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Thief 4 – Teaser Trailer [HD]

The teaser trailer of upcoming Eidos Montreal entry to classic franchise Thief, tentatively titled Thief 4 (Thi4f), being published by Square Enix with release date to-be-announced.

Please note the date at the end of the video is the launch of a brand new Full Feature Trailer for Thief 4, not the game’s release date.

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Yes, the Square Enix President is Stepping Down… And It’s Your Fault

Yesterday many people reacted to the somber news that the President of Square Enix Yoichi Wada will be stepping down as acting President in the company since the year 2000. Some reacted to this with confusion, they weren’t sure who Wada is or why this was happening and wondered if it meant Square Enix would go broke soon. Others saw it purely as something to laugh at, first EA’s Richotella stepping down just a few days prior and now Square Enix was seeing the resignation of their president. Perhaps some gamers even saw this as a way for highly ranking executives to either A) cut-and-run for damages they did to the industry through what many gamers considered to be malicious publishing practices or B) somehow stage a revolution of sorts by walking out on the company that would do such things. The reality is none of these are truly the perspective we should be focused on, what really went wrong gamers?

Final Fantasy XIII is just three words (say it with me now, ‘thirteen’). But three words that stay in gamers’ mouths and continue to make a bad stink for Square Enix and one of the largest and most passionate RPG fanbases in the world. Even worse, let’s mention ‘thirteen dash’ also known as Final Fantasy XIII-2 or Lightning Returns. These titles are loved by some, and yet they are viewed by many long-term gamers as marks against the record of grace Square Enix and Wada have enjoyed together since his corporate control of the company over the past 13 years. When fans began to feel desperate with their disgust in Final Fantasy XIII’s lack of towns, lack of open-world environments, lack of most next-gen features, they were not able to accept that amazing graphics and a unique new universe with each major installment was enough for Final Fantasy.

Suddenly, fans wanted the old Final Fantasy back. Demands for remakes began to flood Square Enix repeatedly, and although all of their classics are revered as the best by some niche amounts of players, the great majority of these demands all agreed that a Final Fantasy VII would cure all bad fan to developer relations they had perceived as taking place by the subjective disappointment of about half the crowd (or more) that bought Final Fantasy XIII. Putting aside for a moment the fact that Final Fantasy’s most exciting prospect is its concept of reinvention and brand new ideas and universes being introduced with each title.

In Final Fantasy VI we saw the Super Nintendo turn into a storytelling machine that defeated VHS players for depth, soul, and raw emotion with some of the most powerful plot elements and themes ever created. The game’s successor Final Fantasy VII was released to the PlayStation system later down the line and even though these two games have absolutely zero crossover characters, storylines, or plot themes Final Fantasy VII managed to achieve equal or even greater success in terms of art (which was also followed by a huge success in terms of business and sales).

Maybe fans are right, and the Final Fantasy series has taken a turn for the worst. But this isn’t all about Final Fantasy. As Square Enix grew into itself being a major publisher in the western industry they knew Final Fantasy was not the only thing we needed from them. The company began to scoop up companies that were either going under or struggling, even just looking for a new business partner, to release new iterations to strongly revered western IP’s with.

Tomb Raider and Hitman: Absolution are two titles that fans clamored for, much like how FF fans demand FF7 (FFVII) remakes, fans have been dying to see these franchises see a next-generation rebirth as well as play the classics in HD. Square Enix made both of these things possible for Tomb Raider and Hitman developers to deliver with the release of Tomb Raider Trilogy (in High Def) and Hitman Trilogy HD which served as fan service leading up to the release of the Hitman: Absolution and 2013’s Tomb Raider.

Despite giving fans of both the Hitman and Tomb Raider franchises exactly what they wanted, not to mention bringing back Deus Ex before all of this, Square Enix was met with less sales than expected for Tomb Raider’s 2013 entry and the Hitman: Absolution title. Whether the corporation set their goals way too high for a globally downturning economy or not, we aren’t sure. But one thing we know is this. If fans continue to demand rehashes and remakes of the same old IP’s, franchises, and even demand remakes for a particular title (Examples: Socom II, Final Fantasy VII) only to turn around and not heavily invest in these products makes us want to cut the games right here and call their bluff.

