Final Fantasy fans will soon be dedicating even more hours of their life to the game with Square Enix’s recent announcement that it will be re-releasing a high-definition version of Final Fantasy 8 for the PC.
Final Fantasy 8 first burst into gamers’ consciousness in 1999 when it was released on the first PlayStation. The game did reasonably well despite the disadvantage of being released after the seminal hit Final Fantasy 7. There have been a lot of grumblings then that FF8 was boring when compared to FF7, but the game held its own and eventually gained its own loyal set of fans. Final Fantasy 8 revolves around its six main protagonists, Squall Leonhart, Rinoa Heartilly, Quistis Trepe, Zell Dincht, Selphie Tilmitt and Irvine Kinneas. The six are tasked to stop an invasion masterminded by a mysterious sorceress called Edea.
With the game being released in HD, fans are looking forward to a complete graphics revamp that would hopefully smooth out the blocky polygons that the game was known for to give gamers a clearer and more exciting gaming experience.
No information has been released yet on when the HD version of this classic game will hit the market. But it’s a given that Final Fantasy 8 HD will hit Japan first and hopefully will be followed by a North American release. Square Enix is also keeping mum on whether the game will feature any new content or whether it will be released on other consoles.
Gamers are a rare breed of people. While they have the dedication needed to finish a game, they’re also people who’re on pins and needles while waiting for a game to be released or to finish downloading. Sony’s next-generation game console has the answer to that situation – by allowing players to start on the game even while it’s still being downloaded.
While this new feature has been pushed as one of the PlayStation 4’s main attractions, it will also be available on the PlayStation 3, and just in time too, for the release of Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. This survival-horror game focuses on two survivors of America’s post-apocalyptic world. The duo has to survive against the Infected, who used to be humans, as well as other hostile and dangerous survivors.
The creative force behind Naughty Dog, Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley, made the announcement that their long-awaited game will be released on June 14 and will be playable as soon as 50% of the game’s content has been downloaded, welcome news to gamers who would otherwise have gone crazy with the wait.
It’s good that developers like Naughty Dog are now making use of such features that will make life easier for gamers. The past few years have seen the burgeoning rise in popularity of digital distribution, and it’s high time that company’s like Sony and Nintendo make full use of this technology.
The Toyota Corolla has been around since the late eighties; and while Toyota sells a lot of these units, the model can’t really be described as a trailblazer. This has been a source of discontent for a lot of Toyota fans who feel that the Corolla is falling behind its rivals in terms of design and features. However, rumors have been floating around for months that a revamped 2014 Corolla will be unveiled towards the end of the year. And an order guide that was inadvertently posted at a Toyota dealer’s site seems to confirm this.
Previously leaked images of the new Toyota Corolla show that the car’s exterior has been spruced up and looks like a merging of the Camry and the recently released Furia concept. The front appears to be equipped with a chrome grill and sleek headlights with LED running lights while the back boasts of a sculpted trunk. There’s no word yet on the car’s dimensions or interiors, but analysts have pegged it to be roomier and longer while leaked photos suggest that the new Corolla sports a multi-function steering wheel, chrome gauges, state-of-the-art navigation system, a push-button start and softex leather.
There have also been hints of some big changes in the mechanical aspect of the 2014 Corolla. The vehicle will still run on a 1.8-liter four-cylinder but will have the new Valvematic system with a continuously variable valve timing and lift. A big, but maybe not so welcome, surprise is that base models still have the archaic four-speed automatic. However, a sixth gear is added to the manual transmission and consumers have the option to go for the continuously variable transmission or CVT on higher trim models. While Toyota is still keeping mum on the performance level of the 2014 Corolla, it’s expected to perform better than the 132hp it currently offers and to be more energy efficient.
The 2014 Corolla might have been conspicuously absent during the recent New York Car Show, but Toyota is making up for that intended omission by hosting a private event exclusively for the media sometime next month. More concrete information about the sedan is expected to be released then.
Microsoft is gearing up for the release of its long awaited next-gen console and upgrading the Xbox 360’s dashboard appears to be the next item on its list of things to do before the release of the Xbox 720.
The reported upgrade is touted to have new and improved features like an amplified user interface and a revamped style to ensure that the change from the Xbox 360 to the next generation gaming console will go smoothly. Several insiders have claimed that some changes done to the current Xbox dashboard includes smaller Live tiles, probably in keeping with the rumoured smaller and more compact design of the new console and the flatter controller. Dashboard users will also have the option to choose between lighter or darker themes. Despite the tweaks done to the current dashboard, Xbox 360 users can still connect with their friends via the achievements, beacons and messaging features that are integrated in both consoles.
Microsoft is keeping mum on the Dashboard rumours but the reports at the very least suggest that the company is making sure that whatever console players are using, they can still communicate on the Xbox Live. Microsoft’s Next-Gen Xbox Reveal is slated to happen on May 21 so more information is definitely coming. After that, a public beta testing of the new Dashboard is scheduled in June or July.
Leaked details for the forthcoming Sony Xperia UL finally went live after it was first rumored back in March. Being touted as the successor to Xperia Z, the UL (codenamed “Gaga”) sports similar design just like its predecessors in the Xperia family.
No particular specifications were discovered in the leaked FCC filing so we’re basically speculating on its innards. First off, the UL allegedly will have a 5-inch touch screen display, powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB onboard RAM, 32GB internal storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC support, LTE connectivity and 2300 mAh battery unit. It might also sport the latest Android Jelly Bean version along with a waterproof/dustproof shell when it launches in Japan.
FYI, a leaked FCC document was also discovered 2 weeks ago concerning the T-Mobile-bound Xperia Z that was specifically tailored for the carrier including the handset’s AWS LTE (band 4) and pentaband HSPA+ support. It also supports Wi-Fi calling.
Words on the street is that the Sony Xperia UL will be released exclusively by Japanese carrier KDDI – although we cannot confirm that at this moment. There are also no specific dates given when it will hit US shores; or if it will be offered internationally. Price and other specs update will certainly be revealed in time so, stay tuned.