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Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection is Now Available for Sony’s PSP… Go Find It!

 

We’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Square Enix on TWO amazing titles for PSP this year, Tactics Ogre which shipped earlier this Spring, and now Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection which is now available and is being received by top gaming media with great review scores!  Read more

TRT BoxTomb Raider Trilogy released a couple of weeks ago and we here at Maverick PR were a bit excited to jump into the fray and do a little bit of work with one of the most iconic video game characters of all time. 

Tomb Raider Trilogy combines three awesome Tomb Raider games into one amazing package for PlayStation 3. And if that’s not enough for you, all of the games have been re-mastered in HD to make them look even better than before.  Still not enough?  Well, don’t pick up that phone because the package also includes some PS3-exclusive items like avatar rewards and a special theme.

It’s an amazing deal — so if you missed the games on PS2, go get this now.  If you played them on PS2 and love Tomb Raider, go get this package now.  Don’t believe us – and really – why would you?  Just read some of the reviews!

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DEHR Ships Aug. 23 in North AmericaIf you’re not yet on-board with how amazing Deus Ex: Human Revolution looks, you better get caught up and caught up quick.  With the game now confirmed for Aug. 23rd in North America, it’s time to start thinking about whether you want to play through in combat or stealth, or a mix of both.

To help you along the way, we just released this awesome “Three Ways to Play” trailer.  You can watch it below on the official YouTube channel, visit the game’s official Facebook page, or look at any number of hundreds of gaming sites around the world carrying this bad boy.

 

BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSEI don’t know, you might’ve heard that some Japanese company is about to release some new version of some video game platform that everyone seems to love… errr… or something, like, I think it has 3d??

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We’re really excited to be working on one of the biggest and most important franchises in video games – Deus Ex.  With Deus Ex: Human Revolution, this awesome blend of FPS action and RPG gameplay comes to current generation systems, bringing along exciting new human augmentations, and choose-your-own-gameplay fun — play stealth, run-and-gun, hacking… whatever you like.

We’ll be in Germany next week with Square Enix helping them to show off the game at GamesCom in Cologne.  In the meantime, enjoy the newest trailer, which shows off gameplay publicly for the very first time.

GameSpot's Exclusive Look Hits on the X360 Page

GameSpot – along with a handful of other outlets – nabbed a private demo with us last week and had a chance to delve deeper into Square Enix’s upcoming action game, Mindjack.  All of this during a first look preview tour Maverick put together in San Francisco.

While all of the outlets we visited will be posting their thoughts on the game shortly, including 1UP, Gamepro, GamesRadar, Worthplaying, and many more, GameSpot is first out of the gate with their exclusive first break, along with a new video and exclusive video interview with Square Enix’s Johnny Fournier.

If you’re not familiar with Mindjack, it is an unusual game that combines single and multi-player action in to a unifying, intense and always different experience.  The way I try to explain this is imagine that you fire up your single player campaign as normal but at any time, you might discover the enemies your are battling and squad mates fighting by your side are controlled by other gamers somewhere in the world through Xbox Live and Playstation Network.  Now THAT’s good AI. 🙂

Take a look at the video interview on GameSpot below – some pretty cool stuff happening in the world of Mindjack.  And be sure to visit the game on it’s Facebook Page and “Like” away!

Dungeon Siege III for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3

It’s been five years, but Dungeon Siege III is finally in production!  Square Enix has partnered with Obsidian Entertainment to bring us the latest installment in the Dungeon Siege series.

The other good news is Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games will remain involved throughout the development process to provide key insight and game continuity.  That said, Obsidian Entertainment was a perfect choice to carry the DS torch forward with a great track record on a host of other major RPG franchises including KOTOR, Neverwinter Nights, Fallout, etc.

Needless to say, we’re really excited to be working with both Obsidian Entertainment and Gas Powered Games again.