Stop. Stop asking for remakes of games. Reminiscing about the good old days is something we all love to do, and should be encouraged. Fantasizing about remakes and trashing newly released product is counter-productive. The statistics are trying to tell us that even though a few hundred thousand forum members and blog contributors try to represent the entire population of millions of gamers by demanding remakes and hyper-criticizing every move a company as large as Square Enix makes, when push comes to shove they are not (and do not represent) the main buyers of games and do not back up their words with their dollars.

If you are one of the gamers that has been demanding a new Hitman, demanding a Hitman HD Remake, you got both. If you are one of those gamers that has been itching for a new Tomb Raider, scratching for more Tomb Raider remakes, all of your dreams just came true. Except you had the wrong dream, you’re bored of the same old IP’s and you should have demanded innovation and new experiences instead of trying to relive the past which was golden and perfect in its moment. I’m all for Retro games, I still play from time to time. However, there’s no recreating that first moment, and not all games age well.

Unfortunately the big picture is this industry’s obsession with retro-fitting every game from the past into the new production formulas of today should be as shunned as it is in the Film industry. If a company wants to set out to do the best remake they can make, we should encourage them to keep in mind that we need new content as well. And if a company releases new content, buy it. The mass extinction of good ideas is a result of poor support from those who claim to live for the innovation of this industry but are much more focused on their Platinum trophies and Gamerscore. If you are one of these gamers, it’s your fault that the President of Square Enix is stepping down.

As gamers we all need to take a deep breath and stop putting more strain than is already on the developer to publisher relationship by making selfish demands the community as a whole doesn’t need and won’t financially support.

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Female Heros “Less Profitable” Because Publishers Aren’t Giving Them a Chance

According to a new statistic released today by video game researchers, studies have been used to show that female characters in video games serving as the main character provide less profit to publishers than male character driven games such as Halo or Gears.

After the explosive success of the latest Tomb Raider title by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix it is almost negligent for researchers to continue this line of thinking when these same studies have also revealed that female characters receive less than half the funding for advertisement as their male companions on the average game release.

The success of breakaway title Mirror’s Edge is also pointed to as a strong source of inspiration for the gaming community as the upcoming title Remember Me is being chosen for debate amongst fans and speculators who may be considering things from the investment side of things.

If you aren’t giving a game the proper investment, nobody will know it exists. Tomb Raider was successful because it’s a great game, but it’s also successful because of a never-ending rainstorm of news, impressions, and videos that were positively reinforcing the fact that the game was good to consumers leading up to and post-launch release date. As mentioned earlier, Halo is one game that does some of the most notable launch week sales numbers in the industry meanwhile Halo 3 received $55 Million in advertising funds to help propel it to where it is today. Games featuring females are largely not getting investments anywhere near the titles that feature male protagonists meaning they are never really given a chance to do big sales in the first place. And publishers know it.

However, we feel the need as gamers to urge developers and publishers that female protagonists in games are worth investing in. Games should always be judged by their gameplay and fun factor, and not by their fashion statement. The marketability of gaming may have become mainstream as an overall business, however the titles in question such as Remember Me are not depending on market trends and shouldn’t have funding subject to it. Some of the most innovative titles in terms of gameplay include Mirror’s Edge by DICE and the Mass Effect series by Bioware feature the ability to play as a female and yet experience the latest gaming technology has to offer.

There’s also no need to release studies trying to convince us that it is financially unstable for gaming publishers with mammoth millions to invest the same in a female character-based game as they do a male. How many games released in the past console generation that were hyped to launch only to never be heard from again and become abandoned when early Reviews and Impressions came from the media and real, live gaming communities alike unleashed their findings that these games were just as mediocre and generic as their competitors, or worse the times when a game was not even worthy of being mentioned by gamers much less criticized.

