Final Fantasy IX Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Final Fantasy IX RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Final Fantasy is Coming to Xbox Game Pass — Like, Almost All of Them, Kupo https://www.gameskinny.com/rkh08/final-fantasy-is-coming-to-xbox-game-pass-like-almost-all-of-them-kupo https://www.gameskinny.com/rkh08/final-fantasy-is-coming-to-xbox-game-pass-like-almost-all-of-them-kupo Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:33:31 -0500 Joshua Broadwell

After what seems like an interminable wait, some of your favorite Final Fantasy games are coming to Xbox Game Pass.

We learned during Microsoft's X019 celebration that basically every series entry since Final Fantasy VII will be on Game Pass starting with Final Fantasy VII sometime in 2020. The rest will be added as the year goes on.

Not only that, but it appears the versions available will be the latest entries as well, such as Final Fantasy VIII Remastered and Final Fantasy XIIThe Zodiac Age. While some of these are already available on Xbox, subscribers are paying $5 per month for access to them all, as opposed to $20 or more for a single title.

Here's the full list of Final Fantasy games coming to Xbox Game Pass.

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Final Fantasy X-2
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
  • Final Fantasy XIII
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Final Fantasy XIII: Lightning Returns
  • Final Fantasy XV

The conspicuous exclusions are the series' online offerings, Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XIV. While there are apparently no plans to bring XI to the Game Pass, Xbox head Phil Spencer said the goal is to get Final Fantasy XIV on Xbox sometime in the future

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Xbox Game Pass news and updates as they roll out.

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Recap of Announcements from February Nintendo Direct https://www.gameskinny.com/3qc4y/recap-of-announcements-from-february-nintendo-direct https://www.gameskinny.com/3qc4y/recap-of-announcements-from-february-nintendo-direct Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:48:57 -0500 Ceedi

Yesterday, Nintendo held its first Nintendo Direct of 2019. During the 35-minute presentation, the company unveiled quite a few games, as well as the release windows for some future Switch titles.

There were also new details on Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and the surprise unveiling of a Zelda remake.

Here is a quick recap of the announcements from the direct.

  • Super Mario Maker 2 was revealed and is planned for release in June 2019.
  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 was revealed, confirmed to have online co-op and launch this summer.
  • The 3.0 Update for Super Smash Bros Ultimate is planned for this spring, with the Persona 5 DLC pack coming before April.
  • BoxBoy + BoxGirl was revealed. The game features 270 stages and two-player co-op.
  • Captain Toad Treasure Tracker for Switch received an update that adds co-op; paid DLC is coming that adds 18 courses. A pre-purchase is available today that gives early access to one of the DLC stages.
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is scheduled to release this summer.
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 is set to release July 12.
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition is set to release this fall.
  • Disney Tsum Tsum Festival was announced; it is scheduled for release later this year.
  • Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon: EVERY BUDDY! is set to release in March.
  • Starlink Battle for Atlas' next update will introduce Star Wolf squad and the rest of the team to Star Fox, Falco, Peppy, and Slippy.
  • A Rune Factory 4 remake for Switch was announced.
  • Rune Factory 5 was revealed to be in development.
  • Oninaki, an action RPG from Square Enix, was announced; it is set to release this summer.
  • A Yoshi’s Crafted World demo is available now; the game is set to release March 29.
  • Fire Emblem Three Houses is set to release July 26.
  • Tetris 99 is available to download now. The game is a free-to-play battle royale where 99 players compete for supremacy.
  • Dead By Daylight is planned for release this fall.
  • Deltarune Chapter 1 is set for release for free on February 28.
  • A Daemon x Machina demo is available now; some participants will be sent surveys to give feedback on the game, which is set to launch this summer.
  • GRID Autosport is set to come to Switch this summer; the release will include all DLC.
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is set to release on the Switch this spring.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 is set to release on April 12.
  • Unraveled 2 is set to release o nMarch 23.
  • Assassin’s Creed 3 Remastered was announced; the release also includes the game Assassin’s Creed Liberation; it is set to release on May 21.
  • Final Fantasy VII is set to release on the Switch on March 29.
  • Final Fantasy IX is now available on the Switch eShop.
  • Astral Chain, a new Action game by Platinum Games, is set to release August 30.
  • A remake of the Game Boy classic, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, is due out later this year.

The latest Nintendo Direct provided a solid layout of the releases coming in spring and summer 2019.

However, notably absent were a few titles that are scheduled for this year, like the new Pokemon RPG for Switch, Luigi's Mansion 3, and the new Animal Crossing. There were also no games announced for the Nintendo 3DS.

It is very likely that further details for these games will be announced later this year at Nintendo's E3 2019 presentation.

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Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Final Fantasy Fans https://www.gameskinny.com/l2qk0/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-final-fantasy-fans https://www.gameskinny.com/l2qk0/gift-guide-best-gifts-for-final-fantasy-fans Fri, 01 Dec 2017 04:12:02 -0500 bazookajo94

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And that was out gift guide for Final Fantasy fans

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Hopefully you found the perfect gift for the person your life who hasn't stopped playing Final Fantasy for the past 30 years. Whether it's in the form of a jewelry, upholstery, or tomfoolery. 

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And if all else fails, just get them Kingdom Hearts which has a ton in common with FF, including a whole bunch of characters. 

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Chocobo's Crystal Hunt

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Price: $19.99

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Buy It: Miniature Market

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Why get another Monopoly set featuring beloved characters when you can get a whole new board game about them entirely? Like this chocobo board game, Chocobo's Crystal Hunt. You get to try to steal some crystals from the other chocobos before they get to yours first. Seems fun, cute, and competitive.

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How great is that? Your very own Final Fantasy board game surrounding the cutest creatures around. Now if only Popocho could be there...

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It's affordable too, so grab this game for a list price of $19.99 and go crazy.

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A Final Fantasy Periodic Table 

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Price: $6.99

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Buy It: eBay

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For the gamer who likes both Final Fantasy and paying attention in science class, get them this awesome silk poster depicting the periodic table as Final Fantasy characters. I don't know why this exists or why I haven't found it before, but it doesn't matter anymore -- I once was lost, but now I'm found. 

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Display all your nerdy tendencies with this guy for a list price of $6.99.

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Final Fantasy IX Playing Cards

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Price: $27.00

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Buy It: Etsy

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You know what's just as fun as video games? Card games. And though you could settle with the old, bent cards you rummaged up from the bottom of your grandma's junk drawer, why not try something newer. Something fresher. Something fresh as heck, like these Final Fantasy IX playing cards. They're beautiful, they're $27.00, and they will be the talk of the party if you bust them out and make all your friends play Go Fish (because at least everyone knows how to play that game...).

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Also if you think you've got what it takes to design your own Final Fantasy deck, head over to this website and go crazy. 

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The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy Book 1

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Price: $29.99

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Buy It: Amazon

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Don't try to look me in the face and say that you don't think the art in Final Fantasy is beautiful. Just try saying those words. I dare you. 

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For the people in your life who enjoy looking at art outside of the video game, this art book is the perfect gift. It's like giving them an art gallery they don't have to go outside of their house to visit.

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What's more, there's three of these bad boys. Get the bundle of all three for $76.68 or buy the first book in hardcover for a list price of $29.99. 

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NES Entertainment Flask - Final Fantasy Edition

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Price: $19.99

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Buy It: Amazon

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No, this is not an NES cartridge (though what kind of audacity would I have if I was like, "Oh, you're at a Final Fantasy gift guide? Here's 10 gifts. Number 1: Final Fantasy.")

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This is actually a flask. Like, for drinking. Fun, right? There are a few parody titles to choose from, but this is the Final Fantasy—excuse me, Fine Ale Fantasy—though personally, I'd go for the Double Flagon one...

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Pick your poison today for only $19.99.

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White Mage Hand Warmers

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Price: Your precious time.

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Buy It: 8-bit Knits

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Y'all like knitties?

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Sorry -- sometimes when I get excited I start speaking in tongues. And discovering the knitting wonders of 8-bit Knits has got me very excited. Sometimes you just want to hand-make a present for someone, and there aren't always a lot of nerdy patterns readily available.

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Thankfully, 8-bit Knits has created their own nerdy patterns -- like a Princess Leia buns hat or a Phoenix Wright hat -- and shared them with the world. And most of them are free, including this dope pattern for White Mage hand warmers.

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So warm your best friend's hands this season with only the cost of yarn and your fortitude (too bad there's not a spell to increase patience).

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The Great Ultros Off Kanagawa Throw Pillow

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Price: $27.00

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Buy It: Redbubble 

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Maybe you like your video game merch to be subtle. I know I do. I love that rush when someone who doesn't play video games says, "This is cute", and you get to drop the, "Thanks, it's from a video game!" bomb. So let's get subtle with this mashup pillow of Ultros and the painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa. It wouldn't even matter if someone didn't know this was a Final Fantasy villain -- they'd just think it was a neat twist on the classic painting, and you'd get to sit on your couch in smug satisfaction just knowing what it really was.

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You can buy the pillows in various square sizes ranging from 16 inches to 36 inches, with the choice of buying only a  cover or including a pillow.

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Snag your 16" x 16" pillow (with insert) today for $27.00.

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Cactuar Scarf

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Price: $24.92

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Buy It: Redbubble

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Is there anything in this world that can keep a cold heart warm? Probably not. And I doubt this Cactuar scarf would suffice as it's more decorative than functional in cold weather, but hey -- it's super cute. So bundle up your bae's aesthetic this holiday season for only $24.92.

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Maybe the thoughtfulness of the gift will warm something. 

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NieR: Automata Red Agate & Onyx Bracelet

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Price: $97.99

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Buy It: Square Enix

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If you're not frightened by expensive price tags, then venture your heart and wallet directly to the Final Fantasy source -- the Square Enix Store. You can find a lot of great merch there, such as items from NieR Automata. Or, more specifically, this red agate and onyx bracelet. Like, how cute is this?

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However, the NieR products are only available for pre-order right now, with an unofficial release date of February 2018. So, in addition to the cash you're gonna have to drop for this gift, you'll also have to write a heartfelt "IOU" or a heartfelt "hope you can wait two months, lol."

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Final Fantasy X - Yuna Pendant Necklace

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Price: $47.50

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Buy It: Etsy 

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Sometimes when you wear the right necklace with the right outfit, it starts to feel like the planets have aligned and the sun's rays shine solely on your face. Just think of the power you could project if you paired a killer cosplay with the actual necklace the character wears.

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So grab the necklace of Final Fantasy X's beloved Yuna, and finally know what it feels like to be the master of your own fate.

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Alternatively, if you have a wallet bigger than a Titan, there's another Yuna necklace on the Square Enix website that you can purchase for $220.99.

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It's a scary world out there. Just when you think you've got your bearings on all the monumental changes happening around you, suddenly something new happens, throwing you off balance once again.

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Despite all the unpredictable changes that can happen at any given moment, at least there's one thing in this world that is inherent for everyone -- Final FantasyIt's been there for as long as you can remember, and you can't recall a time when you've ever thought, man, sure wish Final Fantasy would just leave my life forever.

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In fact, you want more Final Fantasy in your life, and what better way to do that than to give great gaming merch to friends and family! Maybe they're not prepared for the changes in their life either, so here's a way to give them another reminder of that constant presence in their life.

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5 Video Game Mothers So Bad They'll Make You Thankful For Your Own https://www.gameskinny.com/x6evk/5-video-game-mothers-so-bad-theyll-make-you-thankful-for-your-own https://www.gameskinny.com/x6evk/5-video-game-mothers-so-bad-theyll-make-you-thankful-for-your-own Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Erroll Maas

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Thank Your Mom For Not Being Like Them

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Luckily, these Moms are all fictional, so you don't have to worry about being their child unless you're a videogame character. 

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So when you celebrate your wonderful mother(s) this Mother's Day, make sure to thank them for not being obsessed with a strange perception of beauty, a grotesque giant trying to kill you, or an evil queen.

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Also make sure to thank them for having a better fashion sense than Jimmy's mom, because let's be honest, none of our moms fashion senses are that bad.

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Ex-Mrs. Hopkins

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Bully
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Sure, main character Jimmy Hopkins isn't the most stand up guy, but can you really blame him? His mother does seem pretty terrible after all.

