Connect with us

News

The Final Fantasy VII Remake intro has been officially unveiled

Here’s your first (official) look at the Final Fantasy VII Remake intro cinematic.

Published

on

Final Fantasy VII Remake intro leak
Square Enix

Here’s your first (official) look at the Final Fantasy VII Remake intro cinematic.

Updated: 14 February 2020

Following the leak of the Final Fantasy VII Remake’s intro cinematic on New Year’s Eve – and as predicted, it was swiftly taken down by Square Enix’s legal eagles – the opening cinematic has now been officially unveiled.

It’s mostly the same as the one that was leaked, to be fair. (And in turn, that’s mostly the same as the original one, just a lot prettier.)

But there are some additions. The stuff we’ve seen before starts at about two minutes into the video below. There’s an extra couple of minutes of exposition before about the world and its setting before we get to the iconic intro proper, with Aerith, the train, and Avalanche.

It’s all feeling very real now, isn’t it? The (official) release of the Final Fantasy VII Remake intro means that – following one short, final delay – the game itself will soon be upon us, on April 10, 2020.

Original story: 31 December 2020

Well, here’s some fireworks to ring in the new year: the Final Fantasy VII Remake intro appears to have been leaked online.

It’s not the cut together intro we saw when we went hands-on with Final Fantasy VII at E3 2019 – though that did share a couple of elements, like Cloud flipping off the train like the big show-off he is – but instead looks to be the intro to the game proper.

The leak certainly covers all the major beats of the PlayStation original’s intro.

What looks like a starfield, that turns out to be Mako energy. Aerith’s face in the glow of the Mako, before she walks off into the sprawl of Midgar’s Wall Market. The camera pans out to show the vast city – and this is the bit where our goosebumps went crazy – before the music peaks and the logo flashes onto the screen. Then the camera zooms back in to focus on a train pulling into a station. Members of Avalanche deck two guards (don’t forget to check them for potions!) before Cloud leaps from the train and the game begins.

And that’s where the leak stops. It looks legit, is what we’re trying to say here.

The leak – from YouTuber Lystrasza, via Resetera and Destructoid – is available to watch online now, but you might want to get on it quick before Square Enix’s legal eagles have it taken down.

Does this leak confirm the existence of a Final Fantasy VII Remake demo? Possibly. It certainly worked wonders for the Resident Evil 2 remake to feature a demo just before release, and the fact it’s a more “complete” opening than the demo we played during expo season suggests it’s something new. It’s all exciting stuff.

We’ll keep you posted on Final Fantasy VII Remake news up to the game’s release on March 3, 2020. Be sure to follow Thumbsticks on FacebookGoogle NewsTwitter, and Flipboard.

Via Resetera and Destructoid

Enjoyed this article?

Found it interesting, entertaining, useful, or informative? Maybe it even saved you some money. That's great to hear! Sadly, independent publishing is struggling worse than ever, and Thumbsticks is no exception. So please, if you can afford to, consider supporting us via Patreon or buying us a coffee.


Recommended for you


Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.

News

New Xbox One releases (June 1-5, 2020)

Here is next week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One releases. One title is quite literally awesome.

Published

on

New Xbox One game releases
Microsoft / Thumbsticks

Here’s the full lowdown on next week’s lineup of brand new Xbox One video game releases. One title is quite literally awesome.

There isn’t a huge amount to be excited for on Xbox One next week, but we promised you an awesome game, so let’s talk about one.

Awesome Pea 2 is the follow-up to Sometimes You’s enjoyable 2018 retro-platformer. The original was a slight, but occasionally tricky game, starring a heroic vegetable. The sequel promises a larger serving of everything, including dungeons, enemies, and loot. The pea-souper visuals also return, beautifully recalling the dingy display of the Nintendo Game Boy.

Other new releases include Strawberry Vinegar, a quirky visual novel about making food to save your soul, and We Were Here Together, a mysterious puzzle adventure set in the wastes of Antarctica.

The latest addition to the Thumbsticks ‘Big Book of Bland Game Names’ is called Cyber Protocol. It’s a fun retro-style puzzler. Finally, the long-awaited Eco Lifestyle expansion comes to The Sims 4.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the full lineup.

New Xbox One releases: June 1-5, 2020

Monday, June 1, 2020

  •  No releases

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

  • No releases

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

  • Strawberry Vinegar
  • Depth of Extinction
  • Awesome Pea 2

Thursday, June 4, 2020

  • Tour de France 2020

Friday, June 5, 2020

  • Tcheco in the Castle of Lucio
  • Outbuddies DX
  • The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle (Expansion)
  • We Were Here Together
  • Rigid Force Redux

If you’re looking for some video game bargains, read our roundup of this week’s rockin’ Xbox One sales.


