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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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Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s new console

Formerly known as Project Scarlett

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With millions of eyes glued to the Game Awards, Microsoft took the opportunity to unveil their latest console. Formerly known as Project Scarlett, the gaming console now has an official name — Xbox Series X.

The Xbox Series X has a custom-designed CPU that’s based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA Architecture. Speaking of CPU, that’s exactly what the console looks like. Despite it looking like most CPU Towers, the console can be positioned both vertically and horizontally.

Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer claims the new console it will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.” It’s also using an SSD which should boost load times. It’s also capable of 8K gaming with frame rates of up to 120 FPS as well as ray tracing.

Spencer confirmed with GameSpot that it the Xbox Series X is backwards compatible. It will support games you can play on the Xbox One and will also have support for accessories sold for earlier versions of the console.

There’s no word yet on exact pricing and availabilty but they did say it will come just ahead of the holiday shopping season in 2020. This puts it squarely around the time of the PlayStation 5’s release date. Exciting times ahead for console gamers!

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Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

It’s finally here!

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It’s finally here! The much anticipated Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro are finally in the Philippines.

First announced back in July, the Black Shark 2 is a much anticipated gaming smartphone. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. However, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its major competitor — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — which has a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Price and availability

The Black Shark 2 comes in three variants: 6GB/128GB (PhP 22,990), 8GB/128GB (23,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 28,990).

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variants: 8GB/128GB (PhP 27,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 33,490).

The phones will be available in select Mi Stores: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia starting December 13.

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Resident Evil 3 gets its remake, available Q2 2020

Remade into horror and glory

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PlayStation saved the best announcement as its second to the last for its final State of Play. One of the most popular survival horror franchises gets another remake since its release 20 years ago. Capcom wants to take everyone back to Raccoon City in its full, high definition glory in Resident Evil 3.

Revisit the story of Jill Valentine as you venture through the virus-infected city in this modern remake. Avid followers of the multitude of Resident Evil games will enjoy the improved visuals while enjoying the same style of shoulder-perspective gameplay. Capcom programmed the entire remake on their own RE Engine, the engine responsible for Devil May Cry 5.

Apart from that, Capcom also announced Resident Evil: Project Resistance – a 4v1 multiplayer mode within Resident Evil 3. It features similar gameplay to that of Resident Evil 2, as players turn into survivors at the mercy of a Mastermind. Early talks suggested that it would be a separate title, but will now be part of the Resident Evil 3 remake.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC on April 3, 2020. PlayStation is already taking in pre-orders for the game as early as now.

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