Tag Archive: RPG

After a hiatus of nearly four years, Penny Arcade’s episodic series On The Rain-slick Precipice of Darkness makes its triumphant return by way of a 16-bit RPG with modern gameplay mechanics.

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Backlog 2012: Chrono Trigger

In our continuing quest to conquer our backlog, we offer up a look at Chrono Trigger.

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Nitpicking The Witcher 2

Steady your nerd rage, because I’m about to nitpick The Witcher 2 after only a few hours of gameplay.

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Disgaea DS initial impressions

After having missed the original as well as the PSP remake, I’m finally getting around to playing the DS version of Disgaea. I’m familiar with the game world, and I played the everlovin’ heck out of the Prinny games on the PSP, so I pretty much knew what to expect from a style point of view…but even still, this is one crazy fun game.

Offering up more challenging fare than Final Fantasy Tactics or Valkeryie Profile, the variety and depth of Disgaea is only outdone by its amusing narrative and surprisingly deep characters. The visuals are great, and having a simple map displayed on the top screen of the DS makes movement much easier on crowded maps with a lot of varied terrain heights.

From what I’ve read, seen, and heard, there’s the potential for hundreds of hours worth of gameplay, depending on how much of a completionist you feel like being. With only a handful of hours under my belt, I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of what Disgaea has to offer, but I get the feeling I’m going to try to take this one all the way to the end. I really dig what it has to offer, and I highly recommend you check it out on any of the systems it has been released for. If you play it on the DS though, just make sure you turn off the spoken dialogue…the English voices are absolutely horrid, and unlike other versions of the game, there’s no way to switch it over to Japanese.

Gameboy Advance RPG suggestions

I owned a Gameboy Advance (and later an SP) back in the day, and although I played it a lot, I didn’t really get into RPGs on the system all that much.  Going through Radiant Historia on my DS has rekindled my RPG itch, so I figured it was time to go back and check out a bunch of games I had missed.  After doing some quick research, I found there’s a treasure trove of RPGs on the Gameboy Advance…and best of all, they’re 2D sprite-based games! 

I’ve already compiled a list of the ones I plan to pick up, but I wanted to solicit some opinions from you folks: what essential GBA RPGs am I missing from this list?  Thanks!

  • Final Fantasy Rereleases (I-VI) (I’ve played most of them, but I figured what they hey.)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics (started but never finished it)
  • Golden Sun & sequel
  • Fire Emblem & sequel
  • Breath of Fire and sequel
  • Lunar Legend
  • Sword of Mana
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Mazes of Fate
  • Shining Soul & sequel
  • Riviera: The Promised Land
  • Yggdra Union

Please suggest some more, everyone!  Turn-based, action, strategy…it doesn’t matter.  Just shoot any GBA RPG suggestions my way.  Thanks!

Classic Mondays: Breath of Fire

Every Monday, we’re going to take a short look at a classic game that redefined, embodied, or perfected a genre.  This week, we revisit Breath of Fire.

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My favorite Nintendo DS RPGs

No genre has flourished more on the Nintendo DS than the RPG.  Turn-based, strategy, action…they’re all represented.  With the DS’ lifespan coming to a close, I figured it was time to appreciate some of the best role playing experiences the system has to offer.  Here, in no particular order, is a list of what I consider to be the best Nintendo DS RPGs.

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Dragon Age II

Just like Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age II has been streamlined and simplified when compared to its predecessor.  Also like ME2, DAII is an excellent game in its own right.

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The Witcher: Enhanced Edition

Looking for a bleak, mature action-RPG on the PC?  Look no further than The Witcher.

Note: This review is primarily going to focus on the experience of playing through The Witcher.  If you want to read up on the story, check out Wikipedia.

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Fable III initial impressions

With about seven hours under our belt, here are our initial impressions on Fable III.

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