Final Fantasy VII is one of the most popular games in not just the franchises history, but gaming history. The game was originally released on the original playstation back in 1997 to critical acclaim and worldwide fanfare. A remake of the game had been teased for what seemed like ages, and finally in 2015, the dream of every Cloud Strife fan had come into fruition, as it was officially announced.
So fast forward to the year of 2020, and oh what a year it has been. At first the game had a release day of March 3rd, 2020. With fans literally in hysteria the long awaited release would hit another bump in the road. Square Enix would later announce the game would be pushed back a month with a new schedule release date of April 10th. With the ever growing Covid-19 scare, many fans were afraid it could even be pushed back longer.The day of April 10th came, with the world shuddered in fear and isolation, there would finally be a piece of good news, the game was released. Many of the copies were bought digitally as buying within stores had become almost impossible due to the closing of stores worldwide. Yet this did not seem to matter for everyone who had lived through the eyes of Cloud Strife and Co. the time had finally arrived. In addition to the hype came along the sales of 3.5 million copies within the first three days alone. So after diving into the game and completing it, did it truly live up to the hype? The game’s graphics to say the least are beautiful, it truly shows the power the PS4 can truly possess. The story of course like the original was very well done, even if the game which can take you anywhere from 25-50 hours to complete, only contains about 10-15% of the entire story (yes, multiple parts will be released to complete the saga). With all of your favorite characters from the original with completely remodeled graphics and voice acting, what Square Enix was able to complete here was quite simply put, astonishing.
So here we are nearly three months into the release of this remade classic, it really took what everyone loved from Midgar and the original game and spiced it up. It is hard to imagine tinkering with such a treasure, but it worked really well here. Even if this game is broken into parts, every playstation owner should own this game in their collection, and for Microsoft fans, it will be coming to Xbox consoles in the near future. So after years of delays, push-backs, a scary virus and whatever when on during these years, was the journey back to Midgar worth it? Yes, it truly was.
Marvel’s Avengers | Cash Grab Or Extraordinary Game?
Stan Lee created an empire unseen in memory altogether. The Marvel universe has gone beyond comics, and sure DC Comics can also claim fame in this aspect as well, but not in the way that Marvel has.
The Avengers are not just a popular comic series, or nowadays a popular movie franchise, but it has become a way of life. Picking a favorite avenger, or opinion on the film’s franchise defines relationships and friendships, and could possibly break them. That is the level of popularity this company has established.
In terms of gaming this hasn’t been the case. As the Marvel franchise has stuffed it’s pockets in recent years, the gaming industry has felt a heavier effect from DC with the Arkham Batman video game series. That was until Marvel’s Spider-Man debuted on the Sony PS4 in 2018.
The game was an incredible example of how Marvel could easily slide into the role of being a game changer within the gaming industry. A lot of the crowd that are fans of the Marvel movie franchise are also huge gamer’s, so it was very surprising it took this long for Marvel to capitalize on this. There have been Marvel games in the past, but usually they are cash grab movie tie-ins that can easily be beat in four to six hours with little enjoyment.
So that leaves the question we all want answered, how great of a game can the new Marvel Avengers be? I have tried the beta for the game, honestly I did not come away completely impressed. Although, it did have some inspiring moments. But after all, it is just a beta, so I wont judge based off of this information. With that being said this game really does make one wonder what are we in for? Is this truly the ride we have all been waiting for as long time fans?
We can not truly know until we have our physical copy on hand (digital as well if that’s your gig) but the excitement seems to be rather reserved. This could be more or less because of how COVID-19 has sucked the life out of human society as we know it, or it could just be that we are not expecting much from Marvel.
With Spider-Man, we had gotten so many trailers and game images and hype that it was almost expected it was going to be a triple AAA hit. This can not be said for the Avengers game. Trailers and game play footage has been minimal. Square Enix who is publishing the game is a big-time player in the gaming industry, even much larger than Insomniac who published Spider-Man. So why is this? The virus can not be the reason, if anything being forced to be at home should be ever more the reason for this hype train to take off.
We are all wondering if this is a cash grab or a truly great game, and to be honest we have no idea what we are getting, but like many around the world who are so starved to play a Marvel game or get back into the Marvel universe, we can not wait to go on this adventure, hopefully the price of admission is worth the ride.
Star Wars: Squadrons | Official Trailer – HD
Buckle up, take full control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter, and feel the adrenaline of strategic first-person 5v5 multiplayer dogfights alongside your squadron.
Star Wars: Squadrons is an upcoming action video game set in the Star Wars universe developed by Motive Studios and published by Electronic Arts. The game’s story is set after Return of the Jedi.
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Are Sports Video Games Worth The Fuss?
Every year I am over the moon once a big sports game release is near. I always have this strange notion that a new iteration of a sports game for the year will do away with issues from old, and provide me with a brand new experience. Yet a week or two after the release, there it sits, the game back in it’s home and soon to collect dust on my gaming coffee table.
We have this imagination as sports fans, whether any of us admit it. We support our teams even through losing seasons and boneheaded moves by front office personnel. Within our minds or now with access to social media, we derive and construct these ideas of how we would run our favorite franchises, or how we would play, and that leads to this fascination with the games.
For every sports fan, we have somewhat of a dream of what it would be like to play within this level with these “sports icons” who we only see on television or view from a distance. Sports games give us this instant access to be within the leagues, the games or run our favorite franchise, or create ourselves to play within the games. This is a fantasy we try to realize every time we purchase these games, but the illusion is better than the actual project.Sports game are a rehash of the game the year before, we are given some roster updates, maybe a few shiny new details like a wrinkle on a jersey, or maybe a couple of new additions, but let’s be honest, is it worth sixty-dollars and tax? I’d say NO. We are bamboozled year after year to purchase these rehashed games, which in turn is also our fault as consumers. Sure the product could be better, but greatness takes time, the best games take years to develop, but we are so hungry for our sports, we need it churned out every year.
So here we are, sitting here waiting on new copies of the sports games this year. Maybe the developers are money hungry souls, who consume our fandom year after year with re-done games, or maybe as sports fans we are impatient fools who demand our sports in any way or form we can get it. The jury is still out on who is really to blame here, but with that being said, who is excited for the new Madden this year?!