Old Sonic Team titles (for the sake of clarity and to potentially reveal my advancing age I am referring exclusively to Dreamcast and earlier releases when I say "old") are often astounding examples of the most imaginative games this hobby has to offer, well loved and rightly so for their bold and innovative ideas all … Continue reading Keep on rollin’
Welcome to my first JRPG! Brought up on the mighty Amiga 500 - a format where "role-playing" meant endless pages of stats for traits of no discernible purpose, obtuse everythings, and a frankly unhealthy need to constantly draw inspiration from Dungeons & Dragons, The Lord of the Rings, and Dungeon Master - seeing Shining Force II in Mega … Continue reading The sequel to that other Mega Drive RPG you may have heard of
[All credit for this idea goes to the powerful Ant of Gaming Hell, and I'd also like to thank him for proving that there are at least two of us on the planet who want to see legendary nineties gaming magazine Super Play in a more Sega-y form] To say that traditional gaming magazines are … Continue reading New-old is the new… old?
Ragnacenty (AKA: "Crusader of Centy" (US), AKA: "Soleil" (EU)) is often referred to as a Zelda clone, a mislabelling that has stood the test of time largely due to a weird logic feedback loop that prevents anyone from actually playing Mega Drive RPGs to check if these oft-parroted assumptions hold any water because "everybody knows" … Continue reading Cute animal friends! Adorable derring-do! The casual slaughter of helpless innocents!
Being a hero is a universally appealing concept: Who wouldn't want to be super strong, save the day, and know they're the coolest person in the room? Which makes Rent A Hero's decision to turn all of your comic-based fantasies on their head feel more than a little disorienting: Your crime-fighting suit's an accidental rental, your powers … Continue reading Rent A Hero
Alisia Dragoon falls into an awkward part of collective gaming memory, being one of those games with the peculiar invisibility that comes from being available everywhere (immediately losing that import-only allure) and by nobody whose name will earn you any of those all-important nerd points. Gainax's involvement is really more of a "Ah, that's interesting." footnote, Mecano Associates may have … Continue reading Alisia Dragoon
As someone who’s been absolutely ga-ga over Shining Force II since 1994 it’s more than a little embarrassing to admit that I hadn’t played through series starting point Shining in the Darkness until just last month, but here we are. I’d like to pretend that this was just down to a fear of running into … Continue reading Shining and the Darkness