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  • Blog Post: Moments: The End Of The World In Grandia

    Grandia was the first RPG that kept me awake at night. The skillful way in which the player is rewarded for getting through dungeons and other various enemy-infested areas is something I have rarely seen done well. Game Arts made sure that any time you were fighting battle after battle and trekking through... More
  • Blog Post: PS1 RPG Classics That Hold Up

    Going back to your favorite game over a decade later can be tough. You realize that the graphics that you once thought were the most gorgeous to grace your screen are not only unimpressive, but downright ugly. Gameplay systems often crumble under the weight of years and stories just don’t carry... More
  • Blog Post: Lost RPG Franchises: Where Are They Now?

    Do you remember the series that made you fall in love with RPGs? The blindsiding betrayal of Suikoden, the stunning storybook visuals of the Mana games, and the thrilling cancel attacks from Grandia’s battle system all helped define the genre. Glancing around store shelves today would hardly resurrect... 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: Where Did All The JRPGs Go?

    As a longtime fan of JRPGs, I often find myself wondering what ever happened to all of the Japan-developed RPGs that I grew up playing on the SNES and PlayStation. Triple-A million-dollar-budget behemoths like Final Fantasy XIII (pictured above) are very much the exception these days. Obviously much... More
  • Blog Post: What's Kraken? A Look At One Of Gaming's Dependable Bosses

    When man sailed the seas, the almighty kraken was enough to keep a crew awake at night. With long tentacles that could ensnare an entire ship and a gaping beak tough enough to crack a hull clean through, it made sense that the mythical beast was feared for so long. As seafaring types have become more... More
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