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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

Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits – Review

Arc isn't the game that will put games on par with film and literature (which have both been around for significantly longer time periods), but it is a step in the right direction.

Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits

Game Description: Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits is the first game in the series to be presented entirely in real-time 3D, and breaks significantly with the connected storyline of Arcs one through three. Set some thousands of years after that story concluded, it tells the story of two brothers, one demon, one human, whose lives intersect across a 60-hour quest. The classic RPG expands onto PlayStation 2 in an intriguing storyline filled with strategic combat and adventure.

Phantasy Star Collection – Review

Eschewing the more popular fantasy settings of Square's Final Fantasy games and Enix's Dragon Warrior series, Phantasy Star goes for a futuristic cyberpunk feel. This alone made it intriguing to a niche group of gamers who were already falling in love with the genre. Even more impressive was the fact that the first Phantasy Star actually featured a story with relatively well-drawn characters. The first Final Fantasy game featured a party of four non-descript archetypes, and Dragon Warrior wasn't a whole lot better. In this regard, Phantasy Star was relatively ahead of the curve for what was being done in these games. This would continue in the sequels, which would feature even larger stories, more characters, and in the case of the third title, an adventure that spanned generations.

Phantasy Star Collection – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Violence

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Second Opinion

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Screenshot

Before the hate mail starts coming in for giving it an eight, let me say that Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic is a good videogame. It's doubly good on the Xbox, since it's the only substantial role-playing game for Microsoft's machine outside of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Metal Dungeon, and possibly Pirates Of The Caribbean, though it's safe to say that they all stray from what one usually expects of a console RPG. However, would I call it a great game? I guess that would depend on your love of the Star Wars license.

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