Why Now Is The Perfect Time For The Final Fantasy VII Remake

Why Now Is The Perfect Time For The Final Fantasy VII Remake

I own Final Fantasy VII on three separate platforms. That’s not really notable for me as far as Final Fantasy is concerned; I own most of the games on at least two. But with VII’s release on the Nintendo Switch a couple of months ago, and now with the announcement of Final Fantasy VII Remake, it’s been on my mind. It turns out the Switch is the perfect platform for a replay; the smaller, hand-held screen hides some of the game’s age from my own aging eyes, especially if I’m not wearing my glasses. But I’m not really here to review the game; I don’t really think there’s a point to that. I mean, we have a release date for the remake now, right? VII is beyond reviews. It’s simply a phenomenon. (more…)

Sidequest’s Definitive Ranking of Sword Dads, Part I

Sidequest’s Definitive Ranking of Sword Dads, Part I

“I’m starting The Witcher 3 and Geralt is my dad now.” I made this bold declaration on Twitter as I began my 130+ hour love affair with The Witcher 3, which to this day remains one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It took playing a few other games to realize I have a type when it comes to games. I call this genre “Sword Dads.” Like the name implies, these games have at least one character with a daditude (that’s a “dad attitude” for you newcomers) and an often comically large sword.

I categorize Sword Dads loosely. Blood relation to a child can be a factor, but it isn’t necessary. A Sword Dad can be anyone, really. What matters is having a sort of fatherly attitude/mentoring role/proclivity for dad jokes aimed at a younger character. Per the name, a Sword Dad will also ideally carry a big sword or two, though other weapons may count, too.

We love Sword Dads here at Sidequest and are excited to bring you a definitive ranking of the most dangerous, dadliest dads in video games.

—Maddi Butler

Editor’s note: The following entries may contain spoilers. See a Dad from a game you don’t want to be spoiled for? Skip it! Also, you’ll notice below that the nominees aren’t ranked—you, the reader, will have the power to decide on the ultimate Sword Dad. Give us your thoughts below!

Editor’s note 2.0, 1/7/2019: Vote on best Sword Dad right through here! Each tier will last 24 hours, so vote right the heck now.

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Dead But Not Forgotten: Our Favorite Death in Video Games Moments

Dead But Not Forgotten: Our Favorite Death in Video Games Moments

What does death mean when it’s not permanent? Can it still make you cry if your character regenerates? Can it be meaningful? Or is it necessarily just an annoyance, a product of “failing” at gaming? In games “The End” is hardly ever true. It’s just “The End” of that attempt, but your character will resurrect itself. Time will turn back. Nothing is forever in games. Death in video games is nothing different. It’s a temporary condition, but it can be pretty awesome to watch.

As a gamer, I am often moved by emotional moments in games. Death can be handled tastefully, tactfully and really cause a crying jag. Or it can be gory and impressive, characters dying on the battlefield in a blaze of glory. So, we’ve shared our favorite moments of gaming death, but we’re excited to hear yours!

This piece contains spoilers for Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core, Bioshock, Halo: Reach, and Mass Effect 3

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Final Fantasy VII: Revisiting the Golden Saucer

When Steam released Final Fantasy VII for PC, I was so excited. I immediately purchased and downloaded it and then spent a significant amount of time trying to figure out how to control Cloud Strife on my laptop. Running from save point to save point (things I do not miss thanks to current gaming autosave options), I started to relive the good old days of Golden Saucers, AVALANCHE versus Shinra Corp, and one-winged angels.

With the news of the remake, I was tempted to start a whole new game diary so I could gush about Final Fantasy VII all by myself. But that’s not fair. Cloud and Tifa and the gang mean so much to so many people. Who am I to hog all the fun? So, let’s take a walk down memory lane and see just what FFVII and its pending remake mean to all of us.

—Wendy Browne

Title: FINAL FANTASY VII Genre: RPG Developer: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix Release Date: 4 Jul, 2013
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