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 encompassing… » 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

Demon Gaze: The TAY Review

Demon Gaze is an old school dungeon crawling RPG, published by NIS and developed by Experience, Inc. It's a first person crawl, with labyrinthine maps that'll have you wandering it's halls for hours on end. It's not a big budget game, but it's certainly got heart. You wander through each dungeon capturing demons for… » 8/14/14 11:33am 8/14/14 11:33am

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 right to do… » 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 5:07pm 5/08/14 5:07pm

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

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

Let's Rank the Fire Emblem Games, From Worst to Best

Kotaku has been running a series called the Pecking Order, ranking games in a series from best to worst. In the spirit of this series, let's look at the Fire Emblem series today, ranking them from worst to best. All of the games in the Fire Emblem series are worth playing in their own right, but which are the best in… » 3/11/14 3:43pm 3/11/14 3:43pm

Chrono Trigger Soundtrack - Orchestral Tribute (Retro Gaming…

Disclaimer: I released this last year, but failed to really promote it much (too many other things going on). It's by no means, OC Remix-level (in fact all of my submissions to OC remix have always been rejected), but for a self-taught musician, I think it came out much better than I imagined. I think my submissions… » 3/10/14 1:21pm 3/10/14 1:21pm