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Final Fantasy VII Remake: Features and mechanics

More screenshots, features, and mechanics!

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If you’ve been waiting for Final Fantasy VII Remake to be released, there are more things about it you can look forward to. Square Enix has been revealing little details you might want to keep track of. The most recent update has been the game’s box art, new screenshots and new gameplay mechanics!

The Final Fantasy VII Remake western box art sticks to the original as it recreates the iconic photo of Cloud looking up at the Shinra Corporation. Included in the box art are more screenshots of beloved characters, Cloud, Tifa, and Barret.

Game mechanics

As much as Square Enix has been teasing us with more tidbits of the game, you might want to pay attention to some new features game mechanics. The Final Fantasy VII Remake has seemingly stuck with an almost real-time battle system. You essentially fill your Active Time Battle (ATB) gauge as you attack which ultimately lets you pause and execute commands.

They tweaked the classic mode a bit this time though. Classic mode will stick to a more turn-based combat. Your attacks are more automated allowing you to focus on selecting and executing commands once your ATB gauge is filled. If you’re worried about executing special abilities and attacks, you might want to check out shortcut customizations so you can make your team battle efficiently.

There’s more to Final Fantasy VII Remake. On top of all that, they’ve added materia. Materia is an item you can equip to a character to buff them with special abilities. The abilities range from added attack damage to increased defences for magic damage.

Alongside materia, they’ve also released summon materia. You equip summon materia to a character. This adds a special gauge that will gradually fill up as you’re in battle. Once filled, the character summons into the battle otherworldly entities to fight alongside you and your team.

As of late, PlayStation hasn’t released much new information on the long-awaited remake. You’ll find more details and updates on the PlayStation blog. We’ll keep tabs on new and recent updates. For now, we’ll be waiting for PlayStation’s Final Fantasy VII Remake‘s official release: March 2020.

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Ubisoft offers Far Cry 5 for free this weekend

Experience the violence in Hope County for a limited time only

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Ubisoft has another weekend offering for everyone, focusing more on their popular franchises. In previous offerings, they gave players one whole weekend to play games such as Assassin’s Creed Origins for free. As such, any progress accumulated will carry over when you purchase the game. This time around, they’re offering the same mechanics to those who wish to play Far Cry 5 this weekend.

For those who are still unaware, Far Cry 5 is the fifth installment in one of Ubisoft’s most popular first-person shooter franchise. The game tackles socio-political and religious topics as you play a Deputy in Hope County, Montana attempting to detain Joseph Seed. Throughout the game, you will encounter members of Seed’s congregation, the Eden’s Gate, who will stop at nothing to see a prophecy fulfilled.

From August 5-9, 2021, Ubisoft is offering players for the PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S access to Far Cry 5 for free. For each platform, here are the timings:

  • Ubisoft Store (PC) – August 5, 9 PM
  • Epic Games Store (PC) – August 6, 1 AM
  • PlayStation Store (PS4, PS5) – August 5, 3:01 PM
  • Microsoft Store (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One) – August 5, 3:01 PM

 

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Horizon Forbidden West reportedly delayed to 2022

Another delay this year

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Horizon Forbidden West

When the console was announced last year, the PlayStation 5 revealed an impressive lineup of games coming for the next generation. The list included highly anticipated sequels to popular PlayStation 4 titles likes Spider-Man: Miles Morales, God of War Ragnarok, and Horizon Forbidden West. However, because of some reason or another, the titles were delayed beyond the near future. Unfortunately, one of the titles, Horizon Forbidden West, is reportedly delayed once again.

According to Bloomberg, the title is now set for a release sometime in 2022, rather than its formerly projected timeframe for this year’s holiday season. The report does not reveal what the reason is for such a delay. If anything, it’s not the first delay for the gaming industry this year. The games’ respective developers have also reportedly delayed God of War Ragnarok and Gran Turismo 7.

Of note, however, the supposed delay hasn’t been officially announced yet. There’s still a chance that the game is coming this year.

Even if the game is truly delayed to next year, 2022 is looking like a great year for PlayStation gamers. Besides the aforementioned games, another title announced during the console’s launch event, Stray, is also coming next year. The delays, at least, compensate for the still-ongoing chip and console shortages plaguing the industry today.

SEE ALSO: Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

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Bring out immersive FHD gaming with the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

A graphics card fit for the modern gamer

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AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT

For most competitive gamers, high frame rates matter in the grand scheme of things. Apart from seeing just the right amount of detail, it’s almost imperative to have more than enough frames to react to. Whether you’re playing on a 4K TV or a 1080p gaming monitor, a high frame rate keeps you locked in — something AMD is offering with its latest graphics card: the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT.

The AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT comes with 8GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM, which is capable of playing most modern games at high frame rates. Built on the RDNA 2 architecture, this new GPU promises to also bring a high-fidelity and responsive gaming experience.

To achieve this, the graphics card comes with full support of AMD’s FidelityFX and Smart Access Memory technologies. Although, AMD designed it for the FHD space, meaning those with 1080p monitors will heavily benefit from this GPU.

Beginning August 11, 2021, the AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT will be available starting at US$ 379. It will be available across most global retailers and etailers.

 

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