A Mini-Survival Guide To JRPGs

So I recently convinced some friends of mine to try Japanese role-playing games (JRPG). Let me tell you, it was no easy task. It took a comparison of games they played in the past, and a pleasing price range to get them to consent. But even after the hassle they still treaded carefully and they have every… » 8/08/14 12:09pm 8/08/14 12:09pm

"This Isn't Final Fantasy"

The Final Fantasy brand is one of the oldest and most well known series of JPGs, and is often the ruler to which other JRPGs are compared. Games from established companies and indie groups are often praised for being so similar to the classic series of games, and newer games from Square Enix are criticized for not… » 5/15/14 1:02pm 5/15/14 1:02pm

​Gamer Logic: Why walk when I can...

In real life, I am able to walk in straight line, without feeling the need to leap into the air every two seconds. I can park my car between the white lines; I have no impulse to roll out of the car before it has come to a stop. When I catch the train, I make a habit of going as a passenger; I've never thought that… » 3/31/14 1:00pm 3/31/14 1:00pm

Happy 55th Birthday, Uematsu-san!

Join me in wishing the great Nobuo Uematsu a happy 55th birthday! That's right folks, on this date back in 1959 one of the most influential video game composers and personal influence was born. His contribution are many and legendary, it's weird that in the past fifteen years I only covered two of his tracks for my " » 3/21/14 5:42pm 3/21/14 5:42pm

Doing Preorder Bonuses Right

Let's be honest, Square Enix isn't the easiest company to love. Regardless of your opinion of them, they deserve credit for the fantastic limited editions upgrades they offer to those who preorder. This week the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD collection came out and Square Enix offered a free limited edition upgrade to those… » 3/19/14 11:04am 3/19/14 11:04am

Bravely Default: So Close Yet So Far

I remember the moment Persona 3 opened up to me, I finally found myself hitting the game on all cylinders after a particularly tough boss fight. The use of status ailments and party members and exploiting weaknesses all fell into place. From then on I didn't have trouble thinking of what skills to give my personas:… » 2/24/14 6:11am 2/24/14 6:11am

Your love of old games is ruining your experiences of new ones

Everyone has their favorite games that they have played over the years. Many of these games have sequels. A consistent comment about these games is that it isn't as good as a previous iteration. Now this isn't necessarily a bad thing but it does present what I consider a unfair viewing of new games. Since it is a new… » 2/17/14 6:21pm 2/17/14 6:21pm