Instead of conforming to a reality that was caused by lack of funding, poor decisions, random bad luck or timing, and a number of many other various factors contributing to low sales, let’s not blame it on the entire female gender further alienating one of the largest demographics in the industry. Investment and the goal of any game featuring a female protagonist should in fact be that their title will be the game that breaks the mold for the female hero. We are highly anticipating the release of Remember Me and you can read our Tomb Raider Review here if you want to see how we feel about the results of females in the game industry. In short, less complaining researchers and publishers and more groundbreaking gameplay and investment in awareness advertising for genuinely good games.

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Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix Confirmed in Gameplay Video

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix details were announced not too long ago from publisher Square Enix, and at the time many were wondering and speculating about the release of Kingdom Hearts HD Remix 2.5 and if it would ever really happen.

Indeed proof of this has come from a NeoGAF user who reveals that the 1.5 Remix itself contains a hidden message in the credits / ending of HD 1.5 Remix in the format of video scenes selected from Kingdom Hearst 2, Birth By Sleep, and Coded suggesting that all three titles will be in Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix. Take a look at the video below to see it for yourself:

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Tomb Raider Sequel Imminent, Trilogy Likely

A sequel could be in store for the recently released, highly acclaimed Tomb Raider game which was launched to much controversy. Originally, players discussed the reboot of the title as hypocrisy and a turn against the true Lara Croft character. Later down the line, Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix have indeed proven themselves worthy of the fans’ admiration and the game has been mostly a success among reviewers. The game ends with Lara saying: “I’m not going home” and if all signs are correct it would seem she doesn’t have to. The title is reportedly created to run in a long form plotline that can span multiple titles, rather than just the single reboot seen today. We earlier saw the release of episodic content in the co-op Lara Croft and the Guardian of the Light (PSN and XBLA releases). This experimental release format was prologue to the future as Tomb Raider sequel is likely imminent and the reborn franchise could even turn into a trilogy.Be sure to check out our Tomb Raider Review while awaiting confirmation of these details.

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Tomb Raider 2013 Ending and Credits **SPOILER ALERT**

Warning: The Following Video Contains Spoilers! Tomb Raider 2013 Ending and Credits:

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Final Fantasy IV Remake for iOS Announced

Final Fantasy IV is my third favorite Final Fantasy of all time coming right after Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy VII. This game will take you into the center of the earth with volcanic cities where monster-like beings live and it will also take you to the moon. If you are a gamer from the old school days you will remember this title as being called Final Fantasy II on the Super Nintendo.

All from the humble beginnings of Cecil’s battle within himself to turn from a dark knight to a paladin. This epic classic is now being remade for the Apple iOS mobile gaming market with new graphics featuring 3D models.

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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix Coming to North America and Europe

The PlayStation 3 exclusive Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix is already announced for Japan and is now officially being localized for North America and Europe as well. It will include High Definition remasters of Final Mix and Re:Chain of Memories as well as the cutscenes from 358/2 Days. The title releases in “autumn” for NA/Europe while arriving in Japan on March 14, 2013.

Kingdom Hearts 3 still sees no official announcement and probably won’t until after Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix is brought outside of Japan as well.

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Tomb Raider Review Scores Incoming

Over here at RealGamerNewz most of us don’t care about Review scores too much. We would all rather play the game ourselves and provide our own unique review without manipulated opinions that come from looking up too many reviews before just playing a game. However, we do understand that some of you just can’t help yourselves. 😉

Here is the list of incoming Tomb Raider Review Scores so far:

“Games Master (Print) – 90/100
IGN – 9.1
GTTV – 8.5
Destructoid – 8.5/10
Eurogamer – 8/10
Shacknews – No Score
OPM – 8/10
Kotaku – ‘Yes’
OXM – 8/10
CVG – 9/10
Telegraph – 5/5
Polygon – 9/10
Gamespot – 8.5/10
Penny Arcade – No Score
Digital Spy – 5/5
Gametrailers – 8.5/10
HardGame2 (Spain) – 9.5/10
VaDeJuegos (Spain) – 5/5
Videogamer – declined to review due to NDA issues
GameInformer – 9.25/10
Meristation – 8.9/10
3DJuegos – 9.4/10
Vandal – 9/10
Hobbyconsolas – 93/100

Got a score? Chuck it in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list when we can.” [VG247]

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Tomb Raider: Guide to Survival Episode 3: Survival Combat Released

Square Enix has released the Tomb Raider: Guide to Survival Episode 3: Survival Combat Video today for promoting the upcoming title.