Check out some of the latest concept art for Dungeon Siege III:

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Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light for NDS

Square Enix has just announced Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light, which is the very first ORIGINAL Final Fantasy title developed for the Nintendo DS.  And, while the NDS hasn’t had any new Final Fantasy titles for…well…ever!  the remakes of old classics on the NDS have been nothing short of fantastic.  What’s even more exciting is that the team behind the critical and commercially successful remakes of Final Fantasy III and IV for the NDS is the same team developing FF4HOL.

Pretty freakin’ awesome!

So, in short, New Final Fantasy adventure on the NDS this fall; same team who made the excellent FFIII and FFIV; new characters and tales; and, a really cool new “storybook” art style!

Without further ado, check out some of the new screens for FF4HOL:

NY Times, NY Post, G4TV, Tech-Gaming, Kotaku All Agree The Experience of NIER is Unique and A Trip Worth Taking

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Seth Schiesel's NIER Review in NY Times Dove Deep Into Story and Mature Content

NIER continues to surprise and delight reviewers across all levels and genres of media from the New York Times to Kotaku to GamePro to G4TV.  We’re really excited to see all of the great coverage coming out and also to see that reviewers are taking the time to evaluate the game on its entire experience, rather than getting hung up on individual points of contention.

Let’s face it, this is just a highlight reel of some cool reviews, so let’s get to it…

The New York Times, as seen above, said:  “…if you reduce Nier to its constituent parts, there are plenty of games that surpass it in each area. But Nier never feels disjointed and it stands as an achievement in using many different styles of gaming in the service of a coherent, compelling whole.”

The NY Post weighed in with a B+, saying: “On its surface, Nier is just an action RPG. Below that, however, is a wonderfully complex tale with characters you’ll root for.”

G4TV came through with a 4/5 in their review that went on X-Play.  Is this because of someone’s dashing face appearing on that show earlier this year?  Decidedly yes, in my humble opinion… but it could just be the game too…

GamePro joined the fray, judging the game to be a “…fun title in its own right, creatively melding hack-n-slash gameplay with traditional RPG elements, and topped off with a bizarre, yet engrossing story.” 3.5/5 stars

Kotaku, which doesn’t assign scores, agreed, saying in their very positive review: “As I played, I was pleasantly surprised to find a complex action role-playing game with some big ideas, a daring storyline, flashy combat, and enough extra content to satisfy even the most obsessive compulsive role-playing fan.”

Tech-Gaming agreed, awarding NIER with a B and saying: “While the title does have a few niggling faults, it is also delightfully compelling as hours evaporate with each subsequent dungeon.”

This is all great news for NIER.  Have you tried the game yet?  You should.  Learn more at www.NIERGame.com or go ahead and find out more right where you spend your day hiding from work responsibilities at www.facebook.com/NIERgame.

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Square Enix’s Latest Action-RPG Surprises Reviewers With Story and Depth

We’ve been really excited for the past few months as we continued to work on NIER with Square Enix.  The game had so many spoilers and so much content to hide it presented quite a challenge when it came time to demo and show it off.  It was so fun to take it on tour twice and never mention key plot points like the Shadowlord, multiple books and critical story arcs.  The goal?  To leave people wanting more and create some suspense during review playthroughs.

And we couldn’t be happier to see that the reviewers have enjoyed it as well.  While some express consternation over not being fully briefed prior to review, others have embraced what the game has to offer – namely an engaging story, multiple endings (one of which is truly epic), and unique characters.

As with any game, it has its strong points and weak points, but the overall experience has proven to be more than the sum of its parts for most reviewers.  As a result, it’s fair to say that NIER is rolling into “sleeper” territory.  Just check out some of the reviews:  Strategy Informer, GamingUnion, Bitbag, and PSXExtreme all weigh in with 8/10 scores.  Other outlets like Zeitgeist apply no score but talk about the amazing story and characters.

If you haven’t checked out NIER, you really should!