Agarest illustrates just how much fun it is to be the scrappy underdog in games without actually being the scrappy underdog. It’s striking how often games suggest that the power of the victim’s moral high ground is equitable to that of the conquistador’s rifle.
12 Nov 2013
One of the core mechanics of JRPGs is party management, which has interesting implications for how the game conveys the journey of a cohesive group over that of an individual. In the JRPG, the player doesn’t control a single character. They’re in control of the whole party all at once.
01 Apr 2013
Cloud from Final Fantasy VII has a depth and roundness that is unique not just for video games of its time but throughout the medium's history.
17 Nov 2011
League of Legends contains all of the basic elements of role playing, combat with foes both great and small, developing a character's skill sets on your own terms, and generating enough loot to make yourself a god, just served up really, really, really quickly.
04 Oct 2011
Its characterization may be weak, its rigid plot may only be a flimsy justification for a simple set of mechanics, and Chrono Trigger may just be a nostalgia title.
05 Sep 2011
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