BEST OF THE WEB: NOCLIP

Incredible video game documentaries Noclip, in their own words,... ...make crowdfunded video game documentaries for everyone to enjoy. Our mission is to tell authentic stories about video games, the people who make them, and those who play them. Noclip You can check out Noclip at their official site and on YouTube. You can also support them over at Pateron. These are video game documentaries that are of an incredibly high quality and that are criminally under-watched. This Spelunky one only has over 150,000 views. https://youtu.be/jv434Xyybqc Noclip have covered games such as Rocket League, DOOM, The Witness, Final Fantasy XIV and The Witcher. https://youtu.be/PS6SBnccxMA They've also answered the question, who is PLAYERUNKNOWN? https://youtu.be/4e9EjExsMvI Here at VERSUS PLAYER we love everything nerdy and want to share with you some of our favourite things on the Internet. Best of the Web is an ongoing series where we do exactly that. If you liked this you might want to check another of our Best of the Web documentary picks, I Am Street Fighter. Happy gaming!

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FINAL FANTASY XV’S REGALIA IN FORZA HORIZON 3

A Fantasy Come True Finally, Final Fantasy XV's Regalia is going to be drivable in the way we all dreamed when playing through the game. Prince Noctis and crew's beast of a car is the latest edition to the ever growing line-up of cars in the incredible Forza Horizon 3. You can watch the trailer of the Regalia in action below: https://youtu.be/HFiFQk04hAE Learn more about the love and car(e) Over at the official Forza Motorsport website you can read up about how the Regalia came to be included in the game, the inspiration and intricacies of the car and the design choices in the initial creation of the Regalia. Beginning on August 1, Forza Horizon 3 and Final Fantasy XV players will be able to download and enjoy the Regalia in Forza Horizon 3 for free. The Regalia will be made available to everyone who has played Forza Horizon 3 (on Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Windows 10 PCs) and/or Final Fantasy XV (on Xbox One or Xbox One S) by August 1, 2017. For Forza Horizon 3 players, the Regalia will be sent to all players and will be redeemable through the in-game messaging system. Final Fantasy XV players will receive a code to redeem the Regalia in Forza Horizon 3 via the Xbox Live messaging system*. Xbox Wire If this interested you, you might want to read about our thoughts of Final Fantasy XV or check out one…

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E3 2017: SONY PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

You want games? Sony has games! All the games you want! So the Sony E3 2017 Press Conference starts off with some Uncharted goodness. Then they throw in an incredible looking Shadow of the Colossus remake early on amidst a whole bunch of other games. Then they show some VR hits and misses. Then some very intriguing titles that look different and so very cool. Then, then...! Let me just say it is an awesome time ahead for gaming and this has been a great run of E3 Press Conferences. Oh, in case you want another PS4, there is a limited edition gold one. Because who doesn't like gold? Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Truthfully, I didn't watch this that closely as I don't want story spoilers. Without watching it I'm sure it looks phenomenal... surely! https://youtu.be/i8qzBkHjk_0 Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds More Horizon is always welcome. Didn't give too much away, which is good. https://youtu.be/J5xsS1WZA54 Day's Gone We got to see more of Bend's new game that has been long coming. Looks very brutal, even more so than The Last of Us. Also, is it just me or is that Starkiller? https://youtu.be/4SnXOtfN7VQ Monster Hunter World I know people will go wild for this because it's a Monster Hunter game (Jase?), but I'm not sure about this one. Also, did that creature actually not…

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TWO NEW PODCASTS UP!

Double the podcast goodness Normally here at VERSUS PLAYER we podcast once a fortnight, but we've broken the trend this past fortnight and gone two for two. In Episode 13: Joe's Sacrifice, we chat a about a bit of Shovel Knight, A King’s Tale, Zelda and Horizon plus XCOM 2. Also, Joe dies and Jase is finally at peace. It's the one that's a bit all over the shop. In Episode 14: Old is New, we discuss the old days and games on the tip of our joystick. Joe almost dies again by choking on a snake and Jono is afraid of giant ants. Like always, feel free to write in to podcast@www.versusplayer.com to have your question read out and discussed on the show. You can check out all our previous podcast episodes here, or by searching for VERSUS PLAYER on iTunes, Stitcher or PocketCasts. Happy gaming!

