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  • Games like Legacy of Kain

    Legacy of Kain is an (almost) unique dark fantasy drama that plays out across a series of exceptionally creative action-adventure games. Sadly, there hasn’t been a new game in the series since Legacy of Kain: Defiance, released in November 2023, almost exactly 20 years ago. For many fans, it would be impossible to match Legacy […]

  • What made Wild Arms great (Video)

    Note: the video and the text are the same review. Wild Arms seems like a standard SNES-style JRPG. Yes, it’s on the PS1, but it feels like a SNES JRPG with higher resolution 2D sprites and 3D battles — with questionable models, though I admit they did grow on me. The point is it seemed […]

  • The First JRPGs

    How RPGs reached Japan Dragon Quest (1986) could rightly be described as the first JRPG due to a genre convention, but it wasn’t the first RPG made in Japan. Dragon and Princess (1982) was probably the oldest, though there were various other interesting attempts, including The Black Onyx (1984). Thank you to Moby Games and […]

  • What made Secret of Mana great

    Note: the video and the text are the same review. There are additional observations below the text review that are not in the video. Secret of Mana is going thorough a re-evaluation. It has traditionally been considered one of the best JRPGs or action-adventures on the SNES, and sits near the top of many “Best […]

  • What made Persona 3 great

    When I think back to the very beginning of the P3 project, I remember trying to accomplish two things: to create a worthy sequel to a great series, and to create the ideal hybrid of game elements to introduce a new RPG experience. – Katsura Hashino, Persona 3 Producer & Director Hybrid. I can’t think […]

  • How to play Ultima VI in 2023

    Ultima VI: The False Prophet, released in 1990, remains a timeless classic that continues to be enjoyed in 2023 (and beyond). Though the last in a loose trilogy of Ultima games (4, 5 and 6), Ultima VI is easy to recommend as an entry point for players new to the series. Developed for the IBM […]

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