Let's start with the best, a review of many would call the best JRPG ever, let alone the best of the SNES era.
Chrono Trigger is great and we'll fight anyone that says otherwise. Chrono Cross, though? Not so much. Let's see if we can figure out why.
Final Fantasy Series
We take a proper dive into the
Final Fantasy series with a look at the game that started it all, the NES original. It's a brutal game, but someone has to play it. Will it be you that next takes up the challenge?
Final Fantasy II
The series takes a weird diversion, crafting an entirely different way to craft your characters, in this deried game that feels too different from anything else in the series to be a proper sequel.
Final Fantasy III
A return to form for the series as four Onion Knights take up a quest to light the crystals and save the world, in an adventure that also introduces the much beloved "Job System".
Final Fantasy IV
The series moves to the SNES for its most expansive, and rewarding, adventure yet in a true masterpiece for the series.
Final Fantasy V
Four heroes come together to save the crystals that control their world, and then pick up a number of careers on the side in the game that redefined the Job System.
Final Fantasy VI
It's a group of heroes against a mad man hellbent on destroying world via the power of summons in this game that rides the transition from the SNES to the PlayStation era.
Final Fantasy VII
The series makes its debut on the PlayStation and becomes an unqualified smash sensation, with this game being the must have title for Sony's console.
Final Fantasy Adventure
We then turn our sights to the
Seiken Densetsu series, as it's known in Japan, with the first of the titles in the series. Is this GameBoy adventure a classic or just an oddity?
Secret of Mana
The SNES follow-up to
Final Fantasy Adventure improves everything while adding in better graphics and music. But does it really create a winner, or is it more weirdness from the Japanese company? Other Games:
The land of Alfegard is in danger, dominated by an evil being known at the Dragon Lord. You take on the role of the hero, sent out into the world with the clothes on your back to defeat the evil and save the day. Or, you know, never leave the opening zone and commit slime genocide. At least, that's what we did.
Secret of Evermore
Finally, a true odd-ball, an America-only game built upon the
Mana engine. We take a look at the game to see why it never made it outside the States.
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Square and Nintendo teamed up to bring Big N's most popular characters into a very Square-style RPG... and it worked!
A game with eight characters, eight storylines, and eight long plaths to take through the adventure. We're taking a deep dive, chronicling each path we follow in the story, and you can join our adventures:
Awesome Games Done Quick 2019: We take a tour through the best parts of the Winter 2019 GDQ maraton, including an awesome run of Octopath Traveler.
SpeedGaming Live 2019: We take a backstage tour through SpeedGaming Live, and then hit a few of the videos from the marathon, including Final Fantasy Randomizer.
Linearity in RPGs: We take a look at what makes an RPG too linear, whether that really even is a thing.
When Do Video Games Really End?: We think on the endings of games and if an ending has to be an ending. Podcasts: