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  • Blog Post: Opinion – Going Down With The Ship

    Earlier this year I wrote that I was done looking the other way when RPGs take too long to get rolling . Too many overlong tutorial phases and drip-fed storylines have burned me out. At the end of that article I mentioned I was looking forward to playing Final Fantasy XIII-2, hoping that it didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Games Where Traditional JRPG Battle Systems Thrive

    Turn-based battle systems are like cherished childhood toys. We had a blast together in games like Dragon Quest and Phantasy Star, creating unforgettable memories. Then something happened: New toys entered the picture, flashier and more advanced. I couldn’t ignore them even if I tried – the... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: The Cost Of Keeping Current

    I’ve wanted to replay the original Metal Gear Solid for the last five years. I used to play through it every fall. I’m a nostalgic guy, and autumn reminds of when I first played the fantastic stealth game one Halloween almost fifteen years ago. Finding free time to revisit Shadow Moses Island... More
  • Blog Post: Here's What's Coming Soon In The World Of DLC

    Whether it's on the disc, supposedly not on the disc, or definitely not on the disc, DLC is a major component of all current generation games. Here's a compendium of what's coming soon, and what recently released for the biggest games of the last few months. Street Fighter X Tekken Street... More
  • Blog Post: What We Want In Final Fantasy XIII-3

    Square Enix's announcement of a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII was surprising, but not nearly as shocking as the ending of Final Fantasy XIII-2. Ending with the phrase "To be continued," the game practically promises a new installment to gamers who had no idea they were dealing with... More
  • Blog Post: Final Fantasy XIII-2 DLC Impressions: Sazh Goes All In And Loses

    The DLC for FF XIII-2 so far has included weapons, costumes, and a coliseum battle against Lightning. Today Square Enix released what was supposed to be the first story-centric DLC episode – but anyone hoping for meaningful contribution to the game's plot is in for a spectacular disappointment... More
  • Blog Post: Investigating Final Fantasy XIII-2's Characters

    I take an uneducated guess at what the characters of FF XIII-2 will be up to, and what other Final Fantasy characters should be in the game. I don't have a lot of experience with Final Fantasy XIII – I only played a couple of hours of the Japanese version for a preview way back in the day.... More
  • Blog Post: Take A Walk Through Square Enix's Japan Office

    If you were to take a stroll down the streets of downtown Shinjuku, Japan, you'd be hard-pressed to identify which inconspicuous office tower was home to Final Fantasy. There are not gigantic bahamut statues or neon signs indicating that the uncontested king of JRPGs sits within the nondescript building... More
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