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Final Fantasy Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi To Announce New Title in 2017

Though he’s well-known as the “father of Final Fantasy,” Hironobu Sakaguchi has kept plenty busy with other projects since leaving Square Enix to found his own studio, Mistwalker, in 2004. In 2006, the gorgeous Blue Dragon, which was visually designed by Dragon Ball and Chrono Trigger artist Akira Toriyama, provided Xbox 360 with one of its most-anticipated exclusives; in 2011, The Last Story brought a large-scale role-playing adventure — reminiscent of Sakaguchi’s past classics — to the RPG-starved Wii.

Not a whole lot has happened since that Wii title, though, so gamers might be curious as to what Sakaguchi’s next project might be and when it might show up. While we don’t have an answer to the former question, an interview with 4Gamer (as translated by Siliconera) did give us one to the latter. Speaking to the Japanese video game website, Sakaguchi said, “I plan to announce a new title in 2017. Stay tuned!
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Blue Dragon And Lost Odyssey Both In Line For Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Speaking to Wired earlier this week, Xbox boss Phil Spencer professed his love for the Xbox 360 exclusive Jrpg titles Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon and revealed his intention to bring them to the Xbox One‘s backwards compatibility service in the – hopefully – near future.

Both games, released for the Xbox One’s predecessor as part of an initiative by Microsoft to spur interest for the console in Japan, were received well upon release, despite failing to capture the attention of their intended audience. Surprising, considering who was involved in making them both. Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon were developed by Mistwalker, a studio founded by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, with the in-house artist for the latter being none other than Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama.

Regardless, European and North American fans of both games will undoubtedly be ecstatic over the news, as are we. Interestingly, Spencer was also quizzed on the prospect of extending the Xbox One‘s backwards compatibility service to the original Xbox. Something that, Spencer says, is technically possible, but not in active development.

I’ve talked about a desire to do the original Xbox backward compatibility. We’re not working on that right now, but it’s theoretically very possible. On the Cpu side, we could figure it out. I think people should have access to the games that they love. I was an Atari Jaguar owner. Why can’t I play Tempest 2000 anymore?

In other words, Microsoft doesn’t want you to hold your breath for such a thing to happen, but hasn’t ruled it out entirely. Here’s hoping that they include the feature in the upcoming Project Scorpio.
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The Last Story Review [Wii]

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The Last Story is the latest title from Mistwalker, the Japanese developer founded by none other than Sakaguchi Hironobu, the creator of Final Fantasy. Hironobu left Square before they became Square Enix and set up Mistwalker with the help of Microsoft which led to two Xbox 360 exclusives, Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. Neither of these titles hit the kind of heights that the Final Fantasy series had achieved, and though strongly reminiscent of his previous work, they lacked the same polish. Expectations were understandably mixed when Mistwalker announced The Last Story and not least because of the fact it was a Wii title. With the Wii’s poor reputation among the hard core gaming community, it was surely a brave and possibly rash move. But has it paid off?

Strangely it has. I say strangely not so much because the odds were not stacked in favour of The Last Story,
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Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi Review

I used to really love the show, Dragon Ball Z. The anime was just completely off the wall with a nonsensical story that served only to link huge, world-shattering fights that could easily stretch two to three episodes. That was three episodes of two, three, and four characters beating the living crap out of each other. Pure bliss.

You'd think it would be easy to interpret something like that into a game; especially a fighting game. But each attempt at a Dbz game seemed to be missing some key component that would tie it all together into the perfect package.

Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi is the closest to that perfection the series has ever come. The latest in the Tenkaichi series, Dbz is not a perfect game, but it finally adds elements that elevates it above the previous games and into something longtime Dbz fans, as well as newbies can both enjoy.
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Games: Review: Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow

Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi founded the game studio Mistwalker in 2004. He’s still trying to figure out what gamers want from him. Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow is his third pass on a universe he co-created with Dragonball Z artist Akira Toriyama—it’s a world crawling with monsters, embedded with ancient secrets, and populated by young heroes eager to deal with the latter two. While Sakaguchi has stuck to his guns with regards to character and setting, he’s been experimenting with the form of the RPG—desperately searching for a way to play that connects with contemporary ...
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Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow Launch Trailer

The launch trailer for Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow has arrived today. Fans of the original Blue Dragon on Xbox 360 might have something to look forward to now that the game is hitting the Nintendo DS, letting them have their Jrpg fix on the go. The trailer tells about all sorts of things you can expect if you pick up the game, such as character customization, “fast paced real-time battles,” and, interestingly enough, a co-op element. Take a look at the Blue Dragon: Awakened Shadow launch trailer:

Blue Dragon looks pretty decent for a portable version, and if I weren’t devoid of a DS (a travesty, I know), I would very much consider picking it up. I was always a fan of the kinds of characters and monsters that Akira Toriyama creates. The world will definitely be interesting enough to explore on its own, and hey, why not
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