Tuesday March 5, 2013 the game will release on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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PlayStation 4 News: Final Fantasy Title In Development by Square Enix

Final Fantasy has been announced to be in development for the PlayStation 4. Live from the Sony PlayStation 4 2013 event “The Future of PlayStation” Square Enix and the Final Fantasy Brand Director appeared on stage to make the announcement. More information will be revealed for the upcoming Final Fantasy titles at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

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PlayStation 4 Podcast: Sony PS4 Event (Full Show WrapUp)

Sony’s PlayStation 4 event unveiling was epic. You can catch all the news and impressions to the tech demoes, game releases, release dates, updates, and announcements on this RealGamerNewz Full Show WrapUp Podcast of the PlayStation 4 event.

  • PlayStation 4 Revealed, Detailed
  • DualShock 4 Revealed, Detailed
  • Full List of PlayStation 4 Games Shown and Developers Presenting
  • Full List of PlayStation 4 Game Engines and Tech Demoes Shown
  • Impressions, Reactions, Interpretations

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New Hitman 5: Absolution Videos Released

Check out these new videos released by Square Enix and IO Interactive for the upcoming Hitman Absolution, which will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC some time this year (2012 if you’re watching this from the underground bases and mayan caverns).

 

 

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Google Maps Has Been Turned Into Dragon Quest

Dragon Quest has become a franchise almost as large as Super Mario Brothers to the pop culture world both in the United States and worldwide. Google has apparently taken to their own devices to help out celebrating Dragon Quest surpassing nostalgia and reaching a high-end status.

You can see for yourself right here on Google Maps! The minimap of Dragon Quest has been implanted into the Street View as well. You can even see the streets of the world digitized in 8-bit fashion! Here’s to gamers worldwide gaining prominence in the world, and Google for helping the progress along.

[Thanks to our programming guru Olly for the tip!]

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Square Enix Details World Transfer Application System

Square Enix has just released an extremely thorough and detailed breakdown of some events to come in FFXIV. The PC version of the game is undergoing renovations originally set to prepare the game for its PS3 release. Check out the full details below on the merging that will be going on in the game’s servers soon:

“In order to improve the player experience, we will be merging Worlds on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

We have reevaluated the World merge system based on the large amount of user feedback we received in response to the World Merge and Character Transfers update of February 9. Now that the details of the new World merge system have been decided, we recommend that all players review the World Merge Summary and Notes Regarding the World Merge and World Transfer.

This World merge is intended to improve the player experience during the period up to the launch of FFXIV Version 2.0. New Worlds may be added in the future, for example after the relaunch or when player numbers increase.

Key Dates

March 1 (Thursday) to March 19 (Monday), 2012: World transfer application period. *

March 27 (Tuesday), 2012: World merge maintenance to be carried out.

Information regarding the time required for the merge maintenance process and other details will be released at a later date.

* The World transfer application period will consist of two stages. For details, see World Transfer Application below.

Merge Details

The Worlds will be merged according to the system below. The new Worlds will be named after the merge has taken place.

* Recommended for European time zone players.

Ragnarok will be recommended for players in the European time zones. This should improve the playing experience for European players, who form a small minority scattered across the Worlds, and make it easier for them to get together and form parties. However, this is a recommendation only. The World will not be restricted to European players, and players from other regions will be free to transfer to the World.

Please note that if we determine that the new Ragnarok does not attract enough players to deliver a satisfying game experience, we will consider options such as reopening World transfer applications or merging with another World. We therefore encourage players to keep it in mind as one of the options.

World Transfer Application

During the World transfer application period indicated below, players will be able to select a destination World on the World Transfer Application Page.

