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An examination of Xenogears (Part 2: Punching Things)

(Continued from part 1) So part of what I hoped to convey by talking about the characters last time was just how massive and convoluted the story of Xenogears is, how it has absolutely no editorial spirit, how it is … Continue reading

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An examination of Xenogears (part 1)

Look, for two decades I’ve been trying to beat Xenogears. The trouble is that as I age I increasingly have less and less time for these flawed massive old RPGs I like to obsess over. There are other things in … Continue reading

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Free-Scenario System

SaGa Frontier is perhaps the most Josh RPG I’ve ever played.

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Everything is canon now

So I found myself returning to the original Kingdom Hearts for the first time since it was relatively new. Perhaps it was the need for a palette cleanser after the excellent but admittedly very harrowing NieR: Automata. Perhaps it was … Continue reading

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World of balance

Final Fantasy VI is a beloved game. While its immediate successor was far more popular, and while there have been other entries that have proven more influential, FFVI is always looked back upon as a high watermark in the franchise. … Continue reading

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Whimsy

Legend of Mana is a weird game. It comes out of what was, in retrospect, a pretty neat era in developer Squaresoft’s history: the unprecedented success of Final Fantasy VII gave them the capital to do whatever they wanted, and … Continue reading

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