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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! Review: All Tapped Out

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I’m starting to think Square Enix doesn’t know how to make free games. One of its first attempts, Final Fantasy All the Bravest, was a train wreck, but the company later redeemed itself with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, a game that feels like a Final Fantasy game. One of Square Enix’s more recent free games, Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire, is just a Game of War: Fire Age clone, which is already a bad game to emulate. But today, Square Enix released its latest free game: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap!, and it’s a cookie clicker clone. Again, not the best choice of games to emulate.

Unlike the other games I’ve mentioned, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! is not for iOS or Android devices but is a free game on Facebook. Players take control of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius’  protagonist Rain and can recruit up to five other Final Fantasy characters in one team. However, the game only includes characters exclusive to Brave Exvius, so players shouldn’t go in expecting to recruit fan-favorites such as Cecil Harvey, Kefka Palazzo, or Vivi Ornitier. Perhaps they’ll be added later or not, but right now, players are limited to characters they probably have never heard of. Moreover, only eight characters are earned by progressing through the “story” (more on that later). Players can only unlock the other characters by spending Lapis, which would be a fine idea if Lapis weren’t earned at a snail’s pace and was the only way to level up characters. In addition, players will need to accumulate an insane 764,000 Lapis to unlock every character, and that’s not counting the Lapis needed to level up characters so players can begin to collect Lapis. That’s beyond a Herculean task, even by cookie clicker clone standards

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! plays like any other cookie clicker clone, but with a Final Fantasy paint job. All players do is click the mouse to attack, sometimes click on a character’s portrait to perform a Limit Break, and that’s it. Sure, the characters that players recruit help deal extra damage, but that’s all these recruitables do. Moreover, the game doesn’t have any spells to cast and enemies don’t attack; the only challenge in the game comes from the 30-second time limit on each level, which consists of one enemy followed by another enemy followed by a boss. The game lacks any variation and sticks to this formula far too rigidly. Furthermore, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! gets boring very quickly. Granted, different character Limit Breaks deal different types of elemental damage, and different enemies have specific elemental weaknesses, but I never noticed a significant change in damage output when taking advantage of these weaknesses. Not only are status effects absent from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap!, but all of the strategy and planning synonymous with Final Fantasy is missing from the game as well. The one remotely clever mechanic in the game is that weapons are powered up when players buy duplicates, which isn’t actually that clever when compared to other Final Fantasy titles, especially since players need to wait until the 100th stage (yes, seriously) to buy weapons, and they don’t know what they’re buying until it’s already been bought.

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Gamers can usually rely on Final Fantasy games to have spectacular music, but the music in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! is anything but. It might be the same music from Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, but this time it’s on an infuriating, continuous loop that doesn’t loop seamlessly into itself as in other Final Fantasy games. Instead, the music fades out and then starts all over again from the beginning. This is a rookie mistake gamers expect from an inexperienced developer who made his or her first Flash or RPG Maker game, not Square Enix. However, the sound effects are even worse than the music, as they are either uninteresting bleeps and bloops of  menu buttons or limp sword swings. But, more often than not, sound effects are downright missing. In most Final Fantasy games, Limit Breaks are bombastic spectacles of particle and sound effects, but Limit Breaks in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! are almost completely silent. Finally, I know I promised to talk about the story earlier, but quite frankly Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! doesn’t have a story. Sometimes characters have conversations, but they are never of any consequence. Stuff just happens without any rhyme or reason, which is not hallmark of a good video game, especially a Final Fantasy video game.

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! is a bad game. It does away with everything synonymous with the Final Fantasy  franchise and replaces it with boring, generic gameplay that was out of date in 2014. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! displays a fundamental misunderstanding of what makes Final Fantasy great and why fans love the series. I can forgive a lot in a Final Fantasy game. Heck, I’m one of the few people who doesn’t complain about Final Fantasy XIII‘s story. But, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap! misses all the marks and commits the two cardinal sins of bad video games: it fails to be enjoyable and has no positive aspects to distract from its shortcomingsI didn’t know what to expect when I started playing Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Tap!, but even so, my vague expectations were better than what I experienced.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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