Edge of Eternity: An interesting Console JRPG on Kickstarter

Midgar Studio returns to Kickstarter with Edge of Eternity: a JRPG for PC and next gen consoles, utilizing an ATB battle system, a Sci-fi fantasy setting, and the reason I'm interested in it is a chance for a soundtrack by the legendary Yasunori Mitsuda, of Chrono Trigger/Chrono Cross fame! » 2/23/15 8:48pm 2/23/15 8:48pm

Why the Sega spirit isn't dead, but sadly just isn't on the forefront

What is SEGA to most really nowadays? Even to the most hardcore gamers, who play games like Danganropa or Bayonetta 2, it is more or less, "shitty Sonic games", or "those western PC games that aren't really made by Sega". Alien Isolation is a great game, but rarely associated with the Sega of old. News on Sega are… » 1/17/15 8:14am 1/17/15 8:14am

7 More Reasons Terranigma is the Best SNES RPG Most Gamers Never Played

If the first two acts of Terranigma were an ode to creation and nature, the massive third act is a requiem of history and humanity, a dark assemblage of surprisingly tragic events for a 16-bit game that goes beyond the normal RPG tropes. This is the second part of my Terranigma retrospective, focusing more on the plot… » 11/26/14 7:05am 11/26/14 7:05am

Why I'm Looking Forward to Persona 5

Can you believe it? It's been nearly 6 long years since Persona 4. Atlus released Persona 4 Golden to tide us over, but, finally the dawn of a new iteration in the series is upon us. 2015 can't come soon enough. Though Atlus have been shrewd in releasing information, a lot of fans are hyped (myself included). And why… » 10/14/14 4:43pm 10/14/14 4:43pm

The Story Behind the Only Square RPG Developed in North America

Secret of Evermore is one of the most underrated RPGs in gaming. Released in 1995 on the SNES, it's a love letter to what is best about JRPGs, with influences from Secret of Mana and even cameos by Final Fantasy characters like Cecil from FFIV. But it also weaves its own identity with a quirky narrative… » 9/29/14 12:49pm 9/29/14 12:49pm

Goodbye Turn-based Final Fantasies

This is something that's been weighing on my mind since the first FFXV gameplay trailer was shown. It's a bittersweet issue for me. Saying goodbye to one of your first loves in gaming is never easy and the difficulty has been compounded by Square Enix's efforts to remain relevant and compete for your time in an era… » 9/26/14 5:50pm 9/26/14 5:50pm

Games of Summer 2014 - Of Plumbers and Stats!

The Super Nintendo. The single greatest achievement of Mankind (maybe... possibly... it's definitely up there on the top 10). Not only a small technological wonder at it's time, but it's amazing 700+ cartridge game library remains a true treasure cove to find the some of the best 16 bit games ever made. Among the… » 9/15/14 4:24pm 9/15/14 4:24pm

7 Strangest Alternate Endings in JRPGs

Last days. Leaving places. I know all things end. But last Friday, after almost ten years, it was a goodbye lunch, farewells, an exit interview and then a final departure out of the parking lot. I never realized how much I would miss my company and the people in it until I was leaving, even though it was on the best… » 8/28/14 4:45am 8/28/14 4:45am

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

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is Worth Your Time

The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is a Japanese role-playing game developed by Nihon Falcom for the PlayStation Portable. Published by XSEED in North America on April 6, 2011, the game follows Estelle and Joshua Bright on their journey across Liberl to find their missing father and become full-fledged members of… » 5/08/14 6:07pm 5/08/14 6:07pm

Valkyria Chronicles II is Worth Your Time

Valkyria Chronicles II is a Tactical-Action RPG for Playstation Portable published by Sega. Released on August 26, 2010, it is a sequel to 2008's Valkyria Chronicles on Playstation 3. Set two years after the end of Valkyria Chronicles, the game follows the school lives of Avan Hardins and his classmates at Lanseal… » 4/14/14 5:21pm 4/14/14 5:21pm