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  • What made Xenogears great? An In-Depth Review

    Xenogears released in 1997: after Final Fantasy VII, before Final Fantasy VIII. At a time when the Square Enix development cycle could stretch to a year and a half (Final Fantasy games included), Xenogears took over two. Even that wasn’t enough, not even close: Xenogears is, at best, 75% complete.  Links: Screenshots That’s nothing, though.…

  • Western-Style JRPGs: A Brief Overview

    Where do we start when it comes to Western-style JRPGs? Perhaps we should get clear about what we are looking for. After all, the wording is ambiguous. Does a game with JRPG mechanics that was made by a Western company meet the definition? If you believe that a JRPG must, categorically, come from Japan (as…

  • What Is Oddworld?

    Oddworld started with in 1997 with the 2D cinematic platformer Abe’s Odyssey.  There are five major games in the series, the latest released in 2021.  All titles are set in the eponymous Oddworld, a world of non-human characters and unusual (often deadly) animals and wildlife. Among other things, the Oddworld series is known for: 1.…

  • Predictions for Bloodstained 2 – Part 3: Setting and the Son

    Part 1: The Belmonts & ZangetsuPart 2: The Villians Sometimes a rumour emerges of a revival of the dead Castlevania franchise. It reminds me of the Symphony of the Night Succubus taunting Alucard with the vision of his dead mother. With a new series in production at Netflix and a crossover with Dead Cells nearing…

  • Predictions for Bloodstained 2 – Part 2: Villains

    Part 1: The Belmonts & Zangetsu Despite being a videogame franchise twice as big as Dance Dance Revolution and a Netflix franchise so popular they didn’t cancel it even after four seasons — they gave it a second show instead! — Konami isn’t making more Castlevania games. So it is a good thing Koji Igarashi…

  • Oddworld: Strangers Wrath Review

    Stranger’s Wrath was too unusual for its own good. That’s probably why EA never advertised it. 2005 was the year of Call of Duty 2 and Indigo Prophecy. Stranger’s Wrath began in an Old West town of chicken-men called New Yolk City. Stranger himself was weird, a mixture of man and ram and wildcat. Take…


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