stage name "Piano Squall," Michael Gluck performs videogame
and anime music piano concerts to raise money for charity. Michael
recently announced the launch of GAME, his debut album.
GAME features Michael's original arrangements of theme songs from
videogames and anime, including Final Fantasy, Naruto, Super Mario
World, InuYasha, Chrono Trigger, Cowboy Bebop, Mega Man, Chrono Cross,
Full Metal Alchemist, Tetris, and Evangelion. Highlights include
Michael's signature Final Fantasy Battle Medley, which blends nine
Final Fantasy battle themes together into a single spectacular piece.
Michael Gluck and videogame publisher Electronic Arts are partnered in
this charitable effort, and together they will donate an amount equal
to 20% of all profits from GAME to the National Multiple Sclerosis
GAME is currently available for pre-order at Michael's website, www.PianoSquall.com. The
price is $9.99 with Free Shipping anywhere in
the United States. Those who pre-order will receive a free Bonus Track
that is not included on the CD. GAME ships 6/30/07.
Square-Enix Party is coming up! This massive event will feature
Square-Enix's upcoming games. It will be held between May
12-13th at the Makuhari Messe Convention Centre in Chiba, Japan (near
Tokyo). The event is free to the general public, and about 50
000 people attended it in 2005! Here is the list of games that
will be present for the event:
Unfortunately, FFXIII won’t be in playable form at the event. There
will be new trailers of FFXIII that will be shown. Otherwise, the
Square-Enix party also offers a bunch of interesting bonus items for
selected people and the people will have an opportunity to purchase
limited edition items at the Square Enix shop. It is mostly a media
and fan-based event, but offers the Japanese gaming public a chance to
try out some of Square-Enix’s latest offerings.
Some new details
about FF Tactics: The Lion War for the PSP
March 18, 2007
the development team of FF Tactics for the PSP handheld has revealed
that there will be a few nice extra game modes to keep gamers
occupied. FF Tactics for the PSP promises to feature cooperative play
as well as having a Versus mode. These modes will offer various
exclusive features, such as different special items. The anticipated
title for the PSP handheld will release in Japan on May 10th.
Square Enix has revealed that familiar FF XII characters such as
Balthier and Fran will appear in the DS title, Revenant Wings.
Through their adventures that take place after the end of FF XII, the
sky pirates eventually trigger some of the key events that lead up to
the start of Revenant Wings. There is a new character in the
game, called Llyud who has angel wings. As well, FF XII:
Revenant Wings will be released with a special edition DS, much like
FF III was. The highly anticipated DS title will be released on
April 26th in Japan. There isn't word yet for a North American
release date but stay tuned for more details!
Square Enix has revealed some new information regarding FF XIII. They
have implemented some drastic changes to the usage of summons in the
game, compared to previous installments of the franchise. Summons
still assist the party in battle but offer a new set of abilities that
are geared towards the action-oriented side of the battle system. ATB
(Active time battle) returns in FF XIII and the waiting time to select
a command will be almost entirely eliminated. Finally, there is a new
blonde-haired male character revealed that rides a motorcycle. No word
yet on his role within the game. FF XIII still does not have a release
date in Japan.
celebration of Square-Enix’s 20th anniversary of the Final Fantasy
franchise, the company is porting FF I and FF II to the PSP sometime
this year. The ports will be based off the PlayStation versions and
will include the extra dungeons found in the GBA games. Square-Enix
plans on improving the visual quality of the graphics to fit the
higher resolution of the PSP handheld. There will also be a gallery
mode added in the game. Both games will be sold separately in Japan.
Tactics: Shishi Sensou in the works (and more)
December 20, 2006
Square-Enix has announced that they intend on releasing a slightly
remade version of their PlayStation classic, Final Fantasy Tactics:
Shishi Sensou (Japanese title) on Sony's PSP handheld. The PSP
version will feature some extra job classes as well as some new
cinematic sequences. There is no official release date for this
title in Japan as of yet.
Tactics game is in the works and is currently titled as: FF
Tactics A2: Fuuketsu no Grimoire but there has been no details or
other information released in regards to that game. We will
update you on this interesting news development once more details are
Chocobo and the
Magic Picture Book released (Japan only)
December 20, 2006
spin-off FF title has recently been released in Japan only.
and the Magic Picture Book was released in December 14th, 2006.
The basic storyline
is as follows: Chocobo and his friends, Black Mage and White
Mage were reading through a book and it turns out the book is cursed
and a demon sucks up all of the Chocobos into the pages and its up to
Chocobo to save the day.
gameplay also features some mini-games and the battle system is quite
and unique. It involves selecting attack cards from an existing
deck of cards. The winner of each duel is determined using a
rock-paper-scissors type of ordeal. The person who draws first
gets the first attack. The actual storyline is more deeper than
this and the mini-games themselves have their own prologues. The
graphics are similar to Paper Mario in style and substance. An
interesting FF spin-off title to check out, to say the least.
Final Fantasy Finest (Japan only)
As part of
a campaign to promote the release of Final Fantasy V & VI for the
Gamebody Advance, Square-Enix has decided to give away 5000 copies of
this special edition box set which includes the Final Fantasy IV, V,
and VI Advance OSTs. Also included is an art booklet featuring
some of Yoshitaka Amano's works. You can read more about him
The only way to get a chance to win one of these items is to send in
box coupons of Final Fantasy V and VI Advance which are featured in
the Japanese versions. Unfortunately, this offer is not
available in North America.
anticipated Square-Enix title: Final Fantasy XII for the PlayStation 2
finally managed to hit the North American market on Halloween.
The response was swift and positive, with many retailers reporting
very brisk sales in addition to the rave reviews offered by many
gamers. Square-Enix had a limited release of their collector's
edition of Final Fantasy XII, which included a bonus DVD with
US/Japanese trailers. Also included in the collector's edition
was a "making of Final Fantasy XII" video. These items were
enclosed in a special metal case.
(December), expect a full and detailed review of Final Fantasy XII
along with complete information on the battle system and the
characters. It promises to be the biggest Final Fantasy title to
date and the FF Odyssey crew is very excited to have their hands on
the most talked about game this year.