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She leaves her son at private boarding school, Bullworth Academy, so he'll behave better, although compared to some of the kids and even adults there, Jimmy's almost a saint. She may only appear in the opening scene of Bully, but just from that brief appearance we can tell that she would be the kind of mother who doesn't listen to her child even when he has something important to say.

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Jimmy is a teenager dealing with his parents divorce and a stepdad he doesn't like, so of course he would act out. Instead of actually sitting down to have a conversation with him, she'd rather let someone else deal with him so she can go on a year long honeymoon vacation.

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Perhaps the most realistic bad mother on this list, if we were shown more of her as a character, she would surely be one of the adult bosses in Persona 5.

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Queen Brahne

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Final Fantasy IX
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Mother of the real Princess Garnet and foster mother to her lookalike of the same name.

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Before the events of the game, Brahne was known as a peaceful ruler, but she seemingly changed after the death of her husband.

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Throughout the course of the game Brahne gains weight, turns evil due to manipulation by Kuja -- the main villain of the game -- declares war on neighboring countries and even destroys a few rival kingdoms, orders her henchmen to extract powerful beings from her daughter due to her daughters special ability -- a  rather painful method -- and later repents and dies in her daughter's arms.

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Queen Brahne may not have been the best mother to either of her daughters after her husband died, but at least she was able ask for forgiveness, die, and be remembered by her people as the woman she once was.

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The Queen

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Ico
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The Queen is Ico's main antagonist and the mother of the character, Yorda. She intends to sacrifice her own daughter as a spiritual vessel so that she can avoid death.

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Her plan seemingly fails once the titular horned boy protagonist of the game escapes, frees her daughter, and goes to find a way for them to escape the castle.

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The Queen only appears a few times in the game, preferring to have her minions do her dirty work for her, but it's her intentions which make her one of the worst mothers in video games.

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Mom

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The Binding of Isaac
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This final boss of the acclaimed roguelike may not have much in terms of characterization, however she is the main reason for all of the horrors Isaac has to face throughout the course of the game.

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Due to her massive size, we don't get to see that much of her, but she still proves to be terrifying nonetheless.

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There isn't much more detail about her, but she is definitely one of the worst, as well as worst looking, moms you have to deal with in a video game.

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Lusamine

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Version
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At first, Lusamine seems like a kindhearted individual, but in reality, she is obsessed with things she finds "beautiful". This obsession comes after her husband mysteriously disappeared into the world of the Ultra Beasts, after years of trying to find him with no hope in sight.

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Due to her strange obsession, she neglected both of her children, although she falsely believes that hey are ungrateful and that she always gave them the attention they needed. She even made her daughter Lily dress in a fashion similar to the Ultra Beast, Nihilego, which she had been obsessed with ever since catching a brief glimpse of it in the past.

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Not only does Lusamine neglect her own children, but she manipulates others as well. Lusamine takes advantage of Guzma, the leader of Team Skull, and convinces him to work for her as a hidden mercenary for the Aether Foundation which she founded.

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Eventually, she wishes to be in a world where only her and Nihelgo exist, which she views more as family than her own children, since it's more obedient. She's eventually driven insane, but retains some sanity after being defeated by the player and goes into a coma.

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With some disturbing obsessions and a terrible hairstyle, Lusamine is definitely one of the worst video game mothers in recent memory.

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And you thought the world of Pokemon Sun and Moon was all happy.

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The Mothers No Child Could Love

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Video games have had plenty of notable mothers over the years, from the mothers of the Pokemon series to the Cooking Mama of many talents who can babysit, make crafts, go camping, and enjoy gardening in addition to cook, and everything in between. Ranging from smaller parts to more significant roles, Mothers are everywhere in video games, whether they be good, evil, or indifferent.

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But not all video game mothers are created equal, some are sick,  twisted,  and even downright despicable. Mothers aren't villains in video games as often as they are in other media -- such as anime -- but when video game Mothers are bad, they are some of the worst characters around.

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Here are five video game mothers so bad you'll be thanking your own this Mother's Day for not being like them.

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3 Great Square Enix JRPGs Already Available on Android https://www.gameskinny.com/bp8ka/3-great-square-enix-jrpgs-already-available-on-android https://www.gameskinny.com/bp8ka/3-great-square-enix-jrpgs-already-available-on-android Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:01 -0400 Erroll Maas

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There you have it, three great JRPGs currently available on Android mobile devices.

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There are plenty of other JRPGs on Android, both by Square Enix and other developers. The three on this list are just some of the more notable games in the genre. While it's true these games are on other consoles, not all of those versions are as easily accessible as these Android ports.

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If you'd like to learn about three great JRPG games coming to Android devices soon, then check out our list here.

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The World Ends With You

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This unique touch control JRPG was originally released in 2008 for the Nintendo DS, was developed by Jupiter and Square Enix, and published by the latter.

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The World Ends With You -- or TWEWY as it's called by some fans-- is set in modern day Tokyo district of Shibuya, similar to Persona 5.

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In The World Ends With You, you play as loner teenager, Neku Sakuraba, as he and other characters he meets unwillingly participate in a game which will determine if they live or die. 

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The gameplay of The World Ends With You uses the touchscreen to move and attack, with different swiping movements allowing different types of attacks.

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The World Ends with You also features a familiar art style by Final Fantasy artist and Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura. Some characters from The World Ends With You even make an appearance in the game Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

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Buy it on Google Play.

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

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In Dragon Quest VIII, you play as a young soldier who embarks on a journey to destroy an ancient powerful item which has fallen into the wrong hands, with an interesting cast of characters joining you on the way.

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One characteristic which makes Dragon Quest 8 stand out among previous games in the series is that some enemy monsters can be recruited, assist you and your party in battle, and participate in tournaments at the monster arena --similar to the Dragon Quest Monsters spin-off series.

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The Android port of Dragon Quest 8 features streamlined controls, which can easily be adjusted for either more simplistic or more complex gameplay.

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Buy it on Google Play.

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Final Fantasy IX

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The story of Final Fantasy IX follows monkey-boy thief Zidane and his friends on their adventures throughout the world of Gaia while learning about themselves as well as a malevolent evil force along the way.

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Final Fantasy IX features turn based combat and the Active Time Battle system introduced in Final Fantasy IV, in which there is a time gauge and enemies can attack or be attacked at any time.

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The android port of the ninth game in the Final Fantasy franchise comes straight from the PC version of the game and as such, it includes the same additional features such as achievements, seven different game boosters including high speed and no encounter modes, and an autosave function.

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Buy it on Google Play.

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JRPG fans typically don't play games in the genre on their phones. JRPGs are typically the realm of the console world. Despite this, the Google Play Store already has quite a hefty number of JRPGs available for mobile gaming, with a large majority of them being exclusives or ports of older games published by Square Enix.

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Square Enix has a history of making beloved JRPG series and games, such as Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Chrono Trigger, and has released these games on plenty of different consoles over the years. Now that smartphone technology is able to handle more JRPG's from Square Enix's library, it makes sense that they would be porting more games to mobile devices.

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Here are three of the best Square Enix JRPGs currently available on Android mobile devices.

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5 Final Fantasy Games Perfect for Newcomers https://www.gameskinny.com/s3dlc/5-final-fantasy-games-perfect-for-newcomers https://www.gameskinny.com/s3dlc/5-final-fantasy-games-perfect-for-newcomers Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:11:23 -0400 Will Dowell

Final Fantasy is one of the largest JRPG franchises in the history of the genre, with countless spin-off's, sequels, and remakes making up its robust catalog. These games have brought both laughter and tears to an audience of millions over the years.

With Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age out on shelves, those interested in trying a Final Fantasy game may feel overwhelmed due to the sheer amount of possible entries in the series. Luckily, these five Final Fantasy games are perfect for newcomers.

Final Fantasy XV

The latest game in the mainline series, Final Fantasy XV eschews the Active Time Battle System (ATB) present in most Final Fantasy games and instead wows players with intense, real-time action. While the focus on intense action may turn off lifelong fans, those wary of turn-based combat will have a blast fighting their way through the world of Eos.

Even with the combat changes, Final Fantasy XV is, at heart, a Final Fantasy game. Following Noctis throughout a tale of adventure and war provides the emotional stakes seen in any Final Fantasy game -- all with added Blockbuster flair. An open world aids this adventure by imbuing the game with the sense of grandiosity needed for an adventure like this. While it's the latest entry in the FF series, Final Fantasy XV is perfect for the action-loving newcomer.

Final Fantasy VI

For those who enjoy turn-based combat, the SNES classic Final Fantasy VI will satisfy your tastes in addition to providing a fantastic cast of characters. The ATB combat system shines in its full glory as you fight to achieve peace in a chaotic world. Esper customization increases the strategic depth of FFVI, allowing you to create the perfect battle party.

However, all of the gameplay is overshadowed (in a good way) by the endearing characters as they grow in a fantastical world. From Locke, the protective treasure hunter with a bit of wit, to Shadow, an assassin with a mysterious past, these adventurers must struggle and overcome their personal obstacles to save the world from a maniacal villain.

Final Fantasy VI ties these powerful elements together with a tale full of both lighthearted adventure and dark drama. Final Fantasy VI is one of the best Final Fantasy games of all time and shows newcomers the best of what Final Fantasy has to offer.

Final Fantasy IX

While Final Fantasy VII revolutionized the JRPG genre, its flaws make it a harder introduction to those unfamiliar with Final Fantasy. It has aged harshly and poor translation diminishes the plot. However, Final Fantasy IX serves as a fantastic introduction to the series, even though it wasn't as groundbreaking as FFVII.

Final Fantasy IX exudes the traditional Final Fantasy charm while providing the extravagance seen on only a handful of PlayStation adventures. Yes, the combat can be slow, but with the ability to plan how your characters learn and grow, each victory brings its own rewards. There is a lightheartedness seen throughout the game that brings joy and adventure in a way not seen in many games today. Characters live through and bring excitement to both the story and the player. Enjoy the world and characters, as you fly through Final Fantasy IX.

Final Fantasy Tactics

Unlike the mainline series, which usually has a consistent level of quality, the Final Fantasy spin-off's vary wildly. From horrible cash-grabs to amazing titles, there's a lot of varying quality to be had here. Luckily, Final Fantasy Tactics is a fantastic strategy RPG that rivals the greats. Survive in a world torn apart by war and corruption, with both allies and enemies manipulating and killing each other to pursue their own goals. Watch as close friends become hated enemies, and families turn against each other. While not as overly dark as some games, Final Fantasy Tactics has a harsh world with everyone, both good and evil, struggling and suffering.

This weight is seen in the combat as well, with the possibility of each move being your last. Enemies are challenging and brutal, forcing the player to prioritize and think strategically as they handle each mission. Sadly, grinding is required to unlock classes and gain an edge in combat. Yet that grinding leads to new and interesting strategies as the player customizes their party for battle.

Final Fantasy Tactics rivals the mainline series in terms of quality and gives a darker edge to the standard fantasy world.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac may seem like an odd choice, but with it out on shelves now, it is a fantastic entry point for newcomers. Follow Vaan, a petty thief way over his head, as he aids Princess Ashe in freeing Dalmasca from the Archadian Empire. While Vaan himself seems one dimensional, the people around him are entertaining and interesting. May it be the leading man or the falsely accused, every character in Final Fantasy XII has a story. Engage in epic boss battles with combat that blends the strategy traditional ATB System and the fluidity of MMO combat with the use of Gambits.

The major issues that plagued the original PS2 release of FFXII have been alleviated in the remaster. For example, grinding and backtracking padded out areas and wasted the players time, but with the added ability to speed up game time, long grinding sessions become quick and painless. The Zodiac Job System, an addition seen in the international release, but not in the North American one, gives players structure to their character progression and gives each party member a purpose. With the major flaws of Final Fantasy XII mitigated, it becomes a must-play for both newcomers and fans of Final Fantasy.

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Final Fantasy is a fantastic series that has revolutionized both RPG's and gaming as whole. With Final Fantasy XIV going strong and a remake of Final Fantasy VII in the works, Final Fantasy will touch the hearts and minds of gamers everywhere. As long as new entries capture newcomers like the games above can, Final Fantasy will thrive. 

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What's Next For The Final Fantasy Series? https://www.gameskinny.com/gk918/whats-next-for-the-final-fantasy-series https://www.gameskinny.com/gk918/whats-next-for-the-final-fantasy-series Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:16:12 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

Now that Final Fantasy XV has been out for a few months and is proving to be a success both critically and commercially, I've been wondering what's next for the famed RPG franchise. Here, I've laid out everything that has been confirmed, and everything that has been rumored.

