Posts Tagged square enix

deusexguide00Despite the apparent opulence of Deus Ex: The Fall’s world, it’s still a very dangerous place. Whether you fight back against your aggressors or sneak past them without any bloodshed is a matter of preference, but one way or another these threats will have to be dealt with. It’s the very reason we’ve put together this handy guide that includes suggestions for weapons, attachments, augmentations, and general tips that should help Ben Saxon live to get caught up in a web of corporate intrigue another day.

General Exploration and Hacking

deusexguide04There are lots and lots of worthwhile goodies to be found just laying around the environment, but you won’t be able to reach all of it without a little help. Oftentimes there will be a couple of different options available for getting inside of a locked room, but without the proper augmentations certain areas will be off-limits for the entire game. That’s why you may want to think about teaching Ben a few of these skills if you’re interested in scrounging every last inch of the world for gear.

Strength – Move Heavy Objects is a handy skill to have both for exploring and circumventing enemies. It boils down to shoving large boxes out of the way but it often reveals hidden access points or opens up new paths. Punch Through Walls can also be quite handy, even from a non-combat standpoint. With it Ben can essentially create his own doorways through specific points of the environment, although punching through solid concrete makes a fair bit of noise so exercise caution when using it.

Hacking – If you want to find all the hidden goodies, you’re going to need to get used to hacking. Aside from the general Capture skills that allow Ben to hack more and more advanced systems with each upgrade, he can also make use of Hacking Stealth to make him less noticeable when capturing nodes as well as Fortify to strengthen captured nodes and make a trace more difficult.

Combat Augmentation and Weapon Specializations

deusexguide02We can’t always avoid confrontation, and when that happens in Deus Ex: The Fall it can quickly turn into a kill or be killed situation. Thankfully Ben has more than a fair amount of combat experience, so by focusing on certain firearms and augs he’ll be more than capable of holding his own when things get dicey.

Armor – If you plan to get into a lot of firefights, you’ll definitely want to take points in armor. Not only will it increase Ben’s toughness but after a couple of upgrades he can also learn EMP Shielding, which will nullify the effects of EMP blast from grenades and mines as well as render him immune to electrified flooring.

Strength – Punch Through Walls is great for exploring, but it’s also handy for fighting. With the proper timing Ben can easily dispatch an enemy that would otherwise be difficult to sneak past simply by reaching through the wall they’re standing by. Recoil Compensation and Aim Stabilization are also important since there’s bound to be a lot of shooting (especially once he blasts a hole in a wall with his fist) and accuracy will be very important.

Weapons – With the exception of the Stun Gun, all the firearms are lethal. The Crossbow can silently take out unarmored enemies with enough damage upgrades while the 10MM Pistol and Combat Rifle can also be fitted with sound suppressors in order to take out targets from a distance without making too much noise. If subtlety isn’t an option (or desired) there’s also the Q Tap attachment for the 10MM Pistol that adds armor piercing. Then there are all the non-so-subtle weapons like the Tactical RPG, Plasma Rifle, and Shotgun. Ben also has access to Frag Grenades and mines, both of which can be devastating if used against groups of enemies. EMP Grenades and Mines are also worth considering as they’re useful when dealing with mechanical enemies as well as augmented humans.

Stealth Augmentation and Weapon Specializations

deusexguide01Not everyone is looking to start a fight or kill hapless guards. In fact, it’s entirely possible to complete Deus Ex: The Fall’s first episode in its entirety without killing anybody. It requires a lot of sneaking around and some very particular skill choices, but it’s also incredibly satisfying to pull off.

Cloaking System – Ben’s ability to cloak gives him a distinct advantage when it comes to sneaking past enemies. Its power usage is limited, but when used at the right moment it can make navigating a room full of guards a lot easier.

Multiple Take-Down – Since ammo is somewhat limited and the Stun Gun is for close range, you’re going to have to get really familiar with non-lethal take-downs. Each one uses up one of Ben’s energy bars, however, so being able to take out two guards in close proximity at the same time (and on a single charge) just makes good economic sense.

Radar System – Ben has access to the first stage of this aug right from the beginning, but upgrading it to improve its range will be very useful when it comes to planning a route through hostile territory. Although it can be tough to tell where each enemy is, exactly, since they’re only represented as little spots in an empty box.

