Reviews
8 months ago.
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster Review
Of the many early PS2 titles that are now viewed as having helped to define the RPG genre in that high-quality era, Final Fantasy X remains among the best. The 2003 follow-up, Final Fantasy X-2, isn’t as favorably regarded, but Square Enix's decision to include it alongside its all-time-great sibling as one package in Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster isn’t unwelcome. Both games have been brought together on the PS3 and PS Vita a decade after their original…
11 months ago.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Import Review
At its core Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is an intriguingly designed RPG weighed down by a bloated and often nonsensical story that feels bare even after fifty hours of game time. Despite best intentions much of what the game does ends up feeling generally half-baked, and while combat and customization are the best that this title has to offer, Lightning Returns ultimately ends up an experiment that is likely best not revisited in the future. While I found Final Fantasy…
1 year ago.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Review
The vast odyssey that has been the creation, destruction and now rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV has finally come to an end. Three years on from the game's original, fractured release, Square Enix has managed to pull together something most companies wouldn't have even attempted - a full mea culpa reboot of the game. Many believed it couldn’t be done, but here we are with the failings of the original version behind us - and what we get is an…
1 year ago.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 ReMIX Review
Oft touted as one of the defining titles of the PlayStation 2 era and part of Squaresoft's perfect last hurrah, it’s almost hard to believe that over a decade has gone by since the release of the original Kingdom Hearts. For many choosing their favorite entry in the series is a difficult task, but for me the choice is a little easier - the very first entry will always have a special place in my heart. Adventuring with Sora, Donald and…
2 years ago.
Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Review
Since 2002, Kingdom Hearts has been one of Square Enix's premiere franchises. Spanning several games and platforms even in other mediums, the series and its risky blend of Final Fantasy and Disney properties has earned it a place among some of the more iconic works in gaming. Two mainline entries and several handheld spin-offs later, we’re now faced with Kingdom Hearts 3D for the 3DS – which is being touted as the true follow-up to KHII. Without a proper “III”…
2 years ago.
Final Fantasy Type-0 Import Review
Six years ago Square Enix had a vision of a common platform from which to build a series of games under a single banner. That compilation became known as Fabula Nova Crystallis and was comprised of three titles at conception: Final Fantasy XIII, which has since been released, Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy Agito XIII. While the main XIII games were set to release on high definition platforms, Agito XIII began life as a mobile game. It was then…
2 years ago.
Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Review
Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that nostalgia is a very powerful thing. That couldn’t be more evident than in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy—a brand new whimsical blend of rhythm game and RPG from Square Enix’s own top tier production studio. Truth be told I wasn’t exactly excited when the game was revealed last year, which is something I think a lot of people can agree on. What, with its super-deformed mascot style character designs…
2 years ago.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Import Review
Almost one year to the week ago Square Enix did something that shocked many, announcing a follow-up to FINAL FANTASY XIII before the other two XIII titles - announced alongside the original - had even shipped. As one of the most polarizing entries in the series to date, for better or for worse FINAL FANTASY XIII was getting the sequel treatment. To tell you all the truth, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with this news. Like many others, I was disappointed…
4 years ago.
Final Fantasy XIII Import Review
48:46:12. That's the amount of time it took for me to complete Final Fantasy XIII. After waiting over 3 and 1/2 years for the game to release, was it worth it? Did it live up to the hype? Well... yes and no. As a whole I would say I did enjoy the game, but there were several things that definitely keep it from being one of the best in the series. Let's begin with the story. If you're expecting something epic…