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.
The events of The Granstream Saga are set 100 years after a cataclysmic war which saw the earth literally torn asunder after a terrible and forbidden ancient weapon was used to try to turn the tide. The misuse of the weapon caused damage to the very core of the planet, set off chain reactions that caused the planet’s axis to shift and melt the polar ice caps! And you thought global warming was bad!
We all have a game we vividly remember playing as a little kid whether it be a game hardly anyone knows about or considered a turning point for the future release of games. Released in 1993 when I was turning just 2 years old a special game released that pretty much defined the first person shooter. But this was the first of its kind. When you think about the amount of FPS are out there today, there’s still one over 20 years old that people still play today. Of course, I’m talking about Doom! An absolute icon in the video game industry.
Cast your mind back to the late nineties, to a world awash with Furbies, where Hit Me Baby One More Time was every teenager’s polyphonic ringtone and the question of the day was ‘do you take the blue pill or the red pill?’ The world was enthralled by Nintendo’s Mario Kart 64 but with three years passed since it’s release, there was a gap in the market. Luckily, game developers at Naughty Dog saw an opportunity for Crash Team Racing; a wacky, fast paced kart racing game, featuring some of Crash Bandicoot’s original and beloved characters.
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.
There is something about walking around in a mechanized death machine that I, and indeed many others, found rather endearing back in 1997 when Armored Core was released, which seemed to tower above the opposition on the good ol’ Playstation.
To the uninitiated, “worms” will mean harmless, blind, legless, slightly slimy denizens of the dirt. They’re good for the soil; they come up when it rains; you can use them as bait or birdfeed. What it will not mean to the unenlightened is tooled-up teams of remorseless homicidal (vermicidal?) maniacs with funny voices, doomed to be stuck on small destructible islands filled with hazards until their enemies lay before them helping the soil in a more terminal way. They don’t know what they’re missing (Earthworm Jim notwithstanding).