Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy V

Unreleased in its original SNES form in the United States, I first played Final Fantasy V as part of the Final Fantasy: Anthology Collection package released in 1999. The US only received two SNES entries Final Fantasy IV, and Final Fantasy IV under the “II and III” labels respectively. Squaresoft, at the time, bypassed releasing… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy V

Throwback Bit Thursday: Skies of Arcadia

The Dreamcast was a weird little system, not because there was anything wrong with it, but because it launched in the U.S. (9/9/1999) in the midst of late gen N64 software (which looked pretty good), and the beginnings of a massive PlayStation 2 hype campaign.  The Dreamcast needed to be massive sales success in order to… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Skies of Arcadia

Throwback Bit Thursday: Banjo-Kazooie

Of all the Super Mario 64 clones, Banjo-Kazooie, is in my opinion the best (at least during the 32-64 bit era). Rare’s first attempt at a 3-D platformer even managed to surpass Mario 64 in a few areas.  A Beautiful World  One area in which Rare’s game is clearly superior to Nintendo’s revolutionary game is… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Banjo-Kazooie

Throwback Bit Thursday: Fallout 3

Fallout 3 is my favorite Fallout game. True, Fallout: New Vegas is the better Role-Playing game, but the experience of exploring a vast post-apocalyptic wasteland that Fallout 3 provided hasn’t been matched by any of its sequels.   Fallout 3 and Freedom in Gaming  Perhaps the one thing that struck me the most about my… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Fallout 3

Throwback Bit Thursday: Super Mario 64

1996 was a magical time for an 11-year-old kid to be alive. Video Games were making the transition to 3-D from 2-D for the first time with the arrival of the 32-bit machines. The possibilities to a young mind – arriving at the peak of human imagination – seemed endless.   That said, to me personally,… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Super Mario 64

Throwback Bit Thursday: Suikoden IV

The Suikoden series. The mere mention of the name “Suikoden” will draw hardcore JRPG fans out of the woods, and into epic ramblings about how great the first two titles were. Personally, the third iteration of the series remains my favorite one.   Suikoden V would end up being the last title in the long running… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Suikoden IV

Throwback Bit Thursday: Resident Evil 2

In many gaming circles, 1998 is considered the best year for video games in history. Games like The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Metal Gear Solid, Xenogears, Half-Life, Banjo-Kazooie, Panzer Dragoon Saga, Tekken 3, and Resident Evil 2 among others. All these games (many which still top All Time Great listings) were released within… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Resident Evil 2

Throwback Bit Thursday: Legend of Legaia

1999’s Legend of Legaia is one of PS1’s forgotten J-RPGs. With only 300,000 units sold during the genre’s golden era the game was not exactly a flop, but it didn’t sell nearly enough to warrant much mention amongst its contemporaries.    Developed (Partially) by Contrail, Legend of Legaia got lost in 1999’s massive J-RPG shuffle.… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Legend of Legaia

Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Such a disappointing movie...

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was released on July 11th, 2001 and directed by Final Fantasy legend Hironobu Sakaguchi. The movie would ultimately lead to Sakaguchi’s departure from Square and the eventual end of Square itself. I remember seeing Spirits Within in the theater in 2001. I was about 13 and being a huge fan of… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy VII 

  There is not much more that I can say about Final Fantasy VII that has not already been said. If you want an in-depth, modern review of the game, checkout my review for the HD Remaster here. On the other hand, if you want a quick recount of my earliest, and fondest memories of… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy VII