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A KING’S TALE: FINAL FANTASY XV

No strings attached A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV is a free downloadable side-scroller beat 'em up. Think Castle Crashers crossed with Final Fantasy XV crossed with the original sprite based Final Fantasy games. A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV was originally a preorder bonus (yuck!), but now is being given away for free (yea!). Now this is nothing like most of the free-to-play offerings we get now days. While it's a short play at about one and a half hours, there are no microtransactions in sight, no ads, it's not a rip off of another game and it's not generic (although it does start off that way). https://youtu.be/tKJ_Ni4d5EE A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV. Throwbacks galore A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV breaths new life into the side-scrolling beat 'em up genre by adding in the fighting mechanics of Final Fantasy XV. This includes warp strikes, elemancy (magic), link strikes and a few little surprises. This makes combat fun and really sees the game stand on its own. As someone who played Final Fantasy XV right through, I feel that having the back story made the relationship in the story telling parts (parts that quite literally tell the story) have more impact, but it's really not necessary to have played Final Fantasy XV to enjoy A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV. Shorter than Kingsglaive The big shame here is…

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FINAL THOUGHTS: FINAL FANTASY XV

How the Mighty Have Fallen Stumbled A while back I posted an article, IMPRESSIONS: FINAL FANTASY XV, where I wrote about my thoughts on the game 12 hours in. You can find that article below. What I wanted to do now though is give an update with my final thoughts on the game after spending a total of 42 hours with it. This included finishing the main campaign, playing around with the first DLC pack and completing a few more quests for my girl Cidney. The Good Overall, Final Fantasy XV gets a huge thumbs up. Pretty much most of what I had to say about the game initially was positive. Beyond that point there was more to love. I found the boss battles to be fun. In fact, battles stayed interesting the whole way through, feeling fast and dynamic, with a sense of danger of losing. Many modern RPGs have you tearing through your foes or repeating the same exact move over and over. In Final Fantasy XV, I felt encouraged to try out new weapons, mix up my magic and combos with my crew and to actually use items. The summons looked amazing, although they were underused. There was one particular summon that had one of the best cutscenes to go along with it that will satisfy all the old school Final Fantasy fans…

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8: NO THANK YOU RE7 AND GG GOOD GAME
Episode 8

8: NO THANK YOU RE7 AND GG GOOD GAME

8: No Thank You RE7 and GG Good Game The one where we talk about the highly unsettling Resident Evil 7, Good Game’s cancellation, games we’d love to see pursue a different style, our favourite Wii games, the end of FFXV (aka: Corridor Fantasy XV), our concerns with The Batman, more games, life and everything in-between.

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7: NINTENDO SWITCH IT UP
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7: NINTENDO SWITCH IT UP

The one where we talk about all the news from the Switch presentation, video game movies, Nintendo memories, Final Fantasy VII and XV, delicious pizza, Lego Dimensions story packs, more games, life and everything in-between.

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IMPRESSIONS: FINAL FANTASY XV
Final Fantasy XV

IMPRESSIONS: FINAL FANTASY XV

Thoughts on the game 12 hours in Right off the bat let me say that I'm loving my time with Final Fantasy XV. The world is incredible, the combat is fun and the enemies and quests are varied. Final Fantasy XV is a sequel that is, in their own words; "A Final Fantasy for fans and first-timers." Right from the get-go it's apparent how true this is, along with the influence of western role playing games and modern society. What's old is new There are amazing little touches in the game and throwbacks to the older games in enemies, stickers for you cars, the names of objects and characters and more. This is a very unique Final Fantasy game. It's open world, but you are encouraged to travel from quest to quest in a linear fashion by hopping into your real-world inspired car, the Regalia, and letting one of your companions drive you there for minutes at a time. Or you can call a Chocobo up and head off road. I don't mind the car trips and appreciate I can fast travel back to most places. When heading on the road in my ever changing Regalia, I flick through the radio stations, turn the music up and browse the net on my phone (IRL, not in game). It is fantastic that old Final Fantasy soundtracks can be purchased at shops…

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6: AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

And A Happy New Year New Year Gaming. The one where we talk about playing games with partners, Dishonored 2 (Jason’s new game of 2016, sorry FFXV), old school Command & Conquer, obsessing over details in Her Story, X-Wing miniatures, good Christmas food, more games, life and everything in-between.

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