Final Fantasy VIII Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Final Fantasy VIII RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 8 Remastered Switch Bundle Materia-lizes Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/9myn4/final-fantasy-7-final-fantasy-8-remastered-switch-bundle-materia-lizes-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/9myn4/final-fantasy-7-final-fantasy-8-remastered-switch-bundle-materia-lizes-soon Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:30:22 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

2019 has been kind to Nintendo's Final Fantasy fans. It's the year when we finally saw the likes of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered on a Nintendo system.

Up to now, these two games have been digital-only on Nintendo Switch, but that's about to change with a new bundle from PlayAsia.

The company has now sweetened the pot even more: it has opened pre-orders for a two-in-one physical bundle of Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.

It's listed as an Asia-region game, but like many other physical editions of digital games, it'll feature full English language support.

As of now, the price is set at $49.99, though there's no firm date when buyers can expect their copy to ship. 

 

Some might be thinking back to PlayAsia's exclusive physical edition of Final Fantasy VIII Remastered that never materialized, despite being up for pre-order before the game launched.

However, this latest announcement comes from Square Enix Asia via a Facebook post, meaning we can be confident this is a real game and not something that will vanish into the mist, never to return.

As of now, there's no indication this bundled version of the two classic RPGs will end up on other systems or PC, and there is also no word whether we can expect a physical version for Final Fantasy IX, which also released on the Switch earlier in the year.

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Final Fantasy 8 Remastered Guide: Best Weapons Tier List https://www.gameskinny.com/osa0d/final-fantasy-8-remastered-guide-best-weapons-tier-list https://www.gameskinny.com/osa0d/final-fantasy-8-remastered-guide-best-weapons-tier-list Tue, 17 Sep 2019 15:08:08 -0400 Sergey_3847

Whether it's Final Fantasy 8 Remastered or Final Fantasy VII Remake, the FF franchise features some of the most iconic weapons in the JRPG genre. Of course, not all of them are created equal, hence the need for the following FF8 tier list. 

Below, you'll find a complete tier list for the game that includes the strongest weapons, as well as their individual strength values, hit rates, and crafting recipes. We've chosen to only include the best weapons because once you get them, there's no reason to use anything else on the game's bosses and minions. 

Lionheart

  • Type: Gunblade
  • Strength: 30
  • Hit Rate: 255

Squall's best weapon has always been the Lionheart gunblade. After it appeared in Final Fantasy 8, it became so popular that developers included it in myriad FF games, including Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy XV, and Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.

Lionheart has earned the status of the best weapon in the game not only for its cool looks but because of the Lionheart ability, which allows players to perform an ultimate finishing attack as a part of the Renzokuken limit break.

This weapon is hard to get, but it's not impossible. Here is the crafting recipe for Lionheart:

  • 1x Adamantine
  • 4x Dragon Fang
  • 12x Pulse Ammo

Shooting Star

 

  • Type: Blaster Edge
  • Strength: 28
  • Hit Rate: 107

This weapon may not look terribly dangerous because of its feathery edges, but this is Rinoa's best projectile weapon.

Getting this weapon is just as hard as getting Lionheart, and you will need to go through a number of dangerous battles against Thrustavis, Torama, and Elnoyle before you get all of the necessary crafting components.

Here is the crafting recipe for Shooting Star:

  • 2x Windmill
  • 1x Regen Ring
  • 1x Force Armlet
  • 2x Energy Crystal

Strange Vision

  • Type: Nunchakus
  • Strength: 25
  • Hit Rate: 255

This is the rarest and strongest melee weapon in Final Fantasy 8. It's got an incredibly high hit rate, which means it can deal heavy damage.

Some of its components can only be obtained by playing card games, such as Triple Triad, and winning Star Fragment cards (e.g. Iron Giant). If you have played these card games, then you will know why it's so hard to actually get this weapon.

In any case, here's the crafting recipe for Strange Vision:

  • 1x Adamantine
  • 3x Star Fragment
  • 2x Curse Spike

Punishment

  • Type: Gunblade
  • Strength: 24
  • Hit Rate: 255

In case Lion Heart turns out to be too difficult to craft, you can opt for another highly powerful gunbalde: Punishment.

It is also possible to get this weapon very early in the game by defeating Ifrit and Fastitocalon monsters on Balamb Beachside, which will give you a good amount of AP. Then, learn Quetzacoltl's card abilities and win every card mini-game.

After that, you can craft Punishment with the following recipe:

  • 1x Chef's Knife
  • 2x Star Fragment
  • 1x Turtle Shell
  • 8x Screw

Exeter

  • Type: Shotgun
  • Strength: 25
  • Hit Rate: 115

The only really worthwhile firearm in FF8 is Exeter..

In order to get his weapon, you must first learn the Mug ability, which will allow you to steal Dino Bones from T-Rexaur in the Balamb Garden. After getting the bones, head to Esthar City and fight Elnoyle. Then play some more card games.

Eventually, you will have all the necessary items for crafting Exeter:

  • 2x Dino Bone
  • 1x Moon Stone
  • 2x Star Fragment
  • 3x Screw

Save the Queen

  • Type: Whip
  • Strength: 25
  • Hit Rate: 107

This whip made of tentacles can do just as much damage as any other top-tier weapon in Final Fantasy 8. It's also the only weapon that can be obtained via Triple Triad and Card Mod without leaving Balamb Garden. 

It has an alternative title and is sometimes called the Gold Snake, but in either case, the crafting recipe is the same:

  • 2x Malboro Tentacle
  • 4x Sharp Spike
  • 4x Energy Crystal

Ehrgeiz

  • Type: Gloves
  • Strength: 25
  • Hit Rate: 103

Lastly, Zell's ultimate fighting gloves need to be mentioned. These can only be crafted using a very rare material; Dragon Skin.

To get the required number of the dragon scales, you will need to fight Anacondaur in Dollet.

Here is the crafting recipe for these powerful gloves:

  • 1x Adamantine
  • 4x Dragon Skin
  • 1x Fury Fragment

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These were the strongest weapons in Final Fantasy 8 available through junk shop crafting. If you're looking for a way to get more screws in FF8 Remastered, then head over to this guide to find out more. 

For even more on the digital only remaster that launched on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam for PC (sorry, Mac, iOS, and Android), be sure to head over to our review of FF8 to read about our comparisons to the PS1 original and how the game holds up today. 

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How to Get Screws in Final Fantasy 8 Remastered https://www.gameskinny.com/hp3uy/how-to-get-screws-in-final-fantasy-8-remastered https://www.gameskinny.com/hp3uy/how-to-get-screws-in-final-fantasy-8-remastered Thu, 05 Sep 2019 16:32:15 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Final Fantasy VIII does a lot of things to change up the FF formula, and one of them is how you go about upgrading your weapons. Despite the futuristic setting, you actually just get your weapons improved and refined by taking them to a local Junk Shop, providing you have screws.

There are a few specific ways of finding the crafting part, which is why we put this mini-guide together for finding screws in FF8.

Geezards

Combat

The easiest and earliest way to find screws in FFVIII Remastered is dealing with Geezards, sometimes (mistakenly) referred to as Geezer online. Geezards are common enemies in roughly the first half of the game.

You can usually find them around Galbadia and Deling City, and also near Dollet during the Dollet Exam in the area around the scripted Anacondaur fight.

Other areas include:

  • The Missile Base
  • The Vaulny Canyon in Timber
  • Balamb Garden

Geezards have a 70% chance of dropping at least four screws at lower levels and the same chance for six or more screws from Level 30 up.

It's worth noting the rare item equip option that sometimes grants more or different items doesn't positively affect screw drops from Geezards.

Mugging

A better way of obtaining more screws from Geezards is by mugging them. Geezards have a 50% success rate for mugging, but if you do succeed, you'll be rewarded quite well, because screws are the only item you get from mugging Geezards.

  • Levels 1-19: Eight screws
  • Levels 20-29: 12 screws
  • Levels 30-100: 16 screws
Card Mod

If you're looking for a more surefire but slightly more involved method of getting screws from Geezards, then try the Card Mod method.

Card Mod is a refine ability you gain from the Quezacoatl Guardian Force (GF). Quezacoatl is one of the earlier GFs you get in Final Fantasy VIII.

You can acquire it by entering the tutorials on Squall's desk sometime before you first leave Balamb Garden. If you don't, then Quistis gives it and Shiva to Squall as the party is exiting to the world map.

Using the Card refine action during battle lets you transform a monster into a Triad Card, and the Geezard card's refine drop is five screws.

Other Monsters

There are a few additional, though not quite as effective, monsters you can harvest if you're looking for screws later in the game.

