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Lorelei and the Laser Eyes Review - A Mastery of Illusions

Games Reviews - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 07:29

I've never really given much thought to the differences between a labyrinth and a maze. That is, until I played Simogo's Lorelei and the Laser Eyes. A labyrinth, as I know now, is a singular path, twisting and turning, constantly changing in direction. It invokes the illusion of feeling lost, despite the fact that its path always leads to a center. A maze, on the other hand, has multiple paths, filled with dead ends, wrong turns, and requires trial and error to reach its end. The former can be a meditative and reflective journey for some, while the latter is a trying experience that requires patience and perseverance to see it through. Despite these differences, Lorelei and the Laser Eyes brings them together through mechanics, themes, and narrative. The result is a gaming experience that masterfully interlocks storytelling with design, making it one of Simogo's finest achievements, and one of the most impressive narrative puzzle games in recent memory.

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes is a psychological horror puzzle game that sent me on a winding journey through a black and white, neon-red-accented hotel, to untangle a mystery that blurred the line between fact and fiction. It is dense with puzzles, heavy on story, but both are interwoven, and that is key to the way it unravels. I was consistently thrown off the path to the truth, led astray in what I perceived as a maze, when in actuality, I was being armed with knowledge that led me through a labyrinth to the game's heart-wrenching conclusion.

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes

With no setup or direction, the game simply begins. You take control of a suave, sunglasses-wearing, 1960s mod-style dressed woman, standing alone in the woods at night, just outside the historic-looking Hotel Letztes Jahr. Like its main character, you are thrown into this world with no knowledge of who or where you are, or why you're there. The goal of the game is to find the truth, as said verbatim in the game's manual, which is found within the world itself as opposed to being accessible by default. This obtuse direction set the tone for the game--foreshadowing that I was going to have to work to understand anything and everything on the journey before me. It pulled me right in, feeding into my natural curiosity and love for mysteries. The discovery of its hidden truths is tracked via a Truth Recovery percentage in the game's menu. It isn't long, though, until you find a letter with a vague and mysterious message signed by Renzo Nero explaining that you were invited to be at this hotel, on this date, in the year 1963.

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Fortnite Festival Just Did Something It's Never Done Before

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 07:12

Epic is teaming up with renowned singer Billie Eilish to introduce three new songs from her newly released album, Hit Me Hard And Soft, to Fortnite Festival. The newly added songs from the album are playable today as of 5 PM PT/8 PM ET.

This marks the first time music has come to Fortnite Festival on the same day it released elsewhere. The upcoming songs that players will be able to jam out to will consist of "Chihiro," "The Diner," And "Lunch."

It's also worth mentioning that Fortnite Festival season 3 is centered around Billie Eilish, similar to how season 2 was with Lady Gaga. Several songs of hers, as well as three in-game skins and other accessories, are available for purchase.

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Need A PS5 Or Xbox For EA Sports College Football? Check Out These Great Deals

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 06:30

EA Sports College Football 25 is due to hit this summer, but that comes with a caveat for fans: It's not going to be available on older consoles or PC. So while you can preorder College Football 25 on PlayStation 5 and on Xbox Series X from Amazon right now, you might also be in the market for one of those shiny new(ish) game consoles on which to play it.

Luckily, Walmart has you covered with some discounted PS5 Slim and Xbox Series X consoles, both of which come bundled with games to get your new console library started. The PS5 Slim bundle comes with Spider-Man 2, while the Xbox Series X bundle packs in Diablo 4.

PS5 Slim Disc Console - Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Bundle $449 (Valued at $560)

Sony's Spider-Man 2 PS5 Slim bundle was one of the most popular gaming products over the holidays, but most retailers ran out of stock months ago when the promotion officially expired. Walmart was in this camp, but surprisingly, the bundle has returned. Valued at $560, the bundle includes a PS5 Slim with a 1TB SSD, a digital download code for Spider-Man 2, and a DualSense controller. Even if you don't care about Spider-Man 2, you're still saving $50 off the price of the PS5 Slim with a disc drive.

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Microsoft's Xbox Series X bundle comes with some solid benefits if you're a Diablo fan. Alongside the Series X console, which sports a 1TB SSD, you get a digital download code for Diablo 4, and a few digital goodies for the game: the Light-Bearer mount with the Caparison of Faith mount armor. The bundle also packs digital items for Diablo 3 and Diablo Immortal, as well as a wireless controller. This bundle is shipped and sold by Antonline, a reputable retailer of tech and gaming products.

