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Staff Blog: Thanks For A Wonderful 2012!

Staff Blog by Darryl

Wow, what a 2012 it's been for the world of Final Fantasy! We've seen a few new games, but not only that, we were also able to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy.

Myself and the staff would like to start off by thanking each and every one of you who visit this website. Without you, what we do on the site wouldn't be the same and it's still very heart-warming to think about what this site has been able to achieve from its humble beginnings.

2012 kicked straight off with the release of Final Fantasy XIII-2, the sequel to 2010's Final Fantasy XIII. It focussed on the story of Lightning, Serah and Noel - all of whom we had the chance to speak to throughout the year. If you missed it at the time, or would just like to listen again, here are some links to the different interviews (via GamingUnion.net):

- Ali Hillis (aka Lightning)
- Troy Baker + Laura Bailey (aka Snow Villiers + Serah Farron)
- Liam O'Brien (aka Caius Ballad)
- Jason Marsden (aka Noel Kreiss)

While the game might not have been to everyone's tastes, there were some parts that were actually rather good. The soundtrack is one area where this is the case, as Naoshi Mizuta stepped away from the world of Final Fantasy XI to provide a rather unorthodox, but brilliant score.

One track in particular managed to worm its way into the Final Fantasy music archives, courtesy of Mizuta-san, and that was Caius' Theme. If you haven't had a chance to listen, then let's fix that!



On the subject of music, Square Enix also released another game in the Dissidia franchise. This time, however, it wasn't a beat 'em up. Instead, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy was a rhythm game that served as a tribute to the music of Final Fantasy. There was initial scepticism, but when it released on the Nintendo 3DS, it instantly won fans over.

Lauren, one of our wonderful staff members, had the chance to play through the game before it was even out. She reviewed the game on behalf of GamingUnion.net and awarded it a very solid 8/10 (full review here).

Outside of Square Enix, it's actually been a difficult year for us as a website. We've had some people moving on from the staff, and sometimes other commitments have got in the way (for example, Lauren and I getting married!). We've tried to battle through wherever possible, but we'd still like to apologise for the amount of content that has been posted up this year - especially in the form of opinion pieces and articles.

When looking at the statistics, we've posted about 80 pieces of content throughout 2012, an average of 6.67 per month. However, we're aware that there were some months where even less content was posted. Again, we'd like to thank you for continuing to support us through these difficult times and that's shown by the fact that there has been more than 1,600 comments on these new stories! That's absolutely amazing!

Even with these changes, the Final Fantasy Union podcast has continued to thrive. We switched back to monthly shows again this year (excluding special episodes) and it seems to have gone down rather well with you guys! We'd like to thank Colin for all the time he spent on the shows and working with the site, and once again welcome Spencer to the fray. Here's hoping that 2013 can be even better!

On the show I've also spoken about a new site that was in development. This is still the case, we've just hit a few stumbling blocks along the way and have had to go back to the drawing board. We're hoping to be able to show something in the first few weeks of January if all goes to plan!

We're hoping that 2013 will be a wonderful year for Final Fantasy Union and the franchise in general. There are a few games on the horizon and there's plenty to come from us here at Final Fantasy Union!

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TAGS: Final Fantasy XIII 2, Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, Square Enix, Staff Blog

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