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Broader Coverage For 2011

It’s the new year, but unfortunately we’re still experiencing pretty dry weather in terms of FNC news. Square Enix’s upcoming January press conference should fix that, but in the mean time we figure we may as well broaden our range of covered titles! There are some series besides Final Fantasy that we’re quite taken with. We hope you are as well.

  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Dragon Age 2
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Its going to be a great year!


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Ron’s E3 Expectations

This is definitely going to be the biggest E3 I have ever experienced. The show is notorious for breaking hearts, but this year just seems like  dreams are going to come true like never before.

Out of all three of your T13C editors, I probably have the hardest time missing out on E3 because, well, I’m more than a US resident. I live in LA. Most people have to book multiple flights and make hotel reservations to attend the show. All I would have to do is drive there.

This is the first year I’ve really tackled this whole blogger thing and I’m starting to make contacts. This year not actually going to the show hurts more than it ever has before. Not just because its like, the biggest show in years, but because I’m missing out on meeting up with some of the personalities in this industry that I look up to most.

This is an emotion I’d like to prevent from becoming annual. I’m definitely making it a goal to get there next year.

With the sob stories out of the way, here’s what I expect from E3 this year. Its gonna be a blast!

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Read it and weep: Gameinformer interviews Tetsuya Normura

Statements made by Kingdom Hearts/Final Fantasy Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura in the latest issue of Gameinformer magaszine have certainly been making the waves this morning.

Its always a little hard to accept second hand info from a magazine not yet widely available as fact. Luckily we have scans!

The scans are high quality and very readable and they certainly confirm the reports. Its disheartening too see SE continue the trend of making non-committal statements about (quite ironically) titles that should be no-brainer money makers in a weakening global economy.

Hopefully E3 will provide some answers. You can count on us for all the biggest news!


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Pre-E3: Square Enix unveils Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Square Enix has released a trailer for the much anticipated Deus Ex: Human Revolution. The title is a first-person action-RPG set in the year 2027. Its world is said to mix elements of the renaissance with cyberpunk.

For those unaware, Deus Ex is a franchise that came under SE’s umbrella after their purchase and reformation of Eidos into Square Enix Europe. The original title was a critical darling upon its release in 2000. It had a lackluster sequel that followed in 2003. Human Revolution is a prequel to the first.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is set for release in early 2011. It will be on display at E3 2010 where it will be one of SE’s top priorities.


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Pre-E3: What is Nerkas?

AGB has posted a video taken from the inside of the Los Angeles Staples Center where Square Enix is apparently openly screening a trailer for something called Nerkas. The video seems to be set around civilians participating in urban combat with each other. It also seems to involve mind control. Siliconera reports that SE has trademarked both Mindhack and Mindjack previously and in various territories. Of special note is the fact that Mindjack is to be used for online video games.

Seeing as the video makes no mention of a specific console (or any console for that matter) our guess is that this Nerkas is SE’s next stab at the MMO genre.

Only two things are certain: this video is real and we’ll find out what it all means at E3.


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Square Enix prepping Eau de Toilette Cloud/Sephiroth

Square Enix is following up their Eau de Toilette Lightning perfume from last year with editions tailored for those who wish to carry the sent of Final Fantasy VII‘s protagonist Cloud Strife and antagonist Sephiroth.

While the original release of the Lightning edition baffled some, Destructoid points out that things only get worse in the product description.

Cloud’s unisex fragrance is made of mandarin, lemon, bergamot, melon, peach, and apricot which is backed by Lily of the Valley, jasmine, rose, freesia, carnation, and cyclamen. The base of the scent is cedarwood, sandalwood, amber, musk, oak moss, and vanilla.

So what do you think? It goes without saying this is certainly some of SE’s crappier merchandise. Both fragrances will be available in August 2010 for $85.90USD.


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Feast your eyes on The Last Story’s latest scan

This is the scan, taken from V-Jump magazine, that revealed to us the names of our main characters in Mistwalkers The Last Story. You won’t find any info that hasn’t already been covered in our previous reports, but its always nice to have a visual and the artwork is actually new. Most notably Kanan is wearing the same dress she has on in the games logo (although she’s wearing a different outfit in the games screenshots. Hmm….) Never the less, enjoy!

Thanks, AGB!

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