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While both the PS5 and Xbox are offered in digital-only versions, both these consoles sport disc drives, if keeping physical media around is important to you.

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George Miller Considered De-Aging Charlize Theron For Furiosa - Then He Saw Gemini Man

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 05:59

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga has had a particularly long journey to the big screen, with director George Miller having originally planned to shoot it back to back with 2015's Fury Road. Despite already having a screenplay in place, the back-to-back productions didn't end up happening--and as time passed and star Charlize Theron got older, it became increasingly impractical to have her return to play a younger version of the character.

"She was very excited about it, and my intention was that we do it next [after Fury Road]. But then, we've now gone through the third parent company of Warner Bros, from Time Warner to AT&T and now Discovery " Miller said to a group of reporters at an event for Furiosa, indicating that the corporate upheaval at Warners Bros. over the past decade is to blame for Furiosa's delay.

But the Fury Road prequel, as we know, would end up moving forward with Anya Taylor-Joy and Alyla Browne sharing duties as the younger Furiosa. But despite the passage of time, Miller still weighed the possibility of using Theron for the prequel, thanks to the emergence of popular CGI de-aging technology.

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XDefiant Can Be Preloaded Now, PC Specs Revealed

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 05:30

XDefiant, Ubisoft's free-to-play multiplayer shooter featuring factions from across Ubisoft's various game franchises, can now be preloaded ahead of its May 21 launch. For those on PC, Ubisoft has additionally revealed XDefiant's PC system requirements.

The shooter can be installed now on both PC and consoles, where it will be playable on both last-gen and current-gen Xbox and PlayStation hardware. As for the system requirements on PC, Ubisoft has given a few different suggestions on what will be needed, including what setups players will need in order to play on Ultra settings.

  • Minimum Resolution: 1080pCPU: Intel i3-10105F; AMD Ryzen 3 3100GPU: Intel ARC A380 (6GB); NVIDIA GTX 1050TI (4GB); AMD RX 5500 XT (4GB)RAM: 8 GB Dual ChannelOS: Windows 10Storage: 35 GB
  • Recommended Resolution: 1080pCPU: Intel i3-10105F; AMD Ryzen 3 3100GPU: Intel ARC A750 (8GB); NVIDIA GTX 1060 (6GB); AMD RX 5500 XT (8GB)RAM: 16 GB Dual ChannelOS: Windows 10Storage: 35 GB
  • Enthusiast Resolution: 1440pCPU: Intel i5-10400; AMD Ryzen 5 3600GPU: Intel ARC A770 (16GB); NVIDIA RTX 2060 (6GB); AMD RX 5600 XT (6GB) RAM: 16 GB Dual ChannelOS: Windows 10/Windows 11Storage: 35 GB
  • Ultra Resolution: 4KCPU: Intel i7-9700K; AMD Ryzen 7 3700XGPU: NVIDIA RTX 3080 (10GB); AMD RX 6800 XT (16GB)RAM: 16 GB Dual ChannelOS: Windows 10/Windows 11Storage: 35 GB

XDefiant will support uncapped frame rates on PC, as well as widescreen support and DX11 and DX12. Ubisoft suggests a SSD for the best experience. Ubisoft's shooter has been a long time coming, having held an open beta last summer only to be delayed multiple times despite nearly releasing late last year. Its release comes even as Ubisoft has recently canceled other free-to-play titles like The Division: Heartland.

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Venom: The Last Dance Will Be The Final Venom Movie

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 05:09

The first Venom movie with Tom Hardy marked the beginning of Sony's Spider-Man Universe, which has yet to included Spider-Man himself. Instead of using Spidey, Sony has put villains and supporting characters into leading roles. Unlike the films that came after it, including Morbius and Madame Web, Venom was actually successful. However, the upcoming third film in the franchise, Venom: The Last Dance, will be the final Venom movie.

Sony Motion Pictures Group chairman Tom Rothman casually made the announcement during an interview with Deadline when he said "The third and last Venom, is going to be huge." He also noted that "when the last of the Spider-Verse movies comes with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, it's going to be a significant event, as will the next Tom Holland Spider-Man film."

The most surprising part of that announcement is that Hardy's Venom never got a chance to meet Tom Holland's Spider-Man despite Venom and Eddie Brock's cameo in Spider-Man: No Way Home. Sony often mentions that it has the rights to 900 Marvel characters, but Venom is one of the few on their roster who has actually been a leading character. Most of the others can't hold down their own comic book series, much less a movie or a TV show. That's why it's very possible that Sony may eventually change course, reboot the Venom films, or recast the role down the line.