The first is the GIM47N. You'll find this one a bit later on, in the D-District Prison and Fishermans Horizon. It has a roughly 20% chance of dropping:

  • Four screws from Levels 1-19
  • Six screws from Levels 20-29
  • Eight screws from Levels 30-100

Mugging doesn't get screws, nor does refining the GIM47N Triad Card.

Finally is the GIM52A. You'll first encounter this as a boss in D-District Prison, and it's also a regular monster encounter there, in Esthar City, and in Lunatic Pandoria. It has a 70% of dropping

  • four screws from Levels 1-19
  • eight screws from Levels 20-29

This one stops dropping screws from Level 30 up.

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That's all you need to know about finding screws in Final Fantasy VIII Remastered. For more on the upgraded version of the classic Final Fantasy game, be sure to head over to our review

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International Dog Day 2019: The Goodest Video Game Doggos That Ever Was https://www.gameskinny.com/myr2o/international-dog-day-2019-the-goodest-video-game-doggos-that-ever-was https://www.gameskinny.com/myr2o/international-dog-day-2019-the-goodest-video-game-doggos-that-ever-was Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:27:19 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

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Your Dog — Harvest Moon

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You can’t find a video game dog more like a real dog outside of Harvest Moon, Story of Seasons, and Stardew Valley.

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He or she has a lovely little dog house outside for those cool mornings and lazy evenings, and there’s always a place ready to snuggle down for the night inside your house. All that’s really needed to make them happy in life is a smile and a good head pat, though snacks are most welcome of course.

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You’ll frequently see your four-legged friend wandering about the farm, casting an eye over the crops and keeping the other animals in line, occasionally wandering over to make sure you’re okay.

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It’s getting your dog that really makes the farm first seem like home, too. Before that, you’re a newcomer to a strange place, with a massive farm to look after and a big, empty house to exist in. Add a dog, and just like in real life, you’ve got an instant home, a bright spark of life that makes the future seem good after all.

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Unlike your other animals, you technically don’t have to feed your dog either, so pointing to your canine caretaking abilities in Harvest Moon et al probably isn’t the best way to convince someone you can care for a real dog.

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Still, in those early days when times are tough, resources are scarce, and crops are slow to grow, it’s a great comfort knowing your dog is perfectly happy eating air.

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It's not really an exaggeration to say none of these games would be quite the same without their fabulous canines.

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No matter what your favorite video game dog is and why you love it so much, though, make sure to take some time today and every day to give your real dog some snuggles, snacks, and playtime.

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Oh, and if we had to make a list of honorable mentions, it would be: 

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  • General Pepper (Star Fox)
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  • Dog (Dragon Quest: Origins)
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  • Hewie (Haunting Ground)
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  • Poppy (Samurai Shodown)
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  • Caesar (Wargroove)
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  • Vigilance (Skyrim)
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  • Chop (Grand Theft Auto V)
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  • Riley (Call of Duty: Ghosts)
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Let us know which good doggos you would add by sounding off in the comments below! 

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Amaterasu — Okami

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Most dogs in video games are your friends, your sidekicks, or your pets. But in Okami, you are the dog — or, more accurately, you are the white lupine representation of the sun goddess Amaterasu on the mortal plane.

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Okami is all about Amaterasu and her truly epic journey to preserve creation in the face of Orochi’s impending onslaught of darkness. It’s drawn straight from Japanese legends, though naturally, with some changes and embellishments for game purposes.

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Being an almost all-powerful goddess, Ammy, as her villagers call her, is able to change the world around her using a mechanic that makes the game shine as a unique experience almost as much as it is a unique game. You’ll use Ammy’s powers to solve puzzles, bring objects into creation, interact with and change the environment, and take on foes throughout the gorgeous watercolor world.

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Amaterasu’s story might be beautiful, but it isn’t always a happy one. She’s tested to the end of her abilities and faces defeat and despair more than once. At her weakest point, though, when all seems lost, she transforms into her true self and suppresses Orochi’s darkness for all time, before ascending to the Celestial Plain.

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Now, most dogs aren’t going to have lives quite that active, and hopefully, yours won’t have a face-off against the lord of darkness. But Amaterasu’s actions still embody the essence of being a dog — putting everything on the line for the ones that need them most and trying their hardest to make sure they don’t let anyone down.

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Bill Grey — Star Fox

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Bill Grey is the quintessential guard dog. Data for Bill existed in the scrapped Star Fox 2 game for the SNES, but he didn’t make a proper debut until Star Fox 64. He’s one of Fox McCloud’s oldest friends, with the two having grown up and attended pilot school together.

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In 64, Bill takes charge of Corneria’s defensive squadrons, aptly called the Husky and Bulldog squads because duh. He also makes an appearance in the often-overlooked Star Fox Command, also on a defensive mission with Falco, and then he returns yet again to defend Katina once more in the ill-fated Star Fox Zero.

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No matter what he does, Bill is always looking to protect the things that mean the most to him.

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He might not be as visible in the series as General Pepper, but he’s certainly got something Pepper doesn’t. Where the General barks orders and maintains a definite distance from the rest of the squad, Bill is right there in the space-trenches alongside everyone else, sharing their burdens as one of the team.

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Unfortunately, Bill still manages to be the one left out of the big picture. He gets no special ending in Command and doesn’t have as much chance for character development as a certain frog, falcon, and donkey.

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While we hope, one day, Bill gets some more attention, maybe even part of a full-blown adventure like Star Fox Adventures, he serves as a good reminder to give credit where it's due to all the goodest watchdogs in our lives.

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Dogmeat — Fallout

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What’s the one thing you need if you’re struggling for survival in a post-apocalyptic world that's reeling from the effects of nuclear disaster? Food, radiation protection, and survival gear are all wrong answers because a dog is what you need.

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Fortunately for our Fallout hero, a dog is what they get in the form of Dogmeat.

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Dogmeat’s appearance isn’t uniform across the Fallout games. He’s sometimes a large black dog, a wolf-like dog, or a German Shepherd, but the basic gist remains the same across the series.

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At some point during your travels, you get the chance to find and recruit Dogmeat by helping him out and taking an interest in his wellbeing.

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Typically, his owner died sometime in the past, or he just didn’t have one. Though initially spending his days guarding his territory and terrorizing anyone who comes near, he eventually takes up with you and joins your journey for survival as a party member.

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Unlike other party members (and JRPG dogs), Dogmeat can’t equip gear or use weapons that you couldn’t normally fit on a dog, but he still holds his own in combat with no trouble, so long as you make sure to look after him.

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In return, Dogmeat looks after you, alerting you to the presence of enemies, helping you find items, dealing huge amounts of damage in combat, and generally just being your best friend, especially in Fallout 4.

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The world might be dark and deadly in Fallout, but Dogmeat is a good reminder that a loving dog by your side makes every day just a bit easier.

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Koromaru — Persona 3

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Koromaru is the Persona 3 version of the famous Greyfriars Bobby in Scotland. Bobby was a Skye Terrier who became known throughout the city of Edinburgh during the late 1800s; after his owner died from tuberculosis, Bobby remained in the cemetery for 14 years, faithfully waiting to see his master again.

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Koromaru once lived at a shrine on Iwatodai Island with his owner; Shadows killed his owner, but Koromaru stayed at the shrine nonetheless, waiting faithfully, until the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (S.E.E.S.) comes along and adopts him.

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Unlike Bobby, though, Koromaru isn’t real. That key difference means his strength of heart lets him summon a Persona — Cerberus, of course — to take the fight to the Shadows.

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He’s one of the only party members with a natural defense against dark magic, has high speed, and lands critical hits often, which lets you get that sweet, sweet “One More” extra attack. Like Repede, Koromaru wields a knife in his mouth.

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But more importantly, he wears an unbelievably adorable pair of tiny wings and a T-shirt.

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His floofy cuteness actually plays an important role in the story as well. Koromaru keeps Shinji Aramaki from being the stereotypical gruff character with no depth, as he’s the only one Shinji opens up to and acts like a normal human around.

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That’s a very important point to note later on, before the very bad thing happens ,and you learn more about Shinji, Akihiko, and Ken’s intertwined past.

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He also helps you raise Social Link points with others by taking him for a walk at night. Truly, no one can resist Koro-chan’s charms.

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Sandy — Dragon Quest XI

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Sandy doesn’t get much screen time in Dragon Quest XI, but what she does get makes her a top-notch canine companion.

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The first thing you have to do in the game is climb Cobblestone Tor for a ritual that proves you and your childhood friend Gemma have grown up. The problem with this particular tradition is that the Tor is crawling with monsters. Gemma, grown up though she may be, is no fighter. That leaves Hero to fend off the creatures alone.

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He’s not entirely alone, though. Good ol’ Sandy comes to the rescue and joins the party, with some powerful attacks to help see you safely through your trials.

