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Xenosaga: Episode I—Der Wille zur Macht – Second Opinion

Lately I've felt the Japanese RPG has stagnated, which is a difficult admission for this diehard fan of the genre. But I think Xenosaga stands out as one of the best PlayStation 2 (PS2) RPGs. Xenosaga made me truly care about its world, by being a good game that tells a great story well.

Golden Sun: The Lost Age – Second Opinion

For those whose should-know-better stubbornness can go round for round with that of the game's level designers, amazingly and in spite of its crudities and failings, Pursuit Force's pull factor never really wanes.

Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Blood, Violence

Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes

Game Description: Journey through a world filled with magic and monsters, treasures and traps, good and evil—a world unto itself where heroes are made not born. Take on perilous quests through never-before-seen planes of existence and carve a path to righteousness. Conquer dungeons, search for gemstones, fight monsters, improve your skills and more as one of four distinct Hero characters: Fighter,Wizard, Cleric or Thief. Immediately immerse yourself in solo games or play cooperatively with up to 4 players. Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes gives you a chance to taste victory as only a true Hero can.

Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes – Review

Rather than having an involved combat interface that demands at least a modicum of strategy is employed in order to survive, Heroes simply asks the player to run into an area, hack the holy hell out of everything in sight, and move on. It may not be a "true" D&D experience, but it is at least somewhat cathartic—sending limbs flying about the room can certainly alleviate some of the pressures of a rough day at the office.

Final Fantasy Origins – Second Opinion

Despite my bravest attempts at immersion, however, I never reached the point where Origins was consistently enjoyable. The games definitely belong to another era; an era that I haven't played enough Dragon Warrior or Phantasy Star lately to be truly at home with anymore.

Suikoden II – Review

"Suikoden Means War," cried the U.S. print ads for Suikoden II, though the translation was far from accurate. "Suikoden" is actually an English-Japanese transliteration for "Shui Hu Zhuan," the title of a fourteenth-century Chinese novel familiar to some as Outlaws Of The Marsh. But the mistake should be forgiven. Suikoden II is good enough to stake a new claim on an old word. It conveys the turmoil of war with the ring of truth.

Suikoden II – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Mild Animated Violence, Suggestive Themes

Suikoden II

Game Description: An epic tale of friendship and treachery that can only be described as breathtaking, Suikoden II will leave you crying for a follow-up by the time you're done with it. With the power of the runes and the help of your allies, it is your task to derail the evil plans of Prince Luca Blight. Stocked with a dynamic battle system and tons of mini-games, this is truly an RPG to be reckoned with. Suikoden II will lead you through a roller coaster of emotions and just may change the way you play games.

Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Alcohol Reference, Mild Language, Violence

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