Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Won “Excellence” Awards at Famitsu Awards 2013

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This week, the famous Japanese magazine Famitsu arranged their own “Famitsu Award 2013″ show where they rewarded the best games of 2013. It was no surprise Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn were both nominated alongside other successful titles such as The Last of Us and Monster Hunter 4.

While Monster Hunter 4 managed to snatch the game of the year award, both Lightning Returns and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn received “Excellence” awards from the “general” category. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn also won an additional “Excellence” rewards from PC/Mobile category, making it the best PC game of the year, according to Famitsu.

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It’s rather crazy and amazing to see such a great recognition given to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. We aren’t only talking about these awards, but the good reception it received from the fans and critics in general. And the fact, the very first version of Final Fantasy XIV was pretty much a huge failure, makes this even more awesome. It’s great to see that fans’ feedback really hit Square Enix, who decided to rebuild the game from the very beginning and release it again. That’s something insane and nearly impossible, not all game companies would be ready to do or could even deliver.

As we saw last Fall, Final Fantasy XIV was revived in style and rise like a phoenix from the ashes by gaining great sales and good review scores. And the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn continues as Square Enix just announced the game has over 2 000 000 subscribers / players worldwide! This is a great example and lesson in life that after a failure you shouldn’t immediately give up even though others may doubt you. Listening to feedback, believing in yourself and focusing on things you are good at, can lead to amazing results.

Don’t you think that it’s a good time to jump in one of the coolest MMOs around, and experience how a true Final Fantasy multiplayer game feels like? Especially, when you can use PS4′s party chat to communicate with your friends during the gameplay!

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Language’s Red Single Premiere | Listen Now | Out 23rd April

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Language’s Red Single will be finally out tomorrow! To celebrate the upcoming release, the band has released a live session music video for both songs on the single album. Now you can get a full experience of “Silencia” and “Soft Moments”! Please, enjoy!

The Red Single is the first release of Language‘s RGSeries“, which consist of six tracks released in three digital single albums: Red, Green and Blue.  ‘Green Single‘ and ‘Blue Single‘ will be out late May and June 2014. The Red Single will be available on BandCamp and iTunes!

Many people were introduced with Language’s music while playing Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.  One of their songs was Ouroboros Festival, which is played in Yusnaan during the night time. However, they have released music before such as Northern Lights and Magure albums. Magure is available on iTunes. Remember that Red Single will be out tomorrow!

IMERUAT’s New Album “Propelled Life” Is Now Available on iTunes!

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IMERUAT IS FINALLY BACK! Masashi Hamauzu (FINAL FANTASY XIII ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK COMPOSER) and Mina’s band has made a comeback with a brand new album called “Propelled Life” which is out now – Worldwide!

IMERUAT’s new album is now available on iTunes! You can download “Propelled Life” for €5.94/$5.94/£4.74! Search “Imeruat” from iTunes or  you can use links below that should get you to the right iTunes page!

The physical version which contains a special book will be released soon too!

Ealier this year, IMERUAT released a music video for “TeNiOE“. It was directed by  Shoko Takada and it’s now available on YouTube. They have also released a new music video for another song from the new album, Propelled Life. Watch IMERUAT CALISTHENICS No.4 TOKACHI Version music video below!

Last year, Imeruat also worked on Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack and as collaboration they created a song called “Crimson Blitz” that was used in the very first trailer and later part of the official soundtrack. Masashi Hamauzu was the main composer for Final Fantasy XIII and worked with Naoshi Mizuta and Mitsuto Suzuki on Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lighting Returns Original Soundtracks! Mina Sakai is the singer for the “Sulyya Springs”, “Will to Fight”, and “Gapra Whitewood” tracks from Final Fantasy XIII.

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The Thirteenth Farewell Character Page: Lightning

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The Thirteenth Farewell project is doing awesomely, thanks to you! There is still a month left until the project hits its deadlines, so remember to send your letters before the end. If you don’t know what this project is about, please read more about it hereespecially, if you liked the Final Fantasy XIII series and want to send your regards for the developers. 

Like with earlier character pages, this time we are asking: “What is the best thing about Lightning?” All participants are also part of the special Lightning Returns giveaway where you can win a signed poster or a Lightning figure!

Earlier Character Pages:

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack Plus Now Available on iTunes

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack has been released in Japan but surprisingly it’s already available WORLDWIDE via iTunes. The additional soundtrack contains 25 new songs that weren’t included in the original 4CD release.

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Buy Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII OST+  for €8.99/$9.99 from iTunes! If you haven’t already bought the full soundtrack which contains over 70 songs, it’s also available for €15.99/$19.99!

Pre-orders for the physical version of the soundtrack plus will be available soon on Square Enix Stores!