Square-Enix's confirmed Final Fantasy Titles and DLC

With the Final Fantasy VII remake looking likely to get pushed back another year, let's get what Square-Enix has confirmed and lined up for the franchise in 2017 out of the way first:

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

The remaster for Final Fantasy X/X2 was well received and thanks to the timeless art style, still looked very nice when given an HD make over.  Final Fantasy XII looks to be no different. As you can see from the above trailer, it has never looked better.  Along with a new coat of HD paint, the game will have a host of entirely new features. Here they are, as listed on Square-Enix's official site:

    • The Zodiac Job System – Improved character leveling system that now caters to the player’s preference
    • Trial Mode – Take on monsters and enemies in up to 100 consecutive battles
    • Speed Mode
  • Latest-generation HD graphical capabilities, including characters and movie scenes fully remastered in high definition.
  • True 7.1 surround sound, including high definition voicing and newly recorded background music utilizing the current generation of sound production.
  • Modern advancements including PlayStation®4 trophy support and share functionalities, auto-save and shortened loading times
  • An endless amount of gameplay and adventure including Hunts, Battles, and mini-games
Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood

Stormblood is the latest DLC for Final Fantasy XIV, which is always evolving with new patches and expansions.  Here is a list of features obtained from Square-Enix's dedicated page:

  • A new adventure in Ala Mhigo
  • New jobs, including red mage
  • New exploration with swimming and diving
  • Level cap increase from 60 to 70
  • Changes to the battle system
  • New areas to explore
  • A new primal─Lakshmi
  • New dungeons, a new 8-man raid─Omega, and a new alliance raid
  • The Forbidden Land of Eureka
  • New gear and crafting recipes
  • A fourth residential district
  • Expanded item inventory
Final Fantasy XV Season Pass DLC

If you purchased the season pass, you'll be getting the remainder of the six DLC content packs:

  • DLC 1: Booster Pack 
  • DLC 2: Episode Gladio 
  • DLC 3: Holiday Pack 
  • DLC 4: Episode Ignis 
  • DLC 5: Episode Prompto 
  • DLC 6: Expansion Pack

What should come of great interest to fans though is, as highlighted in a recent Famitsu interview Final Fantasy XV director Hijame Tabata, they've promised to expand the game further with more free updates and a new expansion beyond the six packs listed in the season pass. Tabata was quoted as saying: 

“We will evolve our released game Final Fantasy XV more and more, and together with it, we will also evolve. We will further evolve the foundation and know-how of Final Fantasy XV in preparation for new initiatives.

Final Fantasy XV is undergoing development for the updates,  and we’re also working on an unannounced awesome expansion, so please look forward to it.”

It seems that Tabata is staying true to his promise of keeping Final Fantasy XV a standalone title, rather than making sequels or spinoffs, seemingly intent of giving the fans both more replayability through free updates, and expanding the story through DLC instead.  

It's worth noting that the Final Fantasy XV: Prompto VR Experience DLC  shown at E3 is on its way too, which if successful, could possibly lead to more potential VR projects. 

While on the subject of Tabata, he was recently quoted as saying he was very interested in the Nintendo Switch, while also not ruling out a potential port of Final Fantasy XV at the same time.  Although that's not a lot to go on at the moment, it bodes well that the director is very keen on working with Nintendo again. 

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Although we've recently learned that the Final Fantasy VII remake is still a while off, I'm quite optimistic that we'll at least see a demo this year.  The title when released will come in the way of a trilogy, expanding on and fleshing out the original story,

Square-Enix's Unconfirmed Titles and Rumours
Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Collection

2017 should be a big year for announcements at Square-Enix, what with it being the 30th anniversary of Final Fantasy.  A rumoured announcement coming straight from VGLeaks is a 30th Anniversary Collection.  According to their sources, the collection will be arriving on a single PS4 blu ray, and will be made available for the Vita too.  The collection will contain all numbered Final Fantasy titles from I to IX. VII and IX will be based on the newest ports and for I to VI there will be both the original NES/SNES versions along with the mobile ports.  The leak seems very detailed and it would be an amazing collection if true.

Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy PlayStation 4 

Another compilation on the leaked list is a possible PS4 port of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy, which would come bundled together on separate Blu ray discs with the games running at full 1080p and at 60fps. If true, it would be interesting to see these already beautiful looking games running on modern hardware.

Final Fantasy Dissidia

Final Fantasy: Dissidia is another title with no announcement for a console release of any kind, so this one is purely speculation. However, as noted on rpgsite, Dissidia is running on a modified PlayStation 4 machine, using PlayStation controllers. I wouldn't be at all surprised if once the game is complete with updates and DLC characters, a home version will be on the way.

With spinoffs, remakes and remasters coming thick and fast, there's no sign of the 30 year old franchise slowing down. And now that Final Fantasy XV has given the mainline series a much needed injection of confidence from fans and critics alike, I can't help but look forward to and be excited for Final Fantasy XVI.  

The big question I have right now: Will we see the next installment this generation?  Well I would say that all signs are pointing to a potential yes.  In an interview with Gamespot,  Hajime Tabata is quoted as saying:

"In terms of what we want to do with the technology, we want to use that technological foundation that we've built up with Final Fantasy XV and move on to do something completely new using that know how and that base. We're going to look into new directions with it." 

I definitely see this as a positive as now it seems likely that Tabata and his team have a good handle on the Luminous engine and, going forward, should be able to start on the next mainline title fairly quickly - if they haven't already.

Interestingly,  Square-Enix isn't opposed to using a graphics engine that isn't in-house, as shown with Final Fantasy VII remake and Kingdom Hearts 3, with the use of Epic Games' Unreal 4 engine.  With all the tools already in place, this should in theory free up a lot of the development time and cut back delays, thus allowing Square-Enix to focus on game development, rather than using time and money to create a new in-house engine to match their vision. 

With the recent showing of the Nintendo Switch, there's a lot of potential there for Square-Enix to do something interesting. If the Anniversary Collection comes to fruition, that would definitely lend itself well to the portable nature of the machine, and give Nintendo a chance to catch up on a lot of Final Fantasy titles that never made it to their machines.

Hopefully, with the recent announcement of an Active Time Report Special for the new year, we'll get some interesting updates from Square-Enix about the future of Final Fantasy

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Final Fantasy XIV Has the Best MMO Community -- and They're Putting on a Play! https://www.gameskinny.com/z9bxl/final-fantasy-xiv-has-the-best-mmo-community-and-theyre-putting-on-a-play https://www.gameskinny.com/z9bxl/final-fantasy-xiv-has-the-best-mmo-community-and-theyre-putting-on-a-play Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:37:26 -0500 Tinh Nguyen (Tinhn778)

The holiday season is the season about family and friends, the people that have put up with you through the years, and the memories that have transpired over those years. For some gamers, these experiences come from an online game -- Final Fantasy XIV to be precise. The Final Fantasy XIV community is amazing. I’ve been on and off the game, but each time I'm drawn back it isn’t just new content that hooks me; it’s also the community that I interact with.

In fact, the community is so great and tight-knit that a group of players known as “A Stage Reborn” has put together an in-game play called, “I Want to Be Your Canary”. Long-time series fans will recognise this as the opening play from the classic Final Fantasy IX. This is evidence of the creativity of FFXIV's community, and a great way to entertain other players that are waiting for the next big patch. There is even a sneak peak trailer -- enjoy the role-playing greatness:

 

The trailer pays homage to Final Fantasy IX, featuring faithful recreations of characters such as Princess Garnet, Vivi and Adelbert Steiner.

The stage-play will be performed for two days: Friday December 30th and Saturday 31st, with both days starting at 5 P.M PST. But who knows, if this is a hit they might just do an encore!

This is a fully produced stage play, with a producing crew, actors, special effects, and even bouncers for the mischievous players amongst us. There are house rules posted for the play's attendees on the website at A Stage Reborn. These include:

  • Audience members must use Say chat as subtitles, as it’s the only way to know what the actors are saying.
  • Hide your weapons, as it’s a distraction to other members.
  • Do not use abilities, and turn all effects on, as it will further enhance your experience.

For the players, the show will be held in the Diabolos server at the Lavender Beds, 8th Ward, Plot 28 -- this is where the housing districts are. Active players can make a new character on the Diabolos server. And if you’re not a player you can make a free trial account just for this experience, or you can also watch the show live on Twitch and YouTube.

After giving Final Fantasy XIV dozens of hours I can always count on the community to give me a warm welcome back. This is a community that is truly involved with the development of the game and the players that live in it. A Stage Reborn took it into their own hands to create new content for the community, just like the developers do. If you do attend the show, follow the rules, be friendly, and most importantly enjoy the show!

And don't forget to let us know your thoughts on the show in the comments below!

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5 Weirdest Locations in the Final Fantasy Universe https://www.gameskinny.com/wwcl9/5-weirdest-locations-in-the-final-fantasy-universe https://www.gameskinny.com/wwcl9/5-weirdest-locations-in-the-final-fantasy-universe Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:00:02 -0500 Pablo Seara

JRPGs tend to present weird plots involving time, space, dimensions, and more strange elements. Final Fantasy is not different; fans of the franchise are used to visit the most bizarre places. From craters to floating worlds, this series of games involve imaginative, original locations that surface from the collective imagination of the designers.

We wanted to present you, fans or not of the series, some of these places. That is why you can find here the five weirdest locations in the Final Fantasy universe.

Inside Sin - Final Fantasy X

You will notice that almost all of the locations shown here are final dungeons. This one belongs to Final Fantasy X. After debilitating Sin, the party goes inside the giant monster to defeat Yu Yevon and bring an end to Spyra's cycle of death.

There, Tidus and the others find different, weird areas, like a foggy corridor, an abstract maze or a strange building floating above a fake Zanarkand. There they meet Tidus' father, Jecht, who is also Braska's Final Aeon. The group has to fight him, as well as all the Aeons Yuna gathered throughout her journey, to force Yu Yevon to appear and eliminate him. 

So you are basically inside a giant, murderer shell that protects the summoner that started it all, who is now a weird bug, and to defeat your own father who is getting deprived from his humanity, who will in turn make you disappear because you are a dream. Yeah...

Memoria - Final Fantasy IX

This is the penultimate location the protagonists have to visit before the ultimate showdown in the Crystal World. Memoria is a mysterious place borned from the memories of Gaia in Final Fantasy IX. This linear dungeon allow the characters to experience fragments of their past and the History of the planet.

Garland guides Zidane through the collective memories of the whole planet, discovering the tragic truth about Kuja and Terra. The group also experiences the destruction of Alexandria, Gaia's birth and its earliest moments. All of these places lead them to the Crystal World, the beginning of all time.

The weirdness of this area extends to the gameplay, since the moogles are now replaced by a strange sphere, and there are now invisible save points as well. Final Fantasy can sometimes be extremely creative.

Orphan's Cradle - Final Fantasy XIII

Orphan's Cradle is another final dungeon, this time from Final Fantasy XIII. This place was created by the fal' Cie Eden and exists in an alternate dimension. It protects the Orphan, the fal' Cie that powers Cocoon and the being that the lu' Cie are destined to slay, before turning intro crystal or becoming Cie'th.

This bizarre, giant room reconfigures itself several times, changing the layout of the dungeon. This happens because the Cradle contains tesseracts, four-dimensional extensions of cubes, that rearrange at will.

There are also three female fal'Cie inside the Oprhan's Cradle, who create three dimensional gates to different places of the world: Vallis Media, Gran Pulse and the Narthex, where Orphan rests.

True Moon - Final Fantasy IV: The After Years

There are three different moons in the universe of Final Fantasy IV: the normal one, the Red Moon, where the Lunarians sleep, and the True Moon. Its arrival marks the beginning of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. It is the final location of the game and one of the largest dungeons in any RPG -- it has forty-three different floors!

This True Moon is actually an enormous spacecraft used by the Creator, the main antagonist, to travel across the universe to find Crystals that he uses to conduct experiments on the evolution of life. The Creator's race lived aboard an entire fleet and perished before they could find a new home.