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Doing a regular mode run, that might not seem like much of a big deal. This is the first dungeon, after all, a time for extended tutorials and enemies no tougher than pudding.

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Take on a Draconian Quest, and it’s a different matter entirely. Without Sandy, these early-game monsters would kick your rear right off the Tor with no effort at all.

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Sandy doesn’t play a direct role in the plot, but she’s still important. Hero grows up with Sandy, and like all good dogs, she’s part of everything in daily life — until that fateful day when their world changes.

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Thinking about Sandy and Cobblestone like that makes the first gut-punch hurt that much worse and sets a distinctly different tone for Hero’s adventures from that point on.

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Zeit — Trails from Zero, Trails of Azure

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You’d be hard pressed to find a dog or wolf that’s more of a contradiction than Zeit is in The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero and Trails of Azure.

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He’s at once massively important to the plot, themes, and backstory, but simultaneously doesn’t have a big role to play in the plot thanks to an exception in a certain contract he has. (Yes, a wolf has a contract. It’s a thing.)

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Zeit is a legendary divine wolf who watches over the land known as Crossbell. After one of the mafia groups from Crossbell City starts wreaking havoc in the countryside, the divine wolves get blamed until the Special Support Section of the Crossbell Police steps in to put things right.

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Despite being huge, divine, and legendary, he acts like a normal dog from then on, protecting the SSS headquarters, and generally letting the city’s kids do whatever they want with him.

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Outside some indirect combat support, it initially seems like that’s what Zeit’s role is — big, loveable pooch.

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As Azure gears up for its final chapter, though, that notion changes in a very big way as you learn about Zeit’s past and his connection with Crossbell. Among other things, you can take control of Zeit as a playable party member, and you quickly find out he can basically end the world with a swipe of his paw.

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Yet whether you’re worthy or not, and despite his own circumstances, he chooses to be your friend and help you when times get tough.

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It’s a subtle underscoring of the games’ “true bonds” theme — and pretty much what dogs do in our lives every day.

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Repede — Tales of Vesperia

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Games in the Tales of franchise typically have some sort of animal sidekick. While Mieu in Tales of the Abyss is one of the better ones thanks to being a barometer measuring Luke fon Fabre’s character development, Mieu isn’t a dog.

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Repede from Tales of Vesperia is a dog — and one with impeccable style and presence. He carries a pipe in his mouth and swaps it out for weapons during combat, both of which make for a pretty hard act to beat.

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Repede doesn’t necessarily have much story significance in Vesperia, other than being a reminder of how difficult protagonist Yuri Lowell’s past has been. Beyond plot necessity, though, he's a genuine friend to the isolated Yuri, with all the loyalty and affection we'd expect from the best dogs — and all that in spite of what Yuri did in the past to Repede's father.

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Repede's also a true beast in combat.

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He’s one of the first party members you get, and also one of the rare examples of using a “pet” as a full-time party member — outside Breath of Fire III, at least.

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While he might not be much of a magic user, Repede is speedy and strong, with powerful technical Artes attacks and the ability to strike and retreat with haste. Add his theft ability on top of that, and he’s a character you’ll want to regularly keep on the field. 

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Repede is exactly what all good dogs are: invaluable and adorable.

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Angelo — Final Fantasy VIII

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Angelo is the very definition of loyal. She’s Rinoa’s dog in Final Fantasy VIII and takes things a big step further than Interceptor. For one, she’s always by Rinoa’s side. Always. Whether it’s at school, in battle, or even after that spoilery thing happens and Rinoa is incapacitated for a while, Angelo is there, offering her support.

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Rinoa’s comment about learning so much from Angelo isn’t just cute dog talk either. Unlike Interceptor, Angelo plays a more defined role in combat.

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For one thing, she’s Rinoa’s Limit Break, which is obviously the series’ best Limit Break. Rinoa and Angelo start with four basic attacks, but she/you have to read dog magazines to learn new abilities as an improved dog trainer.

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Depending on circumstances, Angelo can even help heal an ailing party member or perform a hard-hitting attack at just the right moment to turn the tide.

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She gets a biscuit for her troubles during battle, which is sweet. But the endgame is what serves as a perfect metaphor for how our relationships with our dogs usually go.

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After staying by Rinoa at all times, saving the party’s skin on countless occasions, and generally just being perfect, what does Angelo get? More biscuits? Head pats?

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No. She gets left behind while Rinoa has a moment with Squall.

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Whatever.

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Rush — Mega Man

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Rush is Mega Man’s loyal robo-dog friend in the Mega Man series and spinoffs, starting with Mega Man 3 and staying by the Blue Bomber’s side ever since.

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It’s not just one Rush, either. The robo-doggo takes on a wide variety of different forms as the situation calls for it.

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The most familiar one is probably spring-mode Rush, aka Rush Coil, where he transforms into a giant springboard and propels Mega Man to greater heights. It’s a lifesaver in certain situations and absolutely necessary if you’re playing spelunker and want to get everything a stage has to offer.

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But Rush’s trick repertoire doesn’t end there, and it’s arguable that as the mainline Mega Man games started to lose their luster, Rush himself started getting even better.

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Over the course of his long career, he’s mastered the art of turning into the Rush Marine submarine, carrying Mega Man through space as Rush Space, flying through the air as jet-powered Rush, and doing all the things you’d expect from a robotic dog with near-endless capabilities.

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Rush’s loyalty is a bit different from most dogs, though. It’s hard to say he had a choice in the matter of staying by Mega Man’s side, when his creator, Dr Light, programmed him to be (Mega) man’s best friend.

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But he goes above and beyond to fulfill his duties nonetheless, like the good boy he undoubtedly would be — y’know, if he could make his own choices.

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Interceptor — Final Fantasy VI

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Final Fantasy VI boasts one of the biggest casts of playable characters in the series, and though Interceptor the dog is just a sidekick to one of those characters, he plays an interesting role in and out of combat.

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Interceptor’s master is Shadow, the Ninja. Like all Ninjas in Final Fantasy, Shadow is actually pretty fragile, despite his relative strength. Even though he’s a master of stealth, enemies tend to target him rather often during combat.

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Fortunately, Interceptor randomly jumps in and, well, intercepts the attack; he blocks like shields do, only more often. He also randomly attacks an enemy for Shadow, though it’s more adorable than effective in most cases.

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Outside of combat, though,  is where Interceptor gets really interesting, and it’s possible to completely miss how his story unfolds. At a certain spot before the game’s halfway point, the party meets Relm, a precocious young artist with a strange affinity for Interceptor, a dog who usually just tolerates Shadow and can’t stand other people. Relm lives with her grandfather and never knew her parents.

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You can probably put two and two together from that information. But whether you see it play out in the game depends on a choice you make.

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If you’re heartless and leave the Floating Continent without Shadow, his story ends (because he dies, spoiler alert). If not, and you make sure to speak to him at specific points, you learn about his previous relationships and roles in life.

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And it’s all because of Interceptor, bringing people together like a good boy.

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Isabelle — Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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Being an animal-centric game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf naturally has lots of lovely doggos to choose from; if you want to be technical, Tom Nook is even a dog, thanks to the whole Tanooki = racoon-dog thing.

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Isabelle stands a cut above the rest for a few reasons, though. Apart from having a distinct personality separate from the rest of the villagers, she always says nice things and doesn’t try to get money from you. That last one alone is worthy of a top ranking.

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But it’s Isabelle’s unfailing positivity and optimism that really make her so loveable and charming. Isabelle is almost always happy — and happy to help.

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She helps you settle into your new village and pick a spot for your house, always organizes special events and attends big public works unveilings, and even shoulders your mayoral duties for years on end when you forget your village exists.

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Of course, that cheerfulness makes seeing Isabelle so capably beat the stuffing out of Pikachu in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate just a bit disconcerting, but it just helps underscore how amazing she really is.

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Whether she’s keeping an entire village running or sweeping up the competition, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more amazing dog than Isabelle.

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Whether it's International Dog Day or just a regular afternoon of playing games with your pooch, the most pressing question we have any time a new game is revealed — or when a new trailer is shown  that also includes a dog is, "But can you pet the doggo?"

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It's a testament not just to how much we all love dogs, but to how often they show up in our favorite video games. Some, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, are pretty much there just for show, keeping the world alive and digging up stuff for you if you feed them.

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These dogs are great and all, but they don't always play a substantial role; some of them can't even be pet, no matter how fluffy and oodgie-woodgie they look.

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In honor of International Dog Day 2019, we're taking a look at those dogs playing a starring role in the world of video games.

