New Final Fantasy Franchise Game Announced!

Many of you are familiar with the success of the Final Fantasy Franchise especially its most recent success with the Final Fantasy 7 Remake. Due to this success Square Enix has announced they will continue with the remake series and add new games from the franchise to be remade similarly with new mechanics as given by feedback from the gaming community. 

To pick the next game coming out Square Enix looked to its fans by posting a poll around the web and told every person that could to vote. The gaming community did not disappoint coming out in droves to answer this mini poll. The games up for the poll were the games listed as the most loved by sales. I mean, of course, they are a business after all. The games listed in the poll were:

  • Final Fantasy 1
  • Final Fantasy: Crisis Core
  • Final Fantasy 8
  • Final Fantasy 12
  • Final Fantasy 10
  • Final Fantasy 10-2
  • Final Fantasy 6
  • Final Fantasy 9

Now with this lineup, it was extremely easy to see who the winner would be. Of course, to keep the suspense they are keeping it a secret to allow gamers to guess which one it would be. Months have passed with no information. Some people are wondering which one it could be. Some information leaks led people to believe it might be Final Fantasy 12 and they just threw out the poll but Square Enix wouldn’t do that to our heartstrings. Ignore all the other times they did I promise they didn’t this time. 

However, I have used my connections to get the real answer. You’re welcome. I take gifts in the form of snacks. Back to the content! Through a source within the company that asked not to be named has announced the winner and that they are taking great pains to finish this project promptly so that there is none of the tension on the team like when they were making Final Fantasy 7 Remake. This poll had a great turn out so they couldn’t let down the masses. A whole 1.6 million answers received to name our winner. 

Final Fantasy 10-2

That’s right fans! You heard it here first. The favorite of all the Final Fantasy Franchise Fans by a whopping 77% (Source: https://rb.gy/o2krdf) has chosen Final Fantasy 10-2 to be the next remake made by Square Enix for the enjoyment of the gaming community. I know what you must be thinking. OMG YES!! THIS IS WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED!! We here at DVS are happy to bring you this news first. They are hoping to have the game out by the holiday season of 2022 so we have a bit of time to enjoy the second episode of Final Fantasy 7 Remake due to come out this holiday season. Please tune in as we bring you more gaming news here at DVS. Stay Deviant!

Pacific Rim: The Black Review

Pacific Rim: The Black by Brandon Campbell is available to watch today on Netflix. Whether you loved the movies or hated the movies this animated series is a story all on its own. This show takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions while keeping the tone comedic and fun. It was definitely a much-needed reboot to the series of movies. 

The story follows the lives of Taylor and Hayley Travis after the Kaiju have ravaged Australia. Their parents, who are copilots of their own Jaeger, go out to try to find help to bring the people living there to somewhere safe away from all of the Kaiju. Fast Forward 5 years later and they have a thriving community in their hideaway. Hayley grew up to be a rebellious teenager always looking for a way out and Taylor grew to be a super-serious Teenager always looking to keep his sister out of trouble. When a Kaiju finds their camp they find a Jaeger that was hidden from the world and use it to search for their parents and survive the danger of The Black. They soon find out that the worst danger in the Black is not always the Kaiju. 

As is prevalent in shows like this it is a little predictable. You can pretty much guess what’s going to happen next as the episodes roll on. There were a few surprises that I wasn’t expecting and it led to a show I just couldn’t stop watching. (Literally watched all episodes in one night) I found myself wanting more when it was over. The show really spent time developing the characters and you can see their personalities evolving as they are dealing with the world crisis and the emotions within. 

Personally, I would watch this again and I hope there is a second season. I thought it really was better than the movies as a whole. Granted the movies didn’t have time to flesh everything out and the show also leaves quite a few questions unanswered it was an entertaining binge session I’m more than happy to do again. If you have a love of Kaiju and Mecha I definitely recommend giving this show a try!

DVS Rating 8.5/10

GameStop Selling PC Hardware?!

GameStop has announced and launched its new endeavor and is selling computers and computer parts. That’s right you read that correctly. GameStop has launched a new page on its site offering PC hardware, desktops, and laptops for your gaming needs.

Motherboards, PSUs, and even 3000 series GPUs will now be available to purchase online from https://www.gamestop.com/PCGaming. Of course, most of the items are currently unavailable on the site but some have dates as early as April 16 for availability. When it comes to pricing. however, even GameStop does seem to be cutting everyone a break and is running pricing closer to MSRP. GameStop is trying its best to offer more to its customers in trying to encompass all types of gaming from console to Mobile and the next stop of course was PC. 