The protagonists have to stop the descent of the True Moon, which is programmed to crash against the planet, before it is too late. Before that, the Creator gathers all the crystals of the world, which contain data on the human race's evolution. Even the classic Final Fantasies had weird scenarios.

Valhalla - Final Fantasy XIII-2

Valhalla is a location in Final Fantasy XIII-2 that Serah and Noel visit a couple of times. It is a city located in an alternate dimension, where time and life do not exist. Lightning is brought to this place by the goddess of death, Etro, to serve as her guardian against Caius and his forces.

This weird location is supposed to be the resting place of the souls of the dead, which eventually resurface from the crystal sea and are reborn in a new form. Lightning can see the entire span of time from Valhalla, but cannot leave it. That is why she calls Serah and ask her for help to solve the time paradoxes that are affecting the spacetime-continuum.

The fal' Cie from the first Final Fantasy XIII are looking for Etro's gate, a portal that leads to Valhalla. It was the main force that drives them to turn the group into lu' Cie and harvest human souls in Cocoon to open the gate.

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As you can see, there are really weird and bizarre locations in Final Fantasy, but there are much, much more we could not include. The plots of the franchise are sometimes confusing, filled with time paradoxes, interdimensional spaces or even dreams.

What do you think of these locations? Can you think of any other that could not get on this list? Let me know in the comment section below!

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5 Final Fantasy Games That are Better Than Final Fantasy XV https://www.gameskinny.com/oazp7/5-final-fantasy-games-that-are-better-than-final-fantasy-xv https://www.gameskinny.com/oazp7/5-final-fantasy-games-that-are-better-than-final-fantasy-xv Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:06:06 -0500 Pablo Seara

Finally, Final Fantasy XV, the latest entry in the well-known franchise, is available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is a game many of us have waited for far too long, and it is now in our reach. After playing the game for some time -- and enjoying it a lot -- our fellow reviewer concluded that it is a worthy installment in the Final Fantasy series.

However, it is not one of the best Final Fantasy games of all time. There are other games in the Final Fantasy series that are masterpieces. These include titles from the main line, as well as spin-offs originated from the franchise.

In this list, we are going to take a look at five Final Fantasy titles that are better than (and perhaps helped influence) Final Fantasy XV, from all consoles and all origins -- and in no particular order.

Warning: There may be spoilers for FFXV found in the following paragraphs. If you want to stay completely in the dark about Final Fantasy XV until you have had the chance to play it, tread carefully!

Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI is probably the best game in the franchise and the pinnacle of the classic JRPG genre. The final installment in the SNES trilogy, Final Fantasy VI excels in all its elements, from the story to the gameplay. It is a pure, unadulterated Japanese role-playing game. It has turn-based combat, an interesting and surprising plot, likable, deep characters and much more.

The story of Final Fantasy VI revolves around The Replicants, a group who fights against the Gestahlian Empire, which is led by Emperor Gestahl and Kefka Palazzo, the best villain in the series (sorry Sephiroth). The game has the biggest selection of playable characters in any FF game, each one with unique skills and traits. AND the title has one of the most memorable moments in gaming history: the opera scene.

Finally, Final Fantasy XV antagonists, the Empire of Niflheim, share many similarities with the Gestahlian Empire. Both of them are more advanced than the rest of the nations in their respective worlds, and they both use Magical Technology -- or Magitek. So, it is safe to say that Final Fantasy VI had some influence on the Final Fantasy XV. 

Final Fantasy Tactics

Although Final Fantasy Tactics is considered a non-main title for the franchise and is a strategy game instead of a turn-based RPG, it is considered not only one of the best tactical-RPG titles ever made, but also one of the best Final Fantasy entries ever made.

This series of spin-offs takes all the characteristic elements of Final Fantasy, like the monsters, jobs and atmosphere, and introduces them in a tactical role-playing title. It was first released for the original PlayStation, and later as an enhanced port for the PSP, with the subtitle The War of the Lions.

The story of Final Fantasy Tactics takes place in Ivalice, a world torn by war, political intrigue, religious cults and treasonous subterfuge. The main character is a young noble named Ramza Beoulve, who discovers a sinister plot behind all the fatal events that devastate the land. The game has one of the most complex and darkest stories in Final Fantasy.

Dealing with themes like death class discrimination and the miseries of war, Final Fantasy Tactics talks about very real-world issues in extremely relatable ways. It also includes dozens of characters, sub-plots and interesting, three-dimensional relationships, which add huge amounts of depth to the backstory.

Final Fantasy XV also seems to adopt a little bit of the dark atmosphere of Final Fantasy Tactics. However, its approach is completely different. Noctis and his friends are a cheerful group, who believe that the journey is better than the destination, and who make the most out of all moments, both big and small. Conversely, Ramza cannot have a moment of rest, and the events that take place in FF: Tactics taint his soul.

Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX was the last chapter of the franchise for the original PlayStation and marked the series' return to a medieval, fantastical setting after the previous two installments took place in more modern, steampunk worlds. 

Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of Final Fantasy, is especially fond of FF IX and has stated that this was his original vision for the series as a whole.

Final Fantasy IX tells the magical tale of Zidane Tribal and the Princess Garnet von Alexandros. The story, like many JRPGs, begins with a simple objective: flee Alexandria to the neighboring kingdom of Lindblum. During the small journey, Garnet changes her name to Dagger, blends with the villagers and learns from them. However, everything changes when they get to Lindblum and learn that her mother, Queen Brahne, has invaded the land...

What is more, crystals are very important in both Final Fantasy IX and XV. In FF IX, the Crystal World is the origin of life and contains the memories of the planet. In FF XV, Lucis possesses the last known crystal in the world, and it is the main reason for Niflheim's invasion.

Kingdom Hearts II

Kingdom Hearts originated as a spin-off to Final Fantasy, a crossover between the role-playing franchise and Disney. After the original Kingdom Hearts, it developed into a franchise of its own, much in the same way Persona did.

The first title was a great surprise, with a colorful blend of styles, an inspiring, beautiful story and an original gameplay mechanic. However, Kingdom Hearts II is considered superior in many ways.

Taking place one year after the events of the first game and Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, a title for the GameBoy Advance, Kingdom Hearts II expands upon the already convoluted (yet endearing) story, adding new worlds, new characters from Disney and Final Fantasy, different subplots and much more.

When Final Fantasy XV was first revealed as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, the gameplay was a direct evolution of Kingdom Hearts' system. After ten years and many demos, FFXV is now a very different game, but it still shares some similarities with Kingdom Hearts' combat system.

Final Fantasy XII

Finally, there is Final Fantasy XII, the most underrated title in the whole Final Fantasy franchise. It is a flawed game, sure, with a declining story, a pair of insignificant, unlikeable main characters and an MMO-ish combat that did not convince a dedicated group of core-players. But, surprisingly, this same battle system is exactly why a vast extension of gamers love the game. Truly, the battle system is the main characteristic that sets it apart from other Final Fantasy games  -- and what makes it extremely addictive.

Why?

Because Final Fantasy XII is the first non-online main Final Fantasy game to introduce substantial changes to the core gameplay, like gambits (automatic patterns), battles that take place in real-time, a licensing system, and more. This is very reminiscent of Final Fantasy XV, a game that separates the most from the traditional turn-based combat system the franchise is known for.

Final Fantasy XII also takes place in Ivalice and shares many similarities with Final Fantasy: Tactics. Both stories revolve around war-torn nations, focus mainly on humans and are rich and complex in their storytelling. Revisiting Ivalice in a more expansive, modern and developed setting was one of the big reasons why players fell in love with the game.

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As you can see, there are many Final Fantasy games that deserve to be played if you are a fan of the series -- or just getting started! The main line of Final Fantasy games is extremely good, but there are spin-offs (and other series that share parts of the series lore) that deal with different (and sometimes dark) ideas in gameplay, settings, and story lines.

And while Final Fantasy XV is a great and wonderful game you should definitely check out, it was not able to reach the top of the franchise simply because it's competition was so fierce -- and good.

So, what do you think of these games in the Final Fantasy franchise? Are they superior to Final Fantasy XV? Tell us in the comments below!

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Why Won't Final Fantasy Die? https://www.gameskinny.com/a97e1/why-wont-final-fantasy-die https://www.gameskinny.com/a97e1/why-wont-final-fantasy-die Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:58:17 -0400 Noor Sami

Begun in 1987 with the first title of the series, Final Fantasy has since grown to become one of the best-selling video game franchises ever. The fifteenth installment of the series is set to release this September after years of waiting and dubious excuses. Aside from the 15 main games, there are countless spin-offs, including movies, manga and anime series. When the Internet makes lists about their favorite RPGs, Final Fantasy VII is inevitably included; the game has an enduring legacy to this day. It’s an impressive feat for a game franchise to make it through this many games (and decades) and still manage to generate hype for future titles. All of this begs the question: why won’t Final Fantasy die?

Nearly every main installment of the series has received positive scores on Metacritic, although after Final Fantasy X it seems the scores never held up to the earlier games in the series. Where Final Fantasy X boasts a score of 92, XIII has an 83. The second MMORPG installment to the series, Final Fantasy XIV, faced larger criticism from critics and players, resulting in delayed PlayStation 3 release until eventually Square Enix revamped the game entirely; now there is speculation that the game will make it to the Xbox One due to popular demand. Despite these setbacks, Final Fantasy remains an enduring series, a fact we can see in the progression of the 15th installment.

If you’re an old hand at Final Fantasy, you’ll remember when Final Fantasy XV was still called Final Fantasy Versus XIII. It began development in 2006 as a spin-off title to the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries started with Final Fantasy XIII. Brief trailers for the game got fans buzzing with interest, as developers claimed it would be the darkest game of the series yet. However, slow development resulted in speculation as to whether the game would ever even be released at all.

Eventually, it was decided that it would no longer be a spin-off and instead hold the coveted spot of the next main franchise installment. After that development picked up speed and rekindled fan interest. And at last, after nearly a decade of waiting, the official release date of September 30, 2016, was announced. Now Final Fantasy XV has made it to the number one spot on Famitsu’s most wanted games list.  

So let’s take a look at why Final Fantasy has made it this far, with its massive fan base and worldwide recognition. (Warning: there are spoilers ahead, although these games are old enough that this shouldn’t be an issue.)

The Storyline

That’s the most obvious reason. When you think about Final Fantasy, you think about the ragtag band of AVALANCHE fighting to save their world from a heartless corporation, or about Squall and Seifer’s famous scar-inducing training session. Final Fantasy is famous for storylines that get you invested in the characters and the plot, playing through to make sure they make it out alive. Aerith’s sacrifice in VII is still considered one of the biggest video game plot twists ever.

There is a stark difference between Japanese RPGs like Final Fantasy and American RPGs like The Elder Scrolls. The latter is known for its open-world storyline, where there’s a massive universe for the player to explore, and every choice the player makes affects the story. In the end, the main storyline almost takes a back burner to the rest of the game. JRPGs, however, places much more emphasis on the storyline and the characters. You’re watching the story unfold as you go, and although there are still side quests and explorations to do, the main story is the most important part. And as far as JRPGs go, Final Fantasy does the enduring storyline extraordinarily well.  

Sure, the Final Fantasy dialogue can get pretty cheesy, but the stories still hold you—Aerith’s sacrifice, Tidus and Yuna’s kiss. Those scenes are incredibly memorable. Not to mention the grand, fantastical quality the stories tend to take—good versus evil, the underdogs fighting to save the world against impossible odds. (And the beautiful soundtracks certainly contribute to that grandness.)

The Characters

Hand-in-hand with the storyline comes the characters. The handful of main characters that make up your party in each Final Fantasy installment are always enjoyable caricatures. Nearly every character who fights alongside you will have a backstory, often as intriguing as the main protagonists. Barret Wallace of Final Fantasy VII especially comes to mind; his story involving the death of his best friend which led him to take his friend’s daughter in as his own is fleshed out and memorable.

The villains are no lesser. Although they do play into the massive, fantastical evil that is so characteristic of large-scale fantasy, they still frequently had backstories that made them sympathetic as well as deplorable. Kuja of Final Fantasy IX is an especially interesting antagonist, one who loves luxury but brings destruction and war to the world. In reality, he is insecure, unsure of his identity and robbed of a childhood.

Though Seymour of Final Fantasy X morphs into evil by the end of the game, there’s still a bit of sympathy attached to his character. Half-Guado and half-human, he was exiled and considered an abomination. And of course, Sin is an incredibly conceived “character,” shocking in the reveal that it’s Tidus’s father inside Sin all along.

