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Patton’s final battle: Publicity rights of deceased celebrities in games

An in-depth blog post from attorney Dan Rogers covering how General George S. Patton’s estate has sued a San Francisco-based game developer, and the grounds the legal challenge rests on. …


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A Closer Look At Combat In Final Fantasy Type-0

The fast-paced, real-time combat of Type-0 may not be what series fans are accustomed to, but then again, this isn't a typical Final Fantasy game. Square Enix's latest trailer goes into detail about the battle system, giving a brief overview of mechanics like magic, summoning, and how to revive fallen party members.

In the video below (which is loosely framed like a fake news report), you can see how the gameplay in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD unfolds. It's a far cry from the turn-based system that old-school fans know, but the game's story and world seem right at home in the Final Fantasy universe. If the visuals look a little rough, remember that this was originally a PSP title that is now seeing release on both PS4 and Xbox One.

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If the video has you intrigued, read up on what to expect from Final Fantasy Type-0 based on our hands-on impressions.

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Joystiq Discussions: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and the deliceous typo

Everyone makes mistakes. Chances are that in the process of writing this I’ve misspelled a word, mucked up my punctuation or grammar, at least once. Language is a tricky beast, make no mistake! The beauty of publishing on the Internet, though, is tha…
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Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight For NES Now Available On Wii U Virtual Console

Originally released in 1990, Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight has little to do with Street Fighter or Final Fight, but it's available now on Wii U.

Here's the plot summary from the listing for the game on Nintendo's website:

It has been 25 years since Ken left the glory days of his fighting career. Since then, he has been working with his friend Troy to create "Cyboplasm"–an innovative formula that can turn ordinary humans into superbeings of incredible strength. But one day, Ken arrives at their lab to find the formula stolen and a pile of jelly where he should have found Troy…

The Japanese version of the game apparently stars a protagonist named Kevin. The English localization is what added the tangential relationship to the Street Fighter fighting franchise.

You can grab the game right now on the Wii U Virtual Console for $ 4.99 and released for 3DS Virtual Console late last year.

[Source: Nintendo]

 

Our Take
I am completely unfamiliar with this game, but I'm curious now. Seems like a really good Replay candidate. What do you think?

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Hear Classical Piano Arrangements Made Up On The Spot From The Last Of Us, Castlevania, And Final Fantasy

Talented pianist Sonya Belousova continues to churn out impressive piano arrangements of familiar video game themes she's never heard before.

Belousova doesn't appear to be much of a gamer, evidenced by her general unfamiliarity with the assorted video games themes she's tasked with playing, but it doesn't matter – she only needs to hear a little bit of a track to return an impressive re-imagining of basically any theme. Below you will find some of her most recent works.

Castlevania – Bloody Tears
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Final Fantasy VI – Cele's Theme
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The Last of Us
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For more form Belousova, follow the links for her Tetris and Street Fighter themes, as well as more on the spot arrangements.

Thanks to Jonathan Martin for the news tip!

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Listen To An Exclusive Final Fantasy Track From Legacy Sessions Studio Album

It’s always a joy when we can feature great adaptations of popular video game music. The latest is a studio album featuring 12 arrangements from the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 era.

Legacy Sessions: GAME Generation 5 features original arrangements by Casey Ormond, Nicole Brady, Tristan Coelho, and a guitar duo called With Ether. Selections include Super Mario 64, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and Metal Gear Solid:

  1. Final Fantasy VII
  2. The Curse of Monkey Island & Grim Fandango
  3. Super Mario 64 & The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  4. Pokémon (Blue, Red, Yellow)
  5. Super Mario 64
  6. Chrono Cross
  7. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  8. Silent Hill
  9. Final Fantasy Tactics
  10. Final Fantasy IX
  11. Metal Gear Solid
  12. Grandia (ft. With Ether)

We have an exclusive track featuring a medley of music from Final Fantasy VII to share with you.

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Beyond Generation 5, producer Demetri Potiris hopes to feature music from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras. The album is available via Loudr and iTunes now for $ 12. 

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What’s Combat In Final Fantasy XV Going To Be Like?


One of the big questions regarding Final Fantasy XV is “How’s the combat going to work?”

MP won’t be used in the standard fashion in Final Fantasy XV to cast all those Firagas, but instead will fuel many special systems that tie into the core of combat.

Kotaku has some interesting details and summations regarding the combat system coming to the long-anticipated Square Enix title.

[Source: Kotaku]

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Mevius Final Fantasy to suffer from amnesia on iPhone, Android

There are fresh Final Fantasy games to play or look forward to on most gaming platforms, and Square Enix is looking to expand its RPG portfolio with Mevius Final Fantasy on Android and iPhone. Touted as a “full-scale, high-quality RPG,” Mevius FF is …
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Red hot PS4 coming to Japan with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

It’s not exactly red-nosed, but we’d say Japan’s new PS4 glows. The red-and-black system is coming to the country on March 19, 2015 alongside HD-ified action-RPG Final Fantasy Type 0.

Sony unveiled the new livery over the weekend, and today it becam…
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Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, And Other Tracks Coming To Theatrhythm Final Fantasy In Japan

Some non-Final Fantasy music tracks are heading to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call – in Japan, at least.

News of the DLC comes from dengekionline, which was translated by Siliconera. The DLC songs, which includes tracks from Final Fantasy XIV, Final Fantasy Type-0, the SaGa series, Secret of Mana, and Chrono Trigger, release in Japan on December 24. There's no word yet on whether these tracks will come to North America yet.

You can see the list of promised tracks below:

  • Ultima – Final Fantasy XIV
  • Hard to Miss – Final Fantasy XIV
  • Zero – Final Fantasy Type-0
  • Opening Titles – Romancing SaGa 2
  • Passionate Rhythm – Romancing SaGa –Minstrel Song-
  • Battle #4 – SaGa Frontier
  • Meridian Dance – Secret of Mana
  • Chrono Trigger – Chrono Trigger

We're big fans of Chrono Trigger 'round these parts, and you can learn
why by reading the aptly titled feature Why We Love Chrono Trigger, by heading here.

[Source: dengekionline.com, via Siliconera, Joystiq]

 

Our Take
I doubt few would complain about these tracks coming to North America, and I imagine no one would complain about a dedicated Theatrhythm Chrono Trigger. I would especially like to see the track below be featured in a rhythm game. That take on the Chrono Trigger theme comes from the album The Brink of Time, which composer Yasunori Mitsuda was fully involved with.

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