The Most Important RPG in Console History Celebrates its 20th Anniversary Today

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.

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[REVIEW] Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus

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.

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The New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer is Gooooooood

Kingdom Hearts III isn’t releasing anytime in the near future, but a brand new gameplay trailer showed up around 1:30 am EST. And boy does it look good.

…and here’s the same trailer with English subtitles that was uploaded shortly after. Thank you, Wario64!

It appears that we’ll receive another new trailer at D23 Expo 2017, on July 15th. According to this tweeted image, the upcoming trailer will showcase a brand new world.

And now we play the waiting game.

[REVIEW] Akiba’s Beat


Akiba’s Beat
Developer: Acquire
Publisher: XSEED, PQube
Available on: PS4 (reviewed), Vita


Where Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed centered around brawling vampire-types and ripping their clothes off in a more action-focused, fan-service approach to gameplay, its spiritual successor, Akiba’s Beat, revamps its style completely as a mostly standard JRPG. While I applaud developer Acquire’s attempt at shifting gears, and publishers XSEED and PQube for taking a chance on localizing an under-the-radar role-playing game that failed to make waves in its native Japan, the end result is extremely underwhelming and hard to recommend.

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Let’s Take a Closer Look at the Persona 5: Take Your Heart Premium Edition on PS4

After a handful of delays, Persona 5 is finally available here in North America. As a big fan of all things Shin Megami Tensei, naturally I gravitated toward the bulkier Take Your Heart Premium Edition with all of its delicious physical goodies.

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[REVIEW] NieR: Automata

NieR: Automata
Developer: PlatinumGames Inc.
Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: PS4 (reviewed), PC
Release date: February 23, 2017 (PS4), March 17, 2017 (PC)

Yoko Taro’s Drakengard on PS2 was a bit of a mess, but underneath the mounting frustration was a sign of something brilliant. The way the creative director formulates dark tales and digs into the human psyche is unlike any other on the planet. NieR, Yoko Taro’s 2010 action RPG based on the 5th ending of the original Drakengard, suffered from similar issues, like repetition and unsatisfying combat, yet it’s a game that touched a lot of people and amassed quite a cult following along the way.

It’s been nearly seven years since NieR graced the PS3 and Xbox 360. In what seems to be a continuing theme, NieR: Automata isn’t the prettiest game on the market (sometimes resembling a late-generation PS3 release) and can be a little insane at times, but there’s no denying how incredibly special it is to me. It’s a rare gem that comes along every so often and turns everything we know about video games, storytelling, genre definitions, and the emotional engagement of its players upside down.

In short, NieR: Automata is not only a worthy sequel for a game many thought would never receive one, but one of the strangest, most compelling, thought-provoking, and beautifully heart wrenching games I’ve had the pleasure of playing. Continue reading “[REVIEW] NieR: Automata”

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Direct was Clear, Concise, and Alienated No One*

Nintendo’s Fire Emblem Direct presentation lasted just shy of 20 minutes, but what it managed to detail in such a small amount of time was pretty astounding. It’s clear that Nintendo now sees the once unheard of strategy role-playing series as a mainstay, and as long as you own a smart device, a 3DS, a New 3DS, or plan to purchase the Nintendo Switch, there will be new Fire Emblem content for you to enjoy in 2017 (and beyond).

Oh, and that asterisk in the title? That’s if you solely on a Wii U. Sorry doods.

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