Throwback Bit Thursday: Wild Arms

Many will remember Squaresoft’s Final Fantasy VII (1997) as the first great Japanese Role Playing game for the PlayStation. However, a few months earlier, April 1997 to be exact, Wild Arms arrived on Sony’s debut system with a great JRPG experience for fans to enjoy. Wild Arms holds an 83 Gamerankings (The 90s Metacritic) rating.… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Wild Arms

Top Ten Greatest ‘The Legend of Zelda’ Games of All Time

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild was not only a critical masterpiece that opened horizons in the franchise's game world, but also in its sales reach to a wider audience.

The Legend of Zelda is one of the most successful video game series of all time. Here, I rank the series from the ‘worst’ (is there a bad Zelda game?) entry to the best entry. I’m obviously excluding the dreadful Phillips CD-i Zelda releases, as the creation rights were licensed to Phillips by Nintendo as… Continue reading Top Ten Greatest ‘The Legend of Zelda’ Games of All Time

Throwback Bit Thursday: Alundra, More Than Just a Zelda Clone

Go ahead, enter a gaming forum, and search for an action RPG discussion. The Legend of Zelda Series will usually feature a prominent role, couple with more modern titles such as Dark Souls and The Witcher 3. One game, that few, if any mention is 1997’s PlayStation’s Alundra. Alundra is a wonderfully crafted 2-D Action… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Alundra, More Than Just a Zelda Clone

Throwback Bit Thursday: Grandia II

Game Arts Grandia II was released on December 2000 as a Dreamcast title. The game was the awaited sequel of 1997 (1999 on PS1) Sega Saturn’s Grandia, as such it was one of the most anticipated Dreamcast titles for RPG fans. The game offered a clear upgrade in graphics over its predecessor, and featured fully… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Grandia II

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

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE

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

The Rise and Fall of Japanese Role-Playing Games (JRPGs)

Square cleverly only showed the CG cutscene characters, as the game never looked nearly as good in real gameplay but kids those days didn't know that.

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 Japanese Role-Playing Game genre is more a description of the genre’s current state in comparison… Continue reading The Rise and Fall of Japanese Role-Playing Games (JRPGs)

Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy VII Could Have Been Xenogears

Xenogears is a classic PS1 JRPG

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… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Final Fantasy VII Could Have Been Xenogears

Nintendo’s Switch is the Biggest Winner of the Pandemic’s Video Game Sales Boom

While the effects of the Pandemic and the subsequent worldwide lockdowns hurt world economies and many industries a few have seen growth, in some cases exponentially. The Video Games Industry had one of the biggest surges in sales ever recorded for a month of March in it history. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sales grew… Continue reading Nintendo’s Switch is the Biggest Winner of the Pandemic’s Video Game Sales Boom

The Top Ten Greatest Final Fantasy Games of All-Time

The Final Fantasy series has been the torch bearer for Japanese Role Playing Games (JRPGs) since the 90’s (at least in the Western markets), and consequently, has spawned a long running series with 15 numbered entries accompanied by a number of spin offs based on the property. This top ten will do away with the… Continue reading The Top Ten Greatest Final Fantasy Games of All-Time

Throwback Bit Thursday: Ocarina of Time – The First Person Adventure That Almost Was

Every Thursday the Never Ending Realm will pay homage to older games by discussing tidbits of information that you might not know about the development of some of the most iconic titles in Video Gaming History. In this first installment we travel back in time to the mid 90’s where Nintendo’s EAD was hard at… Continue reading Throwback Bit Thursday: Ocarina of Time – The First Person Adventure That Almost Was