Smart Vision – Smart Vision makes up for the radar’s shortcomings by showing enemy locations and orientations in real time. It can be tough to tell which direction the little green arrows are facing on the radar, especially when playing on the smaller iPhone screen, so being able to see exactly where each enemy is in relation to Ben through solid objects is a major help.

deusexguide05Energy Converter – Because so many of Ben’s essential stealth augs require energy to activate it’s important to sink some Praxis Points into this skill. Specifically the Energy Recharge Rates as the faster his batteries recharge the sooner he’ll be able to use more skills. Adding more bars through Energy Upgrades is handy, too, but it’s important to remember that Ben only naturally recharges a single bar by default. The rest have to be refilled using items. Of course with enough points in Energy Upgrades you can unlock a Recharge Capacity Upgrade which will allow Ben to refill two bars automatically.

Cybernetic Leg Prosthesis – Ben’s legs have a few enhancements that can make sneaking around easier. Run Silently allows him to move at top speed without making noise and drawing attention, and it works in conjunction with his Movement Speed Enhancements so he can pretty much zip around without making a sound. Stealth Dash is also useful for closing the distance between cover points in a hurry without alerting every guard in the room.

Weapons – Ben has a few less options when it comes to stealth-friendly weapons, but there are still more than enough tools to work with. The Crossbow is still a very viable option and can be fitted with tranquilizer darts for non-lethal sleep shots. The Stun Gun is also a handy option for saving on battery power but it’s close range only and doesn’t reload very fast. If you don’t have a problem with killing, both the 10MM Pistol and Combat Rifle can be fitted with a silencer for more quiet long-range options. Finally, Ben can make use of Concussion Grenades and mines to stun enemies while he makes an escape or beats them to a pulp.

Deus Ex: The Fall Review

Deus Ex: The Fall Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Deus Ex: The Fall goes to great lengths to lovingly recreate the same cybernetic corporate espionage experience of the console original, however it doesn't entirely shake that mobile game feeling.

Read The Full Review »

deusexthefallDeus Ex: The Fall is set to arrive on the App Store this week, July 11th, for the price of $6.99.

Deus Ex: The Fall is the first Deus Ex title to be released on mobile, bringing a story-driven action-RPG campaign to our iPhones and iPads. It’s developed by Square Enix’s mobile division in collaboration with the team behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution and it looks to have many similarities. It’s a world with powerful corporations and human augmentations as you play the role of a former British SAS mercenary, Ben Saxson, who underwent augmentations himself. Ben is soon betrayed as time begins to run out on him and all humans with augmentations. Eek!

I certainly can’t wait to get my augmented hands on this title! If you haven’t already, be sure to enjoy The Fall’s E3 trailer below.

via: Deus Ex The Fall

Bloodmasque, a new vampire-themed action RPG, was just announced by Square Enix and will be available this summer on iOS devices. Players will use their hunting skills to track down vampires and stop their rule of 19th century Paris. As shown in the trailer below, the game adds character customization that lets players take pictures of themselves to add to their character, giving their faces a natural fit on a vampire hunter. Bring it on, vampires!

via: Bloodmasque

When Deus Ex: The Fall was announced as a mobile title, the reaction could be clearly delineated into two camps: mobile gamers intrigued by this deep franchise making its way to mobile, and by ‘core’ gamers who were outraged that a new Deus Ex game wouldn’t be coming to consoles and PC. As if it had to. As if they had a right to it. As if it was somehow a lesser product for being a mobile game.

Deus Ex The Fall Logo Small

Make no mistake, mobile gaming is still not fully accepted by gamers. It’s a big deal, and those who have had fun with the countless number of creative titles of various scales from all walks of life will know that a fun game is a fun game no matter what platform it’s on. But there’s still a mindset that mobile gaming is still a lesser form of gaming, and the reaction to Deus Ex: The Fall exposes this ugly truth.

10760DXTF_Announce online screen 4

But what is it about this game that makes people so hostile to the very idea of mobile gamers getting a console-quality title on the go? Was it a presumption that since a new Deus Ex title was announced, it had to be for consoles? Still, the disappointment seemed especially amplified in this circumstance. It wasn’t just the garden-variety internet trolls who compalin loudly, though: it was high-profile outlets like IGN and even Penny Arcade Report were disappointed. PAR strives for a higher class of gaming coverage, so this still seems uncharacteristic of them.

What IGN's announcement article said before it was changed.

What IGN’s announcement article said before it was changed.

IGN’s staffer who wrote the subheadline disparaging mobile, a particular insult to IGN’s own mobile coverage, which has been running since back in the days of flip phones. The mobile editor actually changed the headline a day later. Still, whlie they may have a section dedicated to mobile coverage, there’s still clearly a mindset that it’s something negative.

