Tag Archives: Video games

Apocalyptis Noctis (Part I)

I haven’t been writing much recently; the Holiday season threw me off my game. However, I did manage to write a short piece on Final Fantasy IV for Beneath the Tangles’ 12 Days of Christmas feature. At the risk of … 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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Waking the wind fish

It’s been fun using my 3DS to reconnect with the Zelda franchise. The most unexpectedly moving of my various revisits has been Link’s Awakening, the 1993 Game Boy title which blew my mind.

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Samurai boogaloo redux

My previous post on Shin Megami Tensei IV found me pretty annoyed at the game. In the meantime I’ve found myself drawn back to it on occasion, which has provoked something of a reconsideration. A lot of my earlier hair-tearing … Continue reading

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Zelda vs Zelda

In the past couple of months I’ve also slowly wormed my way through the two biggest Legend of Zelda titles: the original 1986 NES game, and 1998’s Ocarina of Time. The latter was a frequent rental of my childhood days, … Continue reading

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DQ VII double post

It looks like my next post at Beneath the Tangles is up. Since its kinda-sorta about Dragon Quest VII, I thought I’d take the opportunity here to give some more thoughts about it as a game. My relationship with the … Continue reading

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Hashtag top ten games tbh

With all the really, really good stuff I’ve been playing lately it seems high time to expand my top twenty games list into a top twenty-five one. Except I’m not going to do that. Instead I’m just gonna make a … 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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Suikoden II

Where to begin? For the past 17 years I’ve heard people rave about Suikoden II as one of the best games they’ve ever played, claims that became increasingly difficult to believe as time went on. Particularly in light of the … Continue reading

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Becoming a Suikoden superfan

I am already playing Suikoden II. Part of this is because the original Suikoden is a rather short RPG. But another part is because somewhere, in the middle of it, my opinion switched from, “this is a solid game, but … Continue reading

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