Being a niche gamer can be a lonely endeavor. Jervon explores the beauty and frustrations of it and how Phantasy Star Online 2 is challenging his preconceived notions of friendships, personal fulfillment, and moving on
JRPG Study Time is a new series where we explore the vast world of JRPGs and how they have evolved. We start with a look at the title that laid the technical and narrative ground work for many games to come.
The Yo-kai Watch series is the perfect complement to lounging by the pool or avoiding mass infection. Slow down, whip out that stylus, and look under some vending machines.
In this article Erik van Asselt looks at the recent much anticipated remake of Final Fantasy VII. And he finds out it is not his cup of tea.
Quarantine and self-isolation have given us plenty of time to follow our hobbies. Possibly too much time. But nobody ever said that it was time that must be spent on the new, after all. Old games need love, too, and they always have things for us to ponder.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is already in some people’s hands but Zack Webster only just recently managed to finish the 1997 original. How does the classic feel to a first-timer over twenty years after its original release?
Dragon Quest released on May 27, 1986, for the NES. Sam Wachter, however, never played it. Read through Sam’s experience of what it was like to go back to a thirty-three year old game and play it for the first time.
The role-playing genre has come a long way in the past thirty years, and yet it’s always interesting to look back at games of yore and see what they did right, what they did wrong, and what they could have done better. Today we look at the first Mana game, Final Fantasy Adventure.
The iconic Final Fantasy V baddie may behave like a Saturday morning cartoon villain, but that doesn’t mean he should be named like one. Here’s a case for and the history behind a cooler and more appropriate name.
Mark McLaughlin once believed Dragon Warrior IV to be his favorite game in the series. Things change, however, and so do people.
Erik van Asselt feels excited for the future of Pokémon Sword and Shield and wonders if this is only the start. What if the franchise became a Game as a Service?
Around the middle of last summer, I wrote an impression for an upcoming release, and it was the hardest thing not to damn the game...
Erik van Asselt takes a look at why people are coming back to World of Warcraft. What could move someone to come back to a version of a MMORPG that is fifteen years old?
As part of confronting his insecurities, Jervon Perkins revisited the Xenosaga trilogy. A decade after first playing the games, he learns an important lesson about self-esteem and self-confidence.
The JRPG legacy is synonymous with experimentation; even the most fondly-remembered titles, upon more frank inspection, reveal themselves as unique if not downright bizarre. How did this tradition begin, and where has it run off to?
Over six months had passed since Nintendo revealed any information on the forthcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It will take another five months for the game to finally hit the Switch, so a pair of staffers have fun analyzing the latest trailer.
Empathy and kindness are now needed more than ever, especially in tough times. Stardew Valley reminds us with ease how important and necessary empathy is in our day to day lives.
With both Final Fantasy VII and IX announced for Switch during the Nintendo Direct, many are asking why Final Fantasy VIII was left out. The game’s odd graphical position between those games is likely a significant reason.
The chibified casts of the last three Persona games are joining forces for some more Etrian Odyssey-style dungeon crawling in Persona Q2. But will it repeat the missteps of its lengthy predecessor?
With the end of the Virtual Console brand, what does the future of retro games look like on the Switch? If Nintendo follows in Sony’s footsteps, it doesn’t bode well for fans of niche titles.