This Month in Gaming
Final Fantasy XII Remake Split Into Multiple Parts
Final Fantasy XII is arguably one of the best role-playing games of all time. Originally released 1997 for the Sony PlayStation, it follows the story of mercenary Cloud Strife as he and the Eco-terrorist group AVALANCHE seek to topple the evil mega corporation Shinra. In addition to Shinra, though, there's other, more villanious evils lurking in FF XII, such as Sephiroth, a former member of SOLDIER who is now trying to summon an apocalyptic meteor. The nuances between evil corporations and rogue villains makes the story of FF XII truly unique and engrossing -- beyond any other video game of its time, and arguably today.
There's been some talk about a possible FF XII for years, although nothing has been confirmed until now. When presenting at the E3 expo earlier this year, Square Enix revealed that it was in fact working on a FF XII remake. The remake will retell the story of the original, complete with Cloud Strife, Sephiroth, and we presume the rest of the characters from the original. Among the most interesting details of FF XII Remake, however, is the fact that it will be broken up into multiple parts. A December press release stated that FF XII will be told across a multi-part series, meaning you can expect the story to consist of several independent game titles.
Final Fantasy XII Remake will be available for the Sony PlayStation 4, as well as "possible" other platforms. A release date has not been announced.
Coleco Launching New Retro Video Game Console
Old school gamers who grew up in the 1980s may recall the ColecoVision video game console. Although it failed to generate the same level of popularity and buzz as the Atari or Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), it was still a killer console that brought arcade games into the living room. Well, several decades later and it appears the company is bringing back the console.
But you won't be able to able to play the latest Call of Duty on it. The new console, dubbed the Coleco Chameleon, seeks to recreate the nostalgic look and feel of old-school games. It will play 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit games.
“The COLECO Chameleon is a love-letter to all the classic cartridge based gaming systems that came before it and we love the fact it will succeed COLECO’s successful Telstar and Colecovision product lines. It will take gamers and their families back to a simpler time where games were all about great gameplay and fun factor," said Retro Video Game Systems, Inc. President Mike Kennedy.
Xbox One Exclusive Titles for 2016
Can't seem to decide between the Sony PlayStation 4 or Microsoft Xbox One? Well, for many gamers the decision comes down to which console has the best exclusive titles. During an interview with DualShockers, Microsoft's head of marketing Aaron Greenberg revealed a lineup for some of the exclusive titles that gamers can expect to see next year. Among this list includes Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, Sea of Thieves, ReCore, and Killer Instinct.
Of course, the Xbox One has done pretty well with exclusive titles thus far. In 2015, it was Halo 5: Guardians and Forza Motorsport, both of which were well-received among critics. On the other hand, Sony also has a decent number of exclusives lined up for its console, including the FF XII Remake, the Last of Us, and H1Z1.
PlayStation 5 May Be Disc Free
When was the last time that you actually listened to a physical CD or cassette tape? If it's been a while, you aren't alone. The fact is that most people today now listen to MP3s that are stored on portable devices, simply because it's easier, more convenient, and eliminates the possibility of scratching your disc. Well, video game consoles may soon follow this trend, as well, going all digital with no discs or cartridges.
A report published by Crossmap suggests that the Sony and AMD are working on the next-generation console system, the PlayStation 5, which may be released on or around 2020. That launch date would make, considering that the PlayStation 4 was released in 2013, and that Sony usually releases a new console about once every 6-7 years.
Aside from improvements in the graphics department, the new PlayStation 4 may also be entirely disc-free. Tech Radar published an article in which it says Sony's PlayStation 4 would no longer need a disc drive, due to the success of systems like Steam on the PC. This is certainly a plausible theory given that Sony already offers a cloud-based storage system on which gamers can download and store full-title games and other media. But until we hear official confirmation on behalf of Sony, I'd take this rumor as just that -- a rumor.