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Whether they're helping you out on the farm, hurling you to new heights, or swatting your enemies away like so much annoying dust, these dogs are versatile, loving, loyal, and everything that makes dogs wonderful in real life.

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Final Fantasy 8 Remaster Gets Release Date, New Trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/9xyig/final-fantasy-8-remaster-gets-release-date-new-trailer https://www.gameskinny.com/9xyig/final-fantasy-8-remaster-gets-release-date-new-trailer Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:25:34 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Announced a mere two months ago at E3 2019, the long-due Final Fantasy VIII remaster now has a firm release date, and it's just around the corner. 

Square Enix has announced the remaster will release on September 3 — just two weeks away. The game is currently up for pre-order, and it will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One for $19.99. 

Square also unveiled a release date trailer for the game, which can be seen at the top of this article. 

Although Final Fantasy VIII isn't getting the full remake treatment a la Final Fantasy VII, the game's graphics do appear much improved over its PS1-era potato pixels. Square recently shared a GIF on Twitter showing the improvements to the game's character models, while also embracing a long-running joke about the game. 

Aside from updated graphics, the game will also see a handful of gameplay improvements, some of which are sure to make some FFVIII detractors a tad bit happier with the final product. According to the PlayStation Blog, the remastered version of the game will feature: 

  • Battle Assist: Activate this booster to max out HP and ATB bars – and trigger Limit Breaks at any time. You will lose all HP when you get hit by a critical attack that gives more damage than your HP, or by lethal damage.

  • No encounters: Want to explore without fear of attack? Activate this option to turn off random encounters. Event battles must still be done in order to advance the story.

  • 3x speed boost: Accelerates time by a factor of three – perfect if you want to speed through easy battles or get somewhere in a hurry. This feature will not apply to certain scenes including movies.

Those who pre-order the game on PS4 will get an exclusive FFVIII theme. Xbox One players can pre-order the game here, although no pre-order bonus or exclusive is currently available. As of this writing, the game is not yet available for pre-purchase on Steam. 

Final Fantasy VIII first released in 1999 on the original PlayStation. Although players later ridiculed the game for its story and some of its gameplay mechanics, it sold incredibly well at the time, shifting more units faster than any other Final Fantasy title before it. 

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5 Exclusive Features We Want in Final Fantasy 15's PC Release https://www.gameskinny.com/h2gv2/5-exclusive-features-we-want-in-final-fantasy-15s-pc-release https://www.gameskinny.com/h2gv2/5-exclusive-features-we-want-in-final-fantasy-15s-pc-release Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:00:01 -0500 Michael Llewellyn

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Shadow of the Colossus - A Boss Battle Gauntlet
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The Shadow Of The Colossus was basically a beautifully made gauntlet of giant boss battles. The boss battles in Final Fantasy XV were definitely a stand out part of the game, with the multi layered strategies needed to take them down. The fights were an epic sight to behold and even more fun to participate in. Maybe an extra hard post-game gauntlet mode where you fight the bosses in sequence a higher level for bonuses and experience points to carry over onto a new game plus.

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The open world nature of Final Fantasy XV can allow for quite a bit of flexibility on a machine powerful enough to run the game at full spec with extra game modes and features like mod support the possibilities are endless. Square-Enix have been playing it smart lately and a port with worthwhile features are a good way to breathe extra life into the game on a different platform without making PC players feel short changed due to a long wait for the port. There could also be some hope that some of these features would eventually make it over to the console versions too in the way of DLC which again could add more longevity there too.

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What features would you like to see make it on the eventual PC version? Let me know in the comments below.

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Dark Souls 3 - Player VS Player Arena Mode
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The player vs player mode in Ashes of Ariandel DLC for Dark Souls 3 has proven to be a very popular addition for fans, and I think it would work especially well in Final Fantasy XV.

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It would like to see a similar mode where your characters are summoned to another plane of existence in a similar way to an Eidolon to do battle against another force of a similar nature. A mod that has proven very popular in Dark Souls 3 on the PC is the ability to do battle as one of the bosses you encounter in the game. Some of bosses in FFXV are huge so imagine the gargantuan battles of Godzilla sized proportions in an arena mode, it could be a great deal of fun.

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Tales of Berseria - Local and Online Co-Op Battles
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The drop in and drop out local multiplayer battle system in the Tales series has always been a great addition to the series. The ability for someone other than yourself to jump in and you in your battles without needing to commit to the story is a great idea -- I found it a great way to get my kids into the series without having to worry too much about the complexities of the story.

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This idea would lend itself well in a battle system as fun and fast paced as Final Fantasy XV. Both locally with a split screen option and online. An online mode could work as a means of getting more experience points and extra items from helping others that you can take back to your own game -- A gameplay mechanic that worked so well in the Souls series.

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Final Fantasy VIII - Triple Triad Card Game
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I would love to see an online or even an offline version of Triple Card Triad make return to the Final Fantasy universe. Or perhaps a mini game inspired by Gwent from The Witcher 3 which was so addictive and fun that it got its own game.

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I've always found the Triple Card Triad from Final Fantasy VIII to be both challenging and a fun side distraction from the main story, I remember becoming quite obsessive with it. I would love to see it implemented again in the FFXV as another way to get exclusive bonus items, recipes or weapons.

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Final Fantasy XV - Moogle Chocobo Carnival 
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This should be an easy one for Square-Enix to pull off. The Moogle Chocobo Carnival is completely wacky, tongue-in cheek and strange and that's a great thing because it's features like this that  epitomise what Final Fantasy is to a lot of fans.

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As a huge FInal Fantasy VII fan I loved the option to go The Golden Saucer when I felt like a break from the darkness that Sephiroth had began to unleash on the world. Which is why I think making the Moogle Chocobo Carnival a permanent edition to the PC version would be a good idea, rather than it being a timed event.

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Now that Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata has announced plans to work on an eventual PC version of the game. The director at Square-Enix has already announced ambitions to add mod support and custom quests and given that FFXV will be made to run on a high end machine, features like higher resolution graphics and faster and more consistent frame rates should be a given. As well as a complete package that includes all the DLC for the extra wait.

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PC gamers will have a while to wait though, and at least until after all the DLC and extra content has been patched in, so in the meantime I will speculate and list off some features seen in other Japanese RPG's that could make a good addition to the PC version of FFXV.

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Gift Guide: Wonderful Wall Art for the Gamer in Your Life https://www.gameskinny.com/9db9r/gift-guide-wonderful-wall-art-for-the-gamer-in-your-life https://www.gameskinny.com/9db9r/gift-guide-wonderful-wall-art-for-the-gamer-in-your-life Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 chopchamen

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Large Skyrim Shield Solitude
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Price: $32.00

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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Looking for something unique to hook up on your wall? Try this! This is the sigil shield for Solitude in Skyrim! It measures about 8 inches in diameter and comes in different appearances.

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The seller is also selling the shields for every city in Skyrim, they also have a deal for a mix and match bundle, or all of them.

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The Elder Scrolls Skyrim: Ruler of the Sky - Posters
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Price: $59.55 - $105.00

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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These are some neat little Skyrim panel art pieces featuring a dragon swooping over a beautiful valley in the rift, with a nice sunrise in the background too! These posters would also make a wonderful addition to your gaming room. You can get these with or without a frame and in multiple sizes, ranging from 9x15 - 11x7 with the frame, and 8.5x11 - 13x19 without the frame.

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Fus Ro Dah Skyrim Inspired Metal Sign
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Price: $25.00

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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A cool handmade metal sign inscribed with the dragon shout "fus ro dah" from Skyrim, this sign is approximately 12.25" x 7.25". Who knows, perhaps you can knock a few people off their feet with this! But be warned, this is NOT stainless steel and can rust and can be sharp so be careful with it! 

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Skyrim World Rocks Winter Cold  Wall Scroll 
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Price: $11.69

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Rating: 3/5 stars

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A nice 23.6" x 35.4" poster for Skyrim, which showcasing a breathtaking valley covered in snow, a perfect backdrop for your RPG adventures! You can even see Nord ruins in the background! This will be a nice addition to your gaming room.

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POSTUP Fallout Roll-Playing Video Game Hanging Wall Scroll 
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Price: $2.00

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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A 21.6" x 13.8" poster of Fallout, featuring the vault dweller and Dogmeat walking through the post-apocalyptic wasteland, is a nice piece that shows a healthy relationship between man and man's best friend -- even if it's in a hazardous environment! Perfect for the Fallout and dog lovers in your life. 

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Assassin's Creed: Syndicate Framed Gaming Poster
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Price: $59.99 - $64.99 or $5.99 (without a frame)

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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This 36" x 24" poster features the main protagonists from each of the Assassin's Creed games, along with an awesome Animus themed backdrop! You can get this with many different colored frames as well.