10757DXTF_Announce online screen 1

Despite all the great experiences on mobile devices, in genres both familiar and new, still there is disrespect. is just unfair. The people that make these games are gamers, often long-time ones. I’ve spoken to many of them. The App Store has provided new opportunities that just weren’t there before. I write about mobile games, but I’ve been a gamer for almost my whole life. Mobile games are legitimate games. That the games are using new interfaces doesn’t make them any less so.

10771E3 online screen 5

The irony is that a game like Deus Ex: The Fall is exactly what will legitimize the platform: this is a deep game that’s being released for touchscreen devices. It’s not perfect – it uses the flawed dual virtual stick control method along with touchscreen interface elements, but everything about the game sounds like it will live up to what the series has been known for, just in a smaller, more mobile-friendly package. This promises to be a legitimate Deus Ex experience that can be played while waiting for the bus.

10766E3 online E3 screen 6

And while this may be coming a bit early, mobile gaming getting the ‘legitimacy’ of controllers and TV gaming is not far away. Apple just approved a controller standard, and there’s million of AirPlay-compatible Apple TV devices. On the Android side, where gamepads are already supported, consoles are already making their way out. There’s Ouya, GameStick, GamePop, and a million more.

Apple's reference specification for iOS 7 gamepads. Will this be good enough for games like Deus Ex: The Fall for the skeptical? (via Pocket Gamer)

Apple’s reference specification for iOS 7 gamepads. Will this be good enough for games like Deus Ex: The Fall for the skeptical? (via Pocket Gamer)

Because if just the presence of Deus Ex on mobile isn’t enough, what will be for those who still disrespect mobile?

So for the gamers who still disparage mobile, I say this: give it a chance. Don’t be mad that the new Deus Ex is going to be on mobile. Be glad that a new version is coming out, and that a wider audience will be able to experience it. And give mobile gaming a fair shake. It’s not all Candy Crush Saga; there are a lot of fun experiences out there in pretty much every genre under the sun. Games are games. Come enjoy these, and let go of your hate!

While we didn’t get a chance to sit down with anyone from Square Enix, we did get to see a couple of cool games coming to the iPad.

Deus Ex: The Fall, looks like a full-on console-like game set in the Cyberpunk Deus Ex universe, with some gorgeous visuals. Check it out:

BloodMasque looks a lot like a Final Fantasy-style JRPG, only it seems to be coming to the App Store for the iPad. Look at some of this surprising footage below:

As you may know by now, Square Enix has announced Deus Ex: The Fall, which is coming to iOS this summer. It’s a game that has me excited to see how well it performs on the iPad, and our lovely friends at Pocket Gamer had the opportunity to go hands-on with the game.

Mark Brown mentions in his article that it looks a lot like Deux Ex: Human Revolution, which it does take place around the same timeline. He also mentions that it has all the main elements that makes it feel like a Deus Ex game, with the action, stealth, and hacking, and that it’s a proper attempt at creating the full experience on mobile.

Make sure you check out Pocket Gamer’s full hands-on preview of the game, and then read their other article, 15 things you need to know about Deus Ex: The Fall.

Here is the newly released E3 Trailer for the game, as well.

source: Pocket Gamer

Final Fantasy Tactics Launches A Tactical Upgrade and Price Drop

Posted by on June 6th, 2013
iPad Only App - Designed for iPad

Square Enix has updated Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of The Lions, adding new artwork and iCloud support. Pocket Gamer reports that Square Enix has redrawn all of the unit graphics in high resolution and has optimized the game’s drawing processes for mobile devices. To go along with the update is a 50% discount on both the iPhone and iPad version of the game, dropping the prices from $18 to $8.99 on the iPad, and from $16 to $7.99 on the iPhone.

fftactics

source: Pocket Gamer

Square Enix has announced a new title in the DEUS EX series, and it’s coming soon to iOS this summer. DEUS EX: The Fall is a story-driven action-RPG set during 2027, a golden era for science, technology, and human augmentation. It’s also a time of social divide and global conspiracy as corporations have taken control of drug supplies needed for augmented humans to survive. Players will follow Ben Saxson, a former British SAS Mercenary who underwent augmentation himself, as he sets out to find the truth behind the conspiracy.

DEUS EX: The Fall is being developed by Square Enix’s Mobile division while working in collaboration with the original DEUS EX: Human Revolution team at Eidos-Montreal.

