Check out Final Fantasy 15 before it even has a release date!

Mike got his hands on a demo of the long waited game, Final Fantasy XV! Because he’s such a sharing guy, he did a couple videos detailing his playthrough of it. Check them out below!!

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Stay turned to GTU for any Final Fantasy news!

Episode 004: A New Hope

The Game Talk Universe is back! Matt and Mike discuss January’s Nintendo Direct event, Microsofts Windows 10 event and the possible return of Rock Band. Also, we read some listener mail and discuss how many game remakes are too many remakes.

Games Mike is PUMPED for!: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

It’s a pretty awful name….

Today I’m starting a new feature on the site called Games Mike is PUMPED for! (Great name right?) In this semi-regular article, I will talk about a little bit about a game that will be coming out soon that i’m PUMPED about. Sometimes I’ll have a lot to say, sometimes I won’t, but I’ll always leave pictures and videos so you’ll be able to decide if you’re excited or not! First up, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. (Another great name right?)

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD

Published and Developed by: Square-Enix

US Release Date: March 19th 2015 for Xbox One and Playstation 4

Now technically this game already came out. In 2011 Square-Enix released this game in Japan for Sony’s Playstation Portable(PSP) system. However it’s never made it’s way to US soil and this is a HD port of the same game with tweaks and extras added.

I recently received a Xbox One for Christmas from my loving generous brother, Jason, who is amazing. After running the possibilities of all the next gen games I could play through my head, this game popped into my head. I was excited for this game without even having a way to play it.

Here are your school attending killing machines, and you thought your school was rough.

FFT-0 HD(For short) is an action-RPG, which stars a group of 12 bad ass military students who each have a different weapon and skills. Your team of super cool, very Japanese(Warriors wearing school girl outfits? Check), teenage killing machines are sent on various missions as your nation is at war with another warring nation. Unlike a lot of previous Final Fantasies, the game uses a real-time battle system similar to previous Square-Enix game Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. You control three of your students at a time and can swap between them at anytime. One of the characters’ weapons is a flute. I’m dead serious. You don’t believe me? Look at this picture.

Hopefully there aren’t any ” This one time at band camp…” jokes.

If you know anything about me, you know I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan. I play almost all of the games, I usually like or love what I play. Everything I’ve seen about this game makes me excited. The story, which I’ve heard is a lot darker than your typical FF game. It’s the first Final Fantasy to receive a M(Mature) rating from the ESRB. The idea of a military school of magic welding bad asses is interesting to me and I’m excited to see how the battle system works.

Are any of you excited for this game? Let me know in the comments! Also I left some videos of the game at the bottom if you want to check it out for yourself! Thanks for reading!

Today Microsoft announced that the Xbox One Assassin’s Creed Bundle will be returning to it’s normal price of $400 after January 3rd. During the holidays you could get the bundle(Which includes Assassin’s Creed Unity and last year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag) for $359. Select stores were also running other deals which also included gift cards, other controllers and more free games for the same price.

If you still are missing out on the Xbox One now seems to be the time to buy. I don’t imagine they’ll lower the price again until at least fall of next year.

-Mike

Mike’s Top Ten Games of 2014

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As promised on our most recent podcast, here is my list of my favorite games from 2014. My big takeaway from making this list is there are plenty of games I haven’t played! Especially from next gen consoles, so if your favorite game isn’t on here be easy on me. Games I haven’t played that I suspect have a chance to land on this list: Shovel Knight, Watch Dogs, Tropico 5, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, NBA 2K15, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Fantasia: Music Evolved, and Civilization: Beyond Earth.

All disclaimers aside, here’s my list!

10: Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U)

I’m a huge fan of the original Donkey Kong Country series. A huge part of my childhood was set in front of an old ass TV playing DKC (or 2) while my neighborhood friends played outside. However, I wasn’t as into 2010’s Donkey Kong Country Returns. It just lacked the original spark that the SNES series had. I believe the sequel, this years Tropical Freeze was closer to the mark, while not entirely hitting it.

