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TSA's Top 100 of 2013: 80-76 - Dragon's Dogma, Tekken & Final Fantasy

Will Final Fantasy finally arrive on PS3?

It may be Sunday, but what won’t stop us from keeping our countdown rolling. In the first of today’s two articles we cover sniping, sword fighting, fist fighting and platforming. That seems like a nice range of topics, so lets get going.

80. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

80. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2

You’re in luck with Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, as teflon actually previewed the game this week. Although he found the game a little linear, it does seem that he enjoyed his time with it and it’s clear that it’s a big improvement over the first game. Those improvements are also why the game’s missed its original August release, with developers City Interactive shifting the game to January to add more polish to the title. As the game’s Producer, Michael Sroczynski, said to teflon:

We wanted to get SGW2 right for release, and didn’t want to rush it out. We feel the first SGW was a bit rushed, because as a studio we weren’t in such a comfortable situation. Back then we just needed a game out, and though we kept working hard and tried to patch the flaws quite fast, it’s not the same thing as getting a more polished product on day one.

I don’t think you can really have any complaints about a developer taking that kind of attitude.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the first Sniper: Ghost Warrior, the general aim of the series is realism in sniping. You’ll have to account for wind, distance and the trajectory of your bullet to hit your target, although easier difficulty levels scale back the amount of physics you’ll need to take account of when taking your shot. The game also focuses heavily on stealth elements, as you’d expect, and hand-to-hand combat.

If all of this talk of death from a distance has peaked your interest then you’ll only have to wait until January 18th to start your sniping career.

79. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

79. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

It’s not really clear what Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is, apart from being a “major expansion” to Dragon’s Dogma. We have no idea what Capcom have in mind, and don’t even know when it’s coming. All that’s really clear from the TGS announcement is that it’ll be coming to both Xbox 360 and PS3 and that, well, it’s for Dragon’s Dogma.

The core game faired well in our review though, earning itself a 7/10 and leaving Dan impressed by its combat and pawn systems. However, the game’s characters and lack of enemy variety did strike a bit of bum note, so there’s clearly room for Dark Arisen to improve on what’s already there.

78. Tekken

78. Tekken

The first of two Tekken titles featuring in today’s top 100 articles, this Wii U game is by far the most mysterious of the pair, being based largely on rumours that Peter came across when pulling the list together. Whilst we’ve already seen Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arrive as a Wii U launch title, and there may well be the possibility of Tekken X Street Fighter appearing on the console, there’s been rumours floating around about the possibility of a third Tekken title for Nintendo’s newest console.

However, for the moment they’re just that – rumours. Will it be a port of Tekken 6, or a brand new game for the console? Have some wires been crossed about the version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Wii U? Perhaps we’ll know in the new year. What I can confirm is that Tekken X Street Fighter will be cropping up in the second of today’s top 100 articles.

77. Ibb and Obb

77. ibb and obb

I’d never heard of ibb and obb before but it’s now firmly onto my radar. The game’s a platformer for PSN and PC that was actually due out right now. The game was on target to be released in November or December, but in an announcement on the game’s website project manager Richard Boeser delayed the game for two reasons.

The development reason was that the development team, consisting of Sparpweed on design and Codeglue on coding, had decided to add online multiplayer. The game has a strong co-op focus, and whilst they strongly recommend playing the game with someone in the same room, they recognised that online has now become an expected staple and the game stood a better chance of success with it included from the get go.

On the marketing side of things, the realisation was made that it’s more than tricky to compete in the holiday period, particularly when you’re a small game with no marketing budget. Delaying the game should help with it getting noticed, and from what I’ve seen it certainly deserves some appreciation.

So just what is it that’s caught my interest? Well partly it’s the game’s wonderfully cute aesthetic; Sparpweed have done a great job in that regard. However it’s more the gravity based co-op platforming that’s really peaked my interest; it looks absolutely great. You see each level in split into an upper and lower half, with the gravity in the lower half the opposite of that in the upper portion of the screen. The titular ibb and obb will need to work together to succeed, switching back and forth between the two parts of the level via portals in the ground.

