After months of waiting, the second character in Dissidia Final Fantasy NT‘s season pass has finally been revealed. Locke Cole, the “treasure hunter” from Final Fantasy VI, is now a part of Square Enix’s massive crossover fighting game.
Locke originally graced the SNES back in 1994. Much like the other NES and SNES-era heroes, Locke’s primary outfit is based on Yoshitaka Amano’s original concept art for his character. His secondary outfit is based on Locke’s original SNES sprite.
Locke had been hinted at in the past. In the side story Dissidia Final Fantasy: Secretum -Himitsu-, an amnesiac heavily implied to be Locke was one of the main characters. Locke was also considered to be the main representative of Final Fantasy VI in the first Dissidia for the PSP, but Terra was chosen instead.
The next character in the season pass will be a new female character from the latter half of FinalFantasy titles. She will be revealed in July, so keep an eye out for her!
With the conclusion of yesterday’s bout, we’re now officially halfway through Round 2! Mother 3 took the match-up yesterday, ending up with slightly under half of the votes cast. With this victory, it will move on to face Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver for a shot at making it into the final two! Though this match-up is sure to make many of you excited, we still have two more fights to go before we get there. Without further ado, let’s look at today’s match!
Today’s match-up sees the return of what could easily be considered some of the best RPG franchises of all-time. Persona 4 Golden is one of the best RPGs on the PlayStation Vita (if not one of the best Vita games in general), while the same could be said about Golden Sun and the Game Boy Advance. Final Fantasy VI can be found near the top of many “Best Final Fantasy game” lists, and Chrono Trigger is often regarded as one of the best RPGs ever made across all systems. We’ve got some heavy-hitters in this round, and it’ll certainly be interesting to see which one eventually takes it!
To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which game will make it into the top 4? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.
The combatants for the next match-up are: Fallout 3, Tales of Symphonia, The World Ends With You, and Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.
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Yesterday’s match between four exceptional action RPGs came down to a fairly close race between Kingdom Hearts 2 and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. When all was said and done, however, the PlayStation 2 classic managed to pull ahead with over 40% of the votes cast, leaving the recent 3DS release at a respectable 2nd place. Still, with Mother 3, Xenoblade Chronicles, and an Elder Scrolls or Dark Souls game coming up quickly as competition in the next round, it’s tough to say if Kingdom Hearts 2 will have much time to enjoy its victory.
Much like the Pokémon and Fire Emblem brackets before it, today’s batch of competitors pits some of the best entries in a long-running series against one another to determine a single champion to represent the series going forward. Fittingly, we’ve arrived at a group that has been with the RPG genre ever since the beginning: Final Fantasy. Among our representatives is Final Fantasy IV: a medieval story following a knight and his comrades, and one of the earlier FF games to receive a sequel; Final Fantasy VI: the first game in the series with a female protagonist, and often featured at or near the top of “Best RPG” lists; Final Fantasy VII: a game which needs no introduction (and if you believe it does, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last couple decades); and Final Fantasy X: the PlayStation 2 title starring Tidus, cool aquatic sports, and this masterpiece of vocal work.
To vote, simply use the poll included above, but be quick! Match-ups in this round only last a day and there’s no going back, so once the poll closes, it’s closed for good. Which title will represent the series for the matches to come? Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out, and don’t forget to visit the tournament’s hub page, where you can find the complete list of contenders, as well as up-to-date standings.
The combatants for the next match-up are: The World Ends With You, Solatorobo: Red the Hunter, Mega Man Battle Network 3, and Digimon World 3.
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Last week, SteamDB leaked a list of games that may be coming to Steam. While nothing on that list was confirmed, it turns out it that at least part of it was right. Final Fantasy VI is scheduled for release tomorrow, bringing with it the usual assortment of Steam goodies in the form of achievements and trading cards. In addition, the graphics have been “painstakingly recreated” by character designer Kazuko Shibuya, and updated controls and an active-time battle system will help bring fluid combat to the PC.
Who’s going to get this? Check out some of the fantastic screenshots below!
For years, many fans of the Half-Life series have wondered when Half-Life 3 would get a release date. According to the latest leak from SteamDB, we might be getting Half-Life 3 in the not-too-distant future. The members of SteamDB have compiled a list of new games that may be coming to Steam like Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD, Bad Rats Show, Final Fantasy VI, and Half-Life 3. While the appearance of Half-Life 3 on the list is legitimate, SteamDB says it does not necessarily mean that Gordon Freeman will be reappearing anytime soon.
“While this information comes straight from Valve, and many similar types of leak turned out to be real in the past, it is important to remember that third-party Steam developers can create and name their own apps/packages, a noteworthy mention of developers doing this are these packages, in which they are trying to XSS Steam…Many things could also be old entries and as such no longer be in development/coming to Steam. An example of a previous leak that ended up being nothing (yet) is Halo 3.” — SteamDB
Do you think that Half-Life 3 will be coming any time soon? Sound off in the comments below!
While Final Fantasy VI is widely regarded today as one of the best games in the series, according to series creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, the game’s popularity in the United States came about some time after its original release, at least judging by sales. In an interview with USGamer, Sakaguchi confirmed that the game sold much better in Japan upon its original release, and he reasons that the art style’s small character sprites contributed to the discrepancy.
“In terms of numbers, [Final Fantasy VI] didn’t sell in the States. It actually did very well in Japan. I’m mystified, because I see [Americans] are playing the [mobile] version. I think size of the characters really matters to an American audience, so from Final Fantasy VII onward, we used bigger characters. [I think] that’s why Final Fantasy VII took off. But I am kind of mystified [by VI’s current popularity in the West], because [Americans] didn’t buy Final Fantasy VI back then.” — Hironobu Sakaguchi
Do you agree with Sakaguchi’s reasoning? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
In an interview with VentureBeat, Final Fantasy director Tetsuya Nomura has stated that he’d like to create more remakes of the series’ titles. Said Nomura regarding the fact that Final Fantasy VII is being remade, and the first four titles in the series have also been remade: “I’ve been working with Mr. [Yoshinori] Kitase since Final Fantasy V, and we’ve noticed that V and VI are missing. That bothers me. How come we skipped over those two?” Would you like to see them be remade as well? Comment below.
While it’s no secret that Final Fantasy VI is regarded as one of the series’ best, it’s still amazing to see what some die hard fans can do. Imgur user “Kallid” took it upon himself to recreate the entire multi-stage final boss fight, Kefka, out of pixel beads. With 144,000 beads and many bead boards, the villainous tribute finally came to fruition. He says that although he lost count at some point, it definitely took over 300 hours to create this masterpiece.
With the finished product being just a bit shorter than the creator, it’s amazing what some fans are willing to go through just to memorialize their favorite moments in video games.
Do you think all that work paid off? Let us know in the comments!