Final Fantasy XIII Just Popped up on Steam for PC, Launches October 9th at Takuchat.com

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In a unexpected twist, Final Fantasy XIII just popped up on Steam this sets a better precedent that future titles could come to PC as well. This is certainly not the first time a Final Fantasy title has hit PC recently, since Final Fantasy VII & VIII re-released on steam last year. But the expectation for Next-Gen Current-Gen Final Fantasy titles to hit PC has been high.

The game is priced at $15.99 but its 10% off if you purchase before its launch date of October 9th.

The required specs are rather low recommending only a dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. The game is fairly large at requiring 30GB which is likely still mostly CG cutscene data and hopefully maintaining its glorious 1080p resolution. So provided you have the hard-drive space the vast majority of modern computers should be able to play this game.

Regardless of your thoughts on Final Fantasy XIII’s quality as a game, this is nothing but good news. And  I hope for a solid PC launch for Square-Enix.

Here’s a trailer if you somehow have no idea what this game is.

Final Fantasy XII Just Popped up on Steam for PC, Launches October 9th at Takuchat.com

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In a unexpected twist, Final Fantasy XIII just popped up on Steam this sets a better precedent that future titles could come to PC as well. This is certainly not the first time a Final Fantasy title has hit PC recently, since Final Fantasy VII & VIII re-released on steam last year. But the expectation for Next-Gen Current-Gen Final Fantasy titles to hit PC has been high.

The game is priced at $15.99 but its 10% off if you purchase before its launch date of October 9th.

The required specs are rather low recommending only a dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. The game is fairly large at requiring 30GB which is likely still mostly CG cutscene data and hopefully maintaining its glorious 1080p resolution. So provided you have the hard-drive space the vast majority of modern computers should be able to play this game.

Regardless of your thoughts on Final Fantasy XIII’s quality as a game, this is nothing but good news. And  I hope for a solid PC launch for Square-Enix.

Here’s a trailer if you somehow have no idea what this game is.

Final Fantasy XV Finally Gets a Trailer, Final Fantasy Agito Comes to Vita and More at Takuchat.com

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Here you go guys! There it is, after a year of waiting for more news, we get a beautiful new trailer and some nifty details!

Namely that Director Tetsuya Nomura

“In reviewing our development structure, we have decided to assign Hajime Tabata as the new director for Final Fantasy XV. Currently, Tabata and the entire development team are working, whole-heartedly towards completing the production of Final Fantasy XV and ensuring the delivery of the highest quality Final Fantasy title to date,” said Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda regarding the staff changes. “We invite every one of our fans to view the fruits of our labor through Final Fantasy XV’s demo, and promise to present a game that further surpasses expectations when the finished product is released.” – Niche Gamer

Hajima Tabata was the director of titles such as FFVII: Crisis Core and FF: Type-0 which is coming to PS4 March 17th 2015. So he definitely has a good track record but this will be his largest most ambitious game yet.

The other good news is that this likely means Kingdom Hearts 3 will be coming sooner than expected seeing as its main director can give the game his full attention.

And while a lot of gamers might have been distraught that Type-0 won’t be coming to the Vita Final Fantasy: Agito+, a title initially exclusive to mobile devices will. The “+” added hopefully means some expanded gameplay features. So its something, and we should be happy for that at least.

Game Art for Gamers 104: Color Theory at Takuchat.com

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This week we’ll be taking a basic intro to Color Theory before getting into the more subjective topics relating to color. This introduction is important because we need to have an idea of why artists choose certain combinations of colors when it comes to presentation. Be sure to check out earlier articles focusing on “The Elements of Art” and “Principals of Design

Some of these topics i’ll be bringing up below do apply meaning to scenery and characters, but that’s not the focus of this article. Look forward to next weeks “Color Meaning” article for that.

