It is technically December, yet Mognap has not noticed. How could he? He has only just gone to bed after playing Final Fantasy XV late into the night.
Bells are ringing somewhere in the distance, but Mognap believes them to be a dream and rolls over. Perhaps they are a dream, for to a dream Mognap is smoothly transported!
Noctismog and the other mog-bros are taking a drive. Mognap is with them, and he makes sure that Mambo De Chocobo is on the car radio to the protest of the other mog-bros. They drive, they fish, and they camp and play games. Then they drive again.
Suddenly the radio crackles and is hijacked by an unskippable Tidus-laugh cover of the Moogle Theme.
‘Heeeeyyy! Make it stop, Kupo!’ Promptomog yells into Noctismog’s ear from the back of the car.
‘It won’t skip, Kupo!’ regrets Noctismog as he prods and slams at the radio buttons. Distracted, Noctismog crashes the car.
As the mog-bros stumble to their feet and wipe off the dirt, Mogrinch...
As we march slowly on towards Final Fantasy XIV's second expansion due in the early summer of 2017, let us not forget that there are loose ends that need to be tied up first before we wave off the Heavensward and 3.X portions of the game with valedictions for good. The latest Live Letter (XXXII) has announced Patch 3.5, titled The Far Edge of Fate. Like Patch 2.5 prior to Heavensward, this patch will be staggered across two parts, with the first due to come live in mid-January. Part 2 will arrive two months later.
Square really wants you to be ready for Kingdom Hearts 3. If you have a PlayStation 4 and have little inkling to retrieve the old, dusty PS3 from the attic to revisit the Kingdom Hearts collections that you've neglected to play, you need not worry, for the PS4 will soon have virtually every game in the series in one place. As you can perhaps infer from the title, both the 1.5 and 2.5 HD collections will have a PlayStation 4 release, with a buttery 60 frames per second to boot.
We've known that Final Fantasy XV will have a season pass and we've known the very basic outlines of what the season pass will contain. At the Paris Games Week livestream, a few more details trickled out about what we can expect to see from the game post-launch. There will be character DLC episodes covering the individual adventures of Gladiolus, Ignis and Prompto, as well as an online multiplayer component.
A couple of major things came out of the Paris Games Week livestream for Final Fantasy XV. The first of which was the confirmation that the game has finally gone gold (i.e. essentially completed), as represented by director Hajime Tabata holding up the two PlayStation 4 and Xbox One discs. Secondly, the teased 'Omen' trailer was shown in its CG glory, made by Digic Pictures, a studio that also worked on Kingsglaive.
With FFXIV's upcoming expansion signalling the death knell for PlayStation 3 support of the game, Square Enix are fervently encouraging the migration of the few existing PS3 players left (*cough* me) to the PS4 version. At Fanfest, it was announced that there will be a return of the PS4 Upgrade campaign, which will last for over a year, from 17 October today all the way to the very final moment of 2017. So what exactly does this campaign entail?
Like the coming and going of Astral Eras and their Umbral counterparts, everything must come to an end. There comes a time when the old warrior has to lay down his blade and his glaives after a long and arduous career fending off against his many adversaries, despite age steadily proving to be a hindrance to his performance. When the old warrior can no longer keep up, that fire in his heart is extinguished, passing on to the next generation, so that the mantle may continue to be wielded.
Another new announcement from Square Enix, only this time it's an anniversary party game. At the Sony PlayStation Press Conference at this year's Tokyo Game Show, the company has come out with Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary, melding two of their biggest franchises together in a game that will involve a lot of dice.
The confusingly-named Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue has also popped up at this year's Tokyo Game Show event with a trailer and release date.
Though the E3 trailer promised a worldwide December release, the game has been pushed back to January, with Japan being first to see it on 12 January while the rest of the world will have to wait it out until the 24th.
A short story trailer for Final Fantasy XV was shown at the Sony PlayStation Press Conference at this year's Tokyo Game Show event. The distinctive Final Fantasy theme from previous games such as FFIV and FFXII can be heard while the minute long trailer briefly shows each of the main characters along with a flair of drama between Noctis and Gladiolus.
Within the pantheon of Final Fantasy’s summonable creatures Ixion does not often show himself (his first and most notable appearance being in FFX); yet he’s clearly made an impression and maintains a modest fanbase. Unless specified, this article shall mainly be discussing the FFX summon which set the standard on which other depictions of Ixion were based.
Ixion is presented as a robust unicorn possessing an elemental affiliation with lightning. When Ixion was introduced for the first time in FFX he represented the element of lightning among the pantheon of Aeons (summons) which the summoner Yuna collected. Lined up next to popular fan favourites (Ifrit, fire; Shiva, ice; Bahamut, non-elemental) it becomes apparent that Ixion has replaced FF’s staple lightning character: Ramuh. Ixion was used in his first appearance, it seems, as a trial...
FFFMM VI – Shiva: The Transcendent Snow Sorceress.
Only a handful of summoned creatures are as ubiquitous within the Final Fantasy universe as Shiva. Since her first appearance in Final Fantasy III this mysterious female ice spirit has grown into a popular fan favourite and is a regular member of the FF pantheon (appearing in 11 of the 14 main numbered games released so far, and with numerous spin-off and sequel appearances).
