As the soon-to-be-classic RPG Bravely Default is out now on the Nintendo 3DS, myself and a lot of other RPG fans have been talking about the Final Fantasy series. It seems the one-time king of the JRPG has come a long way from the first game on the NES back in 1987: gone are the White Mages and Fighters from the early days, and in their place are MMORPGs and strangely named sequels like Final Fantasy XIII-2. But as Bravely Default has reminded us, there are a lot of great moments to hold on to and cherish in the Final Fantasy series. So, seeing as Final Fantasy is the topic of the time, I have been thinking a good deal about what my favorite FF games are. Having played most all of them, but notably not the newer games, I actually had a difficult time narrowing down the list to just ten. Read the rest of this entry »
Monthly Archives: February 2014
From time to time we are graced with a video game so elegantly and flawlessly done that it lays the groundwork for all future games in its genre. When the original Final Fantasy was released on the NES it was like no other RPG before it, shaping how turn–based role playing games would be done for years to come. While as of late the Final Fantasy series has gone in every direction imaginable, it seems only fitting that a game so heavily influenced by the earlier games should come along to remind us just how excellent the traditional JRPG can be. Bravely Default on the Nintendo 3DS brings innovation to the genre and is a celebration of everything that made those early JRPGs beloved by many.
I haven’t played a turn-based RPG for a loooong time that I enjoyed as much as Bravely Default.
The small tweaks and edits you can make to the game really make this one stand out. Creating your own (essentially) Limit Breaks, customizing your class with a cross-class ability, and pumping up or turning down the random encounter rate go a long way in making this game excel.
If you enjoyed any turn-based RPG before, or better yet if you fancy yourself an “old school” Final Fantasy fan, then you need to play this game. No question about it.
With Jett gone (for no apparent reason), Mat and I are once again joined by the black paper shredder as we tackle this week’s episode of the Bosscast.
When we’re staying on topic we are discussing the best snow levels in video games, as well as why most snow levels kind of suck.
When we’re not staying on topic we’re discussing TV shows like Dexter.
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The Recurring Bosscast Episode 035: Mat and Jason’s Movie Reviews
It’s common knowledge that Luigi has always been overshadowed by big brother Mario in every facet: Mario saves the Princess, drives the go-karts, and excels in every sport. This time Luigi is trying to strike back by getting his PhD and becoming Dr. Luigi! What better way to cap off the “Year of Luigi” than with jump starting the little brother’s professional future in Dr. Luigi for the Wii U.
Not exactly a clone, not exactly a sequel, but a fun game of Dr. Mario plus some extras make Dr. Luigi well worth your time. If you like puzzle games, at least.