“We’re really excited to continue the DEUS EX series on mobile and start a new journey”, said Jean-François Dugas, Executive Game Director at Eidos-Montréal. “The team has done an incredible job creating a whole new story and controls for intuitive touch screen gameplay, whilst staying true to the DEUS EX universe. Players can expect exploration, action, hacking, stealth, social enhancers, player choice and consequence- the full DEUS EX experience.”

They’re exited, I’m excited, we all should be excited! It’s so exciting! Check out the video below!

via: DEUS EX: The Fall

Mini Ninjas Update Adds Animal Companions To The Running Adventure

Posted by on April 26th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Square Enix’s endless runner, Mini Ninjas, receives its first content update by introducing animal companions to the adventure. There is a Panda, Fox and Crane available, each providing users with unique skills that help you run further, defeat more enemies and gain more coins.

via: Our Review
Mini Ninjas Review

Mini Ninjas Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Take some cute childlike ninjas, some cuddly animals and mix it together to make this fun, dependable Endless Runner.

Read The Full Review »
Motley Blocks Review

Motley Blocks Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Motley Blocks is an interesting take on the "clear the blocks" formula, but it's one that's hampered by a cumbersome menu system and a lack of addictive qualities.

Read The Full Review »
Mensa Academy Review

Mensa Academy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A handy brain training style game, but one that is a little pricier than most.

Read The Full Review »
Wizardlings Review

Wizardlings Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
As far as Square Enix RPGs go, the boring and tedious Wizardlings is no Final Fantasy.

Read The Full Review »
Demons’ Score Review

Demons’ Score Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Starting out so well, Demons' Score quickly becomes an expensive exercise in how not to price things on the App Store.

Read The Full Review »
Drakerider Review

Drakerider Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Drakerider offers an interesting pricing structure but a fairly safe JRPG.

Read The Full Review »

The World Ends With You: Solo Remix Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Controversially priced, The World Ends With You: Solo Remix deserves to be remembered for being one of the best JRPGs out there rather than its high price point.

Read The Full Review »

Today, Square Enix announced the release date for it’s upcoming iOS and Android game, Final Fantasy Dimensions.

We’ve heard your cries for more information on FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS and we’re here to deliver. We’re pleased to announce that FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS will get a simultaneous worldwide release of 31st August 2012 on iOS and Android. To top it off we’ve got 9 brand new screenshots for you to enjoy.

Interestingly, the game will be released in episodes.

FINAL FANTASY DIMENSIONS is delivered as episodic content. The prologue will be free for everyone to enjoy. You can purchase the first chapter for $2.99 / £1.99 / €2.39, chapters 2-4 for $9.99 / £6.99 / €7.99 each, or the entire collection of chapters for $28.99 / £19.99 / €22.99.

$30 for an iPhone game, even a Final Fantasy one, seems a bit much. Square Enix knows, however, that we’ll gladly pay $30 if we can spend it in $3 to $7 chunks. What do you think? Will you splurge on the whole thing, grab the $10 pack, or just take it one episode at a time?

via: Game Informer source: Square Enix
KooZac Review

KooZac Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
KooZac is an intelligent combination of Tetris and number puzzling, ideal for adults and kids alike.

Read The Full Review »

KooZac from Square Enix Released; Math Problems in Tetris Form

Posted by on August 22nd, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

SquareEnix (or Squenix for brevity) has released another in a long line of games announced at E3 this year. Koozac is a sort of Tetris-like math game. Worth a shot if you are looking for a new casual time waster. We’ll have a full review up in a few days.

source: AppShopper
SolaRola Review

SolaRola Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
SolaRola is a puzzle platformer reminiscent of 90s B-type classics.

Read The Full Review »

Released a little over a month ago, sequel to popular Square Enix game Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings II, has received its first major update. Most important of the added features include a higher level cap for both the player and dungeons.

The update, called “My Fang is All About the Magnum!,” increased the dungeon level cap from 100 to 200. So now players will have much more difficult dungeons to work through. To aid those players in defeating those tougher dungeons, the player level cap has been increased to 150. In addition to the increased level caps, the game has also released a hidden boss and unlocked a new P.U.B. side quest for players to tackle.

Another update, schedule for next month, is supposed to further increase the level cap for players, add more special quests, and release more hidden bosses. That update is titled “Give Earthly Desires the Boot!”

Chaos Rings II is a turn-based strategy RPG similar to other classic RPG titles from Square Enix like the prolific and popular Final Fantasy series.

