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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is the Moulin Rouge of turn-based anime dress-up fighters.

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Rediscovering JRPGs

How smart games criticism, a need for structure, and zen gardens rekindled my interest in JRPGs.

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Finite Fantasy: The Problem with JRPGs

Not long ago there wasn't a need to distinguish between western and Japanese RPGs. But the more that JRPG developers get stuck in their glory days, the more the genre suffers.

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Cloud Strife: A Profile of the Greatest Protagonist in Video Games

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.

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Living for the Short Term Grind

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.

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Often Classic Means Dated: A Look Back at 'Chrono Trigger'

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.

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Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax

At its best, Half-Minute Hero is the most productive kind of satire.


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