The Legacy of Final Fantasy VII The Legacy of Final Fantasy VII

The Legacy of Final Fantasy VII

I remember watching commercials for Final Fantasy VII when I was 11 and being blown away by the graphics. I’d only played the original Final Fantasy for NES, so the difference was outrageous. Cinematic cut scenes, 3D characters, huge swords—it was like watching a movie trailer. There...

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Zero Time Dilemma Zero Time Dilemma

Zero Time Dilemma

In superhero movies, villains get a kick out of forcing the good guys to make impossible choices,  like “save this busload of children OR save your girlfriend.” The Zero Escape series of games is a lot like that, but you’ll be lucky if you survive,...

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A Second Helping: Counting Down to Bravely Second: End Layer A Second Helping: Counting Down to Bravely Second: End Layer

A Second Helping: Counting Down to Bravely Second: End Layer

Bravely Default for the Nintendo 3DS was one of the biggest surprises of 2014, at least for me. I didn't know anything about it when I received it as a gift, so I expected a generic forgettable RPG. How wrong I was! Bravely Default draws you in immediately...

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20th Anniversary of Pokémon - 20 Years of Gotta Catch ‘em All 20th Anniversary of Pokémon - 20 Years of Gotta Catch ‘em All

20th Anniversary of Pokémon - 20 Years of Gotta Catch ‘em All

The global phenomenon known as Pokémon is turning 20 this year and Nintendo is going all out. Multiple game releases, a foray into mobile gaming, free mythical Pokémon and even a Super Bowl commercial are being used to mark the cultural significance the franchise has brought to...

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Fire Emblem Awakening Fire Emblem Awakening

Fire Emblem Awakening

Fire Emblem Awakening was released in North America in 2013 on the 3DS.  I had never played a Fire Emblem game before and I thought it was about time I give one a try.  My favorite types of games are RPGs and turned based especially.  Because Awakening is...

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I Just Beat: Project X Zone I Just Beat: Project X Zone

I Just Beat: Project X Zone

If you judge Project X Zone by its cover, you'll probably draw the same conclusion that I did: it looks like another cookie cutter crossover fighting game, something along the lines of Marvel vs. Capcom. I wrote it off for a long time after it was released, and I...

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Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker is a tactical JRPG in the Megami Tensei series developed by Atlus and is the sequel to Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor. The story focuses on Japanese high school students who unwittingly get wrapped up into a global fight with otherworldly entities that...

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Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is a 2.5D beat-em-up game, with the essence of a JRPG, that is a direct sequel to Senran Kagura Burst.  The plot primarily focuses on the good shinobi heroines of Hanzo National Academy and their rival evil shinobi anti-heroines of the newly formed Homura Crimson...

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