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Final Fantasy 8 Crossover Minimalist Art Print 
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Price: $12.00 - $15.00

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This is an amazing parody crossover painting featuring Squall's gunblade from Final Fantasy 8 and a bonfire from the Dark Souls series. That's an awesome flame worth admiring! You can get this in one of two sizes, either 14 x 8.5" or 17 x 11".

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Artorias Print Dark Souls Watercolor
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Price: $10.00 - $40.00

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Rating: 5/5 stars

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Spiff up your room with this Darks Souls Artorias painting! It has that awesome paint splatter look, as well as awesome color. You can get this painting in many different sizes, ranging from 5" x 7" -to 20" x 30". The seller also has a "Buy Two of the Same Size Get One Free Deal" going on right now. What's more, you can also get paintings of the Soul of Cinder and the Knight Solaire!

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Do you know someone who likes to play games but also appreciates really awesome art as well? Or, maybe you are this kind of person yourself, and want to see what's out there -- without having to do all the leg work.

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Either way, what are you waiting for? We've found some super awesome posters, prints and other types of wall decor that you can purchase this holiday to really spice up your gaming space! Take a look inside!

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5 Immersive RPGs to Lose Yourself in as You Try to Forget The Upcoming Election https://www.gameskinny.com/8y432/5-immersive-rpgs-to-lose-yourself-in-as-you-try-to-forget-the-upcoming-election https://www.gameskinny.com/8y432/5-immersive-rpgs-to-lose-yourself-in-as-you-try-to-forget-the-upcoming-election Tue, 08 Nov 2016 02:00:01 -0500 chopchamen

Is this year's election bothering you? Are you concerned a dystopia is close at hand? I wouldn't worry about it. If games have taught us anything over the years it's this: politics are everywhere, but in the games there's always a good side.

While any game can take your mind off of this election, the easiest thing to lose yourself in is an RPG. If you just want to blow this whole thing over, try out one of these games.

1. Mass Effect

Taking place in a multitude of  planets and moons of the milky way, you play as Commander Shepard. After touching a device from the Protheans, Shepard receives visions of death and destruction, and falls unconscious. After awakening you must set out on a journey to stop the enemy, elite operative (Spectre) gone rogue, Saren, from making that vision happen.

Because of this game having multiple classes to choose from, as well as hybrid classes, it allows you to take your own approach to each mission.

With 3 games in the Mass Effect series, each one longer, and bigger than the last, not only will you lose yourself in the first game, but the sequels too.

2. Fallout 4

Fallout 4 takes place in the post-nuclear ruins of Boston Massachusetts, After a series of events that happened in vault 111, your character goes out in the wasteland to find their missing son, Shaun.

Within the vastness of the commonwealth, you will have to fight your way through many dangers, including the irradiated beasts of the pre-war era.

This game has no level cap, which means you can eventually unlock every skill on the tree, while that's not the best for replay value, it certainly will be time consuming.

3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Ulfric Stormcloak has quite a hot temper concerning the freedoms of his homeland, sound familiar?

In Skyrim, you start out as a prisoner being transported for execution. When you're the one under the chopping block, suddenly a dragon attacks the village you're in, making you run out through a series of tunnels, with someone who was also set for execution. From there you must go on to discover the mysteries of the dragons and their return. The land of Skyrim is very beautiful, and vast in scale, as well as diversity.

The skill tree differs from the previous Elder Scrolls games, as you have constellations pop up and you must create routes to the perks you want, point by point. This too, like Fallout 4 has no level cap. 

With many areas to explore, many skills to master, and spells to learn, Skyrim is very time consuming, going for days on end. In a good way though, not like the Presidential debates.

4. Final Fantasy VIII

You play as Squall Leonhart, a student at the Balamb Garden Military Academy. After receiving an initiative mission to acquire the Guardian Force Ifrit, squall is sent off to Dollet, with a few of the other main characters, to help fight off a Galbadian invasion. After these events, they have a graduation ballroom party, where Squall meets the girl who starts the whole adventure.

With a humongous world, there are a few side activities to do, they even have a card game with different regional rules!

With a unique conjunction system, you have to equip a summon, then you could equip spells to them, boosting strength, vitality, etc. You could also experiment with a lot of magic elements, to fight against monsters with their weaknesses, and you can strangely enough add a cure status effect to your attack too!

5. Final Fantasy VII

A light haired person stabbed a good friend of mine in the back... No I'm not talking about Hillary stabbing Bernie in the back. Politics aside, Final Fantasy 7 is a good game that has captured the hearts of hundreds of millions.

You play as Cloud Strife, a mercenary for hire who has joined an eco terrorist group called AVALA`NCHE. Tasked with destroying Mako reactor, they succeed only to have Cloud fall. Luckily the roof of a chapel broke his fall, there he met Aerith Gainsborough.

A series of events leads Cloud and his group into the shinra building, where they were detained, but one morning, when they woke up, they found their cells open, and most of the personnel and guards murdered by the antagonist, Sephiroth. The band then escape the city in pursuit of Sephiroth

This game has another massive open world with dynamic events occurring within it, for example there was a serpent creature in a swamp that you could not beat before getting further in the story, but you could see him slithering under the swamp.

The skills have to do with materia, these orb objects you equip on your weapons and gear. Each color presents different kind of magic, i.e. red materia is used to summon.

While it might not be completely possible to take your mind off of politics, these games are still really good, and deserve a playthrough... or two, or five.

Which games have you played to take your mind of the mindless bickering? Have you played any political games so that you could make 'the perfect world'? Let us know in the comments below!

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7 Crazy Game Theories That Will Blow Your Mind https://www.gameskinny.com/01zuv/7-crazy-game-theories-that-will-blow-your-mind https://www.gameskinny.com/01zuv/7-crazy-game-theories-that-will-blow-your-mind Thu, 06 Oct 2016 12:00:01 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Squall is dead through the entire last half of Final Fantasy VIII
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Squall is the protagonist of Final Fantasy VIII – one of the best games in the series. At the end of disc 1, Squall and his friends fight Edea, the game’s antagonist. She seems to be defeated, but then she casts a powerful spell that kills Squall.

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As you play the second half of the game, you see Squall being alive again and trying to find answers to questions from the first part. You may think that he survived the hit, but this theory suggests that he didn’t survive and everything that happens in the last half of the game is simply Squall’s post-death visions.

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There's lots of evidence that prove this theory and there is even a dedicated fan-made website. So, if you are a fan of the game and never heard about this theory before, then check it out for yourself and get your mind blown.

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What other crazy gamer theories surprised you the most? Share them in the comments section.

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Booker DeWitt, Comstock and Andrew Ryan are all the same person
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The main theme of Bioshock Infinite is the existence of parallel universes and an ability to move between them. So, there is no secret anymore that Booker DeWitt and Comstock – the protagonist and antagonist of the game – are the same person that made different choices in these parallel universes.

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But this gamer theory states that Booker is also Andrew Ryan, another antagonist in Bioshock Infinite. This can be proven by following Elizabeth and Booker to the underwater city of Rapture in the DLC titled “Burial at Sea”. There is a bathysphere that can be controlled only by Andrew Ryan through the process of checking his DNA. And guess what, Booker DeWitt passed the test.

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This means that he is not only Comstock, but also Andrew Ryan. Bioshock Infinite is one weird game, isn’t it?

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Shepard could have been indoctrinated
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There are many crazy theories about the controversial ending of Mass Effect 3, but one of them has a really interesting point to it. If you remember, at the end of Mass Effect 3 Shepard is given three choices by the Harbinger: Control, Synthesis or Destroy the Reapers.

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Well, many fans of the series think that this is just another manipulative move to indoctrinate Shepard and make him not destroy the Reapers after all, and here is why. The Destroy choice has a red color, which is nothing special at first, but when you think about it, you may remember that morality choices in ME3 are Paragon and Renegade, which correspond to good and evil, with the corresponding colors of blue and red.

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So, if Shepard chooses to destroy the Reapers, then he will take the red choice, which makes him a bad character, and if he chooses to salvage them, then he will make a good choice, thus the theory of being manipulated by the Harbinger makes a lot of sense.

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In Destiny you play for bad guys
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The golden rule of any narrative states that a protagonist is a good guy, so it is a common sense to believe that when you play as a protagonist in the game, such as the Guardian in Destiny, then you are a good guy.

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But what if it’s not true at all? What if Guardians are just as bad as the aliens that they fight against? The hints to this can be found while you try to sneak up to Fallen Dregs, who will notice you and yell: “It’s the Darkness!” As you may know, the Darkness is the destructive force in the universe of Destiny, so why would they call us the Darkness? That’s a really good question, isn’t it?

