The first thing we saw entering the studio was its big logo embedded to the wall. Upon a closer inspection, there was a bit of decoration being put there. “It’s an Iranian thing,” our PR contact explained. And it indeed it was, the table near the reception area was full of descriptions of Norooz Day, an Iranian New Year celebration. Close to that was shelves of action figures. The Play Arts Kai model of the four boys from Final Fantasy XV was there, alongside a few figures from Street Fighter.
This is Streamline Studios. Located in the upscale office areas of Bangsar South, the office we entered is one of the most established game studios that is [...]
Final Fantasy XV may be flawed in some ways, but the systems they paid attention to make the roadtrip of the four boys were certainly brilliant. The idea that your companion Prompto takes photos for you instead of a dedicated photo mode (which was later added in an update) is one bold move that we never see in other games yet.
At the recent GDC, Square Enix shared how exactly they achieve this and it was all made using crafty AI. Led by Prasert “Sun” Prasertvithyakarn, the lead for AI and buddy system, he explains all the reasoning how it came to be and how he and his team implement it. Those pictures certainly were taken from Prompto’s point of view, and a [...]
Final Fantasy XV came with a little bonus game that’s supposedly to flesh out a few characters in the game. A King’s Tale: Final Fantasy XV was that game, where you play as Noctis’s father Regis as he recounted his journey to take the throne. Apparently the Kings of Lucis are all obliged to go for road trip with buddies to get the royal weapons.
Anyway, the game itself is a 2D beat-em-up. While not as tight or amazing as other 2D beat-em-ups out there, for the price of free and a window for more characters to be developed in the Final Fantasy XV universe, it’s worth a playthrough.
The game has only been made available for Asia recently, so grab [...]
Want to play as the other three bros of Noctis’s crew? Episode Gladiolus, the first substantial DLC for Final Fantasy XV is coming really soon and here’s a glimpse of what you will see when it’s released on March 28.
The DLC is being shown over at PAX East currently, and to celebrate that here’s a new trailer featuring the big man Gladio with his big sword. No sight of his favourite Noodle Cup here, it’s all serious stuff. He’s off in his own journey for a bit with Cor Leonis to undertake the trial of Gilgamesh, which explains why he went off alone in one part of the main game.
Also, controlling Gladio alone has also introduced a bit [...]
The long-promised PS4 Pro patch for Final Fantasy XV has arrived. It was initially promised that this patch will allow the game to go to the maximum of 60fps on the beefier PS4, and they managed to do just that. It’s not a perfect 60fps performance, but raising the framerate cap from 30 to 60 does look slightly better.
But it is to be noted that for more sensitive players who can see frame-pacing issues and unevenness to the framerate, this new mode will bug you. The folks at Digital Foundry are disappointed on the results, citing uneven framerates and the removal of the one mode where the issues are minimal (the original PS4 Pro Lite Mode). While it may not impressed [...]
The Power Rangers comparison to the recently unveiled Magitek Exosuit has unfortunately caught the wrong attention. While Square Enix themselves never made the comparison, a lot of other outlets reporting on the suits (including us) see it looking pretty similar to a Super Sentai at the least, and very closely resemble the upcoming movie reboot at most.
In the same Active Time Report that announced the updates for a better Chapter 13 and PS4 Pro support, it was revealed that “the Power Rangers publisher” (which could be either the movie producers Lionsgate or the rights owner Saban) had contacted Square Enix on the matter. As such they decided to just redesign them [...]