New Final Fantasy 1-6 2D Remakes (Yes! FF3 finally gets a 2D remake!!)

Square Enix have announced at E3 2021 that ALL the classic 2D Final Fantasy games from 1-6 are getting pixel perfect remasters! This is amazing news I’ve been waiting 20 friggin years for this as Final Fantasy 3 NEVER got a 2D remake. As someone who collected the FF Origins remakes on Playstation 1 (ported from Wonderswan) along with the Anthology releases of FF4-5 and the awesome FF6 re-release, I was devo that FF3 was not included and never made it to the PS1 due to the Wonderswan FF3 remake being cancelled. When they announced the 3D remake of FF3 years later I was like noooooo, that’s too darn different, this doesn’t fix the gap!! Several fans announced 2D remakes of FF3 over the years but they never got far. However now finally this big gap in the classic series will be filled and all the classic 2D games will get a makeover to the same level of ability and quality in each. Plus modders have been doing amazing stuff with squares retro steam releases so it’ll fascinating to see what they do with these (eg insert PS1 cutscenes?). Sadly no screenshots or gameplay footage yet, just this little teaser!

EDIT: We’ve finally got some screenshots from a video presentation! Oh man this looks good, some of the upgraded backgrounds look epic! Feels so good to see FF3 getting the same treatment too! https://twitter.com/Wario64/status/1409711897364946948

Bitmap Books To Print C-RPG Book

This is great news! Bitmap Books those awesome guys behind the amazing video game art books for Nintendo, SEGA, C64 & Amiga etc have teamed up with the guys behind the excellent CRPG Book – A Guide to Computer Role Playing Games that I posted about earlier this year.

I’ve actually already printed out my own copy and have been slowly reading it over the last month (it’s huge!) and it has introduced me to so many great classic RPGs I didn’t know about. You’ll find all the favourites in there such as Elder Scrolls, Might & Magic, Final Fantasy, Quest for Glory and Starflight just to name a mere few. I absolutely love how it covers what the best version is to get (eg between PC, C64, Amiga, Sega & Nintendo etc) and what the best fan mods are for many of the games.

I also recently ordered Bitmap’s other products such as the NES, SNES, Master System and Art of Point & Click Adventure books. What’s arrived so far has blown me away. I love the 3D lenticular slipcase covers! (eg turn the book and Mario will jump & coins will spin). So I think I’m going to have to get this new book too haha. Fingers crossed they do a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) book soon too as thats my real retro console love!

https://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/blogs/news/the-crpg-book-a-guide-to-computer-role-playing-games

Massive Free Book About History Of PC RPGs Is Out!

This is so cool guys. If you grew up playing RPGs on pc and even on consoles then you’ll love this book!

I love how they even have breakdowns of the graphical differences between different computer/console releases of some of the classic (eg Defender of the Crown and Might & Magic 2) as I’ve done that research myself plenty of times trying to find the best version made of a favourite classic.

Nearly all the favourites I grew up playing like Quest For Glory, Might & Magic, and Starflight are here. Also some great modern tributes to the indie scene as they even included the QFG fan game Heroine’s Quest!

You can download the book pdf for free from Kotaku here:
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/02/massive-book-about-history-of-pc-rpgs-is-out-now-for-free/

********UPDATE 11/11/2018********

The CRGP guys have made a deal with Bitmap Books to make beautiful printed copies!
https://blakessanctum.wordpress.com/2018/11/11/bitmap-books-to-print-crpg-book/

Final Fantasy 15 Trailers

Woot! 16,000 visitors to Blake’s Sanctum now! 🙂

Hey everyone! Regular visitors might be thinking “hey he didn’t do his usual anual tradition of adding 3 new sections to the site in 2015?” lol. Well technically the 2014 updates too so long that they bled into 2015 anyway, but the main reason is that I’ve spent the last 9 months working on 2 very special projects. They will lead into new sections on the website and then I’ll get back to gaming will will lead to more new sections later this year.

In the meantime I’ve got some Final Fantasy news. I’ve recently been watching all the up and coming Final Fantasy 15 gameplay trailers out there and have been just blown away. They’ve really taken a page out of Elder Scrolls and created a giant detailed realistic world filled with incredible creatures living in the lakes, forests & mountains! I also like the design direction with a sort of alternative modern day world with cities and cars being invaded by an army of futuristic Templar knights & crusaders.

Check out the trailer and gameplay videos below:

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MASSIVE SITE UPDATE (BACKDATED NEWS – 15/05/2012)


BACKDATED NEWS!! – 15/05/2012

HUGE SITE UPDATE IN PROGRESS! Expandable fullscreen 720p backgrounds, frame fixes for Chrome & Safari, animating intro pages, all screenshots replaced with higher quality versions as well as compact thumbnail versions for quick page loading on mobile devices.

Have also created a Other News section (with a Tron Legacy theme) to announce various bits of awesome news relating to topics on this site & things I enjoy (gaming, fantasy, science fiction etc).

And finally I’ve created a preliminary Final Fantasy section and worked a little more on the preliminary Elder Scrolls Series section with some pictures & music.