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On top of that, ask yourself: why the enemies are called Wizards, Knights, Acolytes, but your team is called either Titans, Hunters, or Warlocks, which all have evil connotations to them. Or how about the titles of the quests you are given, such as Slaughter the Fallen, Kill Them All or Decimate The Hive. Why not something along the lines of Save the World or Protect the Innocent?

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Anyway, there are a lot of good points in this theory and you may see yourself in the different light from now on when you play Destiny again.

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The Pokemon universe is recovering after a great war
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Have you ever wondered why there are so few middle-aged characters in the Pokemon games? Usually you only meet either kids or their grandparents. Well, it looks like this crazy gamer theory can explain such an unusual phenomenon.

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It appears that the world where Pokemon takes place has suffered through a great war in which most middle-aged men simply died. That is why there are so many single mothers and old people left. There isn’t much evidence proving this, but the constant battles between Pokemon and humans hint that the war is still going, but in a more subtle way.

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Another fun fact is that you see kids who don’t go to schools, and basically just do whatever and go wherever they want. Further proof that they have no fathers, who may be a little bit stricter to them.

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All this may sound really wild, but the theory definitely has the right to live.

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Limbo never actually ends
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Limbo is one of the grimmest and most depressing games out there. It tells a story of a boy who tries to find his sister (who may or may not be dead), and eventually he does find her peacefully playing outside. But at the very end he is caught up by a leech that takes him further away from his sister once again and everything repeats once again.

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This gamer theory states that the ending is not real (meaning that he doesn’t actually find his sister – it’s just an illusion) and everything that happens is just the boy’s post-death visions that repeat themselves endlessly. That is also why he will never stop running away from the scary spider, and that he will never get out of this nightmarish limbo.

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Fallout and Skyrim are parts of the same universe
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The source of this gamer theory is a tiny easter egg that fans located in Fallout 4. As you search for Prydwen, a Brotherhood of Steel airship floating above Boston, go to the main deck and find a room full of scientific experiments. There you will see a small garden of familiarly-looking plants.

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The description of the plants states that they emit strange sounds and cause addiction. They also look very similar to the Nirnroot plants that can be found in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. So, does this mean that Skyrim and Fallout take place in the same world? That is absolutely possible, just in different time periods – one in the future and one in the past, but which is when?

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Gamers have always been very creative and smart group of people. They obviously like playing games a lot, but what gamers probably love even more than that is debating about the events that take place in their favorite titles. The amount of research, and effort that some of them put into finding the clues to their most beloved stories is staggering.

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Gamers like speculating about games that haven’t even been released yet, thus create a whole lot of theories. But the best ones come after the releases of the biggest franchises, and this is where their imagination skills go above and beyond.

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However, no matter how strange and unbelievable some of these theories may sound, they can actually be totally legit. So, let’s check out some of the craziest and most incredible gamer theories.

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10 of the Greatest RPG Normal Battle Themes https://www.gameskinny.com/m2htk/10-of-the-greatest-rpg-normal-battle-themes https://www.gameskinny.com/m2htk/10-of-the-greatest-rpg-normal-battle-themes Mon, 12 Sep 2016 05:01:17 -0400 Patrick Cottingham

The RPG is a genre in which you spend a lot of time battling enemies as you adventure through some of the most fantastic worlds and inspiring stories. One way to make a battle more intense and more dynamic is to pump up your player with a great tune to get them into the fighting spirit. Many games are praised for their soundtracks, and often times we lift up the composers who came up with the musical beats we're listening to throughout our journeys. Below are just a few of the greatest examples of RPG normal battle themes, the songs that play during the majority of mundane encounters with monsters and minions alike.

The Man With the Machine Gun

Final Fantasy VIII

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Final Fantasy VIII is one of the least popular entries in the series when you discuss gameplay and story. No one seems to enjoy the Draw system -- which had you spending hours in combat repeatedly using the same command to steal magic spells from enemies -- but there are two things players seem to agree Final Fantasy VIII did right: card games, and Nobuo Uematsu's music.

"Man with the Machine Gun" is the battle theme for the duration of the time which you play as Laguna, a secondary protagonist of sorts. It's upbeat and energetic, it matches well with the eternal optimist that Laguna tends to be. I remember spending hours battling enemies in the caves of the Centra Excavation Site just so I could listen to this fantastic battle theme.

The War Bell Tolls

Bravely Second: End Layer

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Random encounters are generally a lackluster event in an RPG, typically lasting no more than a minute late into the game. However, in Bravely Second you'll find that with this battle anthem at your back, you're going to want to spend a lot more time in battle. The quick tempo, wailing guitar, and operatic vocals give every battle a feeling of urgency and heroism. 

Spending time grinding EXP for your favorite jobs, or hunting for specific items is much less tedious when you have something great to listen to, and this song delivers. A small nod must be made to the amazing way the song will fade back in after using special attacks, which will cause a temporary song to play based on which character performed the attack. You may have the option to turn off Bravely Second's random encounters, but you might not want to if you really enjoy this song.

Battle! (Team Plasma)

Pokemon Black & White

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Pokemon games have a ton of different battle themes spanning generations of games. One of the best is when you encounter a Team Plasma Grunt in Pokemon Black or Pokemon White. The electronic style, the hyped up intro, and the sinister tone of the song all give battles with Team Plasma a very villainous feeling.

From the moment you encounter a Grunt and that pulse pounding intro begins, you'll be in it to win it against the enthusiastic yet misguided Pokemon Rights group who are attempting to "liberate" your Pokemon from you. I even used this song as my ringtone for a year or so, it was just that good. Next time you're adventuring in Black or White's Unova region crank up the volume and enjoy the music when you encounter Team Plasma.

Mass Destruction

Persona 3

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Baby baby baby baby! Persona 3's battle theme is sort of meme status among the fandom. The rock pop tune that plays whenever you enter battle against generic shadows is one of the most enthusiastic and positive things in the game. The blaring horns and the driving vocals, particularly during the chorus and bridge, are memorable and after a few fights you'll find yourself singing along and humming this tune for hours after it gets stuck in your head.

Series composer Shoji Meguro is well known for his thematic soundtracks, which are strikingly different with each game and constantly changing musical genres. This jazzy song just feels like it belongs in Persona 3 and quickly became one of the greatest and most well known battle themes in RPG history.

The Arrow Was Shot

Tales of the Abyss

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In a game which has a lot to do with Hymns and music, this tune is an upbeat and inspirational romp as you battle your way through countless enemies. While the Tales series features a ton of great music from series composer Motoi Sakuraba, this one stands out a bit above the others.

The combination of electronic harmony over the rhythmic drums and low guitar gives it a very heroic feeling. Even listening to this I can hear the sounds of battle in the back of my head as the heroes perform their various Strike Artes and Magic Artes, calling out names and shouting one liners. It's a particularly catchy tune that'll have you tapping your toes the entire time.

Normal Battle

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

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Despite having a simple name, this battle theme from Nocturne really has a strangely eerie vibe to it. It really does a great job of emphasizing the unusual and unnatural situation the protagonist is in, wandering a demon infested version of his home, Tokyo. 

The strange lyrical chanting over the looped electronic buzzing in the song adds to the creepiness, but in contrast the guitar and drums really pump you up for what is most certainly going to be a tough battle, considering the difficulty of the game. Get ready to engage in some odd conversations with the demonic entities you come across and bargain with them to join you or just leave you alone.

Fight Against Monsters

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

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Mario has a long line of RPGs to pick from now, between the Paper Mario series or his adventures on handhelds with his brother in the Mario & Luigi series. However, back in the Super Nintendo era the first Super Mario game to feature the mustached plumber in turn based combat was aptly titled Super Mario RPG. It was an instant classic, and this battle theme was born from it. It oozes that Mario vibe, from the drum roll at the beginning to the horns and melodic bridge. Each beat of this tune just feels right at home in the Mario series of games, and it has only gotten more iconic as time goes by.

Battle! (Isaac)

Golden Sun

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Another example of a battle theme that really makes you feel heroic as you battle your way through the various monsters and baddies you encounter. Golden Sun really hits the mark with this song, the instant a battle begins and you hear that build up at the beginning of the song you're nodding along to the beat and eager to unleash your favorite attacks on whatever unsuspecting creature has challenged you.

Fluctuating from amped up synth instruments over the drums to beautiful flute melody into low synth tones and finally mixing it up string instruments really gives this song variety and makes it memorable. Isaac's battle theme is easily one of the greatest in the series, and the entire RPG genre.

Battle 1

Chrono Trigger

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This is another one of those songs with an unimaginative title, but are we really going to question Yasunori Mitsuda? If you're a fan of the game it's easy to see the mental image of Crono and the others bouncing in their combat stances to the smooth beat of the drums and bass in this song. 