Gameplay

Final Fantasy is known for its utilization of magic. Every game involves magic as a key component of the battle system, and players strategize using their enemies’ magical weaknesses. Final Fantasy VII has materia to equip magic and other abilities to party members, and Final Fantasy VIII has the Junction System. The franchise always has its unique leveling systems, as well, allowing players to switch characters between various traditional classes like mage, thief, and warrior, rather than being trapped in one form.

X and XII have the Sphere Grid and License Board respectively, each of which lets players increase the various abilities of characters in whatever way they want. Characters that might have been designed to be mages, like Lulu of X, can still be leveled up to become a warrior. The dress spheres of Final Fantasy X-2 perform a similar feat. This versatility ultimately makes leveling much more interesting.

 

Ultimately, these features that are definitely debatable combine to make the Final Fantasy franchise so popular and long-lived. As all popular games do, they have many critics, but it’s undeniable that the series has made it this far for a reason. The release of the next installment this September will provide a glimpse into the future of the franchise, and whether it will continue to make waves like it does today.

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The best and worst moms of gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/6vd2z/the-best-and-worst-moms-of-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/6vd2z/the-best-and-worst-moms-of-gaming Fri, 06 May 2016 09:30:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

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These were only 10 of the absolutely astounding number of gaming mothers, and there's plenty more we could have looked at that deserved to be nominated for "best," "worst," or even "most insane."

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What did you think of our picks, and who would you choose for the best and worst moms in gaming?

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The Absolute Worst Mom Of Gaming: The Mom From Binding Of Isaac

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Somehow even more visually terrifying than Alma and Queen Brahne put together, Isaac's mom is the epitome of bad motherhood. Much like Abraham, this parent hears god's voice telling her to kill her child... and she listens to it.

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Whether by stabbing, stomping, or crushing, she's hell-bent on ending her own offspring in a very unpleasant way. Even if he lives, Isaac will forever have those fleshy leg-folds branded into his memory!

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Dahlia Gillespie Silent Hill

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A fanatical cultist, Dahlia is more concerned with what her daughter Alessa can offer their religion than with her daughter's actual well-being.

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She tries to use Alessa as an incubator to birth an evil god, and when Alessa is terribly burned, Dahlia keeps her alive despite the extreme pain - not out of love, but out of a desire to keep her mad plot going.

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Fortunately, the tables are turned at the end of the first Silent Hill. Of course, in the movie adaptation, Dahlia is a much more sympathetic character rather than an outright villain.

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Deadbeat mom: YOU

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It absolutely doesn't matter how hard you try, you're going to end up a deadbeat parent in any Fable game. All that adventuring and real estate buying will always have you leaving your spouse and kid at home, wishing you'd come around more often.

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Divorce seems inevitable, unless you really put in a lot of time at the dinner table. Fable 3 in particular lets you be pretty terrible on the parenthood front... by allowing devastating child labor to continue to run rampant in your home city.

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Since the Fable series lets you keep marrying and having more children as often as you'd like (in fact, some achievements require you to be polygamous or kill previous spouses!), you can end up with a ridiculous number of children, as seen below.

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Living Through Your Children: Flemeth

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If you want to be a powerful apostate witch who can shapeshift and sling spells, then Flemeth is a great mom... until you reach a certain age. Turns out Flemeth is so exceedingly long-lived because she keeps overtaking the bodies of her daughters to start life anew. Still, up till the whole “killing you” part, it seems like she'd be a useful mom to have.

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Not Around Enough To Be Awful: Jimmy's Mom

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Not only does this parental figure from Bully commit crimes against fashion, but she's not a great mother either. On the up side, she's as distant and uncaring as they come. Normally that would be a bad thing, but when you consider some of the other mothers on this list, essentially staying out of Jimmy's life isn't nearly the worst thing that could have happened.

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A Thousand Lifetimes And Never Learned Parenting Skills: Sarah Sisulart

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Both of the immortal moms in Lost Odyssey aren't going to be contenders for any “mother of the year” awards. Seth turns her son onto the criminal path, raising him as a pirate, and then abandons him for years (decades? It's not clear). The fact that he calls her “Maaaaaaamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” as a middle-aged man is also of concern...

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Sarah sort of takes the cake though. Thinking (erroneously) that her daughter has died, she becomes an evil witch haunting a mansion and kills anyone who comes inside – even attacking her own husband! Since she's immortal, the death of her child during her lifetime was a foregone conclusion and would have happened down the line anyway, so this was always going to happen.

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After being talked down from psycho witch mode, she goes on incredibly dangerous adventures... with her two underage grandchildren. That's just bad parenting all around. I shutter to think of how nuts she'll go when they eventually die.

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Pretty Awful But Sorta Redeems Herself: Queen Brahne

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Definitely giving a run for her money on the “most horrifyingly obese mother” front, Queen Brahne from Final Fantasy IX was once kind and benevolent but was turned wicked and greedy after the death of her husband. She's pretty much every wicked stepmother ever, but taken to an even higher degree.

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Nearly everyone hates her by the time she finally gets her comeuppance, having conquered a huge swathe of the world, turning on anyone who aided her, and even trying to kill her own adopted daughter, Garnet.

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In her dying moments, she does admit all her wrongdoing and seeks forgiveness. Too little, too late?

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Totally Up In The Air: Chrono's Mom

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There are a couple of contenders on the mom front to be found in the hallowed RPG classic Chrono Trigger, from Lucca's disabled mother to the diabolical mother brain boss fought in the far future.

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Chrono's unnamed mother is easily the most iconic, however, with her “Good morning Chrono!” line forever etched into the memories of kids who grew up in the '90s.

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Despite giving her kid the only bed in the house and watching his cat while he goes on extended adventures, she's actually pretty inattentive, not seeming to realize or care when he's gone for months at a time. She does manage to finally ask about his whereabouts once... after he's been killed by Lavos.

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In one ending, she foolishly chases a cat into a time portal that will never re-open, at which point Chrono strikes his victory pose, apparently happy with the turn of events.

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Somehow The Best AND Worst: Alma

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Whether Alma is an amazing mom or a terrible one is definitely up for debate. She's not happy that her children have been taken from her, and goes on a murderous revenge rampage against those who took them – although she goes more than a little overboard on that front.

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She just wants her boys to get along, even if that means they have to become proficient killers together, and she's so enamored with being a mother that she rapes Becket at the end of F.E.AR. 2 to become pregnant again.

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Totally The Best Mother: Mrs. Chu

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This totally badass mom from Sleeping Dogs works hard to help her son in everything he does – including becoming a better criminal! When her son is killed, she tortures people with her meat cleaver to find out who was responsible.

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When the real perpetrator is brought to her, she makes the murderer eat human meat and then viciously dismembers him. Now that's dedication to your kid's memory! How many kids can really say their mom would go that far to avenge their deaths?

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With all the hardened soldiers, fantasy world saviors, and ace starship pilots across gaming, you might not expect "moms" to be a big character category, but you'd be wrong on that front.

There's hundreds of memorable mother characters across every genre of gaming, from loving and nurturing caregivers... to homicidal maniacs intending to eradicate their own offspring.

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In honor of the impending Mother's Day celebrations, we're going to count down the best and worst moms of gaming, and even look at a few that blend those two extremes.

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Wondering if your PC can run Final Fantasy IX? https://www.gameskinny.com/nc4n5/wondering-if-your-pc-can-run-final-fantasy-ix https://www.gameskinny.com/nc4n5/wondering-if-your-pc-can-run-final-fantasy-ix Thu, 07 Jan 2016 04:23:09 -0500 shox_reboot

Square's Final Fantasty IX, a decade-old game, will be making its way to the PC early this year, according to its Steam page

There are a few quality of life tweaks added to the PC version -- including achievements, game boosters (such as high speed and the ability to turn off random enemy encounters), an autosave system, and high definition movies/character models.

If you need to know whether or not you'll be able to run this new iteration, here are the specs:

Minimum

  • OS: Vista /7/8/8.1/10
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz or higher
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600GTS or ATI Radeon HD4650 or higher
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 20 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectSound® compatible sound card(DirectX®9.0c or later)

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32bit / 64bit)
  • Processor: Core i5 2520 2.5GHz or better
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 20 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectSound® compatible sound card(DirectX®9.0c or later)

The game is set to release early 2016. 

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A look at the Final Fantasy series from best to worst https://www.gameskinny.com/8ut51/a-look-at-the-final-fantasy-series-from-best-to-worst https://www.gameskinny.com/8ut51/a-look-at-the-final-fantasy-series-from-best-to-worst Tue, 24 Nov 2015 06:42:03 -0500 Ty Arthur

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Final Fantasy XV is now on the horizon, and the highly anticipated remake of FF7 is coming as well, so there's no shortage of major releases arriving soon for RPG lovers.

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If the huge number of releases up till this point are any indication, we probably have many, many more spin-offs and numbered titles still on the horizon as Square Enix experiments with the formula and heads in new directions.

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What did you think of our picks, and what order would you have placed the best to worst ranking of Final Fantasy games?

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Worst: Final Fantasy 13

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You know how everyone feels about Final Fantasy 12? That's how I feel about part 13. Seriously, this abomination needs to be nuked from orbit and then some men in black need to show up and wipe the disappointment of FF13 from our memories. This is the only game in the series I've actually put down in disgust and never had any desire to pick back up again. That's 10 hours I'll never get back.

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The first entry for the PS3 / Xbox 360 era may have enhanced visuals, but absolutely everything else was a tragic misstep. The absolute bottom of the Final Fantasy barrel, XIII made the tragic mistake of losing composer Nobuo Uematsu and then gave the double whammy of actively annoying characters (Vanille is the worst thing to ever happen to gaming) and a truly uninteresting combat system.

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No matter how badly FF15 gets nerfed, I take solace in knowing it can't be as bad as this entry in the series.

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Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

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Mystic Quest is one of the very few Final Fantasy games to never get a remake or re-release, and unfortunately there's a reason for that. The combat system switched to a different view more along the lines of Phantasy Star, and the story and characters were incredibly weak, mostly existing as vehicles for a never-ending string of monotonous battles.

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Trudging through the constant onslaught of repetition becomes a serious chore that makes Mystic Quest hard to play for extended periods. Despite all that, I have to admit I still I have a soft spot in my heart for this red-headed stepchild of the FF series, mostly because of the many hours I put into it as a young 'un. And on the plus side, it's not Final Fantasy 13.

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Final Fantasy 2

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Not many games open with your party getting utterly annihilated, so FF2 has that unique start going for it. Everywhere else it remains as difficult to get into as the first game in the series, but without the nostalgia factor since it didn't hit the U.S. until decades after its Japanese launch.

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Final Fantasy 2 definitely has the most odd skill and leveling system for the series, improving your stats as you use them in battle or as you are hit by enemy attacks rather than as you gain experience points.

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Even for its age, the game design wasn't the greatest, as you could literally walk into an area where you'd die immediately in every battle without any warning or prompting to stay away until reaching a higher level.

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Final Fantasy 3

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Playing the original NES/Famicon versions of the first three games in the Final Fantasy franchise, the visual style is incredibly similar with only minor graphical tweaks. The major differences were instead in the leveling and class systems.

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Final Fantasy 3 is where many of the iconic elements of the series that appear in every game originated, but, unfortunately, they were only gestating here and not fully developed. Lacking the nostalgia of the original or the more polished style of the SNES games to come, FF3 exists mostly as a curiosity to be explored to see how far the series has come.

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For those who can't handle the simple graphics and clunky controls, updated 3D versions with gameplay tweaks came to the Nintendo DS, the PSP, and the PC.

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Final Fantasy 10

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As a kid who grew up on the excellent storytelling and very different art style of the SNES and PS1 days, I never developed the same emotional connection to the PS2 games the next generation of RPG lovers has, so frankly I'm not a big fan of this entry.

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Swapping out characters directly in battle was neat and some of the characters had their moments, but overall this is one of the weaker entries in Final Fantasy history on most other fronts.

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Adding underwater football also really didn't do anything for me, as I found myself wondering why I was learning Blitzball plays instead of battling monsters or saving the world...

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Final Fantasy 5

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While graphically pleasing (for the early SNES days anyway) and fleshing out the class system that would become very famous later on, there's actually a lot wrong with this game.