A Brief Explanation of Color

I have no doubt you’ve seen a color wheel before. The color wheel is a representation of the spectrum of colors the eye can see. Below is a primary and secondary color palate using red, green, and blue.  Kind of looks like a Venn diagram right?

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This is what happens when you merge the primary colors of the spectrum. Merging red, green, and blue 100% creates white light. Here you also find the secondary colors of the spectrum Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow that are created when mixing only two of the primary colors.

So if you’ve used image editing programs like Photoshop and tried to make colors with a slider, you now understand why setting all the sliders to their highest results in white, and other variations create other colors. It is all based on the spectrum.

So the short explanation is that the color wheel is composed of the spectrum of visible light.White light contains all colors. The primary colors red, green, and blue can essentially be used to create all colors by adjusting each primaries value.

The Color wheel

So here we see the color wheel, this is our reference for a lot of what we’ll talk about in this article and in the future. As you can see very similarly to the image before, you have your primary and secondary colors, along with tertiary colors.

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Now this is nowhere near a commonly used color wheel, but it does a great job of breaking down the colors. When it comes to creating color schemes you’d use a wheel that’s more advanced. Like the one below.

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There are also some very important lines in the first diagram. A triangle outlining the three different primary colors. And then another line drawn to adjacent colors, for instance blue and yellow. These lines represent complementary colors.

Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are colors that tend to look good together, and provide contrast.  Blue and Yellow, or Azure and Orange are easily the most commonly seen in media because of skin color; And also explosions…

If you look at the color wheel you’ll find that these color combinations I named are on opposite sides of the wheel.

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Complementary is the most basic of color schemes. It’s very frequently used in Battlefield promo images.

Warm & Cool

If you were to draw a horizontal line across Violet and Chartreuse Green on the color wheel you’d have warm colors on the top then cool colors on the bottom. Clearly redder tones are warm, bluer tones are cool. This is an example of feeling generated by colors.

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Here in this scene from Kingdom Hearts 2 you see Kairi’s home town outside of Destiny Islands, a similar setting can be found in Twilight Town also in the game. The tone of this scene might feel comforting and welcoming

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The majority of SSX 2012 stages are bathed in tones and tints of blue or cyan, note how the rails and arrows are red since the complementary of cyan would be most visible. The tone here is clearly less homey, you certainly feel exposed to the elements.

Tints, Tones, and Shades; White, Gray and Black

Keeping this brief, in the context of the color wheel, tints contain white, tones contain gray, and shades contain black. Can’t get any simpler than that. These terms are often used wrong, I think people ignore tint and tone most of the time and just use shade for everything.

So adding white, gray, or black to a primary would give it one of these three names.

Other Color Schemes

Lastly on this topic I’ll talk about some other basic color schemes often used. As with the previous concepts these can also present feelings and moods.

If you want to experiment with seeing these color schemes on characters or scenes I’d recommend using Adobe Kuler to play around.

Monochromatic

You might immediately think “Black & white” but the usual ‘near death’ indicator isn’t restricted to just those colors. Monochromatic can be used for any primarily single color scene.

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Probably one of the most well-known examples is the nuke scene in the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

And while CoD isn’t known to be a colorful game, this scene still provided an impressive contrast to the world you saw before. Grim and dust-covered. But monochrome isn’t just for depressing or dark scenery. It all depends on the colors used and context.

Some scenes use it to display fond memories and past events, or represent a change in emotion.

Analogous

The short description is three colors on the color wheel next to each other. For instance Cyan, Chartreuse Green, and Green. Which is a good color scheme to represent a forest and sky. Like this screenshot from The Witness on PS4.

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Triadic & Split Complementary

Triadic is an interesting color scheme that gives good color variety, It’s good to point out that more complex color schemes are where ideas like tint, shade, and tone become necessary to unify the colors. It’s important to identify where those colors start and what they’re mixed with.

Split complementary is cool because like complementary it uses opposing colors for contrast but in this case it uses two colors instead of one.