That being said I very much enjoyed my time with Tropical Freeze. The jumping mechanics felt great, it had creative level design, and interesting(if a bit long) boss battles.Also I enjoyed have to use the different characters for different purposes. I just wish the co-op didn’t feel tacked on. Even the sometimes frustrating Flappy Bird style barrel rocket sections felt a lot less frustrating than in the previous game. I’m excited to see where Retro Games takes the series next.

9: Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby (3DS)

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I love Pokemon. I’ve been playing since I was a young boy and the Red/Blue and Gold/Silver versions are some of my favorite games. However I didn’t play any of the GBA versions like Ruby and Sapphire. So this was a first time for these games for me. To be honest, I have not finished my copy of Omega Ruby yet, so I will continue to play into the new year. I’ve had fun playing this game, but certain things have made it a slight let down for me in comparison to the triumph that was Pokemon X and Y.

I love the new DexNav that allows you to find pokemon with unique moves. It also includes a feature that shows you how many more unique pokemon are in that area so you know when you catch them all. This is huge for someone like me who spends most of his time filling his pokedex as opposed to training killing machines.

It includes most of the great improvements from X and Y, but I was disappointed in a few things. The amount of water traveling in the game has been excessive so far and has made the game much tougher to get through. Also I understand why HMs exist, but we need a better system. Having useless pokemon or giving pokemon useless moves just so I can traverse the land is outdated and needs to be changed.

That being said I’m enjoying the game and will continue to in the upcoming months.

8: South Park: The Stick of Truth (X360)

Admittedly I’m not as big of a South Park fan as I used to be. I haven’t outgrown the humor, I’m just not much of a scheduled TV watcher. That being said, I loved this game. Combining old nods to previous South Park episodes with new jokes lampooning video games was hilarious.

The gameplay itself wasn’t super deep, but it had enough RPG elements to keep me interested. The replay value was small, I didn’t feel a need to go back and play it again after my original play through even to try another one of the character classes.

This game was 100% South Park and I found myself chuckling to myself the whole time while playing. It might not have had replay value, but you’d be hard pressed to find a game this year that made you laugh harder.

7: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call (3DS)

You won’t see this game on a lot of website’s top ten lists, but I’m a sucker for rhythm games and Final Fantasy music. This game combines both of those elements into a slick rhythm game that kept my 3DS in my hands for months.

Leveling up some of Final Fantasy’s most iconic characters while tapping and sliding your 3DS touchscreen to music might seem odd, but it’s surprisingly addicting and choosing what characters and abilities to set your party up with was much more rewarding and challenging than I expected.

This game collects over 200 songs from FF1 all the way to next years Final Fantasy Type-0 and gives you the option to purchase more through DLC. It’s an amazing game and one I think should be praised more than it was.

6: Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

I like Mario Kart, but I haven’t been as big of a fan as others. This game might have made me a believer.
Everything in this game looks beautiful! From the different tracks to the colorful cast of racers, this game shows off WII U HD like no other. The new course wrinkles like the air gliders and underwater sections of the tracks are well done and add much more to the experience than you expect.

My favorite part in all of this is the game no longer frustrates me. Falling off the side of a track no longer jets you into last place, a little fella in a cloud grabs you midair and drops you back onto the track in seconds, turning it into only a minor setback. However, the game isn’t too easy as you’ll need to be skilled in order to win races consistently.
Also worth mentioning is the excellent DLC plan for this game. 8 new tracks and 3 new characters for each of the two DLC packs is a great value and gets you back into the game every time you think you’re done with it.

Playing with three other friends is a must and a hell of a way to spend an evening

5: Titanfall (XBone)

Full disclosure: I don’t own Titanfall. Hell I don’t even own a XBox One. However, Ive played this game on my brother’s Xbone multiple times and love it. It takes the formula that was first pioneered by other first person shooters and blew it up, forming a hybrid of multiple games that I fell in love with.

