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FFVII Remake new screenshots: Chocobo, Classic mode, and more

There’s a Chocobo & Moogle summon!

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Excitement for Final Fantasy VII Remake has taken a bit of a backseat with all the attention garnered by Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding. However, these new set of screenshots should change all that.

Square recently showcased a bunch of new in-game screenshots and this should more than satisfy FFVII remake enthusiasts as we draw closer to its release date on March 3, 2020.

Let’s take a look.

You can summon a Chocobo & Moogle combo

This was the first thing that caught my eye! During battle you can equip Summon Materia and one of them includes a Moogle riding a Chocobo. Now that’s fan service right there! They will fight alongside you and will unleash a special move just before they leave.

Different Materia

Speaking of Materia, there’s a lot you can use in this game. For instance there’s Magic Materia like Fire which fans of the franchise know will evolve to Fira and Firaga. There’s also Individual Materia which have abilities like Assess that lets you spot an opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.

Classic Mode Battle System


If you’re a fan of the turn-based battle that classic Final Fantasy and other JRPGs are known for, you’ll be happy to know that FFVII will have that option available… sort of. In Classic Mode, party characters will act automatically. You only need to choose what abilities will use their ATB charge for.

But if you’re itching to get in the action. Simply press any button on the controller to fully immerse in the battle. Also, if you’re wondering, you may change the game’s difficulty at any time while playing.

Mastering Cloud Strife

Pushing the square button triggers Cloud’s melee attacks. Stringing them together will produce combos and holding the button will unleash a spinning area-of-effect strike.

Meanwhile the triangle button will shuffle between Cloud’s two modes: Operator and Punisher. Operator offers a good balance of attack and defense while Punisher is more focused on dealing heavier damage but will also reduce his speed.

You also get special attacks like Triple Slash which increases damage as you hit more enemies, and Blade Burst which is a ranged attack for when you’re a few paces away from your target.

Weapon Enhancement

Just like any good’ol RPG, you get to upgrade your weapons. You will have plenty of options to upgrade as you level up including improving the wielder’s status and increasing the number of Materia slots available.

Mini games and different battles

There will be plenty of mini games to explore including Darts which you can play at the dartboard in Seventh Heaven.

There’s also a section in the game where you must escape Shinra operatives in a motorycle ride sequence. It’s hot pursuit FFVII style!

SEE ALSO: Final Fantasy VII Remake: Features and mechanics

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is now available

The first laptop with a whopping 300Hz refresh rate

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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

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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

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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, Battle.net, 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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