$15.99
iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Released: 2012-03-15 :: Category: Games

$16.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2012-03-15 :: Category: Games

The award-winning KooZac game, which has racked up 15 million plays online and picked up a Channel 4 “Best International Interactive Viral” award, is coming to iOS and Android according to a recent statement from Square Enix. A cross between Tetris and Sudoku, KooZac is a puzzle game that has players position falling blocks on top of each other to hit the target number and complete the set amount of combinations to finish each level.

The mobile version will include new ways to play, including Puzzle, which brings the player through 60 levels of destroying silver blocks and cleaning the board by completing the targets, Endless for no level and no stage parameters and the ability to compete against the world as well as Blitz for completing targets and using boosts to achieve even higher scores within one minute. The game’s creator Ben Cusack was hired by Square Enix to head up its expanding mobile division.

RayForce Review

RayForce Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
RayForce is a true port, in the best and worse sense, but is the quasi-classic SHMUP worth the asking price?

Read The Full Review »
Chrono Trigger Review

Chrono Trigger Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
One of the most beloved RPGs of all time (no pun intended) has popped-up on the App Store. Have the years been kind to this 16-bit legend?

Read The Full Review »

Square Enix sure knows how to keep iOS device owning RPG fans happy. Whether it’s by releasing new games like Chaos Rings or resurrecting old classics like Final Fantasy 1, 2 and 3, JRPG fans are guaranteed a good time.

Why am I explaining all this? Because Square Enix has just announced that one of the greatest RPGs of all time, Chrono Trigger, is heading to the iPhone and iPod Touch sometime before the end of the year!

For the uninformed, Chrono Trigger was a fantastic collaborative effort by the creator of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, and creator of Dragon Quest, Yuji Horii. Originally released on the SNES, it’s a lengthy tale of time travel to all sorts of places from the Middle Ages to a post-apocalyptic future and boasts 15 different endings.

No price details or exact release date have been announced just yet but we have got some pretty screenshots to stare at in preparation.

For now, be very excited by the forthcoming release of Chrono Trigger. It’s a true classic of the genre.

Groove Coaster Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Groove Coaster may follow a formula of progression similar to Space Invaders-Infinity Gene, but it's a completely different beast. This time, it's all about the music.

Read The Full Review »
Chaos Rings Ω Review

Chaos Rings Ω Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
It's easy to think that Chaos Rings Ω is just more of the same, but those who stick with it will find it's a worthwhile RPG that can stand on its own.

Read The Full Review »
Imaginary Range Review

Imaginary Range Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Combining a comic book with a mini game collection, Imaginary Range has a great idea.

Read The Full Review »

A new hybrid form of game and comic is set to be released by Square Enix for iOS devices.

Known as Imaginary Range, the app sets out to allow players to flick through comic pages while also playing through a variety of different game sequences. Games look to be mostly mini-game in nature within a full-color comic book and similarly detailed plot.

The project has been overseen by Motomu Toriyama, director of Final Fantasy XIII, with novelist Souki Tsukishima handling the storyline, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles series artist Toshiyuki Itahana in charge of the artwork. With pedigree that strong Imaginary Range is looking rather interesting indeed.

The comic/game is set in France during an attack by an evil creature known only as Omega and it’s down to Cid (yes, Final Fantasy fans, another character called Cid) and Ciela to stop this menance.

Once you complete the story, you can then unlock further comic commentary as well as the ability to play the game separately from the comicbook. If gameplay is anything like the visuals then Imaginary Range could well be something special.

Even better, it’s free to download and an universal app so iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch fans alike can enjoy it.

FREE!
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2011-05-05 :: Category: Games

    Advertisement    





Featured Apps

    Advertisement    


Categories

Developers

Would you like your application reviewed on 148Apps? See the About page for information.
    Advertisement    



Steel Media Network

148Apps - iPhone app reviews and news. The best gosh darn iPhone app site this side of Mars.
http://148apps.com :: @148Apps

Android Rundown - Android news and reviews. Where you get the rundown on Android apps and hardware.
http://AndroidRundown.com :: @AndroidRundown

Best App Ever - Yearly Mobile App Achievement Awards.
http://bestappever.com :: @BestAppEver

Pocket Gamer - Mobile game reviews, news, and features.
http://PocketGamer.co.uk :: @PocketGamer

Pocket Gamer.biz - Mobile games industry news, opinion, and analysis.
http://PocketGamer.biz :: @pgbiz

AppSpy - iOS game news and video reviews.
http://appspy.com :: @appspy