Of Us, all grown up. She moves quite faster than Joel does in the first game, which also allows her to reach higher places in the field. Also, you traverse overworlds a lot faster and with more agility given her slim frame. As Ellie, you also have access to this nifty feature called Listen Mode, which comes in handy at the right moments.
The world I traversed just looked, for a lack of a better word, destroyed. Nothing seemed to be in proper condition anymore — buildings, bridges, roads, and vehicles alike. To me, it feels like a whole new world — one that is drastically similar to what we left behind in the prequel. But even in this barren wasteland, humans still hold the law of life — or at least judge on who lives and dies.
Ellie takes on this world seeking answers, all while exposed to more dangerous threats along the way. Apart from the nasty encounters with the Infected, you come across two more dangerous groups of people. First up are the Wolves or WLF, a pack of armed civilians with a more run-and-gun combat approach. Then, there are the Seraphites or Scars, the trained silent killers at a whistle’s notice. All that’s really left is whether you choose to fight or die, because even I thought flight wasn’t an option here.
The Last of Us Part II comes to the PlayStation 4 on June 19, 2020.
Nickelodeon Pixel Town: Another game to play while on lockdown
They’ve got adorable pixel art!
Nickelodeon is serving up a new mobile game for us: Nickelodeon Pixel Town. A mobile game we can all sink our teeth into as we try to cope with everything that 2020 has been throwing at us so far.
So, what is it exactly? Nickelodeon Pixel Town is a city building game. The name of the game is building your own Nickelodeon city where you can collect characters, costumes, iconic buildings, and items from different Nickelodeon series. The most charming bit? It’s all drawn in highly stylistic retro pixel art.
For your city inhabitants, you get to collect characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Invader Zim, CatDog, The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, Rugrats, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold! and The Wild Thornberrys.
Honestly, if you don’t have a Switch and have been gritting your teeth through the lockdown while people have been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this is a decent mobile game to bring back some nostalgia. Because with all the hellish news lately, don’t we all just want to curl up into a ball and go back to a time when times seemed so much simpler? Not any better of a place and time perse, sure. But, just a time when we were too young to know any better.
Want to give this game a go?
Nickelodeon has an official launch celebration for the Pixel Town. You can use the code PIXELTOWNHL to redeem 500 Gems for free! To redeem it, you can go to their website, click redemption, and fill up the necessary info.
If you want to build up a reason to disconnect and play like me, you can. The freebies are valid until 30 June 2020, 11:59PM (GMT+8). That’s a pretty good amount of time to be rally up enough pent up emotions to need some time away to hop back fiercer. Nickelodeon Pixel Town is available in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia on Google Play and Apple App Store.
Sony postpones PlayStation 5 event amidst US protests
Letting more important voices be heard
Last week, we finally heard some news about the upcoming but strangely silent PlayStation 5. Since the pandemic, the next generation of gaming kept out of the limelight, allowing the current generation to flourish amongst the locked-in gamers. Breaking the silence, Sony was scheduled to hold a showcase of PlayStation 5 launch titles this week for the upcoming console. Unfortunately, because of current events, the company has decidedly shelved the digital event.
Through their official Twitter account, PlayStation announced the postponement, allowing other issues to resolve in the meantime. “We have the decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4,” the company said.
“While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard,” the post continues.
Naturally, the announcement is timed perfectly for the currently ongoing protests happening across America. Recently, George Floyd, an African American man, was murdered under the custody of a white police officer. The incident, followed by the subsequent lack of justice, sparked a wave of outrage throughout the country.
Since then, other companies and personalities have shown their support towards the cause. Notably, Google postponed Android 11’s launch previously, starting a wave of similar postponements. Though none of the postponing companies have named the George Floyd case specifically, one can easily assume the announcement’s relevance to the current political climate in America.
In any case, it looks like gamers will have to wait a little bit longer before more details about the PlayStation 5 will inevitably surface.
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