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Throwback Bit Thursday: Chrono Cross

Chrono Cross (2000) isn’t as widely beloved (or remembered), as its predecessor; the incomparable Chrono Trigger. This, despite being released at the climax of the JRPG golden era, and to stellar amounts of critical reception. The game still holds a 94 Metacritic rating, which is a higher rating than any FF game (only FFIX has […]

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Remembering the PlayStation (PSX) on its 25th Birthday

Today, is the PlayStation’s 25th anniversary (and the Dreamcast’s 21st), apart from feeling a little nostalgic and perhaps even a tinge of sadness (I am getting old); there is much to be excited about. Rumors have been floating around for a few weeks now that today is the day that Sony will announce both the […]

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Throwback Bit Thursday: The Legend of Dragoon

The Legend of Dragoon has been one of the strangest titles that I have ever reviewed. The Playstation Japanese Role-Playing game, released in the year 2000, isn’t a really a special RPG, but it is the one game that I felt was the definition of “Pedestrian” when I first reviewed it, and yet, somehow, it […]

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Throwback Bit Thursday: Thousand Arms

The Golden Era of Japanese Role-Playing Games during the original PlayStation days produced many a great RPG on a consistent basis. It seemed then, that every month a new JRPG AAA title would arrive at store shelves for players to buy and immerse themselves for dozens of hours. During this period, in between the Final […]

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Throwback Bit Thursday: The Granstream Saga

  1998’s The Granstream Saga, is not a remarkable game, it was (even 1998) a deeply flawed action RPG, that featured many good (if not great) ideas that were not executed properly. Shade (the developers) left us instead, with what in my opinion is one of the most glaring examples of wasted potential in an […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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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Xenogears Review: The Most Ambitious JRPG Story Ever Written

Six years later, and we are still waiting for a true FF7 killer. A lot of RPGs have come and gone since then, some were good, some were bad and a few of them had dared to reach greatness only to fall short of it. In my eyes, the greatest attempt at surpassing the great […]