The quick beat is sure to get you bouncing your head to the rhythm in seconds as you're selecting the various Tech commands in whatever age you might be adventuring through at the time. The timeless tune -- pun very much intended -- really accentuates the style of the game, feeling right at home no matter what kind of monsters you're fighting or what visual setting the game throws at you. Thanks for this gem, Yasunori Mitsuda.

Deep in Coma ~ Battle in Japan

Shadow Hearts: Covenant

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Like many of the other songs I've shared with you, Shadow Hearts: Covenant's "Deep in Coma" is a perfect example of thematic tune. The eerie chanting over the guttural bass guitar and hectic drums really gets you unnerved in this horror RPG.

The unusual rhythm and tribal beat are fitting for a game where you can transform into a demon at any given moment. Despite this however, "Deep in Coma" does a great job of making battles feel exciting and breaks the norm at the same time, making it a very memorable song. As I wrote this article I couldn't help but want to pop Shadow Hearts into my PlayStation 2.

These are just ten examples of great RPG battle music. There are plenty of other amazing tunes out there to discover and listen to. Did your favorite make the list? Share your favorites in the comments.

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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 real-life Shinra Technologies has closed. It wasn't Cloud's fault this time. https://www.gameskinny.com/7m5ci/the-real-life-shinra-technologies-has-closed-it-wasnt-clouds-fault-this-time https://www.gameskinny.com/7m5ci/the-real-life-shinra-technologies-has-closed-it-wasnt-clouds-fault-this-time Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:18:32 -0500 Jessi_Cat

Square Enix has sadly had to close Shinra Technologies. After reporting an extraordinary loss of 2 billion yen which converts to about $17 million USD.

Shinra Technologies was supposed to help usher in a new age of gaming technology. The company opened up in 2014 and was named after Shinra Electric Power Company from Final Fantasy VII. Their headquarters were located in New York City.

Soon after opening, they began beta testing their cloud gaming services in early 2015.

The cloud gaming services were meant to bring the PC versions of games to your iOS and Android devices. You could pay anywhere from 3 days to 365 days of service. The games they offered were Final Fantasy VII International, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, The Last Remnant, and The Cherry Blossom Murders. Each game had its own pricing for your subscription. Cherry Blossom Murders being the cheapest at 1,185 yen for 365 days and Final Fantasy XIII-2 being the most expensive at 2,200 yen.

If you want to be honest, this is basically just renting a game for your phone. Where owning the game would just be more logical and waiting to get home to play it would be cheaper.

Needless to say, the service most likely won’t be missed.

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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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7 games where you get to pet the dog https://www.gameskinny.com/qfv55/7-games-where-you-get-to-pet-the-dog https://www.gameskinny.com/qfv55/7-games-where-you-get-to-pet-the-dog Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:46:26 -0400 Clint Pereira

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Still itching to read more about dogs? Start by checking out our list of 10 best video game dogs.

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Or just leave your favorite video game dog moments in the comments. Sometimes it helps to talk about our issues.

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1. Undertale

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On second thought, maybe don't pet dogs forever. As Undertale proves, you can take it a little too far. A little petting is fine. Too much petting and you'll break reality.

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It's possible that you may have a problem.

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2. Nintendogs

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Drag your dumb cartoon hand all over a puppy's face. Who's a good dog? Answer: all the dogs. Pet every dog forever.

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3. Pokémon X and Y

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Dogs are not Pokémon, but some Pokémon are dogs. In Pokemon Amie, you can pet your favorite dog Pokémon like this Lillipup here. D'aaaw!

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 4. Valiant Hearts: The Great War

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Move over, Call of Duty dog. Here comes Walt the medic dog. You can pet his back or his belly and you even get an achievement for it! He also saves your life on many, many different occassions. What a sweet dobie!

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5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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D.D. from MGS 5 is, without a doubt, one of the most adorable dogs in video game history. Snake's a little awkward at petting, though. Maybe not pet with your prosthesis, Snake? Snake?

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Snaaaaaake!

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6. Fable 3

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Is petting your dog not enough? Do you want to pick it up off the ground and french kiss it? Uh, okay. If that's really your thing, Fable 3 has you covered. I don't know why it would be, exactly, but this is also a game where you can go around farting on everyone, so yeah...

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Thanks, Peter Molyneux?

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7. Final Fantasy VIII

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Sant' Angelo di Roma, or just Angelo, is Rinoa's dog in Final Fantasy VIII. Activate Rinoa's limit breaks to summon the faithful pooch. When Angelo is done healing the party or being used as a dog-powered cannon, Rinoa will reward her with a treat or a pet on the snoot.

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Out of the few games with dogs, there are even fewer where you get to interact the animal. In some games, you play as a dog. In others, you use the dog as a tool. Either way, it's agonizing to know that there's a puppy on your screen and you can't give it love.

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To help you cope, here are 7 of the best games where you can pet the dog.

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London Symphony Orchestra covers classic Final Fantasy VII song https://www.gameskinny.com/flchp/london-symphony-orchestra-covers-classic-final-fantasy-vii-song https://www.gameskinny.com/flchp/london-symphony-orchestra-covers-classic-final-fantasy-vii-song Mon, 17 Aug 2015 09:58:42 -0400 Larry Iaccio

Legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu went into Abbey Road Studios earlier this year to record some of the Final Fantasy series most iconic and classic songs to make a new record that is intended to be released on September 16 as an audio Blu-Ray.

We got a sneak preview today of some of the work that went on in the studios with Uematsu and it is nothing short of captivating. The Orchestra flawlessly performs the memorable Final Fantasy VII piece, "Words Drowned by Fireworks" that is sure to have fans swept away in blissful waves of nostalgia.

It was also recently announced that the London Symphony Orchestra will be returning to London on September 12 for a second round of the Final Symphony tour. This tour celebrates Final Fantasy music and highlights pieces from almost all of the games and even features series composer Nobuo Uematsu himself talking about his career and taking questions before the performance.

Here is the original piece from the original game for reference:

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you prefer the simplicity and charm of the original or the bombastic rendition from the Orchestra?

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Three Changes That Could Be Good For The Final Fantasy VII Remake https://www.gameskinny.com/o5fqy/three-changes-that-could-be-good-for-the-final-fantasy-vii-remake https://www.gameskinny.com/o5fqy/three-changes-that-could-be-good-for-the-final-fantasy-vii-remake Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:07:15 -0400 OrganisedDinosaur

With confirmation that the Final Fantasy VII remake will not be a like for like re-release but rather a fully blown remake coming from the mouth of project director Tetsuya Nomura, the speculation floodgates can be cast wide open. Here are three changes that could really help make the Final Fantasy VII better than ever.

Plot Tweaks

Even though there are no additional characters as far as we can tell, the actual plot itself, or at least elements of it have been implied by Nomura as being fair game. Now, despite the classic status of the original and the fact that it owes much of that to its much beloved story, let's be objective for a minute. While the plot was gripping and quite good, what really sold it was the marvellous characters and phenomenal world, as well as some tear-wrenching moments.

...the creative team has a real opportunity to plug up some of those holes, flesh out some sub-plots...

 

Let's be honest, the plot was actually pretty poor in some major ways. There were plenty of plot holes and bizarre coincidences that were only a little bit above deus ex machina. The characters, the world and the basic plot are fantastic and with the gift of hindsight and objectivity, the creative team has a real opportunity to plug up some of those holes, flesh out some sub-plots and really make the Final Fantasy VII story an unarguably classic tale.

Perhaps in the remake, Sephiroth will get burned here
Modern Combat System

Even though the turn-based combat system from the Final Fantasy games is iconic and very much liked by fans of the series, there have been innovations in game design that would make keeping the exact same combat system as the original feel lazy. 

Final Fantasy VII with its magic and summons is one of the best known of these systems, but all the games in the series tweaked and modified the basic concept in some way. Final Fantasy VIII had you choose a limited number of available actions for each character, and Final Fantasy XIII used a paradigm system to give deceptively simple mechanics real depth. As well as that, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core on the PSP utilised real-time combat while very much keeping the feel and strategy of its turn based cousin. 

Final Fantasy VII needs to keep magic, summons and limit breaks, but the possibilities for modernising the system with real-time combat or paradigms or any of the other wonderful innovations over the years are enormous. Give us a brand new system rooted in the classic original.

Do modern gamers even have the patience for this?
Voice Acting

Of all the possible changes this is the one that seems the most likely. The most recent Final Fantasy games have ditched the text-based exposition and dialogue in favour of voice acting and Nomura has actually mentioned the challenges with remaking a game that uses text boxes today.

