The Last Remnant Remastered Review
In the end (as you can probably tell), The Last Remnant isn't really my cup of tea. I just can't get into the story here and the gameplay isn't exciting enough to hold my interest. I blame the dull characters and the repetitive hands-off approach to the battle system.
The World Ends With You: Final Mix Review
By no means an unknown game, The World Ends With You: Final Remix was something I had always been intrigued by but was unable to find the time or chance to play it. Originally released on the Nintendo DS, this JRPG by Square Enix differs greatly from many of their better-known titles, and is heavily influenced by a Japanese youth culture.
Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review
While it only stretches back fourteen years and not nearly sixty, it seems like the Dragon Quest franchise has been around forever, becoming not only a national cultural touchstone in Japan, but exerting a huge influence on RPG design in the west as well.
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass Review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a rare behemoth of a JRPG on the Nintendo Switch. It's staggeringly content-rich. One could spend hours upon hours exploring the world of Alrest, challenging optional bosses, collecting rare BLADES (basically the game’s Pokémon) and scouring every nook and cranny for hidden treasures. The game also features an expansion pass with a promise of updating the already astounding game with even more content throughout the year 2018. The question is: is it worth your time?
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Review
Although it begins with the suggestion of nuclear holocaust in one world and a violent, political coup in another, Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom by Level-5 is not the dark and dismal fairy tale its opening minutes might suggest. Instead it's the generally up-beat story of a young king's rise to power and building a colorful kingdom of good will.
The Alliance Alive Review
Playing The Alliance Alive is a lot like getting into a time machine and returning to 1997, as it feels a lot like an RPG from that era. For those younger than myself, I'm specifically referring to an era where JRPGs such as Final Fantasy 7, The Legend of Dragoon and Xenogears reigned supreme. If the graphics of The Alliance Alive were downgraded to polygons and shaders, then it would fit right in there. However, it also falls prey to many of the faults the games of the era had as well.
Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds Review
Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds by Semisoft has been on my radar since I first saw it announced around 2016. Marketing itself as a love-letter to the Golden Age JRPGs, the game made a dynamic entry to the indie scene with its excellent hand-drawn graphics and charming character art
Attack on Titan 2 Review
Gigantic and nightmarish humanoid titans have run mankind to the brink of an extinction. What’s left of humanity has been cornered into within three reinforced walls of the last remaining city. It’s only a matter of time until these hulking monstrosities breakthrough. Every capable young are enlisted to join a desperate war against the titans.
Secret of Mana (Remaster) Review
The Secret of Mana remaster is faithful to the SNES original, to a fault. The game’s authenticity is nostalgic, but enough archaic systems remain when they could have been updated. The graphics and sound are the biggest changes, but they aren’t as inherently charming here.
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Hacker's Memory Review
Hacker’s Memory unfolds across the backdrop of a slightly more technology-enabled and dependent Tokyo. The residents are able to access a digital space called Eden, which acts as a sort of virtual world to hangout in. Eden itself is run by one of those omnipresent massive future corporations, and also serves as the virtual battlespace for numerous hacker teams
Zwei: The Arges Adventure Review
After releasing Nihon Falcom’s action JRPG Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection to the western audience late last year, XSEED is back with another iteration of Zwei. The funny thing is, Zwei: The Arges Adventure is actually the first game in the two-part series and dates way back to 2001 in Japan for home computers.
World of Final Fantasy Review
Originally released for PlayStation 4 and Vita in 2016, the spin-off game World of Final Fantasy tries to bring fan service to all Final Fantasy democracies - including newcomers to the series. Adventuring twins Reynn and Lann traverse familiar scenes and meet up with the famous characters from the long history of Final Fantasy. The game serves as a traditional turn-based JRPG with bit of a Pokémon thrown in.
Demon Gaze II Review
Demon Gaze II is a confounding experience, with enjoyable combat and a strong premise undercut by poor writing, inconsistent tone and graphics that really belong to a tiny screen. Hardcore fans of JRPGs that lie on the fringe of mainstream gaming might appreciate its quirky humor but for the rest of us, there are better RPGs to spend our limited time with.
Okami HD Review
An old legend tells how a white wolf Shiranui aided a young warrior Nagi to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed serpent terrorizing Japan. A time of tranquility ensued for hundred years but the vanity of men led evil to rise again. Once lush and green meadows are turned into grey ghost lands and the evil spirits haunt people. The sun goddess Amaterasu takes the form of legendary white wolf, and aided with a snappy spirit Issun (just don’t call him a bug!), she embarks on a quest to free the country.
Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon Review
Sometimes all you want to do at the end of a long day is to sit down and murder a couple hundred (thousand?) demons. Nights of Azure 2 gives you the chance to do just that while fighting alongside allies and a couple pets as well, but is this an enjoyable demon-slaying adventure or just a fight to be avoided?
Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection Review
Despite being a sequel of sorts, it really is a stand-alone game, set in the same world as Zwei! (never released outside Japan) but with new heroes and storyline. Bearing the developer’s usual setup of immediacy and user-friendliness and boasting lovely looks bathing in color and character, the game is like a perfect antidote to the gloom of most of the hit titles surfacing for the holiday season.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Review
Everything I had ever expected from a modern day JRPG is still present in Final Fantasy XII - the open-ended exploration, well-designed interconnected areas, sprawling cities with various NPCs which change as the story progresses on, and seemingly endless side-quests and optional enemies, dungeons and hidden treasures. Final Fantasy XII is nothing short of a timeless masterpiece that I cannot recommend enough.