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Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy VI

Today’s throwback is none other than the legendary Final Fantasy VI. For about half a decade, the game was known as Final Fantasy III on the west, as Squaresoft had bypassed Final Fantasy II, III, and V in the US. Released in 1994, the Super Nintendo Japanese role-playing game has become one of the more […]

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Kitase Doesn’t Confirm or Deny If FFVIIR’s Ending Changes Story Going Forwards, FFVIIR-2 Development Continues

One only needs to read social media comments to see that one of the biggest points of contention in regards to the Final Fantasy VII Remake and its future installments, is its ‘weird’ ending (in an already weird re-telling of the first section (Midgar) of the original Final Fantasy VII). It can be inferred by […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Role-Playing Games

Before we start, let us make one thing clear; Japanese Role-Playing games are not dead. The genre never died, its games are everywhere around us in portable machines, mobile phones and in-home consoles. The word ‘demise’ in reference to the JRPG genre is more a description of the genre’s current state in comparison to its […]

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Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy VII Could Have Been Xenogears

Those of us who loved Chrono Trigger, and its – not so direct – sequel Chrono Cross, might never get to see a third game in Square’s most critically acclaimed series. However, Xenogears in some ways felt like a spiritual cousin of the legendary SNES title. Made by a team composed of many of the […]

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The Top Ten Greatest Final Fantasy Games of All-Time

Final Fantasy has been the torch bearer for Japanese Role Playing Games since the 90’s (at least in the Western markets), and has spawned a long running series with 15 numbered entries accompanied by a number of side games based on the property. This top ten will do away with side stories, and sequels – […]

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Final Fantasy VIIR, Tetsuya Nomura, and The “Kingdom Hearts like Bulls*&^”

Warning Plot Spoilers Ahead: For starters, this isn’t a review of FFVIIR, I fear that a review of that particular title from myself, would end up being more like EGM’s review of the title in terms of its low score, than of some of other positive reviews on the net. Instead, this is an analysis […]

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Final Fantasy XV (PS4) Review

After Final Fantasy XIII I must confess that I boycotted the series. Sakaguchi’s departure left a void that remained unfilled a decade after his last game at Squaresoft; FFX. I bought FFXV at a bargain sale of used games for 9.99, meaning that my Boycott technically still stands as Square didn’t make a dime on […]

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Final Fantasy VII (NS) Remaster Review: Must-Buy for JRPG Enthusiasts

More than two decades ago, Final Fantasy VII was released in North America. The game achieved previously unseen levels of  critical, and commercial success for a title on its genre. FFVII drove the blooming J-RPG genre into the mainstream, turning what was a mostly niche genre (as far triple A titles went) into the most […]

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The Final Fantasy XII Debacle, The Square/Enix Power House, and The Contenders

August 12, 2005 The worst thing that could have happened to the RPG genre was the Square-Enix merger. This merger united the two RPG giants into a single entity that threatens to monopolize the genre, as only a few giant publishers like Namco can now stand on it’s way. It was not only the worst […]

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The Legend of Zelda canned, On FFXII, and on the Revolution’s Controller Article

October, 18, 2005 First of all I am sad to say that the new Zelda currently titled Twilight Princess has been postponed until next year spring at the least. This is no doubt a hard blow to the Nintendo faithful, and RPG fans everywhere. The thing that worries me is that the game gets canned […]