Even without any changes to the plot, changing the way in which the same story is told will have a huge impact on how the player receives it. It is comparable to your favourite novel getting a movie adaption. The voices, personalities and behaviours of these characters were at least partially created by you - the player in the text-based game. With voices, we will be presented characters exactly as the developers want us to see them.

Much like when a director casts that actor you hate as your favourite character, this could fundamentally change how we perceive certain characters or events. 

 Some good casting can really make a character

Change can definitely be a good thing, and the idea of getting a full remake of Final Fantasy VII is something that we should embrace. The original is not sacred, it's just old. Nothing can take the original Final Fantasy VII away from us, so let's see that plot improved, let's get some talented voice actors and let's make the combat more gripping and exciting than ever before. Do all that, and Final Fantasy VII could be the game to define a second whole generation of gamers.

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Theatrhythm DLC Adds Music from The World Ends with You, Chrono Trigger, and More https://www.gameskinny.com/kcldf/theatrhythm-dlc-adds-music-from-the-world-ends-with-you-chrono-trigger-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/kcldf/theatrhythm-dlc-adds-music-from-the-world-ends-with-you-chrono-trigger-and-more Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:22:39 -0500 WesleyG

The latest Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call DLC released today, introducing more music from Chrono Trigger and Romancing SaGa 3. It also marks the début of The World Ends with You, one of Square Enix's lesser known RPGs released for the Nintendo DS. Normally I don't take a second look at DLC for rhythm games, let alone write about them, but have you seen this track list?

  • Battle Music Sequence (BMS)
  • “Liberi Fatali” (FINAL FANTASY VIII)
  • “Final Confrontation” (Romancing SaGa® 3)
  • “World Revolution” (CHRONO TRIGGER)
  • “Twister” (THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU)
  • Field Music Sequence (FMS)
  • “Wind Scene” (CHRONO TRIGGER)
  • “Calling” (THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU)

In all my experience playing role-playing games, Chrono Trigger and The World Ends with You are easily in my top five RPGs of all time. A big part of that is their amazing soundtracks.

Each track is available individually for $0.99. Every song is worth the price, but "Wind Scene", "Twister", and Final Fantasy VIII's title track "Liberi Fatali" are must-haves for anyone looking to build their Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call library.

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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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List of the Best 9 RPGs I Have Ever Played https://www.gameskinny.com/s9vkk/list-of-the-best-9-rpgs-i-have-ever-played https://www.gameskinny.com/s9vkk/list-of-the-best-9-rpgs-i-have-ever-played Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:53:35 -0400 zoLo567

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Final Fantasy VIII

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Final Fantasy is easily my favorite game series. It was the series that got me into RPGs, and has easily consumed the most of my time out of any series. While many of the Final Fantasy titles are amazing titles, the one I hold dearest to my heart has to be Final Fantasy VIII.

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Final Fantasy VIII stands out from the other titles in the series through the Junction and Draw systems. Summonings are equipped to characters, and magic is stockpiled rather than having a traditional mana pool. Abilities are given to characters through the equipped summonings, and magic can be applied to the characters stats, giving them much needed boosts. This helps Final Fantasy VIII stand out from the rest, and gives the game its own character.

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Maybe it is the romantic in me, but I also love the story that Final Fantasy VIII presents. It is a love story first and foremost, and helps lead to some awesome set pieces. Overall, this is an amazing game, and has always been one that stands out to me among all other RPGs.

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Persona 4 Golden

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Persona 4 Golden surprised me. I had heard of the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series before, but had never played the series. I went in not knowing what to expect, as I picked up the game looking for a new title for my PS Vita. What I jumped into was one of the greatest gaming experiences I have ever had.

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The story, the characters, the battle system, and the music all shine through, creating a tight game that has a lot to offer. Being the "Golden" edition, much is added from the original version of the game, and helps to create a more solid title.

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The story is a great murder mystery, which will take a few twists along the way. All the characters have their own quirks, and are all likable. The music is poppy, yet fits the many different moods that you will come across in the game. Those moods are also refreshing, as the game lets players take breaks from the seriousness and have some lighthearted fun.

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With characters you care about, a story you want to see through, and a battle system that keeps fresh and entertaining throughout, Persona 4 Golden is one of the better RPGs from the last decade, and a must own title for all Vita owners.

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

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I have played a good number of The Legend of Zelda series. While they are all great games, none stood out to me like Twilight Princess has.

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Everything about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is amazing. The art style, combat, music, and the story all scream great, and can be considered some of the best of the past console generation. The ability to become a wolf stands out from the rest of the Zelda series, and leads to some great segments.

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The story itself also shines in its own right, and helps push the game along at a great pace. The atmosphere for this game is a bit on the darker side, separating it apart from most of the other Zelda titles. I would consider Twilight Princess to be the star of the Zelda series, and an amazing experience for those looking for a great RPG, or a great game in general.

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Mass Effect 3

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Few game series get progressively better with each entry, with the newest game passing over its predecessors. Mass Effect is one of those few series.

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Mass Effect 3 took everything from the previous Mass Effect games and improved on them. The combat was refined, and feels tight and entertaining. Anyone who loves shooters will find that combat matches that of other action games, while differentiating itself with the use of powers and great use of third person.  Game play is almost flawless, and anyone can jump in and be able to enjoy the action going on.

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While the ending was controversial, the rest of the story is great. Your choices do have weight; events will play out differently and character's fates will change depending on the actions that you take. This can make you think, as you try to keep everyone alive, or try kill off the characters that you do not like. Mass Effect is a great series for RPG and shooter fans alike, and Mass Effect 3 is definitely the best of them all.

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Kingdom Hearts II

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I was curious when I heard that Square Enix was making a game that combined both the Final Fantasy series and the Disney universe. The result was Kingdom Hearts, a series that definitely stands out above all the rest.

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While Kingdom Hearts is a great series, Kingdom Hearts II is the best entry so far. Just about everything in this game is amazing. Combat is deep and rewarding, and the story is great. Kingdom Hearts takes a lot from Final Fantasy and Disney, yet keeps its own personality.

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The story finds a way to work its way into many different Disney worlds, yet stays on track and moves at great pace. The music is also great, with some memorable pieces, and the characters keep their respective personalities from their established franchises. Kingdom Hearts II is an amazing game overall, and appeals to more than just Disney and Final Fantasy fans.

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Pokemon Red/Blue

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I remember first picking up my first Pokemon game. It was a gift from a friend, and it became one of my favorite handheld titles.

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While the mechanics of the series have evolved over the years, I consider Pokemon Red and Blue the best in the series. Back then, I had no idea what to expect from the game, and everything that I discovered felt more and more magical.It is what established what has become one of the greatest franchises ever, and is a game that every Pokemon fan should experience at least once in their gaming career.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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When I think of big games these days, I always think of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. With a huge open world and so much content, it is hard to complain that you cannot find anything to do in this game.

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While the story is intriguing, I found myself lost in the huge world that is Skyrim. From raiding dungeons, battling dragons, and taking the long way to a destination, there is a lot to do. Along with a great battle system and game mechanics, Skyrim is a solid game. It is hard to say that you have done everything in this game, and many will not have a problem with that.

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Tales of Graces F

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I picked up Tales of Graces F because I liked the overall art style. Sometimes when I do this I am left a little disappointed, but that was not the case with this game.

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Of course, the art work is great, but the game offers much more than just that. This is especially true of the combat system. Combat is where Tales of Graces F shines through, and while seemingly simple, can be deep and rewarding.While the story does start slow, it picks up, and moves along nicely. This is especially after the prologue, which picks up steam at the end of that segment.

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Tales of Graces F is a solid RPG for those who want a great JRPG to play.

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Fable II

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I had picked up Fable II on a whim. I had heard of the first Fable, and decided to give the second game a chance. What I got was a RPG that I felt was both deep and enjoyable.

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There is a wealth of content in this game. There is much to see, jobs to perform, families to raise, and missions and quests to undertake. There is a lot to find, and it can take awhile before you see everything. The story follows the "chosen hero" path, yet fits in some great moments and twists that keep the story from feeling too cliche.

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There is also a lot of player choice. Your actions will affect the appearance of your character, as a noble hero will be fair with a clear complexion, while a corrupt hero will be pale with a flawed complexion. Even your stats will effect how your hero looks, allowing you to twist and shape your character even more. It also effects the people around you (such as your dog companion), and can encourage you to go down a certain path.

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When it comes right down to it, RPGs are my favorite video game genre. I have been playing them for as long as I can remember, and many of my greatest gaming memories come from these games. From the characters, the music, the stories, and the game play, I love everything about RPGs.

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This is a list of what I consider to be some of the best RPGs that I have played, and are titles that I would recommend to anyone looking to get a RPG fix.

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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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