Shiva usually takes the appearance of a young woman with light-blue skin. Her hair is often green although sometimes it is blonde, blue, or white. As an ice spirit, Shiva is immune to the effects of the cold and for the majority of the time wears only a limited amount of clothing (typically purple), with sometimes only enough clothing to censor her body for the players. This frosty female often wears lavish jewels and precious stones in headwear, necklaces, and bracelets, and she moves gracefully with a...
Separated from his party, the snow is Mogbert’s silent companion as he softly wades his way North. The expedition was a sure failure, the young moogle decides, losing track of the number of weeks he has been walking. As the moogle collapses like chocolate into soft ice cream, the wind steals the letter from his hands, seeming to suck Mogbert’s written wishes into the abyssal mouth of the night sky above him. Suddenly colourful waves of bright green, pink, and blue flash in the firmament, awakening the unconscious moogle from his milky blanket. The sky enjoyed its meal.
The distant jingling of bells disturb the silence of Mogbert’s snowy sepulchre. He looks up to notice a glowing red orb drawing closer and closer. As the mysterious orb reaches our moogle its illumination reveals a sleigh pulled by 9 chocobos, the front chocobo's beak providing the light. Mogbert slaps himself and buries his head...
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Phantom Train and Doomtrain: Spooky Trains on Separate Tracks.
Ghost trains have captured the imaginations of many people. Not only are there real-world reports of haunted trains, but they appear in literature, and dark rides in theme parks and fairgrounds labelled as ‘Ghost Trains’ are a popular feature.
There are two minor recurring ghost train characters in the Final Fantasy franchise: Phantom Train (first appearing in Final Fantasy VI), and Doomtrain (first appearing in Final Fantasy VIII). The two trains may share the same general concept of eerie, supernatural sentience, and the Doomtrain may have been inspired partly by its predecessor, but they remain separate in that they do not share the same designs, and play very different roles. Phantom Train is usually a boss, whereas Doomtrain is a summon.
It was dark, save for the full moon. The sorrowful howl of a wolf shook the frightened Mog from his favourite tree. As Mog ran through the dark forest the trees grew faces and snapped and clawed at the poor moogle. ‘Home Sweet Home’, Mog thought as he leapt into his bed and pulled the sheets over his little head.
‘He he he!’, Mog heard.
Mog peeked warily. It was just his pumpkin-head on the windowsill.
‘B-but I don’t have a pumpkin-head, kupo!’ Mog gasped.
‘He he he!!!! Wark!!!’
The Headless Chocobo-Man leapt off his feathery steed and floated through the open window into the unfortunate moogle’s bedroom.
Mog awoke in a pool of sweat, clutching his own neck and begging for mercy.
‘A terrible nightmare, kupo!’
Mog decided that everybody on FFF should share his experience this Halloween!
It is now October and Halloween is approaching. Final Fantasy Forums shall be hosting a Halloween mini-event...
World of Final Fantasy, aka the best Final Fantasy game lurking on the horizon (hey, I genuinely believe this!) has seen a new set of screenshots publicly released, now that the Tokyo Game Show has wound down for another year.
Red XIII is truly a contender for the most unique of playable characters in the Final Fantasy series. Appearing in FFVII and related compilation material, Red XIII (or Nanaki) is not only a member of a species other than human (a rare treat in a Final Fantasy game), but he is not even bipedal or humanoid. Perhaps one of character designer Tetsuya Nomura's most creative designs, Red XIII is a talking, red-furred, quadrupedal, feline-lupine hybrid with a flame at the tip of his tail.
Red is no beast, however, but a civilised, sentient, and well-spoken animal who proves to be far less bestial in action than many of the human inhabitants that he shares the world with. Red XIII is, instead, a beacon of moral wisdom.
Despite his originality, Red XIII is not regarded as a 'silly' comic relief character (unlike other animal characters such as Cait Sith...
Wedge and Biggs (also mistranslated as Vicks) are recurring names used for numerous characters in the Final Fantasy universe, most (though not all) of which share the same standard traits. In any instalment of the franchise one might expect at some point to encounter a Wedge and Biggs (always appearing together). Most portrayals of Wedge and Biggs have the characters appear as a pair of guardsmen or soldiers, sharing an interest in technology or engineering, sometimes hopelessly pathetic at their jobs, and forming some of the game’s comic relief. In appearance the characters are typically generic guards, with no individualised character design (save for occasionally making Biggs taller and slimmer, and Wedge shorter and bulkier, or sometimes vice versa). At other times, however, Wedge and Biggs are given more important roles as a part of organisations that oppose the (evil) empire which...
Quina Quen drools over the cake as Golem’s stony hands struggle to hold Quina back from gobbling it up. Jumbo Cactuar springs upward towards the sky and then shoots nine carefully aimed needles onto the surface of the cake. Immediately after this a group of bombs float up to the needles, exploding flames onto the ends of each of them. As everybody watches with glee and delight Typhon enters the scene and with a hearty exhalation he blows the candles out (and a good portion of icing flies through the air with it and slides into Fat Chocobo’s carefully positioned beak). The tonberry which had been slowly edging towards the cake for the past hour finally reaches his destination.
As the cake is portioned and shared moogles sing and dance merrily to the sound of flutes and harps, inviting us all to join in.
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On June 6th Final Fantasy Forums will be 9 years old! Time for all of us to celebrate with...