Bookmark the Thumbsticks new releases page for the latest games. You can also follow us on social media via Flipboard, Facebook, Google News, and Twitter.

Enjoyed this article?

Found it interesting, entertaining, useful, or informative? Maybe it even saved you some money. That's great to hear! Sadly, independent publishing is struggling worse than ever, and Thumbsticks is no exception. So please, if you can afford to, consider supporting us via Patreon or buying us a coffee.


Recommended for you


Continue Reading

News

New Super Lucky’s Tale is coming to PS4 and Xbox One this summer

New Super Lucky’s Tale is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

Published

on

New Super Lucky's Tale is coming to PS4 and Xbox One
Playful Studios

New Super Lucky’s Tale is on its way to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

Playful Studios and PQube have announced that the super okay New Super Lucky’s Tale is breaking free from its Nintendo Switch bastille and will be released on Xbox One and PS4 this summer.

Pitched as a love letter to classic 3D platformers, New Super Lucky’s Tale was first released as plain old Super Lucky’s Tale in 2017, where it was an Xbox One X launch title. The revised and expanded “new” version debuted on Switch in 2019 to warm reviews and nods of moderate appreciation.

The foxy 3D adventure platformer is getting a physical and digital release on PS4 and Xbox, but there’s no news on if the game is being updated to take advantage of the increased hardware power.

You can see Lucky in action in this accolades trailer. If you own a Switch, you can also download a free demo to sample it for yourself.

Summer is a slightly vague release window, so we’ll make a prediction and see how close we end up being. Let’s lick our finger and stick it in the air… June 25, 2020? That’s our entirely random hunch.


Bookmark the Thumbsticks new releases page for weekly updates on the latest Xbox One, Switch, and PS4 games. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google News, Twitter, and Flipboard.

Enjoyed this article?

Found it interesting, entertaining, useful, or informative? Maybe it even saved you some money. That's great to hear! Sadly, independent publishing is struggling worse than ever, and Thumbsticks is no exception. So please, if you can afford to, consider supporting us via Patreon or buying us a coffee.


Recommended for you


Continue Reading

News

June’s free PlayStation Plus games are War-full

Sony confirms the two free PS4 games coming to PlayStation Plus in June 2020.

Published

on

PlayStation Plus
Sony / Thumbsticks

Sony confirms the two free PS4 games coming to PlayStation Plus in June 2020.

June’s free PS Plus games are perfect for players who would like to shoot things, with the choice of a historical epic, of a futuristic, erm, even more historical epic.

First up is Call of Duty: WWII, the ‘boots on the ground’ FPS from Sledgehammer Games. The 2017 game is as subtle as a sledgehammer, but it’s one of our favourites from the franchise’s recent history. And it’s available to download right now.

It’s joined by the infamous Star Wars: Battlefront II, the game that caused millions of voices to cry out in terror at its microtransactions. With two-and-a-half years of changes and content updates under its belt, the game is much improved and probably the second-best Star Wars adventure of the generation.

June’s free PS Plus games are available to download from June 2 – July 6, 2020.

PlayStation Plus free games – June 2020

  • Call of Duty: WWII
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II

May’s PlayStation Plus games – Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 – remain available to download until next Tuesday.


Bookmark the Thumbsticks new releases page for weekly updates on the latest Xbox One, Switch, and PS4 games. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google News, Twitter, and Flipboard.

Enjoyed this article?

Found it interesting, entertaining, useful, or informative? Maybe it even saved you some money. That's great to hear! Sadly, independent publishing is struggling worse than ever, and Thumbsticks is no exception. So please, if you can afford to, consider supporting us via Patreon or buying us a coffee.


Recommended for you


Continue Reading

News

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is free on the Epic Games Store

Grab Borderlands: The Handsome Collection from today through Thursday on the Epic Games Store.

Published

on

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
Gearbox Software

Grab Borderlands: The Handsome Collection from today through Thursday on the Epic Games Store.

Handsome Jack. You love him or you hate him. He has a diamond unicorn called Butt Stallion. You think that’s funny or deeply stupid. He’s a smarmy prick, with a hidden tragic backstory. That either makes him sympathetic or just a smarmy prick with a hidden tragic backstory.

How you feel about Handsome Jack will likely determine how you feel about this week’s Epic giveaway. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection includes Gearbox’s Borderlands 2 and the 2K Australia-developed spin-off, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Both star the titular Hyperion President. In Borderlands 2, Jack is a villain and constant voice in your ear. Pre-Sequel, though — which, confusing title aside, is just a prequel — charts Jack’s fall from grace.