World Transfer Application Page.

World transfer application period:From 0:00 a.m. PST, March 1 (Thursday) to 0:59 a.m. PDT, March 19 (Monday), 2012.

* The World transfer application period will consist of a first and second stage.

First Stage: From 0:00 a.m. PST, March 1 (Thursday) to 0:59 a.m. PDT, March 12 (Monday), 2012.

– Players will still be able to change Worlds even after applying for a World transfer.

* Players will not be able to select Worlds that are already populated with the maximum number of characters, but players will be able to move from such Worlds to other Worlds. Note that if a player leaves one World to transfer to another World, and in the interim the first World is filled with the maximum number of characters, the player will no longer be able to transfer back to the original World.

* It is possible that some Worlds will reach the population limit very soon after World transfer applications begin.

Second Stage: From 1:00 a.m. PDT, March 12 (Monday) to 0:59 PDT, March 19 (Monday), 2012.

– Worlds that are populated with the maximum allowable characters will be fixed and locked.

– Locked Worlds cannot be selected as a transfer destination.

– As well, all players in locked Worlds will no longer be able to apply for World transfers.

For this reason, we recommend that players complete their World transfer applications in the First Stage.

(Example)

If Hyperion becomes populated with the maximum allowable number of characters:

– Players cannot apply to transfer to New Hyperion.

– Characters who have already applied for Hyperion can no longer select another World to transfer to.

– All characters in Trabia and Kashuan who have not already applied for a transfer to another World can no longer do so.

Conditions Required to Apply for a World Transfer

To apply for a World transfer, an existing playable character must be associated with a player’s service account. As long as a player has at least one usable character, a destination World may be chosen for all characters in the service account, including characters that have not yet been paid for.

* To view and change subscription details, visit the Square Enix Account Management System and click Select Service on the left-hand menu, and then select FINAL FANTASY XIV.

Notes Regarding the World Merge and World Transfer

All character data will be transferred, with the exceptions described below.

Character Names

After the merge and transfer, if two or more characters with the same first and last name exist in the same World, only one character can keep the name, based on the order of priority below.

1. Characters that are playable on both March 26 (Monday) and March 27 (Tuesday), 2012.

2. Characters that were created first.

If your character name must be changed because another character’s name takes priority, please enter a new name by following the on-screen instructions when you first log in after the World merge maintenance has taken place.

* After you enter a new name for the character, the change will also be reflected on the Lodestone.

With this World merge, all character names reserved for use from the Open Beta that have not yet been assigned to characters in the release version will be deleted, and thus no longer able to be carried over.

Retainer Names

If retainers with the same name exist in the same World, only one of the retainers can continue using the name, based on the same conditions described above for player characters.

If you are required to change the name, please do so by following the on-screen instructions when you first log in after the World merge.

About Linkshells

• Carrying over linkshells

All linkshells shall be carried over to the new merged Worlds.

* The Lodestone linkshell pages will also be carried over.

* Players who transfer from the new merged World to a different World will be removed automatically from all linkshells in the current World.

* If the linkshell master leaves the merged World and transfers to a different World, the master will no longer be a linkshell member, but the linkshell itself will continue to exist in the merged World.

• Linkshell names

If two or more linkshells end up sharing the same name in a merged World, the linkshell with the most active characters will keep its name. For linkshell names that must be changed, the game will automatically add numbers such as “01” and “02” after the name.

In this case only, players may use a GM call to change the linkshell name after the World merge maintenance is completed. Because linkshell names may be rejected due to the use of forbidden words or other reasons, players should submit multiple candidates when making the GM call.

* Only masters can change linkshell names.

Friend Lists/Blacklists

Friend lists and blacklists can be carried over after the merge, but players who leave the merged World to transfer to another World will lose their friend lists and blacklists.

Character Info on the Lodestone

The World name displayed in character pages, diaries, and histories (including finished histories) will change to the new World name after the merge. If the character name changes, that will also be updated.” – OFFICIAL SQUARE ENIX NEWSLETTER

 

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