Chocobo GP

One look at pretty much anything involving Chocobo GP and you pretty well get an idea of what you’re getting. The title screen essentially promises everything the game has to offer: achingly adorable characters in strange vehicles racing one another for reasons of their own devising. It looks every inch like the mascot kart racerContinue reading “Chocobo GP”

Triangle Strategy: Square-Enix Aiming for Their Own Throne

I’ve mentioned Final Fantasy Tactics before. If you plan and/or write about Strategy/Tactical Role Playing Games (SRPGs) like I do, then it comes up. This game came out on the original Playstation almost two decades ago, and essentially popularized the genre over here. It tells the grand story of Ramza Beoulve, the disgraced youngest sonContinue reading “Triangle Strategy: Square-Enix Aiming for Their Own Throne”

Earthbound: Beginnings

The Earthbound series has gained something of a cult classic status among games. On the surface, Beginnings here is another of several Dragon Quest/Warrior clones that started around the late eighties. DQ is one of the longest standing turn based JRPGs, and is the series that is still known for excellence and selling big inContinue reading “Earthbound: Beginnings”

Guilty Pleasures, Game Preservation, and a Touch of Madness

Previously there was a game that was only released on the original playstation. This game was one of several RPGs that came to our shores after the absolutely massive success of Final Fantasy 7. FF7 informed the public that RPGs could be a thing, and everybody wanted a piece of Squaresoft’s (now Square-Enix) pie. ThisContinue reading “Guilty Pleasures, Game Preservation, and a Touch of Madness”

Shinsekai: Into the Depths

After my first hour or so of this game, I wasn’t sure I was going to play further. Oh, the game had plenty of atmosphere by that point. The underwater elements have this ethereal quality to them that make everything feel very much like you’re drifting under a vast ocean. It adds to the feelingContinue reading “Shinsekai: Into the Depths”

Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles debuted on the PS3 all the way back in 2008, so it feels almost redundant at this point to review it, particularly since the fourth game in the series released for the Switch back in 2018 (which, ironically, was the same year that this game came out). However, unlike some games, this particularContinue reading “Valkyria Chronicles”

Eastward: Of Our Atmospheric Journey Ever East

Our tale begins in the semi mysterious, underground island of Potcrock. Here we meet the stoic, usually silent Digger John. He works in the mines, and is known for being one of the toughest customers on the island. The entire place feels oppressive, from the dingy environment to the confining, engaging music. John looks scruffy:Continue reading “Eastward: Of Our Atmospheric Journey Ever East”

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

My experience with the Disgaea franchise goes all the way back to its beginning. I picked up a copy of the first game when it came out on PS2, recognizing the publisher, Atlus, as a major publisher of niche, fun RPGs and strategy RPGs. The quirky game promised that you’d get to play through theContinue reading “Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny”