Articles tagged rpgs

Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2

For many modern players, games in the vein of 16-bit Final Fantasy titles are like throwbacks to the days without electricity.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

The story of Persona 4 is about our relationship with the masks we wear to get through life and the ones we observe on television.

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7 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Infinite Undiscovery

As much as Undiscovery's combat feels fresh, the plot feels like it was something taken from the Generic JRPG Plot discount rack.

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22 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM


Opoona fails as a character because he's a weird little bulbous alien with a pom-pom on his head named Opoona.

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Summon Night: Twin Age

Summon Night: Twin Age has just enough of that engaging "Gotta explore the whole map" appeal that playing never feels like a chore.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time / Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darknes

While it may be unfair to expect randomly generated dungeons to approach the kinds of visual variety found in Zelda games, it's a shame more of the Pokémon aesthetic couldn't be carried through inside the dungeons.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES

While our blue-haired hero is essentially a blank slate, you actually feel something like sympathy for him, and, by proxy, for any high schooler with too much to do.

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The World Ends With You

Almost without exception, the changes to the standard JRPG formula in The World Ends With You improve the gameplay and provide a startlingly fresh take on the role-playing experience.

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Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

Dragon Quest Swords turns out to be an interesting study in knowing one's audience.

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Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements

Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements is the cheesy '80s flick of the modern role-playing scene.

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//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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