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EA Sports College Football 25 Preorders For PS5 Are Live At Amazon

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 04:19
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EA Sports College Football 25 preorders are popping up at major retailers ahead of its July 19 release. You can preorder physical copies of EA Sports College Football 25 for $70 at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop. A couple of digital-only editions are available on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Store. Ordering any version early will net you some neat in-game bonuses.

Football fans have been starving for a new college football sim since NCAA Football 14 released back in 2013. Over a decade later, dinner will soon be served. Unlike Madden NFL 25, EA's new college football game will not be available on last-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles. Nor will you be able to play it on PC. To return to the collegiate gridiron, you'll need to own either a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S.

If you need a PS5, Walmart has the Marvel's Spider-Man 2 PS5 Slim bundle in stock for $449 (valued at $560). Alternatively, you can buy an Xbox Series X bundled with Diablo 4 for $470 at Walmart.

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GTA 6 Release Date "Probably Doesn't Matter," Anticipation Reaches "Fever Pitch" - Take-Two

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 03:31

As part of Take-Two's latest earnings briefing, CEO Strauss Zelnick discussed Grand Theft Auto VI's release window and commented on how he's observed a "fever pitch"-level of excitement for the game.

Asked if there is a benefit to releasing GTA VI during the holiday period--when video game sales in general are known to spike--Zelnick said GTA VI would likely be a success whenever it releases due to the massive amount of hype behind it. He did, however, admit that Fall 2025 is preferable to other periods of the year.

"While it probably doesn't matter, I think we'd all rather be in the release window that we're looking at now," the executive said.

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CoD: Warzone And MW3 Season 4 Release Date And Details

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 03:29

Call of Duty Season 3 is ending soon, and Activision has confirmed that Season 4 begins on May 29. Here we highlight all the big announcements and rumors for Season 4 of Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone, including the return of Warzone's most popular rifle.

Call of Duty Season 4 start times

Activision has confirmed Season 4 arrives on Wednesday, May 29. Seasonal updates usually go live at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST across all platforms.

What to expect from Season 4

A new season of Call of Duty means a fresh battle pass for unlocking more weapons and cosmetics. Season passes usually contain at least one operator and two DLC weapons. One of the new free weapons for Season 4 is confirmed to be the popular Kar98k bolt-action rifle.

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Rainn Wilson Is Willing To Appear On The Office Follow-Up Series

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 03:25

As one of the original actors from the American incarnation of The Office, Rainn Wilson has been associated with the franchise for almost 20 years. Wilson's character, Dwight Schrute, was even in contention for his own spin-off series, The Farm. While that show didn't go forward, Peacock recently picked up The Office's follow-up series, which will move the setting to the Midwest. And if Dwight is needed for a guest appearance, Wilson is up for it.

"I don't see how Dwight goes from Scranton to wherever they're shooting it in the Midwest," Wilson told CinemaBlend. "But, you know, if Greg [Daniels] wants me to do something, I'm happy to do something. But, I am sad that they're leaving Scranton. I understand... why they're leaving Scranton, but I kind of feel like there should be like seven different Office spinoffs kind of like Law and Order. Like there's Law and Order: SVU and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and there should be all of these workplace documentaries going on, but they should all be in the Scranton Wilkes Bar, Lackawanna County, greater Metropolitan area."

The new series will feature Domhnall Gleeson and Sabrina Impacciatore as the main characters. The premise of the show is that the documentary team that spent a decade following Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton employees is starting a new project by covering "a dying historic Midwestern newspaper and the publisher trying to revive it with volunteer reporters." There's no obvious way for Dwight to be involved in that story, but Wilson trusts Daniels to come up with an idea that works.

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Disney Dreamlight Valley: How To Ride The Rides

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 03:08

Disney Dreamlight Valley has a myriad of ways in which you can interact with its world, but you haven't always been able to ride any of the rides you decorated your valley with. But thanks to the Thrills & Frills update, you can now hop on any of the interactable rides you've obtained via Star Paths or the Premium Shop. You can even take photos on them! Here's how to make it happen.

How to use the rides in Disney Dreamlight Valley

Riding rides in Disney Dreamlight Valley isn't particularly straightforward, as you can't just walk up and interact with the rides to hop on. Doing so simply starts or stops the ride, leaving you standing around looking kind of silly. Instead, to ride the rides you'll need do something kind of odd--equip your camera.