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Taking place in a variety of worlds that only had a few quests each meant that huge areas were pointless, and it's easy to get lost without figuring out just where you are supposed to go. The game also gets fairly repetitive after a few hours, and it's worth mentioning that in the North American version your main character's name is, oddly, “Butz.”

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Nobody in North America played it (legitimately anyway) for a long time due to the lack of an official release until much later on, so FF5 really missed its window to shine. Of course, everybody in the know had downloaded an English translation ROM way before Squaresoft figured out people actually wanted to play this game and gave it a proper stateside release.

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Final Fantasy 8

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Although the graphics improved and many new elements were added in, the characters just weren't as likable nor the story as engaging as Final Fantasy 8's groundbreaking predecessor. Adding in a card game was an interesting twist for a time when kids were still trading Pokemon cards at recess, providing an extra level of depth for those who spent the time learning its mechanics.

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Some of the changes were hit or miss, as the game didn't just completely change the magic system, it even changed the menu system. Letting you swap out which three abilities you wanted was cool in theory, but it was annoying to decide whether you wanted magic or items for the next few battles.

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The characters were sometimes amusing and charming... and sometimes just flat out annoying. I'm still split on which side of that divide Laguna lands when he gets a leg cramp while trying to muster the courage to chat up a sexy singer and then somehow gets her back to his hotel room but doesn't make a move.

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Final Fantasy

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This is where it all started, and whoever would have guessed the absolutely massive industry it spawned? Going back and playing it today there's a huge D&D influence to the first game (especially in the magic system) that many probably missed back then.

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Needless to say, this is a very bare bones game where the formula hadn't been refined yet. Some of the classes were completely pointless, and the combat system was in need of serious polish (you could actually attack an empty space if another attack took down an enemy), but there's a nostalgia to be had here, especially in that distinctly '80s fantasy box art.

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The witch Matoya's backwards talking broomsticks are also a little gem of gaming history that have been referenced in all kinds of media since those heady early days of console role-playing games.

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Final Fantasy 4

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Released as Final Fantasy 2 originally in North America, this is another game in the franchise that's completely iconic and remembered fondly but actually has a ton of flaws.

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While I probably played this game a couple of dozen times as a kid, returning to it as an adult will cause more than a few cringes. Despite the memorable characters and fun gameplay, much of the dialog and plotting is flat-out bad (who can forget such heart felt insults as “You spoony bard?”). But hey, you get to fly a space whale to the moon!

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This was also one of the earlier games to feature major character deaths that really stuck with you, as well as villains that you won't soon forget. The music from that battle against the dancing calcobrena dolls thoroughly creeped me out as a kid, and I can still hum it to this day.

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If you want to return to the kingdom of Baron and see what happened with Rose and Cecil's kids, there was a direct sequel for the Wii (in the exact same original art style) released in episodic format, with each segment revolving around a different character.

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Final Fantasy 12

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This one may be a bit controversial ranking above others, as plenty of Final Fantasy fans straight up despise this game and would like to see it stricken from the franchise's history. Those fans are also wrong.

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I'll grant you Vaan is somewhere between annoying and forgettable, and all the characters do oddly look too similar, but that's about where the criticisms end.

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Gameplay-wise, FF12 is very solid and offered a satisfying experience capping the PS2 era as the consoles were about to change over. The map-based skill system was interesting to learn and play around with, while the completely redesigned combat was a fun change of pace, and unlocking all the monster entries offered a reason to keep playing previous areas.

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Final Fantasy 7

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Age hasn't been kind to the most famous game in all Final Fantasy history, but it still remains a strong contender for the top spots, even if there's a whole lot of nostalgia influencing that positioning. Props also have to be given where they are due for introducing RPGs to a much wider western audience.

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On the positive sides, who could forget cross dressing for a mob boss, chocobo racing, snowboarding at Gold Saucer, the absurdly long Knights Of The Round summon, or the excellent materia system?

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On the downsides, the graphics are straight up ugly at this point, and the story was often bizarre and sometimes incomprehensible (it took me more than one playthrough as a kid to figure out just what the heck Cloud actually was and what his relationship to Zack was supposed to be).

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Final Fantasy 9

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Capping off the golden era of PS1 releases, FF9 returned to actual fantasy territory after two games that strongly blended sci-fi and modern day elements into the mix.

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Although there was lots of comic relief (particularly with the knight character Steiner), there's some gut-punching stuff in this story. Vivi's storyline is both thought-provoking and heart-wrenching, even when it's filled with adorable little guys in overly large hats.

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Final Fantasy 9 is also notable for working summoned monsters into the actual main storyline, rather than just being these beings of massive power you casually pull out for any given random battle and then send away a few minutes later.

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Final Fantasy Tactics

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The only game to truly compete with Final Fantasy 6, this turn-based strategy take on traditional Final Fantasy lore is another one where the music and sound effects are major highlights. For a game featuring a more serious and dark tone than the rest of the entries in the series, the music really ramps up the tension and perfectly matches the art direction.

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While the job-based class system and grid combat system are excellent, it's the story and characters that shine most brightly. It's a complex story but one that's still easily accessible, and it was a little daring for the time it was released in (when games were still considered “for kids”) with its openly anti-religious themes.

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That bleak ending is perfect for the story being told as Ramza – who saved the world – gets branded a traitor and forgotten by history, while Delita – who is actually the villain – becomes king.

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Best: Final Fantasy 6

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RPGs not only cut their teeth but really hit their stride on the SNES, with the cream of the crop on that beloved system easily Chrono Trigger... and Final Fantasy 6. Originally released as Final Fantasy 3 in North America, there's a whole era of kids who first experienced this legendary game under that title before RPGs were even close to mainstream. We may have been the nerd crowd, but we had something awesome no one else had caught onto yet.

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Fast forward from 1994, and Final Fantasy 6 still stacks up today as a game worth playing that frankly beats out a lot of modern titles in terms of characters, story, music, and yes, even art style. To be honest, I don't think Squaresoft/Square Enix has ever released anything better on any of those fronts to this day. The quality of the soundtrack can't be overstated, as this is some of the best music Nobuo Uematsu has ever crafted.

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That opera house scene is one of the best in gaming that still makes people tear up today, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. The multi-part battle while defending Narshe, switching between three groups of characters separated across the continent, stealing mechs in the imperial camp, the ghost train, and the world getting completely and utterly destroyed half way through the game are all classic moments in gaming.

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Every playable character had an interesting backstory as well as a unique combat ability that made them all play differently, but let's not discount the bad guys. Has there ever been an antagonist like Kefka? Turns out the insane clown was way more evil than the evil emperor he worked for, and he succeeded where every other villain failed in a quest to destroy the world and rule the ashes.

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Without question, Final Fantasy is easily the most famous and prolific console RPG series of all time, introducing several generations of gamers to the concept of turn-based side by side battles as heroes attempt to overthrow kingdoms and protect magic crystals.

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The coming next-gen remake of Final Fantasy 7 was one of the biggest pieces of news to land from E3 this year, but it's not all we have to look forward to, with the anticipated part 15 arriving next year and slated to shake up the formula quite a bit.

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Ranking these games from best to worst is a monumental task, especially considering the sheer number of titles released since the first Final Fantasy way back 1987. To keep things manageable, here I'm focusing on base single player games in the main series, with two spin-offs included solely because of their iconic nature. The mobile phone games, spin-offs, sequels, MMORPGs, and Legend / Adventure titles on the Game Boy are all being left off this time around.

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Even by culling all those extra games and whittling it down to the 14 titles included here, ranking them is harder than you'd think, as most of the Final Fantasy games have been re-released in alternate versions, some with major graphical and gameplay changes. The first game alone has come out in no less than 11 separate releases from the NES to the PlayStation to mobile phones and most recently for the 3DS.

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For consistency's sake, these are all being ranked based on their original versions and not on the later re-creations.

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Top 10 PS1 games to celebrate PlayStation's birthday https://www.gameskinny.com/j1t2g/top-10-ps1-games-to-celebrate-playstations-birthday https://www.gameskinny.com/j1t2g/top-10-ps1-games-to-celebrate-playstations-birthday Thu, 10 Sep 2015 07:02:03 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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And that wraps up the very best of the best on PS1. I'm sure there were a few surprises in there, but bear in mind that they are the best games as per Metacritic ratings. I'll admit, I'm a little disappointed that Spider-Man wasn't on there (I'm still campaigning for a PSN Classic version). However, the quality of these games is undeniable.

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The PS1 was a breath of fresh air for many gamers. It showed us that games could be mature, innovative, and emotive. These tenets were represented in the bastion of amazing titles on the console. Furthermore, the PS1 introduced a ton of western gamers to JRPGs, which rarely left Japan or fell into obscurity on the NES/SNES beforehand. So, next time you turn on your PS4, just take a second to remember where it all began. Wherever, Whenever, Forever.

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What were your favorite PS1 games? Are you shocked by any games on the list? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back next week for the Top 10 PS2 Games, only on GameSkinny!

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1. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
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Was there ever any doubt? Well, I'm sure some of you are surprised - especially younger readers who don't hold the skating genre or the Tony Hawk series in high regard. However, on the PS1 and PS2, the Tony Hawk games were among the very best the consoles had to offer. Perhaps most telling is the fact that THPS2 is the second-highest rated game ever on Metacritic, just behind The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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The reason the first few TH games were so widely praised and beloved was due to the fact that they offered a pure skating experience. The subsequent games opted for a more GTA-inspired approach, which meant a juvenile story, breaking everything, and (worst of all) getting off of your board. Personally, I enjoyed Thug 1 & 2, as well as American Wasteland, but they definitely took away the sheer simplicity of skating and performing tricks that the first games gave you.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is widely considered one of the greatest games ever made. The fact that it is a skateboarding game is unimportant. This represented the best in level design and pure gameplay brilliance that the PS1 had to offer.

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Before we unveil the #1 spot, here are some honorable mentions:
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  • Tomb Raider
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  • WWF: Attitude
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  • Wipeout XL
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  • Driver
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  • Grandia
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  • Silent Hill
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  • Final Fantasy VII
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2. Tekken 3
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Tekken 3 is the best fighting game on the PlayStation and the second best of all-time, behind Soul Calibur on the Dreamcast (which was closely developed with Tekken 3). When it was released, Tekken 3 was the first game to receive a 10 from EGM under its new review system. Gamespot scored it 9.9, saying:

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"Needless to say, Tekken 3 is the best PlayStation game to come along in a long time, and this one won't be topped anytime soon."

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Tekken 3 used a new system board, meaning it had significantly better graphics and character models than the previous two games. Indeed, Tekken 3 is easily one of the prettiest PS1 games. On top of this, the game featured new modes, faster gameplay and 15 new characters - including Bryan Fury, Eddy Gordo, Julia Chang, Forest Law, and my personal favorite Hwoarang.

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The fighting genre has seen something of a resurgence recently, with Mortal Kombat X reviewing and selling incredibly well, Killer Instinct's resurrection, PS4 exclusive Street Fighter V getting great buzz, and Tekken 7 (arcade) being very well-received in Japan. This is all very exciting for the future of the genre, but let's not forget what made them great in the first place: simplicity and awesome gameplay.

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3. Gran Turismo
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It's hardly surprising that the PlayStation's biggest series makes this list twice. Despite Gran Turismo 2 packing so much more into the game, it's the original that sold more and got slightly better reviews.

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The game that started it all was, at the time, leaps and bounds ahead of every other racing game. Gameplay-wise, Gran Turismo still has no real rival. The precise handling of each car as well as the ingenious drivers licenses meant GT offered a more complete package than any racing game before it.

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While it might not look so hot today, Gran Turismo has always been known for its cutting-edge, often incomparable, graphics - and the original was no exception at the time, winning various awards for its looks. Considering the legacy of this game, it's no surprise that it fits in the top 3, let alone the top 10.

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4. ISS Pro Evolution
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Some of you may not know this, but Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series was a huge competitor with FIFA back in the day. Since the PS3/360 days, FIFA has been the undeniable champion of football games, but before that, the market and mind share was much more even.

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When ISS Pro Evolution released in 1999, it was widely recognized as the best football game ever made - a claim endorsed by Play Magazine, Official PlayStation Magazine, Computer and Video Games Magazine, and more. The gameplay was great, the graphics crisp, and the attention to detail startling. It marked the first time club teams could be played with and the player/team/stadium editor was unique for a football game.

