Taking an old series to new depths

At first blush the rigid grid-based dungeon crawling of From Software's 2006 PSP exclusive King's Field Additional I appears to be a drastic departure from the immersive die 'em ups that came before it, this UMD upstart choosing to ditch the freeform exploration of old in favour of a right angled labyrinth and the solitary town above … Continue reading Taking an old series to new depths

A city with one street

Over the past few days I've been replaying my way through Zettai Zetsumei Toshi 3, the PSP exclusive sequel to Irem's great but questionably localised (and now sadly expensive) Raw Danger. It's a playable disaster adventure shot through with an unexpected dose of chilling realism, the game's opening transitioning from a conspicuously ordinary bus ride into the city … Continue reading A city with one street

The Wheel begins to turn…

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…

2020. Tokyo. A dragon hunting RPG.

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.

Kimimi’s Social Rehabilitation: Part 2

I was determined after the accidental skeleton-rattling therapy session that was my time with Tokimeki Memorial: Girls Side Premium Third Story this time around my Konami dating experience was just going to be fun - not a resounding success of perfectly picked perks and a queue of loved-up girls waiting outside my classroom door, nor … Continue reading Kimimi’s Social Rehabilitation: Part 2