Getting in a ride requires you to equip your camera first.

Once you've equipped your camera, you can stand near the ride until it looks as though it's been "selected", then press the action button to pull out the camera. This will place you within the ride in camera mode, giving you an opportunity to select from a wide variety of options for taking pics. You can even use this to get on rides with friends visiting your valley so that you can take selfies together!

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A Total War Star Wars Game Is Reportedly In Development

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 02:04

A Star Wars-themed Total War game is reportedly currently in development over at Creative Assembly.

According to to DualShockers, there are three Total War games being worked on right now. It's unclear which project Creative Assembly is furthest along with in development. However, the closest one is presumably the next mainline installment, as Total War is an annual series. The only exception is 2021, which was the first year without a new mainline Total War game since 2014.

The second one is a Total War: Star Wars game that seemingly started development in October 2023. Currently, any info about the alleged third Total War game is unknown. The most recent game in the series is Total War: Pharoah, which was released last year. Creative Assembly Sofia is currently preparing a large update for the game that will add more campaign content and cultures.

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Redfall Is Getting A Final Update Despite Arkane Austin Shutdown

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 01:39

Arkane Austin's co-op vampire shooter, Redfall, will receive its fourth and final major update soon.

The official Redfall Twitter account posted that Redfall's Game Update 4 is bringing several quality-of-life features to the game. This include revamped Neighborhood and Nest systems, an offline mode, the ability to pause during single-player sessions, and more. The development team didn't say when the update will go live, but will provide more details at a later date.

Earlier this month, Microsoft shut down several of its studios, including Arkane Austin. Xbox executive Matt Booty stated that Redfall's most-recent update was going to be its last one as development comes to a close. However, that doesn't seem to the case anymore. Booty also confirmed that Redfall's servers will remain online.

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EA Sports College Football 25: Check Out The First Gameplay

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 01:05

EA has revealed a first look at the gameplay for EA Sports College Football 25, showcasing several new features ahead of the game's release in July. This year's take on college football puts a fast-paced emphasis on the sport, includes all 134 FBS schools, and the return of popular modes Dynasty and Road To Glory.

Some of the new features that fans can expect include a "Wear and Tear System" for your players, and you'll need to actively manage the health of your team by monitoring athletes and using strategic substitutions to keep them in fighting shape. Game-altering homefield advantages will also play a crucial part in buffing your team and EA says its new Pre-Snap Recognition feature makes the decision behind every snap matter more, motivating you to make the right decision and read the field during crucial moments.

The game is also aiming to be more authentic than ever before as it seeks to replicate the atmosphere of colleges during big football events. There's an expanded focus on sights, sounds, fight songs, mascots, commentators of games, and several other unique touches will help to bring each college to life. On the commentary side, Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will call the games, while Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, and David Pollack will lead the play-by-play analysis of other games.

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Dune 2-Film Collection On 4K Blu-Ray Gets Nice Launch-Week Discount

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 00:58

Dune: Part Two released on Blu-ray earlier this week, and fans who haven't picked up a copy yet can take advantage of a nice deal on a 4K two-film collection containing Parts One and Two of Denis Villeneuve's Dune adaptation for a nice discount. The Dune 2-Film Collection on 4K Blu-ray is available to purchase for $45 while supplies last.

Dune 2-Film Collection (4K UHD) $45 (was $55)

The Dune 2-Film Collection (4K UHD) comes with both a 4K copy of the films as well as digital codes. It gets you access to both Dune (2021) as well as Dune: Part Two which hit theaters earlier this year and released on Blu-ray this week. Best of all, this is the price yet for the bundle, as preorder price cuts never managed to bring it below $50.

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Aside from its great price and the two films, this bundle comes with over an hour of bonus features. You'll get a variety of featurettes, including:

  • Creating the Fremen World
  • Chakobsa Training
  • Worm-Riding
  • Deeper into the Desert: The Sounds of Dune

That's a pretty great lineup of extras--if you're a big Dune fan, they're likely worth the price of admission.

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"Next Iteration" Of Big 2K Games Franchise Will Be Revealed At Summer Game Fest

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 00:18

Summer Game Fest is promising the unveiling of the "next iteration" in a big 2K Games franchise next month, coming shortly after Take-Two Interactive mentioned as such in an earnings briefing. No clues were dished out, but that's not stopping speculation.