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The biggest addition to the series was that of the Master League, a feature which exists to this day and pits the best teams in Europe against each other. Konami has always had a hard time licensing the teams and players, considering FIFA owns it all, and this is definitely more of a glaring issue now than it was 16 years ago. Back then, gameplay was king and photorealism was less of an issue, a fact that surely helped ISS Pro Evolution reach the heights it did.

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5. Final Fantasy IX
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Speaking of Final Fantasy, this probably isn't the installment you were expecting to see. While VII is the game that is seemingly remembered most fondly, as well as the most talked about these days, it's Final Fantasy IX that holds the highest rating (of any FF game) on Metacritic.

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IX took a more classic Final Fantasy approach to the game design by simplifying the ability system compared to VII and VIII. While the story was considered a bit too familiar and safe, the visuals and translation were amazing, the gamplay as solid as previous installments, and the game had a huge well of secrets to be discovered.

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As is often the case with Final Fantasy games, IX was scrutinized upon release, but became a fan favorite over time. FFIX had the weight of the gaming world on its shoulders after following two of the best games of the generation, but it more than met the challenge to become the best Final Fantasy on the PS1.

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6. Chrono Cross
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Many would argue that Chrono Trigger is the better game, and certainly I would say it's far better known than its sequel, but we won't be debating that. No, we're here to celebrate the great game known as Chrono Cross.

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With a deep plot about parallel worlds and body switching, Chrono Cross didn't rest on the laurels of the first game, and instead completely changed the formula. Rarely do games tackle such complex plots, especially in 1999. But Chrono Cross didn't back down, and the protagonist and antagonist switched bodies, which was so creative at the time it was one of the reasons it was so well-received.

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Additionally, Chrono Cross had some of the best visuals of its time and a really great battle system that many subsequent games have adopted. Unlike most RPGs of the time, Chrono Cross removed random encounter battles and allowed you to run from enemies. This was a feature in its predecessor, but perfected here. If you've never played it and want a comparison, think of Ni No Kuni, but deeper and with no random encounters.

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Final Fantasy VII might be the PS1 RPG that everyone remembers, but Chrono Cross might just be the best.

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7. Metal Gear Solid
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Ah, Metal Gear. Of course we're all still simultaneously reeling from the Konami/Kojima split and drunk on Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, so it's perfect timing that we take a look back at the game that (essentially) started it all.

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Released in 1998, Metal Gear Solid on PS1 was the console's biggest selling point for a lot of people. Sure, it had seen some great games previously, but this was one of the first times we saw what games could really be.

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For almost 20 years, platformers dominated video games - so much so that Mario and Sonic are still the biggest gaming mascots by a landslide. But suddenly, Metal Gear Solid arrived and gave us a glimpse of the future - a mature, gritty, weird, awesome future.

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Not only did Metal Gear Solid show us a serious side to gaming, it also popularized the stealth genre, revolutionized gameplay (especially boss fights), and put Hideo Kojima on the map. It's hard to overstate just how big of a deal Metal Gear Solid was for both Konami and PlayStation, but it also defined the PS1 system and inspired a generation of gamers and developers. Kudos, Kojima. Kudos.

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8. Gran Turismo 2
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Gran Turismo 2 was the sequel to the PlayStation mega-hit and biggest racing game ever (at the time). While the sequel didn't sell as many copies as its predecessor, it was still a massively well-received game, commercially and critically.

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Gran Turismo is a simulator racing series, and by far Sony's biggest-selling franchise. That's a fact that may surprise some people, but the series has sold over 70 million copies, putting it ahead of the 2nd biggest, Crash Bandicoot, at 50 million. Quite simply, Gran Turismo is Sony's crown jewel, and the biggest racing series of all time.

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Gran Turismo 2 packed in everything the first game had to offer, and added so much more. GT2 boasts well over 500 cars, 27 tracks (49 counting mirrors and night-time), rally racing, a robust soundtrack, and even tighter gameplay. Many would argue whether the original or the sequel is a superior game, but the truth is, both are phenomenal and unrivaled for their time.

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9. Street Fighter Alpha 3
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Arguably the best fighting game on the PS1, Street Fighter Alpha 3 was a tour de force on the fight scene. This marked the first time that a Street Fighter game was best on the PlayStation, as the previous entries had been superior on Sega systems. IGN's 1999 review of the game said:

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"The best 2D fighter just made its better-than-arcade-perfect landing on PlayStation."

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Alpha 3 featured a bigger-than-ever roster of fighters, deeper gameplay, and new modes that gave the game far more replay value - not to mention the awesome Bruce Lee-inspired Fei Long.

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While some people prefer Alpha 2, Alpha 3 is the bigger, deeper, better-looking game that gave fans so much more. Fighting games were uber-popular in the mid to late '90s, and this is definitely one of the best.

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10. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
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Often considered the best PS1 game, as quoted by many in the industry and the EGM 100 Greatest Games of All-Time (where it ranks 12th overall), Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a work of genius that helped spawn a genre.

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Created by Koji Igarashi, Symphony of the Night is an action-adventure platformer that turns you into Dracula's half human son, Alucard. The game, along with Super Metroid, introduced a non-linear style of gameplay and RPG elements, creating a genre known as MetroidVania games.

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Unfortunately, Konami hasn't handled the Castlevania IP very well in the past decade. The last game in the series was Castlevania: Lords of Shadows, a game that received middling reviews and effectively put the series on hold. Due to the mishandling of the property, Igarashi has since taken to Kickstarter and gotten a spiritual successor to the original games funded. His next game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is set for release in March 2017.

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The good news is you can still play Symphony of the Night as a PS1 Classic on your PS3 or PS Vita. This is one classic that everyone should play!

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20 years, 6 consoles, and thousands of games. Barring Nintendo, PlayStation is the biggest gaming company in the world. With the PlayStation 4 coming into the height its life cycle, and selling like no console before, the PlayStation brand is bigger than ever.

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So, why not take a trip down memory lane and celebrate what came before? Over the next 5 weeks, we will be counting down the best PlayStation games on every console, including PSP and PS Vita. So remember to check back next week for the PS2 countdown!

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Today, we are looking at the very best games for the original PlayStation. By now it's fairly common knowledge that before the PlayStation existed, Sony and Nintendo had a deal in place to develop a console together. Nintendo decided to leave Sony hanging high and dry and partner with Phillips instead, prompting the Japanese technological behemoth to make its own console - a decision that seems to haunt Nintendo to this day.

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The original PlayStation was an amazing console that introduced a lot of western gamers to Japanese RPGs, something the brand is now synonymous with. It also represented a more mature gaming platform that appealed to adults in a way Nintendo did not.

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While the N64 was a great system with even better games, it was vastly overshadowed by the PS1. For many, the PS1 proved that games were not always going to be platformers with cute mascots.

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5 Gaming Villains Who Resemble Your Ex-Boyfriends https://www.gameskinny.com/m97k9/5-gaming-villains-who-resemble-your-ex-boyfriends https://www.gameskinny.com/m97k9/5-gaming-villains-who-resemble-your-ex-boyfriends Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:43:48 -0500 Akeem Favor

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Character: Xemnas  

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Game: Kingdom Hearts Series

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Background: In the world of Kingdom Hearts, people can lose their hearts and become dark creatures called Heartless. Sometimes, the leftover memories of a person who becomes a Heartless create another race of creatures called Nobodies. 

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Xemnas is the Nobody of series antagonist Xehanort, and a villain in his own right. He leads Organization XII, a group of powerful Nobodies, into creating Kingdom Hearts so that it he could rule using its power. 

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Boyfriend: The Manipulator 

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Lies, cheating, and the subtle art of omission are this man's trademark skills. Every answer he's ever given you just left you with more questions. Even when you confronted him about his dubious activities, he still managed to make it seem like you were just being paranoid. 

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Character: Albert Wesker 

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Game: Resident Evil Series

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Background: You have to admire a villain that inspires people to make mods dedicated to making him shirtless in-game. Don't go thinking that Wesker is just a pretty face though. 

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On top of having model good looks and superb combat skills, Wesker was also a cunning intellectual who plotted to become a god-like being through the use of the same virus that turned large swaths of the population into zombie-like mutants and monstrosities. 

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Boyfriend: The "Perfect" Guy

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Flawless is the word he'd use to describe himself if asked, but anyone who really knows him would beg to differ. He has never made a mistake, despite all evidence to the contrary. There is an 80% chance that the last straw was an argument with him nitpicking over something so small and trivial that most people wouldn't have even bother mentioning in the first place. 

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Character: Vamp

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Game: Metal Gear Solid 3 Metal Gear Solid 4

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Background: An open bisexual with a fetish for knives and innuendo, Vamp is a modified human with vampire-like abilities. His character manages to walk the delicate line between creepy and cool well enough to be popular among gamers.   

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Boyfriend: The Primal Lover

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He's the one that gave you and your parents the shudders for totally different reasons. In the emotional and social department, he's sorely lacking. But you didn't keep him around for his conversational skills, did you? 

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Character: Kuja

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Game: Final Fantasy IX / Final Fantasy Dissidia

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Background: Kuja is, in short, a self-centered villain whose sole reason for existing was to fuel death on a massive scale as part of a plan to merge two worlds into one. His beauty and cultured facade helped him manipulate his way into creating a war. 

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Boyfriend: The Pretty-Boy Charmer

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Nothing's worse than a narcissist that's pretty and knows it. He tried to make you think that being with him was a gift. Even when you got tired of his bull, he still managed to suck you back in with a smile and just the right words. 

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Character: Illidan Stormrage

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Game: Warcraft Series

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Background: Known as the Betrayer to his own people, the night elves, Illidan manipulated his way into becoming a creature that surpassed both night elf and demon. If that wasn't bad enough, he had an unrequited obsession for his brother's wife, Tyrande. So bad, in fact, that he's tried to kill his sibling in order to obtain her.

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His power, influence, and snide personality still drive players to make the trek to Outland just to roleplay with him.  

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Boyfriend: The Power Player

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He was the guy whose confidence, charisma, and air of authority pulled you in like a moth to flame. Problem was, he expected to be the center of your life without making you the center of his. He's also known for frequently leaving you in the lurch to pursue his own goals.  

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10 Most Memorable Songs In Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/95b0x/10-most-memorable-songs-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/95b0x/10-most-memorable-songs-in-video-games Sat, 06 Dec 2014 09:21:08 -0500 Death Metal Hero

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10.) Hotline Miami - Miami

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Some of you might say that Hotline Miami seems a bit out of place on this list, and to a degree you're right. But to be completely honest, I feel that Hotline Miami has one of the best and most memorable soundtracks of any game in the past ten years. The simple yet constant repetition of the main riff, followed by the thumping bass and drums makes this song one of the most instantly recognizable video game themes in recent times.

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9.) Earthworm Jim - New Junk City Theme

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Composed by the legendary Tommy Tallarico, it should come as no surprise that one of his games made it on the list. With its atmospheric synth keyboards, gallop-like bass riff, and progressive song elements. New Junk City is an instant classic among gamers young and old alike.

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9.) Sonic 2 - Chemical Plant Zone Theme

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Many would suggest the “Green Hill Zone” Theme from the original Sonic, but there is something extremely catchy about the Chemical Plant Zone theme. From the upbeat feel of the song, to the tidal wave of keyboard riffs. Although both themes are highly memorable, I feel this one is just a bit better.

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7.) Killer Instinct - Main Theme

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Very few fighting games have a strong and memorable soundtrack like Killer Instinct does. There is a lot of really good songs in Killer Instinct but the main theme has the most raw power to it. The heavily distorted guitars with the atmospheric synth keyboards bring a unique sound that is easily recognized by any fan of the fighting genre.

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6.) The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time - Hyrule Field Theme

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For some gamers this is the theme song of their childhood. Not only is Ocarina of Time one of the best Legend Of Zelda games of all time, it also has the best soundtrack in the franchise. The sweeping string section, the steady march of the snare drum, and the blasting horns makes this one of the most recognizable themes in video games.

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5.) Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow - Bloody Tears

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Although bloody tears first appeared in Castlevania II for the NES, the remake of the song for Dawn Of Sorrow is by far the best iteration. The gothic and symphonic elements that were in the original song shine through in this version. This upbeat track has one of the most memorable piano riff’s in the history of video games.