Imagine the points creating an elongated triangle on the color wheel, rather than the triangle we saw pictured before.

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Kite from .hack//Infection is a great example of a Split Complementary color scheme, his color scheme is essentially Red, Yellow, and cyan seen here in the “Tri-Edge” version of his character design. I used this version cause I still think this design is bad ass…Just sayin.

Rectangle and Square

This one is interesting because the points would make a square on the color wheel rather than a triangle or line. Possibly one of the more complex and difficult methods to use effectively.

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The best example I found is Lightning from Final fantasy XIII which uses a color palette that includes the 3 primary colors, and yellow tones.

Accent Colors

Accent colors are colors used to emphasize parts of a design. They don’t make up the main color of the design, but they provide a contrast from other elements.

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A good example is Milla Maxwell from Tales of Xillia on the PS3, You can see the pink ribbons and patterns on her arms are used to build interest on that aspect of the character.

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For this week 1UP think of a character you’ve created in a game. So for games like Tony Hawks Pro Skater, an MMO RPG, or some other game that permits custom characters.

What colors do you usually use on the characters you create and why?

I for one have a particular fancy for dark-skinned characters with a bright hair color like white, light blue, or pink. The outfit usually varies for me but i usually go for a black outfit with red and blue accent colors.

Next Week

Next week we’ll take a look at color meanings, and how its affected many of our favorite games. We’ll also talk about how those color meanings change between cultures and countries.

For instance, white flowers are a sign of love in countries like america, but in japan and many other cultures white flowers are a sign of death given on funerals. So in MGS3/4 a Japanese game, an american soldier Big Boss puts white flowers on The Boss’s grave. Is this merely affirming her death? Or displaying Big Bosses love for The Boss?

We’ll look at this more next week.

AKB48 are in this random Super Smash Bros. 3DS promo at Takuchat.com

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This sure is weird, and it’s really just like a clip show, but if it’s you’re thing watch it-

Final Fantasy 8 review at Takuchat.com

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Another day another Final Fantasy Review, this time I’m reviewing the controversial Final Fantasy 8!

The Story

“At the forefront of a rising tide of violence brought on by Galbadia’s war declaration is a SeeD cadet named Squall Leonhart. Serious to a fault, Squall has earned himself the reputation of being a lone wolf.
A chance encounter with the free-spirited Rinoa Heartilly, however, turns his universe upside down. Having thrived on discipline, Squall finds Rinoa’s carefree attitude fascinating. Yet there is no time to ponder these thoughts, for the job of dealing with the sorceress behind Galbadia’s irrational hostility has fallen to SeeD and Squall.”Official Introduction

While the story in final fantasy 8 is seemingly rather straight forward at first, the game does not keep that going throughout its entirety. The story quickly takes on a more grandiose feel to it, with it traveling across the world in epic fashion.

While I enjoyed the entirety of the games story the part that is most memorable for me is easily its opening , the pacing throughout the opening of the game is something truly special and rare in the game industry. While the game doesn’t shy away from large action pieces and epic boss fights it uses much of its time to develop the characters and the world. By doing this the games later sequences become far more meaningful than many other RPG’s and games in general.

So in short the story is wonderful, with truly great characters that have actual character growth and feel believable.

The Visuals

“I brought the wrong map…” -Laguna

The Visuals in this game are wonderful, while the character designs are slightly extravagant they don’t feel overdone or awkward, and unlike many games the characters leave a good visual impression and are memorable.

Beyond the characters Final Fantasy VIII has some of the best Monster designs I have ever seen in a game, its Bahamut alone trumps most games entire cast of Monsters.

outside of character designs the world and technology are beautifully designed, there are of course multiple continents in the game and with them unique visual flairs, while they look different in appearance they also feel as if they are in the same world which is wonderful.

