Final Fantasy 8 Review

Deep down inside, I really want to systematically smother the population of the world to death with a pillow. A little deeper, though, is a part of me that loves love stories, and that’s exactly why I’ve beaten this game over a dozen times. In fact, I’ve probably played through this game in its entirety more than 50 times over the years, sometimes beginning a new playthrough immediately after finishing. There’s something about the balance that Final Fantasy 8 strikes between the old and new that I find intoxicating. Read more →

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon Review

Let’s get something straight: I have a love for Fire Emblem games that borders on the absurd at times. Read more →

Final Fantasy 8 (PC) Screenshots

Check out my review of the game here: Final Fantasy 8 review

My original Final Fantasy 8 review was a huge mistake. Original written in 2012 on the 25th of March, it was such a poorly written review that I actually thought that filling it with spoilers was a good idea. “Surely people want to have the game spoiled if they’re looking up a review,” I thought. To be fair, March 2012 is when this site started, so I wasn’t only sleep-deprived as I hurried to add as much content as I could to the then-bare site, but also incredibly new to the concept of reviews. It was only later once I had some experience under my belt that I considered going back and rewriting my awful old reviews like the one I had in place for Final Fantasy 8. Naturally, this took over two years because I’m incredibly lazy.

Then Square-Enix re-released Final Fantasy 8 on Steam and I had a good excuse to play through it again. Let me make something incredibly clear: the PC version is poor beyond words. You should avoid is at all costs, instead opting to play the Playstation 1 version. These screenshots, however, are of the PC version. You’ll no doubt notice the ugly blurring that persists throughout the game and that creates a strange kind of disconnectedness between the character models and the world. This isn’t a problem in the vastly-superior PS1 version. Read more →

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Review

This review covers both the original and DX versions of Link’s Awakening, since they’re virtually identical save for a few bonus things in the latter and its inability to use the skip screens cheat. There are also an insane amount of spoilers ahead, just in case you’re worried about the having the plot to a 1993 game spoiled. Read more →

Breath of Fire 2 Review

Breath of Fire 2 improves upon the formula of its predecessor, weaving a fairly surprising story into a world that feels much more alive. Not only that, but the evil forces at work have learned that omitting punctuation is genuinely frightening. I know I cringe whenever I fail to see a sentence ended with a period. Evil cares not for grammar. Read more →

Mass Effect Review

Mass Effect is one of those great games that managed to come before the decline of Bioware. In fact, this game pretty much came as they started to slip into their predictable, trite, money-grubbing ways. It’s really a miracle that this game was saved from all that. Read more →

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