Crimson Shroud owes its existence to Level 5's "Guild" initiative; an unusual idea to give three famous game developers and one comedian a modest budget and then let them create whatever they wished for the 3DS in any theme and in any style, the end result a joyously unpredictable collection bundled together as Guild 01, bursting with … Continue reading Dungeons & Dice
It's clear from the moment you begin that Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together is a far more extensive remake of the original Super Famicom game than PSP stablemate Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions is of its equivalent PlayStation progenitor. Even those fateful opening questions on faith, family, and friendship have been reformed into something new, … Continue reading The Wheel begins to turn…
You know when I started my latest playthrough of Vagrant Story the original plan was to use this refresher to discuss its masterful (and arguably unbeaten to this day) use of light, shadow, and colour to convey mood, time, and temperature, to wax lyrical about how it wields texture and sound to create a "real" abandoned place … Continue reading Love for the broken
What happens after you save the world? Well if you happen to be the caped hero of a charming fantasy RPG you round up a few of your old friends, make some new ones, and then go off to save the world all over again a few short years later. In a smart move for … Continue reading So good they saved the world twice
The warm earthy tones of this online-enabled GameCube RPG released in 2005 by Chunsoft may look like they're a world away from Phantasy Star Online's laser swords and bright colours but underneath the artistic design the two are, at least in spirit, closer than they may appear: Both were created primarily to be a console … Continue reading A home[land] away from home
Japan's capital city may be no stranger to invasions by fantastical beasts but the games depicting these dramatic events rarely attract a staff list as notable as 7th Dragon 2020's, a "dragon hunting" RPG produced by none other than Reiko Kodama (Phantasy Star, Skies of Arcadia), directed by Kazuya Niinou (Etrian Odyssey, both Dragon Quest Builders), and graced with Yuzo … Continue reading 2020. Tokyo. A dragon hunting RPG.
As I was filling up my shopping cart with digital copies of old X-COM games to inevitably lose at and the wonderful Moonstone: A Hard Day's Knight (a game that routinely fetches second hand prices I can only describe as offensive on Amiga or PC) while browsing GOG in the hope of purchasing some Good … Continue reading Home is where the horror is
I'm sure this one will look very familiar even if you've never been anywhere near a Japanese PlayStation 2: 2005's Namco X Capcom is perhaps best described at this point in time as Project X Zone 0, as bar the obvious language barrier (a fan translation is available here) and complete lack of Sega just about everything in here - … Continue reading This battle is about to explode!
The original Arc the Lad was something of an early success for the PlayStation, managing to sell hundreds of thousands of copies in Japan alone since its release in June 1995. Considering this was at a time when Sony's upstart console was still an import-only curiosity for the rest of the world and the game (as well … Continue reading One more one more go…
You'd think a collection - even a Japanese one from the Nineties - containing nothing but Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished, Dragon Slayer, and Xanadu: Dragon Slayer II (we'll not go into the mind-bending rabbit hole that is Falcom's Dragon Slayer/The Legend of Heroes series-within-series today) would be marketed as "Ys and two bonus games" but the Saturn exclusive Falcom … Continue reading A fresh bundle of very old games