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  • Blog Post: Kingdom Hearts III Co-Director Teases What's To Come

    Square Enix is extra secretive with its coveted Kingdom Hearts franchise, but we were able to interview co-director Tai Yasue, who's currently working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix. The collection includes the Final Mix for Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep, on top of updated cutscenes from Re... More
  • Blog Post: The Return Of Cassandra In Dragon Age: Inquisition

    Dragon Age: Inquisition has new characters joining the fight, but old faces are also returning to help restore peace. Recently, we looked at what confirmed party member Varric would bring to the table . Now we're delving into Cassandra's potential and why she's an intriguing character to... More
  • Blog Post: Versus Mode – Debating Dragon Age: Origins

    Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features managing editor Matt Bertz and associate editor Kimberley Wallace debating Dragon Age: Origins. Kim: So I'm a big fan of Dragon Age. I... More
  • Blog Post: PS2 RPG HD Collections We'd Like To See

    The PS2 era was a blast for role-playing game fans. We were inundated with RPGs, making it nigh impossible to keep up with every release. Unfortunately, the console RPG market hasn't been the same due to the high development costs on newer, more powerful consoles. Not all is lost, though. In the... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Square Enix Has A Lot To Prove To RPG Fans

    I’m often asked about Square Enix’s place in the modern RPG market. I feel conflicted on the subject. The fan in me is still excited for the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV, while the logical part of me feels like the company has moved away from what made people fall in love... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

    Next Tuesday marks the release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PlayStation 3 and Vita. We thought we'd give you a glimpse into the experience in our latest test chamber. Today, our review went live, but we wanted you to see the visual upgrades for yourself. As such, Andrew Reiner and Joe Juba... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Final Fantasy X

    Can you believe it's been nearly thirteen years since we first had the opportunity to listen to Tidus's story? In 2001, Square Enix released Final Fantasy X on the PlayStation 2, and it was a great way to show off the console's power with its cinematic cutscenes. It also brought us to the... More
  • Blog Post: RPG Spotlight: Suikoden

    One of the questions readers ask me most is if they would like a particular series. As a way to provide the answer and celebrate beloved franchises, RPG Spotlight gives a concise overview of the elements that give a franchise its heart and soul. In this edition, I take a look at Konami’s Suikoden... More
  • Blog Post: Fight For The Top 50 – Shin Megami Tensei IV

    I've been a Shin Megami Tensei fan for nearly a decade. Finding ways to overcome the harrowing battles just scratch an itch for me. I love how if I die, I always rethink my strategy and return with a better solution. Some people might call me a glutton for punishment – a masochist, if you will... More
  • Blog Post: RPG Spotlight: Disgaea

    One of the questions readers ask me most is if they would like a particular series. As a way to provide the answer and celebrate beloved franchises, RPG Spotlight gives a concise overview of the elements that give a franchise its heart and soul. In this edition, I take a look at Nippon Ichi’s Disgaea... More
  • Blog Post: Perfecting Persona: How Atlus USA Bloomed

    Atlus USA has become a go-to publisher for niche Japanese role-playing games, with Persona earning the company its reputation. The mature RPG franchise deals with heavy issues, centering on self-acceptance, and forces characters to confront their deepest fears. The true-to-life writing has earned high... More
  • Blog Post: Romance In Dragon Age

    Romance is only a shred of BioWare's sprawling storylines, but to some fans, it's the focus of their journey (whether BioWare intends for it to be or not). Picking your one-and-only isn't easy with all the eclectic personalities in the Dragon Age universe, especially if your beau has opposing... More
  • Blog Post: Creating Dragon Age Party Members

    You wouldn’t make it through your journey and the world would likely end up in shambles without the brave souls that join your cause. Your followers are the heart and soul of the Dragon Age experience. Love them or loathe them, you’re unlikely to forget about them. BioWare has created stand... More
  • Blog Post: Building A Dragon Age Rivalry: Mages Versus Templars

    Many narratives thrive off their rivalries, and Dragon Age is no different. Tensions between the Templars and mages reached a new level with an all-out battle in Dragon Age II, with Hawke having to pick a side. Dragon Age: Inquisition throws you right into the aftermath, and the two groups are still... More
  • Blog Post: Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Morrigan – Past and Present

    Morrigan is one of the most mysterious characters to grace the Dragon Age universe. The seductive mage keeps everyone guessing about her true intentions, and knows more than she lets on. If the cheers following her appearance in Dragon Age: Inquisition’s E3 trailer are any indication, fans are... More
  • Blog Post: Moments – Tales of the Abyss: Luke's Promise To Tear

    We all put up walls - vulnerability is a universal struggle. Unfortunately, showing emotion has a stigma attached to it. If we confess our true feelings, people often think we're showing weakness. This is why the ending moments of Tales of the Abyss with Luke and Tear succeed. It captures how, even... More
  • Blog Post: RPG Spotlight: Tales

    One of the questions readers ask me most is if they would like a particular series. As a way to provide the answer and celebrate beloved franchises, RPG Spotlight gives a concise overview of the elements that give a franchise its heart and soul. In this edition, I take a look at the Tales games from... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Persona 3

    In the PlayStation 2 era, role-playing games reigned supreme. It was nearly impossible to keep up, but I always finished off one and moved on the next seamlessly. Jumping from RPG to RPG started to take its toll. By 2007, it felt like I had seen it all, and RPGs weren't surprising me or doing anything... More
  • Blog Post: Getting To Know The Shin Megami Tensei IV Cast

    With the July 16 release date of Shin Megami Tensei IV nearing, we wanted to give you a preview of the characters that join you on your quest to help rid the world of demons. The Gauntlet Rite occurs at the beginning of the games, and these are the characters known as the chosen ones; their fate unmasked... More
  • Blog Post: Blending Realism and Fantasy – Insight Into SMT IV’s Character Design

    With the Shin Megami Tensei IV release date (July 16) inching closer, any insight into the game can only make the wait easier. As such, we sat down with SMT IV lead character designer Masayuki Doi to discover his approach to designing characters for the unique SMT universe and how he was selected to... More
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