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Gilgamesh and Pupu Available as Coliseum Opponents-For a Fee


Square Enix has announced that on April 10, 2012 Gilgamesh (FFV) and Pupu (FFVIII) became available as Downloadable content on both the PSN and Xbox Marketplace.  A new outfit for Ezio has also become available.

Information on pricing for the new downloadable content (DLC) can be found below:

· Ezio Auditore outfit for Noel Kreiss: 240 Microsoft Points; $2.99 via PlayStation®Network

· Coliseum opponent Gilgamesh: 320 Microsoft Points; $3.99 via PlayStation®Network

· Coliseum opponent PuPu: 160 Microsoft Points; $1.99 via PlayStation®Network

· Style and Steel outfit for Serah Farron: Free


What are your thoughts on Downloadable content?  Personally, I am not a fan.  I think the extra content should be earned, not bought.  Where is the challenge?  I am sure that Gilgamesh is not going to be an easy opponent, but I would much prefer to finish a Sidequest, fight my way through an impossible dungeon, or stumble upon a lost cave.  Just buying the ability to fight him takes away all of the adventure.  Do you agree?


Posted by Essel Pratt 11.04.2012 in Microsoft, Playstation 2, Sony, XBOX
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Square Enix® and Arena Homme+ Play with the Realms of Reality in an Exclusive CGI Shoot

For the Prada 2012 Men’s Spring/Summer Collection

LONDON (April 4, 2012) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in Europe and across PAL territories, today announced that two brands from different realms: fashion and video gaming, have come together in the latest issue of Arena Homme+ where characters from the recent game FINAL FANTASY® XIII-2 showcase Prada’s2012 Spring/Summer men’s collection as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration of the FINAL FANTASY series.

In the latest issue of Arena Homme+, which goes on sale April 12, a cast of characters from FINAL FANTASY XIII-2 including Lightning, Noel, Snow, Sazh and Hope are styled for action as they step out of their usual outfits and into Prada.

“Our Spring issue focuses on a world of direction and escapism, and having a visually stunning videogame franchise such as FINAL FANTASY work alongside us and a leading fashion brand like Prada to create something so unique is incredible,” said Max Pearmain, Editor of Arena Homme+. “I’ve always been interested by the power of videogames and their place in society, and the amount of work that’s gone into this project blows my mind. We’re incredibly pleased with the result.”

“The FINAL FANTASY series is known for its creativity and innovation; so working with Prada, a renowned fashion house with such beautiful clothingwas a very exciting opportunity. The images we have been able to create together are vibrant and unique,” said Yoshinori Kitase, producer of FINAL FANTASY XIII-2.

The CGI (computer generated imagery) transformation was a task that was undertaken by Square Enix’s world leading Visual Works studio in Japan, working alongside the FINAL FANTASY character designers. The 12-page feature includes key looks from Prada’s Spring/Summer ‘12 men’s collection, regarded by many as one the best of the season, with key pieces including printed silk shirts and sharp modern suiting.

The article that accompanies the images in the magazine is written by British journalist and author Steven Poole. Stevenis a literary columnist for the Guardian and a respected videogame industry veteran, primarily recognized for penning the well-known book on the aesthetics of videogames called Trigger Happy, as well as his monthly column in the UK’s world-renowned videogame magazine, EDGE.


Image copyright: “Produced for Arena Homme+ ©2011, 2012 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: TETSUYA NOMURA”

Arena Homme+ RRP: £6.00

Since the release of FINAL FANTASY in 1987, this unique RPG series continues to showcase the spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from users around the world. Titles of the series have so far achieved a cumulative shipment of over 100 million units worldwide (as of June 2011).

Platform: Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 system
Genre: RPG
Release date: Available now
MSRP: $59.99
ESRB Rating: T (Teen)

About Arena Homme+

Launched in 1993, Arena Homme Plus is the world’s leading men’s fashion magazine, and the original men’s bi-annual title, working with leading international fashion photographers, writers, artists, stylist and commentators.

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Final Fantasy XIII-2

The Final Fantasy Series has been critically acclaimed since the first installment was released in 1987.  It has had its shares of Praise and ridicule, but always seems to keep its beloved fans coming back with every new release.  The series has had prequels and sequels as well as crossover storylines such as Dissidia.

The newest release in the series is Final Fantasy XIII-2.  XIII-2 is a sequel to Final Fantasy XIII and follow the lead of Final Fantasy X-2 in that it takes away the main antagonist of the original game and replaces her with a supporting character.  Many people disliked this concept in Final Fantasy X-2, but it seems to work in XIII-2.  Lightning’s younger sister Serah and her friend Noel attempt to find Lightning.  The Story seems to be darker than the original, which is nice compared to the Happy-go-Lucky attitude in Final Fantasy X-2.

New to the game is the Time Traveling Element.  The Time traveling takes the linear game play of the original and throws it away.  You are able to choose the paths that you go down.  I personally am a fan of the nonlinear system.  However, in a world as vast as XIII-2, some linearity would be OK to ensure you do not stray too far from the goal.

The battle System is a variation of the ATB (Active Time Battle) system and the Paradigm Shifts return.   There is also a Mog clock which will appear in the bottom of the screen.  The Mog clock will award bonuses, and in some cases penalties, depending on the time it takes to start the battle.  They have also brought back the random battles from games past.  I personally liked the battle system in Final Fantasy XII, but will not complain about the return of the old randomness of the past.

The original Final Fantasy XIII sold approximately 1.5 Million copies when it was released in Japan.  Final Fantasy XIII has only sold about 524,000 copies.  Maybe it is a sign of the economic woes, but that number seems to be very low for a game that has received perfect scores From the Japanese Magazine Famitsu as Dengeki Playstation!

Final Fantasy XIII is scheduled to be released on January 31st, 2012.  Will the game be on your wish list?  Will you pre order or wait until the actual release date to purchase it?  Please feel free to share your thoughts on Final Fantasy XIII-2 as well as the other games in the series in the comments below!

On a side note, since today is Christmas Eve, I want to wish each of you a Very Merry Christmas, and  A Happy Holidays!


Posted by Essel Pratt 24.12.2011 in Microsoft, News, Playstation 2, Reviews, Sony, Uncategorized
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