Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

My uncle bought me Final Fantasy XII for my birthday in 2006. At 10 years old, a lot of the combat mechanics and branching plotlines were confusing. Regardless, I was enamored with the game’s vibrancy: I specifically recall marveling at hair and garments fluttering in desert winds as well as azure sparks flashing from clanging swords and shields. To this day, it remains my favorite Final Fantasy.

The game originally released as a PlayStation 2 exclusive, but in the last two years, a remaster called, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has launched on PlayStation 4 and PC with performance enhancements, deeper job customization, and various quality-of-life changes. Now, Square Enix is finally releasing the remaster on Xbox One and Switch at the end of the month. If you’ve never experienced Final Fantasy XII, this is why you should jump at the chance now.

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Why You Shouldn’t Overlook Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

My uncle bought me Final Fantasy XII for my birthday in 2006. At 10 years old, a lot of the combat mechanics and branching plotlines were confusing. Regardless, I was enamored with the game’s vibrancy: I specifically recall marveling at hair and garments fluttering in desert winds as well as azure sparks flashing from clanging swords and shields. To this day, it remains my favorite Final Fantasy.

The game originally released as a PlayStation 2 exclusive, but in the last two years, a remaster called, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age has launched on PlayStation 4 and PC with performance enhancements, deeper job customization, and various quality-of-life changes. Now, Square Enix is finally releasing the remaster on Xbox One and Switch at the end of the month. If you’ve never experienced Final Fantasy XII, this is why you should jump at the chance now.

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Every IGN Mortal Kombat Review

Mortal Kombat has been gruesomely dismembering fighters since 1992 – four years before IGN was around. With the impending launch of Mortal Kombat 11 (which, shockingly, is not actually the 11th Mortal Kombat game) we’re looking back over all 30 reviews IGN has published. Interestingly, the series contains such a wide range of games that it’s one of the few that’s earned almost every score in the book, except the very highest and lowest available.

Which MK games stand out to you as the best and worst?

Dan Stapleton is IGN’s Reviews Editor. You can follow him on Twitter to hear gaming rants and lots of random old-school Simpsons references.

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God of War Documentary, Raising Kratos Announced by Sony

On the one-year anniversary of 2018’s Game of the Year – God of War – Sony announced an upcoming documentary that follows the creation of the game.

The documentary titled, Raising Kratos, was announced in a trailer featuring game director for God of War, Cory Barlog; the team at Santa Monica Studio; along with the actors who portrayed the main characters in the game, such as Kratos, Atreus, and Freya.

“It’s only fitting on the one-year Anniversary, we’re excited to share this peak behind the curtain of God of War’s very own Santa Monica Studio with a trailer for our upcoming film, Raising Kratos,” a post on the PlayStation blog said. “This full-length feature documentary, coming very soon to PlayStation YouTube, is an exploration into the massive undertaking it took to change the course of the God of War franchise.”

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Joker’s Final Smash Crashing Some Switches

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s latest DLC character, Joker from Persona 5, is freezing player’s Nintendo Switches when they use his Final Smash to end a Classic Mode match.

This issue was confirmed by IGN’s own Zachary Ryan, as his Switch froze three times when finishing a Classic Mode match with Joker’s Final Smash. There are also many other examples, including a Reddit thread posted by CubingVainGlory, that show the freeze happening.

It appears this glitch is only occurring in Classic Mode and only with Joker, and does not appear to impact any other aspect of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as of this writing.

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Acquisitions, more than IPOs, will create Africa’s early startup successes

Africa has made its global IPO debut. Pan-African e-commerce company Jumia—a $1 billion-valued company—began trading live on the NYSE last week.

The stock offering made Jumia the first upstart operating in Africa to list on a major global exchange.

This raises expectations for unicorns and IPOs to create the continent’s first wave of startup moguls. But unlike other markets, big public listings and nine-figure valuations could remain rare in Africa.

The rise of venture arms and startup acquisitions will factor more prominently than IPOs in creating Africa’s early startup successes.

I’ll break down why. First, a quick briefer.

Primer on African tech

Not everyone may be aware, but yes, Africa has a booming tech scene. When measured by monetary values, it’s minuscule by Shenzen or Silicon Valley standards.

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Up At Noon: Bad N64 Games On Switch, Suda51’s Airplane Poops, and Our Crash Bandicoot Theory

Hey! Here’s the very first episode of the all-new, fully-rebooted, flavor-blasted, industrial strength Up At Noon! In case you missed the announcement here along with our totally insane teaser trailer, we’ve taken some time to retool the show after tons of demand to bring it back. From celebrity and game developer interviews to lists, unboxings, and nonsense, Up at Noon has long been a cornerstone of IGN and we’re ecstatic to have it return.

How have we retooled it? Well, this time around we’re taking over weekends on IGN, which is probably the best time of the week to actually wake up at noon. We’ve upped the production value a bunch, too! It’s also no longer live, and now exists primarily as a bunch of silly bite-sized segments that will be going up every weekend all across the internet, which we’ll also be stitching them together into a proper variety show exclusively on IGN, which is what this is! You’ll also be able to watch break-out clips from the show on IGN’s YouTube channel every weekend! So grab a huge bowl of sugary cereal (or a healthier breakfast or whatever) and think of it as adult Nickelodeon or …read more


Folding Phone Drama … Unfolds – The TouchArcade Show #396

We kick off this week with a awesome announcement from Jared that he’s now officially a dad! Awesome stuff! From there we get back to the normal topics (and normal off-topics) of the show including a deep-dive into the disappointment that is the Samsung Galaxy Fold breaking for almost every tech journalist who got an early review unit. We’re super stoked for that form factor, so hopefully they figure it out! From there we jump into some of the news of the week including a new mobile Forza game and how it might loop into a larger “real” Forza experience on the Xbox and a whole lot more.


Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we’re talking …read more


TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘The VideoKid’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

The VideoKid

Atari’s 1985 arcade game Paperboy is one of those bonafide classics that’s seen release and re-release on numerous consoles and computers over the last few decades, and the mobile is no exception. In December of 2009 Elite Systems released a game titled …read more


What Can You Make In Dreams After A Week? (Day 3)

Introduction

During our visit to Media Molecule’s offices last year for our November cover story, the developer stood firmly behind its intentions with Dreams: Create the most accessible and deepest video game creation tool available to a mainstream audience. It was a bold statement, but one that the various demos (and later, closed beta) showed that maybe the developer of LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway could pull off its wild ambitions.

The creation suite of Dreams is now out in Early Access, meaning anyone who pays $30 while spaces are still open for the game can get their hands on the full toolset. For the next week, I’m going to be taking Dreams for a spin, work diligently with the tools to see what I can create in that period of time. The goal here isn’t necessarily to create something amazing (wouldn’t that be swell!) but instead to see what someone with little-to-no game creation experience can do with those tools if they’re willing to put in the work.

Just so you have an idea of where I’m coming from experience-wise: I’ve created and released a few text adventures and a visual novel for commercial purposes. I understand a little bit of …read more