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Mind of Maniac – Acts of Gord January 30, 2014

Posted by Maniac in Mind of Maniac, Site Videos.
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Maniac reminisces about one of his favorite sites on the web, Acts of Gord.  The site is about the Gord, a game store owner from Canada, and the idiots who he would have to deal with on a daily basis.  It’s one of the few websites I can admit coming across and wanting to read every piece of work published on it.

If you want to give the website a look or put in an order for a book of your own, you can check it out here.  Just be aware there are probably only a few copies left.  If you want to check out the webcomic based on the series, you can check it out here.

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Bravely Default Gameplay Trailer January 30, 2014

Posted by Maniac in Game News.
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Yesterday, Nintendo released the  latest gameplay trailer for Square Enix’s newest RPG franchise, Bravely Default.  Inspired heavily by the gameplay of earlier Final Fantasy games, Bravely Default takes full advantage of the 3DS’s features (including StreetPass), while still offering a ton of options you will recognize from earlier Final Fantasy games, like a great jobs system.  I’ve put several hours into the Bravely Default demo, and I hope to be lucky enough to complete it and unlock all of the demo’s extra bonuses before the full version of the game gets released, because the demo’s unlocked bonuses carry over into the main game.  So check out this latest gameplay trailer.  If anything, it should be something fun to watch while you wait for Norende to finish rebuilding.

Bravely Default is coming February 7th, 2014 exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS.  You can download the demo right now off the Nintendo eShop.

Final Fantasy XIII RETRO-spective January 30, 2014

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The third entry in the Final Fantasy XIII series, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, is coming in just a few weeks.  To help prepare anyone interested in picking it up who may not have played any of the previous Final Fantasy XIII games, Square Enix has produced a FANTASTIC retrospective on the series story, with a little twist.  Instead of cutting together gameplay footage from the game’s CGI cutscenes, this new video is done very much in the style of the classic 16-bit RPGs like Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III is the US SNES version’s name) and Chrono Trigger.  This could have been done because that era is considered by many to be the finest era in the history of Console RPGs.  Well, check out the video below to see for yourself.  It really puts the RETRO in retrospective.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is coming February 11th, 2014 to the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.  A Collector’s Edition for the game is for sale exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store.  Anyone who preorders any version of the game from a participating retailer will get an exclusive Lightning costume based on Cloud’s outfit and Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII.