Posts Tagged ‘Final Fantasy VIII’

Spawn Point: The best JRPGs for total beginners

Tales of Symphonia

Welcome back to Spawn Point, where we take an element from the world of gaming and explain what it is, why it’s worth your time and how you can dip your toes in and get involved. Last time, Brendan gave you a 101 course in Final Fantasy XII, a JRPG that recently got spruced up for PC twelve years after its original launch on PlayStation 2. This time, however, I’m going to be looking at JRPGs as a whole, discussing what they are and which ones you should try your hand at first if you’ve never played one before.

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30 years of Final Fantasy: The highs and lows

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It’s the 30th birthday of Final Fantasy, says Square Enix. The first in the series was released in Japan on this day in 1987 and an old story goes that the name was chosen because Square was in financial trouble at the time – almost bankrupt – and it was likely to be their last game. But that’s rubbish, the creator later said in an interview. It turns out any old F-word would have done.

It’s nevertheless a series worth celebrating. A tropey, dopey JRPG series that somehow manages to be comforting and friendly. At least, some of the time. Here’s the highs and lows of the series. Read the rest of this entry »

The RPG Scrollbars: Final Fantasy And Me

Since we’ve got a little bit of a gap in big RPG releases at the moment, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks playing catch-up. A couple of games I missed when they came out recently. One… quite a bit older. Final Fantasy IX was one of those games that slipped past me at the time, not because I wasn’t aware of it, but because I didn’t have a Playstation at the time, and by the time I bought a cheap PS2, a double-whammy of Final Fantasy X and X-2 made it tough to go back to the previous generation. Square’s recent rush of re-releases finally offered a good chance to catch-up. But I’m not really planning to talk about that specifically. Instead, I was pondering the sad fate of that most cursed of Final Fantasy fans… those of us who came to them on PC. Brrr.

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Squallout: Final Fantasy VIII Now On Steam

I mope, therefore I am.

I played a lot of Final Fantasies during my rock-bottom console gamer phase. Final Fantasy VIII was not one of them. Well, that’s not entirely true. I tried a demo disc from some old PlayStation magazine once, and it chugged, whimpered pitifully, and died on me about ten minutes into the opening cut-scene. Beyond that, I heard too many mixed things and decided to get my fantastical fix elsewhere. Did I make a boo-boo, though – perhaps even the biggest boo-boo of all, Boo-boo-aga? If so, just say the word and I’ll duct-tape a gun to a sword, don a poofy, pouty coat, and load up the newly released Steam version of FFVIII.

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