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4.) Super Metroid - Brinstar Depths

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Very few themes in video games are as atmospheric and memorable as Super Metroid’s “Brinstar Depths” Exploring through the depths with this theme playing truly brings the alien world to life. Everything about this theme song is near perfection from the piano riff to the synth “Ah’s” Every instrument brings a new level of depth to this masterpiece. 

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3.) Megaman 2 - Dr Wily Stage 1

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The Megaman franchise is loaded with amazing theme songs and memorable enemies. But when you finally reach the first stage of Dr. Wily’s fortress, Capcom decided to bring their best. Very few themes have the inspirational impact as this theme does, it’s like an E-Tank for your will power.

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2.) Final Fantasy IX - You’re Not Alone

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A truly heart-wrenching moment in the Final Fantasy franchise. After Zidane learns that he is only made to destroy, he falls into a major depression. Questioning himself and the friendships he has made, he is determined to finish the story alone. The choir that comes in halfway through the song is the powerhouse effect, which is guaranteed to send chills down your spine.

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1.) Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island - Baby Bowser’s Theme

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The second phase of the Baby Bowser fight in Yoshi’s Island is by far one of the most epic moments in the Super Mario franchise. The shrieking synth guitar sets the mood perfectly for this boss battle; eerie and evil. Then the song explodes into a thrashing heavy metal jam. There’s nothing quite as epic as heavy metal jam during a gigantic boss battle.

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Over the years we all have experienced a lot of epic and memorable songs in the realm of video games. Without music, our most cherished moments would only be a sliver of their full potential. The music in video games is a puppeteer pulling on the strings of our emotions, making the hatred we feel for the villain all the stronger, and the lover for the hero more personal. I have chosen to leave out some of the more obvious 'famous' songs for more personal choices.

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5 Final Fantasy Enemies I'd Not Share a Drink With https://www.gameskinny.com/6ttl3/5-final-fantasy-enemies-id-not-share-a-drink-with https://www.gameskinny.com/6ttl3/5-final-fantasy-enemies-id-not-share-a-drink-with Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:04:09 -0400 Proto Foe

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Malboro
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It's the height of summer, or any season for that matter, and you want to just escape the humdrum of life? Well, do not bring this guy along. 

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You'll escape the humdrum all right, but you'll also be confined to a quarantine ward of your local hospital! He has no consideration for others, he'll spread his 'love' wherever he pleases...

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Seifer Almasy 
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More like 'Sighfier', am I right?!

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This guy. First, he thinks he is some sort of hero. He never shuts up about his "heroic actions" during the Dollet incident, urgh. Next, he seems to think himself some sort of 'Han Solo' character, always going on about how he sliced first?

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And don't even get me started on how he is a Donny Downer when it comes to childhood stories.

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Tonberry
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Isn't he adorable?

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He is great during power cuts and dividing the bill. It's a shame that takes so bloody long to get back with the drinks. It's just not nice to have to sneak to get my own drink, twice, whilst he fetches the one round.

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Bomb
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What a hot-head!

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No matter what is being discussed, this guy can't go more than 5 minutes without blowing his top. He makes a right mess to boot.

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I think he does it, solely, to get out of buying a round.

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Jumbo Cactuar
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Apart from him hitting me for all my HP +1, in Final Fantasy VIII, he is just an overgrown joker.

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I can see it now, I'd be sat at the bar with some friends. I'd be having a nice conversation with them about what kind of damage my limit breaks can do, I'd mention a number like 6500, then Jumbo here would stick his curly 'stash in and gloat about his being "over 9000."

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I'd quip back, thanks for the Guardian Force... bro.

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I have this recurring nightmare, maybe twice a year. I walk into a bar, apart from it hurting, I see 5 familiar faces smiling back at me...

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Those faces are of the 5 enemies from Final Fantasy that I would, under no circumstance, share a drink with. Ever. Now, they may not be the same 5 as what you would pick. I do encourage you to share your 5, I'd love to see how close our nightmares are...

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100 Best Boss fights: 20 - 11 https://www.gameskinny.com/gd8h5/100-best-boss-fights-20-11 https://www.gameskinny.com/gd8h5/100-best-boss-fights-20-11 Wed, 14 May 2014 08:23:39 -0400 Death Metal Hero

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Part 1: 100 - 91

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Part 2: 90 - 81

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Part 3: 80 - 71

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Part 4: 70 - 61

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Part 5: 60 - 51

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Part 6: 50 - 41

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Part 7: 40 - 31

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Part 8: 30 - 21

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11.) Darksiders - Tiamat
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During the first phase of the fight Tiamat will fly around the outside of the tower never giving War a chance to attack her with the Chaos Eater. Instead War must throw the bomb growths at her, and then light them with the use of the Crossblade. After a few hits Tiamat will land and begin the second phase of the fight where she will face War in close quarters combat. After defeating Tiamat, War promptly removes her still beating heart from her chest, a brutal and epic death.

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12.) Bioshock - Frank Fontaine
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After the legendary “Would You Kindly?” reveal scene, Jack must face Atlas aka frank Fontaine. Although the fight is fairly basic, it was the build up to this fight that really shocked me. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not had the pleasure of playing Bioshock, but it is well worth it.

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13.) Final Fantasy 9 - Trance Kuja / Necron
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Upon defeating Trance Kuja, he will use the ability Ultima which will send the entire party to the Hill of Despair, where Necron is fought. After seeing what has happened to Kuja, Necron decides that all of humanity shall be destroyed and brought back to nothingness, so that they may never experience the pain and suffering that Kuja had to endure. If you manage to defeat Necron he will be impressed with the party’s will and ability to persevere and allows the world to continue on.

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14.) Super Mario RPG - Culex
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A secret boss that is found in Monstro Town, Culex comes with 4 crystals--Fire, Water, Lightning, and Earth--and will wipe the floor with your party if you are not near the level cap. Although Culex is not in any other game, he is a reference to the Final Fantasy series, and his master is supposedly the Black Mage.

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15.) Kingdoms of Amalur - Balor
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The first major boss in Kingdoms Of Amalur is quite epic, and disgusting looking. The ancient Niskaru lord of destruction, Balor is fought at the final battle of Mel Senshir, where the Fateless One promptly kicks its teeth in. Just be careful for its massive eye beam attack, and its slam attack.

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16.) Gun Smoke - Wingate
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Getting to Wingate in Gun Smoke is a challenge by itself, but when you actually face him you need to kill him 3 times. With his enigmatic attack patterns and constant enemies flowing in from all sides, this fight is a nightmare. I tip my hat to anyone who has managed to defeat Wingate in this NES classic.

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*I am well aware that this is the PS3 version and not the NES version*

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17.) Cabal - The Submarine
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A very old Nintendo Entertainment System game that is a cover-based shooter. But beware enemies can destroy your cover leaving you vulnerable to attacks. The most memorable boss fight in Cabal for me was the Submarine. Upon completing one of the stages, you come to what looks like a lake and a submarine emerges shooting a wall of bullets at you. Use your cover wisely, because the boss can destroy it in about 3 hits.

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*Skip to 9:49*

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18.) Remember Me - Madame
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This fight is really cool and requires you to use every ability at your disposal, never using the same thing twice. This 3 phase fight was brutal for me on the hard difficulty, seeing as it was a learning experience and most of the time I was getting my face smashed. Not only is it challenging in difficulty because of the endless amount of enemies coming at you, but also because of the ever-changing tactics of the fight. Definitely one of the best fights in the game.

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19.) Twisted Metal 2 - Dark Tooth
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Twisted Metal 2 is one of the best Twisted Metal games of all time. After defeating all of the enemies in Hong Kong, Dark Tooth will emerge saying “You killed my son! I want my little clown boy back!” The vehicle itself is nearly 6 times the size of Sweet Tooth and has 2 phases. After finally defeating the massive blackened ice cream truck, the spinning head on top detaches and begins attacking you. I always enjoyed the ending that is shown when you defeat Dark Tooth with Hammer Head. “We want the ability to fly!”

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20.) Super Smash Bros. Melee - Crazy Hand / Master Hand
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Getting to Master Hand was an easy task, but if you wished to test your mettle you would try and fight Crazy Hand. In order to do so you need to get to Master Hand in less than 18 minutes and without continuing, only then would Crazy Hand show up to the fight. Unlike Master Hand, Crazy Hand’s movements and attacks are fast and erratic, making the fight a lot more challenging. If you lose all your lives and have to continue, then Crazy Hand will not reappear.

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There have been some really cool, and most epic boss fights in the history of video games. But with there being so many, how do we know which ones are the best? It's all a matter of opinion, with that said this is my list for the 100 best boss fights of all time. 

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What makes a boss fight the best? Well a number of things; the fight has to be memorable, it can also be epic, or outright insane. A boss fight can be unforgiving in difficultly, or it can be as simple as pressing the A button. Whatever the boss fight is, all that matters is that I enjoyed it in one way or another.

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Top 25 Chill Video Game Tracks https://www.gameskinny.com/ys1r9/top-25-chill-video-game-tracks https://www.gameskinny.com/ys1r9/top-25-chill-video-game-tracks Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:38:33 -0400 Chris Coccaro

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Katamari Damacy - Cherry Blossom Color Season (Cherry Tree Times)

"You and I will now think 
because we grew just a tiny bit 
It's a time we want to feel happiness with little things 
It was a lively, cherry-blossom colored season"

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Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Ballad Of The Goddess as sung by Zelda (Extended)

"Oh youth, guided by the servant of the goddess, unite earth and sky, and bring light to the land.."

This is the first time anyone has heard the legendary language of the Hylian spoken aloud. It's a magical piece and I wouldn't have been happy if anyone else beat Zelda to it.

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Pokemon Black/White: Emotion

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This song plays during your Rival's journey and helps spurn significant character growth.

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Astral Observatory - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

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The wonder of Termina, a land worth saving.

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Super Mario 64: Jolly Roger Bay

Who could forget this ocean cavern classic from the biggest hit on the 64?

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Okami - Cherry Blossom Shower

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Traditional Japanese flutes, Taiko, and a subtle Shamisen bring elegance to this colorful classic. Okami first released for the PS2 and has been re-released on the Wii and PSN.

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Flower - Lazy Daydream

Flower is the spiritual successor to Flow; a game made specifically to invoke positive emotions in the player.

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Star Fox 64 - Select Screen

You can feel the vastness of space and some inspiration leaking into the Mass Effect titles here.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Music - Zora's Domain Extended

A highly underrated Zelda title. You'll find quite a bit of Zelda on this playlist because I think the way they invoke melodies from previous titles to draw historical and chronological hints to the player is masterful.

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Skyrim - Secunda

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The frozen fjords of Skyrim host us with this next number. 

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Kirby's Epic Yarn - Splash Beach

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Chrono Trigger Resurrection - Corridors of Time

This song is a remastered version for the fan made project Chrono Trigger Resurrection, which featured full 3D models and environments. The project has been cancelled but this version of Corridors of Time is outstanding.

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Noby Noby Boy - Noby Noby Folk Guitar

Noby Noby Boy is a game about physically stretching through the universe as a metaphor for the support of a lover. Players use the PSN to pool their distance in meters they have stretched, while individually insignificant in terms of distance, when pooled have moved the character GIRL all the way to Neptune.

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Final Fantasy VII - Costa Del Sol (Quartet Version)

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I chose this Youtuber remix because it felt more natural and organic than the original PS1 version. Ja mon!

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Final Fantasy VIII - Breezy

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It's my personal opinion that FFVIII has the best music in the series, but this specific title fit perfectly into this list.

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Pikmin - The Forest of Hope

Despite immediate dangers to your bodily health, the Pikmin soundtrack is entirely relaxing and enhances the mystery and discovery that comes along with exploratory theme of the game.

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DuckTales Remastered - Credits

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Super Mario Galaxy - Stardust Road

A slow melody for when you're a mushroom-loving Italian plumber drifting through space chasing stars.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds - Kakariko Village

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The trombone and xylophone additions really bring this piece to life from it's Ocarina of Time roots.

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Chrono Cross - Dreams of the Shore Near Another World

It was hard to pick just one song from the sequel/spiritual successor to Chrono Trigger, but the Overworld theme of the alternate dimension won this round. Another highly recommended title.

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