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By Keith Crandell

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2012’s Playstation hit PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (All-Stars henceforth) is an awesome fighter game, similar to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series. The game features a roster of twenty mostly unique characters from both first and third party Sony games. As the roster was being released over the course of 2012, I was sure there would be a Final Fantasy character announced, and was crushed when there wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, All Stars is a great game with a fantastic roster, but it’s still disappointing that it hasn’t shown any Final Fantasy love, especially since the Final Fantasy brand helped make the PlayStation name as big as it is today. In order to share my desire to see SuperBot show some Final Fantasy love, I have put a list together of characters which I think would work great in All Stars from the Final Fantasy series. SuperBot Entertainment has already released one round of DLC, and announced the characters of the second round recently. Will further DLC include Final Fantasy characters? Hopefully, and maybe it’ll be one of these:
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By Keith Crandell

Final Fantasy Week (which due to unforeseen circumstances and sheer laziness on my part turned into Final Fantasy Two-And-A-Half-Months) was a random impulse that I had at work one day. With a little over a month to prepare for it, it took a week just to assemble the crew and get everything as organized as it could be. Between the ten contributing writers and editors, we scrapped together some 35+ articles, including numerous reviews, tons of sarcasm (props to Jeremy and his Final Fantasy I review), a few Favorites pieces, and an awesome Blitzball commentary from John, and it still amazes me how much we managed to go from complete organizational chaos to something impressive.

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By Keith Crandell
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If the past 25 years are any indication, the Final Fantasy series is here to stay. While the series isn’t necessarily going in a direction that the fans want it to (the Fabula Nova Crystallis for some, and the piece of crap that was All The Bravest, in particular), the series is certainly still going strong. But where exactly is it going? For those who haven’t been keeping up with the future of the series, here’s a brief summary.
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Final Fantasy Week (really, Month at this point) continues with the crew’s article on their favorite Final Fantasy Characters! Instead of the usual (again, no love for Cloud) picks, we have an interesting round up!

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By Keith Crandell Jr.

This review pertains to all three albums released by the Black Mages.

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What happens when you take Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for a wide variety of Final Fantasy games, and throw him in a band? The Black Mages, that’s what. This band formed in 2003, but after seven years and three studio albums, it was officially disbanded in 2010 due to scheduling conflicts and copyright issues with Square Enix. The band is known for taking music from the Final Fantasy series, arranging them, and playing them in a hybrid form of power and progressive metal.

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These are the writers who worked tirelessly to bring to you Final Fantasy Week for ThoseReviewGuys. They love Final Fantasy, and hope you do too!

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A work in progress by John Groom and Keith Crandell

Throughout the Final Fantasy Series, there have been various creatures and characters that have recurred in many of the games. These characters and creatures range from summons to people to even weapons and armor. Here, we will chronicle just a few of these timeless creations, from the beginning of the series to today, where the series is still continuing.

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A creative Blitzball commentary by John Groom

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In this year’s Blitzball tournament we had a stunning performance put on by the Luca Goers and the Besaid Aurochs in the finals. Yes, this year the Besaid Aurochs had their first winning season in over ten years and they took the cup for the first time ever. Led by team captain Wakka in the first round, the team defeated the Al Bhed Psyches easily. They won 2-0 in the end, despite a nasty trick pulled by the Psyches. They captured Lady Yuna, a summoner from Besaid and used her as blackmail for the surrender of the match. Through this though, the Aurochs continued playing and her Guardians were able to save her, clinching the match for the Aurochs.

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By Alex Schmitz 

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Final Fantasy is one of the most historic and well known series in gaming. It has been innovative not only in game play and storytelling, but also in gaming soundtracks. The legendary composer for most of the series, Nobuo Uematsu, has performed this music in orchestras around the world. I will be highlighting two great tracks from each numbered game in the series to show the breadth of the series’ musical accomplishments.

(Editor’s Note:  Want to listen to the track? Click on the song name!)

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In just nine days, the concluding piece to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, will be released in theaters across the United States. The excitement surrounding this film is building and one of the big questions on the minds of many is if the Dark Knight Rises will be able to break, or even come close, to breaking the records set by Avengers. Asking any film to do what Avengers did is a momentous task, but the Dark Knight Rises may have the ability to do so. Currently, Avengers is listed as having the biggest opening weekend in US history, is ranked third on the global all times films list, and has raked in a total of $1,359.4 million worldwide. In the middle of a summer of superhero films, the question is which one is going to win out in the end. And right now, Avengers has the lead. The best challenger to the security that Avengers has is the Dark Knight Rises. On the surface, it seems reasonable to compare the two movies. Superheroes vs. Superhero, sequel film vs. sequel film, huge blockbuster hits vs. huge blockbuster hits, Marvel vs. DC, Iron Man vs. Batman, Whedon vs. Nolan…..the list goes on. While the comparison seems obvious, I am here to say this: Why are we comparing the two films? (more…)