The Combat

The way I see it, as long as you make it out of a battle alive, you’re one step closer to fulfilling your dream.-seifer
The combat in FFVIII is easily one of my favorite in the series, while it is vastly different from previous titles it still manages to have a feel of familiarity about it. The largest and most important difference to the combat is the Draw and Junction Systems. Instead of leveling up or buying materia for new spells you instead have to draw them from your enemies and from locations. By doing this you can gain these spells and equip them to your character making them more powerful, the Junction system is a pretty awesome system once you get the hang of it, and it leads to some seriously slaughters of bosses if you know what you are doing.

The game of course also includes summons, while being slightly different from previous Final Fantasy’s they still serve the same basic effect, with the exception that they can be killed if their HP bar is drained.

While many people thought FFVIII’s combat was boring or to complicated I personally thought it was a nice change from the overly simplistic mechanics that most JRPG’s seem to adopt. The combat is flexible and based purely on strategy rather than how much you simply grinded low level enemies. By using the mechanics effectively you can easily beat the game at level 30 without to much trouble, but sadly many people didn’t give the combat a chance or did not full understand the mechanics so it is often disregarded when talking about mechanics or the games as a whole.

The Music

Train Train, Take Us Away, Take Us Away, Far Away, To The Future, We Will Go, Where it Leads, No One Knows-Selfie( is weird)
When talking about Final Fantasys music people will almost always start talking about VII’s, VI or X; much to my dismay people rarely ever speak about Final Fantasy VIII’s music. The music in VIII is truly astonishing, from the “O Fortuna-esque opening to the Gorgeous end song Eyes on me the soundtrack never lets up in being purely amazing.

Below is an example of one of its more peaceful songs-

The Exploration and Everything in Between

“Bwahahahaha”- Random Boy
Exploration in Final Fantasy is a pretty important thing, and luckily for us Final Fantasy 8 has got that handled! In Final Fantasy 8 there are tons of awesome and varied locations, and of course through the game you get to use multiple vehicles, such as a car ( that can run out of gas ) and later on you get the Ragnarok, which is probably the coolest flying vehicle of all time. If exploring is your fancy then Final Fantasy VIII has you covered for sure, just beware The Island closest to Hell, it lives up to it’s name.

Now we are going to talk about my glorious addiction, that of course being the Triple Triad Card game, I’m not sure what about it that kept me coming back, but from beginning to end I kept playing this mini-game. One of the things that make it so great is that you’ll find new challenges for it throughout the whole game, be it different regional rules, or new people to duel, there is always something new, and it is amazing.

Beyond that there is your typical sidequest, like extra summons (though it should be noted that these summon side quest have a bit more to them then your average ones), super weapons and tons of special items and small little character moments spread throughout the world.

Over all

Life’s pretty boring without you as entertainment, my man.-Kiros

To put it simply the game is wonderful, the visuals are some of the best gaming has ever had the music is wonderful and enchanting and the story is something truly speculator with

I feel like a helpless puppet being manipulated in some major scheme.-squall

 

This is what a HD Spyro remake could look like. at Takuchat.com

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Over on Deviant art user Helen91 made this Gorgeous render of Spyro, this image of course is a pretty solid indication of what a proper HD Spyro game could look like,

Don’t get your hopes to high though, there is no hint or anything of a proper Spyro game or remake being in the works, if anything I say expect nothing because Skylanders is extremely profitable having earned over 1.5 Billion dollars, yes Billion.

If you are one of the many poor souls who wants Spyro to make a valiant return, well then all you can do is sign petitions and make some noise!

Now here is a reminder of what happened to poor Spyro-

But there’s more! As you no doubt know, Spyro is a pretty famous and loved series, and just like many others there are fans remaking/ continuing the series.

That’s where Youtube user Pinballdude97 comes in, on his account you can see videos of his progress with making a Spyro game. In regards to it Pinballdude97 said ” Remake wise, not sure if the story is going to follow the old ones but mechanics will be the same/close as possible.” meaning it will likely serve as a spiritual successor to the series.

Things may seem bleak, but there is hope.

