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.
Stop right there, criminal scum! Yes, it is time to return to the Imperial heartland of Tamriel and face the infernal armies of Oblivion once again. Centuries before we ventured north to the frozen continent of Skyrim, we found ourselves flying over the impressive Imperial City, listening to the impressive voice of Patrick Stewart foretell an impressive Doom, and we landed in a familiar setting: a dingy prison cell. From such lowly beginnings all the stories of the Elder Scrolls stem and Number IV offers perhaps the best-told tale in the book.
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!
Pokémon Yellow – Special Pikachu Edition, developed by Gamefreak, was released in Europe midway through 2000, is more or less the same game that appeared on the GameBoy a year before, albeit with minor changes over the Red and Blue versions that neither drastically improve nor degrade the game, except for adding a bit more spark perhaps.
Let’s get this out of the way, there will be some mild spoilers in this article. To meaningfully talk about Fallout 4 without some spoilers is like drinking some irradiated water without getting a few rads – its just not gonna happen. Still here? Awesome, then I’ll begin.
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.
After a lengthy and rocky history, the fantasy RPG genre has finally been brought to its pinnacle. CD Projekt RED have boiled off all the slack and drudgerous toxins that might imbue lesser efforts and what is left is The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, distilled pure and clear. Once again we take up residence in the head of storied Geralt of Rivia, the White Wolf, legendary monster slayer and record holder for most impressively impassive face.