1 week ago

Review: Foamstars

Following its initial announcement in 2023, I was positively jonesing to get my hands on Foamstars. Here was a game that was not only tackling its own interpretation of an established big player in the competitive multiplayer scene, but also doing so with flashy character designs and an aesthetic all its own. Fast-forward nine months
3 weeks ago

Preview: Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

When it comes to upcoming games in February, one would be hard pressed to find a title with more eyes on it than Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. Coming hot off the heels of July’s Final Fantasy XVI, the second installment of the Final Fantasy VII remake trilogy has been leaving onlookers with no shortage of
3 months ago

Hands-on with Final Fantasy XVI Echoes of the Fallen DLC

Last week, Square Enix surprised us not only with a trailer for the two pieces of DLC announced at PAX West earlier this year, but also released the first of them the same day! Echoes of the Fallen is the first of two pieces of DLC for Final Fantasy XVI and takes players to the
6 months ago

PAX West 2023: Hands-on with Foamstars

Square Enix put a great deal of focus on the recently released Final Fantasy XVI at PAX West 2023 and you can check out our coverage of the panel and voice actor interview here on Gamer Escape! However, FFXVI isn’t the only title Square Enix is generating excitement for. With the most stations out of
8 months ago

Review: Final Fantasy XVI

I can hardly remember a time that an upcoming game has had simultaneously as much hype and hesitancy amongst its fanbase than Final Fantasy XVI. On one hand, we have the first mainline release in the series in over five years, being helmed by the oft lauded producers and designers behind Final Fantasy XIV. A
9 months ago

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Will Release on Two Discs in Early 2024

After a week of teasers on Twitter regarding the follow-up to Final Fantasy VII Remake, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Square Enix has released a full trailer featuring gameplay, cutscenes and even a release window. In a surprise reveal, it was also announced that Rebirth will launch on two discs. Having fled Midgar at the end
9 months ago

Preview: Final Fantasy XVI

Warring nations. Broken families. People that can turn into literal gods. A massive shift in tone, but still a familiarity that feels like returning home. A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to visit Square Enix HQ in Los Angeles, California, to finally experience a greatly anticipated upcoming title years in the making: Final
10 months ago

Forspoken Prequel-DLC In Tanta We Trust Shows New Character in First Gameplay Trailer

Today, Square Enix has released the first trailer for Forspoken‘s first DLC, In Tanta We Trust which was announced earlier this year. Set 25 years prior to the original game, the DLC will not only feature the game’s main protagonist Frey Holland, but also introduce a new character with a different set of magical abilities.
1 year ago

Preview: Forspoken

At least as far as pre-release reception is concerned, Forspoken has something of a hill to climb with its release. Despite flashes of an expansive open world and impressive-looking magical combat, the marketing focus highlighting protagonist Frey’s reactions to the world around her occupied a majority of discourse surrounding the game. Now, after being the
1 year ago

Review: Star Ocean: The Divine Force

The Star Ocean series is a storied one that has been going through somewhat of a rough patch recently. Typically releasing a game once per console generation, the series has gone from unknown (the previously Japanese only Star Ocean for Super Famicom) to cult favorite (Second Story and Til the End of Time) to generally
3 May 2022

Square Enix Sells Western Studios to THQ Parent Company

Embracer Group and Square Enix announced in a joint press release yesterday that the Swedish video game holding company would purchase three North American studios from Square Enix. The THQ parent company will acquire Eidos Montreal, Square Enix Montreal, and Crystal Dynamics as well as several IPs which were developed at those studios. When the
14 Mar 2022

Review: Triangle Strategy

On January 28th, 1998, Square-Enix released Final Fantasy Tactics to a North American audience. People who played that game have spent twenty-four years looking for more. I open with that because I feel it’s very important to note my biases at the very least. When I first heard about Triangle Strategy my immediate dream was
5 Nov 2021

FFXIV: Endwalker Delayed by Two Weeks

Producer & Director Naoki Yoshida announced tonight during the 67th Letter from the Producer Live that the release of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, the upcoming expansion pack, is being delayed by two weeks. The new release schedule is as follows: Official Release: Tuesday, December 7, 2021Start of Early Access: Friday, December 3, 2021Patch 6.01 Scheduled
13 Sep 2021

Review: Bravely Default II [PC]

When the original Bravely Default landed on the 3DS back in 2014, it stood as direct confirmation that there was still a market for high quality, turn-based JRPGs. It sported a job-based combat system and a party reminiscent of 2010’s Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, a game that itself took heavy inspiration from
14 Jun 2021

Square Enix Reveals Guardians of the Galaxy Game

After the mixed reception of Marvel’s Avengers, Square Enix and Eidos-Montréal have announced that they’ll be working on another Marvel property: Guardian’s of the Galaxy. This new, single player game, will have players jumping into the jet-boots of Star-Lord as he’s joined by the rest of the Guardians to fight for the fate of the
11 Jun 2021

Review: Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade and INTERmission DLC

When we reviewed Final Fantasy VII Remake last year, we loved it. Square Enix took a game that everyone loved and remembered and gave us something new, while also taking the risk of shaking things up a little bit in the process. This week, the PlayStation 5 version of the game, Final Fantasy VII Remake
3 Jun 2021

Preview: NEO: The World Ends with You

We recently had a chance to get hands-on time with Square Enix’s upcoming release of NEO: The World Ends with You. I never got around to playing the original The World Ends with You on the Nintendo DS back in 2007, but I was certainly aware of the game. Now, with the next game in
27 May 2021

Dragon Quest Celebrates 35th Anniversary With Six Announcements

To say that the Dragon Quest series’ 35th anniversary is a packed one would be an understatement. Yesterday evening, Square Enix hosted a broadcast with six announcements to celebrate the occasion that was simultaneously streamed in multiple languages. Let’s take a look at everything that was announced during the event.
27 Apr 2021

Review: NieR: Replicant ver. 1.22474487139…

The thing about Yoko Taro games is that there’s nothing else quite like them. And that is, to a certain extent, the problem with Yoko Taro games, because among the things they traditionally haven’t been is very good. Drakengard was the first Taro game I played, and that was a janky mess that got widely
17 Feb 2021

Everything Shown During Today’s Nintendo Direct (February 2021)

Yesterday, Nintendo tweeted out an announcement for their highly-anticipated Nintendo Direct event, scheduled for February 17th at 2:00pm PT/ 5:00 ET. The effect that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on the video game industry (games continuously being delayed) is very disheartening so as an active gamer, it was good to see some good news