Did GameStop make the right move? At a time when parts are scarce was it really a good idea to add a new distributor? Currently, there’s no guarantee that any new merchandise sold by GameStop will not be immediately purchased by bots or scalpers as well as there doesn’t seem to be a way to mitigate the current problems with online purchasing with them around. No answer from GameStop at this time if they will be offering these items in-store in addition to their online collection as most things seem to be labeled online only on the new webpage. There does seem to be an option to purchase online and pick up at your local GameStop which makes me think at least some of the items will be available on location for purchase as well.

Many stores have turned to e-commerce to help increase sales and GameStop is no different. Especially with the lockdown fresh in the mind (and wallets) of most retailers anyway they can increase profits without increasing the money doled out in adding brick and mortar location is a welcome addition. All in all, GameStop will not be throwing in the towel so soon and plans to compete and grow as the years go on.

Story Of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town Review

Title Screen for Story Of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town

Let me preface this by saying these are not the type of games I play regularly. 

Leaving the City

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town by XSEED Games and Marvelous Interactive Inc. is a new adventure life simulation game released on the Nintendo Switch on March 23rd, 2021. Similar in play to Stardew Valley by ConcernedApe, it’s a really amazing and fun game to get into. I have to say I wasn’t expecting it and fell in love with this game very quickly.

Heading to the Countryside!

As with most games in this genre you live in the big city but dream of moving to the countryside where your grandfather had his farm. You strike out with your tent and your motorcycle (It’s really a moped but we’ll go with what they call it) and head out on your adventure! 

Already I’m in love with the art style. The 3D graphics really add a new element to these types of games and appealed to me a lot more than the 2D graphic of similar games. Along with the cutesy animals that really made you want to do your best in caring for them. You choose early in the game how you want your character to look and the color of your motorcycle.

As is normal with these types of games the farm is under complete disrepair and you have to clean it up and get the farm going again. The initial clean-up doesn’t take long and you get to discover the town and townspeople that really bring this game to life. I mean there is plenty of content on the farm alone to keep you busy but taking the time to visit the town will break up the monotony of farm work. You can buy groceries to cook, materials to make items, adopt a pet, expand your house, go fishing, expand your farm, enjoy coffee, enjoy meals, buy flowers, engage in fruitful conversations, encourage decisions in the town, and so much more!

As mentioned there is plenty to do on the farm as well. From caring for your animals to tending your crops. You can even craft machines to make useful and more items to sell, increasing your profit. You need to make sure your farm is making a profit so you can continue to live and upgrade and make life great on the farm.

All in all this game was surprisingly fun and enjoyable to play. A little too addicting right off the bat but I feel like it could fall into the hole similar to Animal Crossing where eventually you get bored of playing but it has yet to happen so far. As there is more to explore and see in this game I’m expecting some amazing gameplay and can’t wait to see how others set up their farms!

DVS Rating 9/10 

Alien Life Simulator

The first game published in Steam by developer J6 Games available for purchase in its beta stage for the public. There is a lot of room for improvement but it has aspects that draw you in. The graphics for the game are pretty simple and I ran the game at ultra settings the entire time ranging between 75-76 fps the entire time to get what I could from the game. 

There doesn’t seem to be much of a story to follow in the game as you start out as an Alien whose objective seems to be gathering food for the colony. The thing that really drew me in was that I felt like a kid again getting frustrated playing my older sibling’s copy of Legend of Zelda. You are kinda plopped in a world with no direction on what to do or how too many things work. If you have the tutorial on, it tells you how to move, where to get food, how to leave your space island, and that’s about it. There seems to be a day and night cycle that adds some depth to the game by making it more difficult to see at night.

You have the ability to interact with the other denizens of the island, but no way to tell them apart. Did I mention they roam the island?! So going to the area you think you will find the cook to cook your food you find the gate key maker! YAY I can leave the island but I died of starvation?

There is also a random life form that is always angry. I couldn’t figure out what to do with them. Speaking of angry simulations you have the ability to harness your emotions to boost your stats while traveling or fighting. Which I thought was a neat little trick. I wasn’t sure what my base stats were or if it really worked but the idea was cool. Now for the part we are really here for: FIGHTING! 

This seems to primarily be a shooter and you can hold up to two guns. Your primary weapon seems to be a pistol and I found what seemed to be a SMG in a chest on my first island. It’s a very simple point and shoot with the ability to aim. You may need to tweak your sensitivity in the game a bit but it seems to work well. You don’t have the ability to heal yourself so if you die you come back as a new alien and start from the beginning. 

All in all it is still and Beta and the developers are working out the kinks and to bring a fun game for those looking for something different. They have a road map to describe where they plan to take the game and I have to say I can’t wait to see the updates and give the game another try. At the current price of $24.99 I don’t think I would recommend any friends to play it until probably much closer to completion.

DVS Rating 2/10