As a downloadable platformer the game looks simply great, and I love the co-op element of it. If it’s struck a chord with you then keep an eye out in spring 2013.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

76. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

The final game in this portion of today’s list is the second, and last, Final Fantasy title to make an appearance in our list. That’s right, despite perhaps being Square Enix’s star franchise, Final Fantasy hasn’t managed to make its way in the top 75 games in this year’s list.

As for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, it’s not technically a new game. Instead it’s the new version of the latest Final Fantasy MMO, Final Fantasy XIV. Having said that, the original version of Final Fantasy XIV has now been taken offline, with A Realm Reborn currently working its way through the Alpha stages.

What may perhaps be the most crucial element of the games subtitle ladened relaunch is that the heavily delayed PS3 version of the game will be releasing when A Realm Reborn arrives. Given that the Windows version originally hit in September of 2010, I’m sure PS3 Final Fantasy fans will be more than happy to have the MMO accessible on their console.

There’s a wide variety of changes and improvements coming in A Realm Reborn, including a new graphics engine, revamped UI and updates to the game’s job system. It will also see significant changes to several areas of the game’s world, which will be explained by the impact of a meteor named Dalamund that some lunatic summoned to crash into the planet.

Hopefully the changes to the game will pay off when A Realm Reborn relaunches in mid 2013.

Five games isn’t enough for us, so we’ll be back later today to take you all the way down to 71.

10 Comments
  1. Bodachi
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Forgot about Ibb and Obb, thought the trailer was interesting. Hope it turns out well.

    Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 15:19.
  2. KeRaSh
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    Can’t wait to play FFXIV ARR. They’ve worked hard to improve the game in every possible way and I hope people give it another chance. They deserve it.

    Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 15:23.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      is it speak like a pirate month again?

      shiver me timbers, arr. ^_^

      Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 15:39.
  3. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    i guess that means VS XIII isn’t gonna make an appearance this year.
    is that waning interest or just not expecting it out in 2013?

    and finally, we only had to wait ten years for a Final Fantasy MMO to make it into european playstation owners hands.

    i’m looking forward to finding out more about that Dragon’s Dogma expansion, i’m loving the original right now, but there are things that could be improved.

    like the limitations on fast travel.
    even if they don’t want to make it unlimited, still, it needs to be a bit more practical.
    making sure there are ferry stones, or whatever they were called, available at more vendors would be a good start.

    as for what the expansion contains, if it lets you play the villain, as it sounds like it might, i’m all for it. ^_^

    Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 15:38.
    • hazelam
      Member
      Since: Feb 2009

      also that cinematic Square put out for the end of the original version of FFXIV showed a giant dragon like creature, rather than a meteor, though the dragon thing did seem to emerge from something that could have been a meteor.

      bloody awesome video that was.

      Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 15:56.
      • KeRaSh
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Giant dragon like creature? Dragon thing?
        You mean Bahamut? >_>
        But yeah, that trailer was amazing. One of the best cinematics I’ve ever seen.

        Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 21:08.
  4. gazzagb
    Master of speling mitakse
    Since: Feb 2009

    So is Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen DLC then? Or is it a separate game?

    Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 15:48.
    • Blargron
      Member
      Since: Dec 2012

      Its likely DLC to me, like Dragon Age: Awakening was a expansion but in Europe it was only downloadable on PS3.

      Still, maybe things will be different this time.

      Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 16:56.
  5. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Biggest surprise to me so far is no place for Final Fantasy Versus XIII or Final Fantasy X HD in the 100.

    Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 17:18.
  6. yogh_wayne
    Member
    Since: Oct 2008

    I’m really looking forward to the Dragon’s Dogma expansion. Never heard of ibb and obb, but it looks interesting.

    Comment posted on 09/12/2012 at 20:01.

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