Expand Your PS4 HDD And More On The Cheap at Takuchat.com

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With the impending release of Destiny, I’ve been finding myself wondering how exactly I was going to make space to actually install the 40GB game on my PS4. I’m the kind of guy that hates having to uninstall games just to make room for other games, which would explain how I was down to 25GB of open storage space on my PS4’s HDD.

Then this happened….

20140906122554 Hot dawg! Look at all that room for activities!

 

I now have over four times as much storage space as the stock PS4 HDD with the added bonus of doubling my total storage on my PS3 and being left with a 250GB USB 3.0 portable HDD. And I’ll show you how you can do the same thing for the low, low price range of $89.

 

Step One: Buy the HDD.

This one to be exact.

20140906_104802 Seagate Expansion STBX2000401

 

Rakuten.com, Amazon.com and Newegg.com all sell this HDD for $89, which is already a significant savings off the retail price. And if you can find it at your local Best Buy store (I couldn’t), they’ll price match any of those sites as long as the item is in stock and not sold by a third-party vendor.

Now, on it’s own the external HDD won’t do you much good. That’s where Step Two comes in.

 

Step Two: Take the thing apart.

HEADS UP – While none of this will void the warranty on your PlayStation hardware, it will void the manufacturer’s warranty on the portable HDD.

See, the thing is inside the casing there’s just a standard 9.5mm 2.5″ laptop HDD. This one to be exact. And as you can see there’s a pretty substantial price hike for the HDD by itself. Logic defied.

So what you want to do is use a thin, rigid plastic object such as a credit card (I used a guitar pick) and work around the case to pry the two pieces apart at the seams. Just take your time and don’t force it too much and you should get it to pop off in no time. It’s only held together by small clips so it’s just a matter of popping those out of place.

20140906_105959 You can sort of see the pins holding it together in this photo.

 

Once you’ve got it apart you’ll find the HDD being held in place by rubber feet covering the screws. Pull it out but don’t lose those, you’ll need them later. Remove the screws and save those for later as well. Next, remove the foil covering the USB-to-SATA connector and then gently remove it from the HDD. Voila! It’s now ready to be swapped into your PS4. Just make sure you properly back up your PS4 saves or your PS3 data beforehand or they’ll be lost forever!

20140906_110659 The guitar pick is the real star here and we all know it.

 

And this is where I link to Sony’s own FAQS on upgrading your PS4 or PS3 HDD. It’s a pretty straightforward process for both consoles.

Step Three: Extras, extras, extras!

You can get even more value out of your purchase in a few different ways. For instance, I only had a 250GB HDD in my PS3 so I threw the PS4’s 500GB stock HDD in there and doubled up on storage. Not bad considering I was down to 5GB.

Or if you’ve got a larger capacity or equivalent HDD in your PS3 already you can just throw the stock PS4 HDD back in the enclosure the 2TB drive came in. And that’s where those rubber feet and screws from Step Two come into play. You’ll want to screw those into the side holes on whichever HDD you’re putting in there and cap them off with the rubber feet which will hold the HDD securely in the case. Plug the SATA-to-USB board back on, pop the enclosure back together and you’ve got yourself a speedy little external HDD to use for whatever your heart desires.

So in the end, I’ve quadrupled my storage on PS4, doubled it on PS3 and now have a 250GB USB 3.0 HDD to use for my Wii U, Xbox One, PC etc. All for the price of one collector’s edition. And you can too.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Here’s a small glimpse of God Eater on the PlayStation 4. at Takuchat.com

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The God Eater Twitter account has posted a short Vine of God Eater 2: Rage Burst on the PlayStation 4.

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Expect to see more in the coming weeks.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Final Trailer at Takuchat.com

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Well Square enix released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts 2.5, this one is being dubbed the ‘Final’ trailer.

Check it out-

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 releases in Japan on October 2nd, in North America on December 2nd and finally in Europe on December 5th.