Final Fantasy XI: How the East Transformed Vana’diel

Like any live game, Final Fantasy XI has changed significantly over its fifteen year life. In my five years –  plus some – with the game, I can’t think of a single bigger turning point than the release of the expansion Treasures of Aht Urhgan. The shift in design re-invigorated the game, as well as lightened the oppressive reputation the MMO had built.

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One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 16: Sickness of Destiny

This week I talk about Monolith Software’s new project, the Metal Max/Metal Saga series and upon a fortune cookie that contains a personal favorite of mine.

Relevant links after the break.

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Kabuki Warriors: A Theater of Blades

(Image Source: Moby Games)

Recently I published a video about Spectrobes: Origins, developed by Genki. While I briefly mentioned the developer’s history with another Monster Collecting series, Jade Cocoon, they actually have quite a diverse portfolio. They also worked on fighting games alongside developer Bergsala Lightweight, best known for their Bushido Blade series. After Lightweight finished the franchise on PlayStation, they teamed up with Genki to continue working on a semi-spiritual successor called Kengo: Master of Bushido.

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One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 15: Final Fortune Street XI

This week I talk about finishing up Final Fantasy XI, the new Fortune Street for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita as well as an indie game that just didn’t jive with me.

Opening music from Fortune Street.

Ending music from Mario Paint.

The Tools to be Different in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

From the outside, it can be difficult to tell when a series has gone off the rails and into rehash territory.  For years Call of Duty was criticized for being the same game released every 12 months, but almost everyone has a beloved franchise that only an active player can see the minute differences in. This is especially true when new ideas get buried in familiar elements.

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