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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[REVIEW] Cosmic Star Heroine


Cosmic Star Heroine
Developer: Zeboyd Games
Publisher: Zeboyd Games
Available on: PS4 (reviewed), PC
Price: $14.99 USD


Many of the summer months throughout my middle and high school years were spent fully immersed in the stories of various SNES, Genesis, and PSone role-playing games, like Chrono Trigger and the Final Fantasy series. Without the stress of school, I could stay up late, remove myself from the worries and struggles of teenage life, and get lost in world-spanning adventures for a while.

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[REVIEW] Anima: Gate of Memories – Beyond Fantasy Edition

Anima: Gate of Memories
Developer: Anima Project
Publisher: BadLand Games
Available on: Beyond Fantasy Edition exclusive to PS4 (reviewed)

When a team of overly ambitious developers doesn’t have the necessary resources to bring their ideas to fruition, it usually becomes clear to the player rather quickly. Such is the case with Anima Project’s action RPG based on their table-top gaming series, Anima: Gate of Memories. Continue reading “[REVIEW] Anima: Gate of Memories – Beyond Fantasy Edition”

[REVIEW] Has-Been Heroes

Has-Been Heroes
Developer: Frozenbyte
Publisher: Gametrust
Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, PC
Price: $19.99

When the king put his faith in two aging heroes and a scrappy rogue to escort his twin daughters to school, he must have known he was sending them off to their deaths, right? In Frozenbyte’s new roguelike Has-Been Heroes, defeat seems like the only probable outcome. This genre typically thrives on the holy trinity of difficulty, permadeath, and randomization, but Has-Been Heroes’ use of these features is both unrewarding and erratic.

The experience isn’t entirely bad, mind you. Has-Been Heroes is, in some ways, unlike anything I’ve ever played. That alone is an impressive feat. Continue reading “[REVIEW] Has-Been Heroes”