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Catch Up On the Entire Series with Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far

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Square Enix wants to make sure you’ve had as many chances as possible to catch up on Kingdom Hearts. They announced the biggest compilation bundle yet for PlayStation 4, Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far.

The Story So Far packs together three previously released bundles into one super bundle. It’s available October 30 for $39.99.

Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far is notable for including last year’s Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix bundle, as well as the one piece missing from that bundle – Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.

Unpacking the various bundles reveals the following games (or cutscenes, where noted) included in The Story So Far.

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 368/2 Days (cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage
  • Kingdom Hearts X Back cover (movie)

The last three entries were specifically included from the 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, which launched last year.

Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far is available to pre-order now. The Kingdom Hearts series is rated E10+. The very long awaited, highly anticipated sequel Kingdom Hearts III is due to launch on January 25, 2019.

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Skybound Games to Finish Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season

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The sudden drama surrounding Telltale Games’ massive layoffs and game cancellations continues. This time it’s a glimmer of hope for fans of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series. At New York Comic-Con, series creator Robert Kirkman announced that the game arm of his company, Skybound Games, will pick up the pieces of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

Details are still forthcoming. According to Variety, Skybound Games “will work with members of the original Telltale team to finish the story, though nothing has been finalized.”

Last month Telltale shocked the industry when it laid off over 200 employees, effectively canceling nearly all ongoing projects, including The Walking Dead: The Final Season, which had just launched its second episode (out of a planned four episodes).

A skeleton crew remained to finish some contractual work and keep the lights running. But recently, according to one of the employees who remained, they too were laid off. The drama has been a hot topic within the industry, highlighting problems of worker’s rights, severance pay, and a poorly managed company.

Telltale recently announced that they were shopping around for a partner to continue the unfinished final season of The Walking Dead, which fans have been clamoring for.

Skybound Games picking up The Walking Dead makes a lot of sense. Obviously it’s Kirkman’s company, and they have the license to make The Walking Dead games. Skybound Entertainment was founded in 2010 by Kirkman, while Skybound Games launched earlier this year, and has published The Long Dark and Slime Rancher.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season is available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Switch. The first two episodes are available, with the final two handled by Skybound Games. They’re rated M for Mature.

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4

It’s easy to get jaded about the RPG genre, specifically Japanese RPGs. Every trope has been well-worn, every character archetype has been fully exploited. Dating back to the 1980s the Dragon Quest series is one of the most egregious examples of many tiresome gameplay elements and story beats.

Yet each new Dragon Quest game proves why the series remains beloved and resilient. With an irresistible charm, modern design conveniences, and excellent writing, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a wonderful RPG for newcomers and a delightful return for series veterans.

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