Widely regarded as one of the greatest games of all time; Final Fantasy VII not only set the Final Fantasy franchise in a new direction, it became a defining moment in JRPG’s, winning new audiences in the west and setting a new, lofty bar for the genre itself. Square Softs Final Fantasy VII was the first in the series to receive full polygon rendering, bringing familiar magic spells like ‘Firaga’ new splendour and awe, as well as series recurring summon creatures like Bahamut to life.
“Paris in the fall, the last months of the year and an end to the millennium. The city holds many memories for me. Cafés, music, of love… and of death” This is the opening line of an absolute gem that I remember playing when I was young, the one of a kind Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars. Little did I realise that I was playing something original until I started to look for clues instead of kill the enemies, which was what I had been used to in every other game I played.
The Abandoned is a new survival adventure game for iOS and Android from indie developers Yadon Studio and published by Gaijin Entertainment, the creator of WWII sim; War Thunder. Released on 31/03/16, The Abandoned is the first title to make use of a new indie funding project ‘Gaijin inCubator’, which helps small creative indie dev teams by offering expertise in publishing and producing.
Game fans of a certain age will surely remember Lemmings, which was one of the hottest games of the 1990s. Few games have been ported to as many systems and seen as many variants as DMA Design’s Lemmings. And it’s no wonder! There’s just something about trying to solve puzzles with suicidal rodent-like creatures that is incredibly satisfying.
Murky ocean abysses conceal a multitude of secret treasures, chief among which is the paradise city, Rapture: haven of the artist; home to the genius; sanctuary of the visionary. So, dear reader, would you kindly join us beneath the waves to explore this testament to the greatness and brilliance of man? BioShock follows the adventure of Jack, our player character. Cast into the sea from the wreck of a plane, Jack takes refuge in an oddly placed lighthouse, and in doing so stumbles upon the hidden passage to a mysterious utopia. Andrew Ryan has built his impossible metropolis away from the moral confines of the world above and invited only the best humanity has to offer to inhabit his submarinal fortress. But our hero has found his way in, and we quickly find Rapture is not the promised land the obsessed entrepreneur would have you believe.
When I was just a year old in 1992, unaware of everything around me, gamers around the world who had a Sega Megadrive were going crazy for the sequel of Streets of Rage, one of the best “beat-em-ups” of the 90s. A few years later my brother, already an avid gamer, put on Streets of Rage 2, placed a Megadrive controller in my sweaty palms and; I became a gamer. Needless to say, my character and me were simply used as bait for the onslaught of kicking and punching street thugs so that my brother could clean up house.
This week we return to BioWare for another piled helping of RPG nutrition. Knights of the Old Republic is what happens when you combine artful developers with the fertile narrative soil of the Star Wars universe. This game delivers all the hallmarks of a great RPG: compelling characters, complex character progression, choice after choice on your epic quest.