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Square Enix Gives Gamers an Early Holiday Gift with a Lost Sphear Demo

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Several years ago, game demos were dying out, but now they seem to be making a comeback. High profile games such as Destiny 2Resident Evil 7, and South Park: The Fractured But Whole have all received demos, and so has Square Enix’s upcoming game Lost Sphear.

Lost Sphear takes place in a world where memory is everything: when someone forgets something, a small fragment of the world disappears. Players will take the role of Kanata, a boy who has the ability to bring forgotten things and people back to existence, while reality is on the brink of destruction; entire landscapes and peoples are being forgotten and disappearing into an ever-growing sea of blankness. It is up to Kanata, his allies, and ancient mechs called Volcosuits to save the world from being forgotten and enveloped by the void of nonexistence.

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One of Lost Sphear‘s main selling points is its battle system. The combat is inspired by the mechanics of Chrono Trigger, just like Tokyo RPG Factory’s previous game I am Setsuna, and lets players hit multiple enemies with a single attack if they are positioned correctly. Lost Sphear adds to this system with the ability to move characters in combat (this makes it easier for players to hit more than one enemy with an attack) and the stat-boosting Volcasuits.

Gamers can currently download the demo for Lost Sphear for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC (sorry Xbox One owners). According to the Steam page, the demo will last up to one hour. Moreover, the demo’s Steam page finally reveals the game’s system requirements:

Minimum

OS: Windows 7 – 64 bit
Processor: Intel Core i3 2.4GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: GeForce GTX460 / Radeon HD5750
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectSound Compatible sound card

Recommended

OS: Windows 7 – 64 bit
Processor: Intel Core i5 2.0GHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
GeForce GTX560Ti / Radeon HD7770
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectSound Compatible sound card

Judging by the requirements, even gamers with outdated computers will be able to run Lost Sphear without any difficulty.

Lost Sphear is scheduled to release January 23rd, 2018, so consider this demo an early Christmas/Hanukkah gift and a way to decide if the game is right for you. I’m downloading the demo right now, and if you’re a Square Enix RPG fan, so should you.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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