Déjà vu with Frane II

[I'm sorry I know it's a flippant title but it's staying and I'm not wrong, so there.] To a Westerner, Falcom's Ys (say "Geese" without the "G"), released so long ago it pre-dates the original Final Fantasy and is only just a smidge younger than official JRPG kicker-offer Dragon Quest has only relatively recently gone from "Oh, you … Continue reading Déjà vu with Frane II

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Gu Jian Qi Tan 3

The bad old days of "Oh, you mean like that bootleg NES Final Fantasy VII?" whenever you mention Chinese and Taiwanese games aren't quite behind us yet but things are looking brighter than they've ever been thanks to Softstar's very welcome albeit unexpected push into foreign publishing with Sword and Fairy 6, Empire of Angels IV, … Continue reading Gu Jian Qi Tan 3

Alisia Dragoon

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