Final Fantasy 7 Remake Demo Available Now on PlayStation 4

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If you’re curious about all the fuss with the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Square Enix has released a free demo today on the PlayStation Store. Downloading the demo before May 11 will also provide an exclusive PlayStation 4 theme when the full game launches on April 10.

The limited demo includes the opening chapter of the story, centered around the bombing mission of the Mako Reactor.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake stars Cloud Strife, a former strike force member of the powerful Shinra corporation, which controls the planet’s life force. In the opening chapter, Cloud has left Shinra to join forces with a rebellious mercenary group called Avalanche to shut down the reactor in the city of Midgar.

The remake covers only a fraction of the full 1997 RPG, taking place entirely within the opening area of Midgar, but expanding on many story and gameplay elements. The combat system uses a hybrid of real-time action with strategic commands.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake will be released on April 10 with standard, deluxe, and a 1st Class Edition on PlayStation 4. It’s rated T for Teen with Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco, and Violence.

Full Kingdom Hearts Series Available on Xbox for the First Time

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While Kingdom Hearts 3 launched on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last year, earlier games in the series have been exclusive to the PlayStation. Until now. Today Square Enix and Disney have finally brought the two major compilation packs, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, to Xbox One.

Additionally, Kingdom Hearts 3 is launching on Xbox Game Pass.

Here is everything included in the two compilation packs. Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2 are both included in the 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix package, while the 2012 3DS game that bridges the gap between 2 and 3 is included in the Final Chapter Prologue pack.

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX
    • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
    • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
    • Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
    • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
    • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
    • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep –A fragmentary passage–
    • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

The recently released Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC, Re Mind, is also coming to Xbox One on Tuesday, Feb. 25, for $29.99. Music fans can check out the Re Mind + Concert Video Package, which includes the DLC plus the World of Tres Orchestra concert recorded in Japan last November, for $39.99.

Kingdom Hearts 3 will be available on Xbox Game Pass beginning on Feb. 25. Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service that grants access to a selection of Xbox games. The Re Mind DLC will not be included in the subscription, however, and must be purchased separately.

Kingdom Hearts 3 and the compilation packs are rated E10+.