Both games are worth checking out if you haven’t already. The original Borderlands defined the loot-shooter, fusing solid FPS mechanics with RPG progression and procedurally generated loot. Borderlands 2 refined everything the first game did, expanded it, and did a significantly better job of telling a story.

Pre-Sequel transplants the action to a moon of Pandora, the lawless desert planet that served as setting for the first two games. The new environment brings new mechanics with it. The moon’s lower gravity means that gunfights and traversal have a vertical component. And, the lack of oxygen will push you between conveniently placed domes of air.

I never finished Pre-Sequel but I enjoyed the bits that I played of it. It’s a shame that 2K Australia closed shortly after its release.

The meme-y humour of Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel doesn’t hold up especially well (you can go ahead and use “Butt Stallion” as a litmus test for whether you’ll think it’s funny or not). But, they’re still a blast with a few friends at your side.

And, given that both are free right now, it should be pretty easy to round-up a co-op party. Here are Tom’s impressions of Borderlands 3 if you’d prefer something more current.

Enjoyed this article?

Found it interesting, entertaining, useful, or informative? Maybe it even saved you some money. That's great to hear! Sadly, independent publishing is struggling worse than ever, and Thumbsticks is no exception. So please, if you can afford to, consider supporting us via Patreon or buying us a coffee.


Recommended for you


Continue Reading

News

Save up to 95% in this week’s rockin’ Xbox One sales

An impressive crop of blockbuster action games are among this week’s new Xbox One discounts.

Published

on

Xbox One Sales Ghost Recon
Ubisoft / Microsoft / Thumbsticks

An impressive crop of blockbuster action games are among this week’s new Xbox One discounts.

Shoot, punch, kick, zap and hack your way through this week’s Xbox One video game deals. The Rockin’ Action sale – which was surely named by a dad – features a selection of explosive games. Our picks include Ubisoft’s slowly improving online shooter, Ghost Recon Breakpoint, and the often overlooked post-apocalyptic FPS, Metro Exodus.

Highlights from this week’s Deals with Gold include the inventive Yoku’s Island Express and Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. (PSA: CIV VI is free on PC for a few more hours via the Epic Games Store.)

Finally, some new Spotlight savings discount some of EA Sports’ biggest games, with price cuts for FIFA 20, Madden 20, and NHL 20.

All three sales run through to June 1 via the Xbox Digital Games store and Microsoft online store. Here are some more highlights.

Rockin’ Action Sale Highlights

  • Batman: Return To Arkham – 50% off
  • Borderlands 3 Super Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 67% off
  • Dead Island Definitive Collection – 80% off
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Game of the Year Edition – 75% off
  • Far Cry 4 + Far Cry Primal Bundle – 65% off
  • Far Cry 5 Gold Edition + Far Cry New Dawn Deluxe Edition Bundle – 70% off
  • Ghost Recon Breakpoint – Ultimate Edition – 65% off
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Online Edition & Whale Shark Card Bundle – 35% off
  • Hitman HD Enhanced Collection – 70% off
  • Journey to the Savage Planet – 40% off
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda – Standard Recruit Edition – 70% off
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – 70% off
  • Metro Exodus – 60% off
  • Red Dead Redemption 2: Special Edition – 55% off
  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected – 75% off
  • Steep – 50% off
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Standard Edition – 65% off
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane – 60% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – Gold Edition – 75% off

Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Aven Colony – 70% off
  • L.A. Noire – 50% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 25% off
  • Starpoint Gemini Warlords – 75% off
  • The Wolf Among Us – 50% off
  • WWE 2K20 – 67% off
  • Yoku’s Island Express – 70% off

Spotlight Sale Highlights

  • Claws of Furry – 50% off
  • EA Sports FIFA 20 Champions Edition – 70% off
  • FIFA The Journey Trilogy – 80% off
  • Madden NFL 20: Superstar Edition – 70% off
  • NBA 2K20 – 95% off
  • Need For Speed Heat Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • NHL 20 Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Super Mutant Alien Assault – 85% off
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Magnus Edition – 60% off

Get news on the latest video game savings via our regularly updated sales page. And head over to our new releases section for news of the latest PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch games. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Enjoyed this article?

Found it interesting, entertaining, useful, or informative? Maybe it even saved you some money. That's great to hear! Sadly, independent publishing is struggling worse than ever, and Thumbsticks is no exception. So please, if you can afford to, consider supporting us via Patreon or buying us a coffee.


Recommended for you


Continue Reading