The official Summer Game Fest account on X (formerly known as Twitter) specifically stated the title will come from "one of 2K's biggest and most beloved franchises." Go ahead and count out Grand Theft Auto VI, for a few reasons. First, it's under Take-Two's Rockstar Games label instead of 2K. Additionally, the game has already been revealed and Take-Two has set a Fall 2025 release window for the anticipated game.

2K plans to reveal the next iteration in one of 2K's biggest and most beloved franchises at @SummerGameFest on Friday, June 7. pic.twitter.com/1vyFXE2N4z

— Summer Game Fest (@summergamefest) May 16, 2024

According to Insider Gaming, Borderlands 4 from Gearbox seems like the safest bet to show up at Summer Game Fest. In fact, Borderlands 4 and Tiny Tina's Wonderland 2 leaked late last year on a game developer's LinkedIn profile. That wasn't the first rumor about Borderlands 4, either, and there's also a Borderlands movie premiering in theaters this August.

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Junji Ito's Next Horror Manga Collection Is Discounted At Amazon

Game News - Sat, 05/18/2024 - 00:00

Artist and writer Junji Ito is a horror icon, with decades of weird, mind-bending stories full of upsetting imagery. Ito's recent popularity has resulted in a Netflix series adapting some of his stories into anime, and another series, based on his excellent collection Uzumaki, is supposed to be dropping on Adult Swim, uh... sometime.

While you wait, you can preorder Alley, the latest collection of Ito stories to make their way to the U.S. Snag it on Amazon and you'll get it at a discount when it releases on July 23.

Alley: Junji Ito Story Collection $22.50 (was $25)

Alley is the name of one of the stories in the collection, and if you watched Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre on Netflix, you might have seen it. These hardbound collections typically include a bunch of stories, most of them unrelated to one another and covering a variety of topics, from murder to madness to monsters.

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Amazon is currently offering Alley at $22.50, 10% off its list price of $25. It's Prime-eligible, and you'll automatically get the lowest price offered between when you preorder and the book's release.

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Call Of Duty 2024, Rumored To Be Black Ops 5, Is Coming To Game Pass - Report

Game News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 23:46

According to a new report, Microsoft will put this year's new Call of Duty on Game Pass, though there continue to be numerous unanswered questions about all of this.

The Wall Street Journal reported this, though the story had no information about whether or not there may any additional fees, or if the price of Game Pass will go up. The Verge previously reported that Microsoft was thinking about raising the price of Game Pass Ultimate once again.

The site also reported that the new Call of Duty game, which could take place during the Gulf War, is expected to launch in late October. It's expected to be available for separate purchase across Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

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Leap Into The Lore Of Assassin's Creed Ahead Of Shadows With These Discounted Books

Game News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 23:30

If the full reveal of Assassin's Creed Shadows has you excited for the next entry in Ubisoft's long-running stealth-action series, several cool books focused on the Assassin's Creed universe are on sale for solid prices at Amazon.

The Making of Assassin's Creed: 15th Anniversary EditionGallery

One of the most compelling books on sale is the Assassin's Creed: Atlas. This hardcover volume clocks in just shy of 200 pages and is filled with previously unpublished maps, drawings, and unique facts about locations featured throughout the series. Typically sold for $40, you can pick up the book for just $20.

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Final Fantasy Trading Card Game Decks And Booster Boxes Are Pretty Cheap Right Now

Game News - Fri, 05/17/2024 - 23:15

Several official Final Fantasy trading card game starter decks, booster boxes, and anniversary collections are discounted on Amazon right now. While these discounts are great for anyone looking to get into the Final Fantasy TCG or expand their existing card collection, they're also worth checking out for fans who don't plan on playing a TCG, since each card features art from throughout the series, making them a fun collector's items.

Final Fantasy TCG starter decks

For those who want to dip into the game for the first time, picking up one of the pre-made starter decks is a great choice. There are quite a few premade decks available at Amazon, with the most affordable being the Final Fantasy Type-0 themed deck that you can snag for $15 (typical price on Amazon: $20). The Final Fantasy XII, XIII, and XIV starter decks are also good options, as each is available for just $20. And if you want a bundle made for two players, there's the $35 Final Fantasy XV Two-Player Starter Set, which comes with two decks based on the characters Noctis and Ardyn from Final Fantasy XV. Each Final Fantasy TCG starter deck includes 50 cards, a fold-out paper playmat, and a rulebook.

Final Fantasy TCG Starter Decks

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