While the SNES arguably had better releases in the Final Fantasy series, it was the seventh entry on the original PlayStation that truly brought the RPG genre into the eyes of the mainstream. Final Fantasy VII’s multi-disc spanning epic was a smashing success in 1997, selling nearly 10 million copies worldwide, and changed the gaming industry forever.
Episode Gladiolus pairs the endearing, Cup Noodle-loving oaf with Cor the Immortal shortly after getting beat down by Ravus at the end of chapter 6. Now unsure of his ability to protect Noctis as the Shield of the King, Gladiolus and Cor set off to a mysterious cave that serves as a proving ground of sorts for previous members of the Crownsguard.
Thus far, Cor has been the only person to make it out alive (hence “the Immortal” nickname) so he serves as Gladio’s Sherpa until the final showdown with Gilgamesh, the Blademaster.
Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack
Developer: Inti Creates (self-published)
Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), 3DS (released in 2016)
Price: $39.99 USD
While Capcom is clearly uninterested in furthering the Mega Man franchise beyond console cycle re-releases and fighting game cameos, Inti Creates broke away from them in 1996 and have been steadily carving their niche in a similar genre by way of the Mega Man Zero & ZX series (and assisting Comcept with the development of Mighty No. 9, but shhhh!). If you’re a current Nintendo Switch owner, you’re probably familiar with their work on Blaster Master Zero as well.
Their latest release, however, isn’t entirely new. Azure Striker Gunvolt is a 2D action platformer that initially released in 2014 on the Nintendo 3DS, with an immediate sequel on the same platform in 2016. The Striker Pack itself, which contains both games and their respective updates on a single cartridge, also released on the 3DS during the fall of last year — which is essentially what you’re getting here on the Switch for $39.99 USD, in addition to its newly implemented HD visuals, 60fps gameplay, and rumble feedback.
I started playing around with Final Fantasy XV again earlier today, after picking up the season pass with a $15-off coupon. This was the first trip back with my absolute favorite game of 2016, after finishing it in December last year.
With the recently confirmed Assassin’s Creed event beginning on August 30th, I wanted to complete the necessary Chocobo Carnival quests to obtain the required invitation, the Dream Egg, so I wouldn’t feel left out.
As a huge fan of both series, I think this limited cross-over looks absurdly awesome.
Afterwards, I remembered that I never got around to killing the massive Adamantoise world boss and figured I’d have a little fun.