Pixel Noir Concept Teaser

What is it with retro studios putting the word Pixel before everything in the names of their games? Pixel Noir looks conceptually like a really cool game, all have to go on is the teaser trailer above though.

It’s well worth a watch. And if I’m not mistaken the people making it have named themselves after Cyan from Final Fantasy VII’s signature SWD Tech.

SWDTech Games presents “Pixel Noir” a new take on classic JRPGs giving iOS & Android audiences a unique perspective on classic film noir action, as seen through a 16-bit lens.
Web: http://SWDTechGames.com
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Final Fantasy: Random Encounter

Final Fantasy: Random Encounter is a new album by The OC Remix (OC stands for over clocked) featuring metal remixes and compositions based on the music of the first Final Fantasy game. The OC Remix are a collective of artists who specialize in making remixes and covers of video game music.

They have released some really good stuff over the years including a symphonic Cronotrigger album and an album of Final Fantasy VII inspired music. It’s worth checking them out of you like video games and music.

Oh please no…. Square Are Probably Working on Final Fantasy XIII-3

I’m going to cut to the chase, Final Fantasy XIII was rubbish, that isn’t just my opinion but everyone I have spoken to about the game thinks that it was rubbish. I was a little aghast when I found out that Square were making a FFXIII-2 but I saw the business sense in it, they spent a lot of money on the IP for the first game so why not reuse them.

Apparently “Corporation Service Company” who handle domain registration for Square have registered the domain finalfantasyxiii-3.com. This doesn’t mean anything, it could just be a case of them registering it in case they need it or to stop anyone else from buying it, but still the implication is that they want to protect that trademark.

Also I’d not seen this, but there is a trailer for Final Fantasy XIII-2 with commentary from the dev team, I quote from the subtitles:

“In the most exiting of battle moments we have introduced the new element of cinematic action events that require interaction from the player rather than just showing cut scenes”

This is around 2:40 in the video below and guess what form this amazing innovation takes?

QUICK TIME EVENTS!

Seriously Square? I have lost all faith in you

Why can’t Square release a good game based on it’s solid RPG principles, or at least revisit old IP and bring the graphics up to date, I’d pay good money to play this if it were brought up to date:

Or even a version of the fan-boy sweetheart Final Fantasy VII with the graphics from the advent children movie?

Or continue what they started with the Tech Demo for Final Fantasy VIII when they announced the PS2…

But instead they seem to continue to work on mediocre sequels to mediocre games, saving the interesting game ideas like Crisis Core (The Final Fantasy VII prequel, on the PSP) for platforms on which no one is going to play them…

I’m getting sick of ranting about this, it boils down to Square losing touch with their core audience chasing after some mythical casual RPG gamer audience…

Via Geek Native