Controlling the titans is satisfying and destructive fun, but what’s more impressive is how powerful you feel outside of the titans. Running and jumping off walls is a blast and allows you to see maps as something other than a maze of corridors.
I’m excited to get a Xbox One and finally join the party officially.

4: Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

As a Dynasty Warriors fan and a Zelda fan i must admit: I was very scared of this game. I love french fries and I love lasagna, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be good together. However my fears were lifted when I put the game in. Besides fried lasagna sounds pretty amazing.

This game will never be my favorite Zelda game, but it just might be my favorite Warriors game. It’s much faster paced than your typical Warriors entry and has all kinds of little details that make you nostalgic for Zelda games. Link himself is a complete badass in the game, leveling hundreds of grunts with a simple button press. It’s mindless fun, but sometimes I want to sit back and mow down hoards of goons and this game scratches that itch like no other.

Also this game has optional DLC that really adds content. New characters and new maps every couple of months. Nintendo continues to kill it in that regard.

3: Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (X360)

As someone who hasn’t owned a Sony console since PS2, I was very jealous of owners who got to play Guacamelee! when it came out in 2013. Luck was on my side in 2014 as Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition(Great Name) came to my X Box 360 this year.

I played this game non stop from when I got it, to when I 100% it on the hardest difficulty, only stopping for work and sleep. This game is very similar to a 2D Metroid or Castlevania(MetroidVania) game. You are a Mexican man who must save his love by becoming a superhero like luchadore.

The game is charmingly funny, challenging but no too much so, and is lengthy. It’s very rewarding to collect a new power up that allows you to perform a flying kick, and then go back to other area you couldn’t before without that move. This game captivated me for a couple of weeks this year, and should be checked out especially considering it isn’t a full priced title.

2: Walking Dead Season 2 (X360)

I was a huge fan of Season One of Telltale’s Walking Dead game. I was emotionally moved by the last episode in that season and had high hopes for Season 2. I was not disappointed.

For those that do not know, Telltale’s Walking Dead series is based on the graphic novel, and not the TV show. It’s very loosely a game and more of a graphic adventure where you make choices that effect outcomes later on. That being said the series is very well written and getting through the story and learning about the characters is the driving force, not the gameplay(or lack thereof)

Season 2 had me on the edge of my seat with each episode. Playing as Clementine, who you had to protect in season one, brought a whole different level of paranoia with my choices. I didn’t know who to trust and what to do in a lot of situations. The choices seemed to matter more in season 2 than they did in the previous one.

To talk about this in more detail would spoil things and I wouldn’t want to do that, but if you like The Walking Dead, or zombies in general, and are in the mood for a good story, check out both seasons of the Walking Dead.

1: Super Smash Bros Wii U

If you’ve already listened to this week’s podcast you’d know this already, but my favorite game of 2014 is Super Smash Bros for Wii U! I love this game! The new characters are well thought out and charming. The game play is as tight as it’s been since Melee.

The most impressive thing about this game is the attention to detail, from the stages to the trophies you can unlock, everything is perfect. The game doesn’t just represent character’s source materials properly, it celebrates them.
This is more impressive when you consider the amount of content in the game. Other games in the series have tailed off after unlocking the secret characters, but with this version of the game I’m always finding more reasons to play. Whether it’s unlocking trophies or more custom moves for the fighters, I’ll continue to have fun playing this game well into 2015

Playing with friends is as much fun as it’s always been, if not more. Being able to team up with 3 other friends against a slew of computer players is a blast and I can’t wait to get 7 of my friends in my living room to do a full 8-player smash match.
With Mewtwo announced as a DLC character, I feel it’s only a matter of time until they announce more. Having a few new characters to learn this year would be a blast and I hope Nintendo goes that route.

Well there’s my list for 2014! I hope you enjoyed reading and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for us with video games! Let me know what your favorite games were in the comments below

Mike