The Cutting Room Floor Page for Final Fantasy XI

(Special thanks to Remidog for the title screen image!)

The Cutting Room Floor page for Final Fantasy XI is live! If you’re unaware, TCRF is a website used to document unused content from video games. An FFXI page didn’t exist, so I decided to create one for the PC version of Final Fantasy XI. I’m debating making a more extensive blog post to sum up my findings.

Special thanks to Rich Whitehouse who created the Noesis 3D model viewer tool and added support for Final Fantasy XI. I likely wouldn’t have taken up this project without his work allowing me to view and export data from the game.

Also special thanks to OtherEhm, who helped with using HxD and provided general support for setting up the TCRF page as well as deciphering data from Final Fantasy XI.

One Controller Port Podcast – Episode 29: XenoEverything

This week talk about my time with Valkyria Revolution, the forever changing art style of the Xeno series and another Monolith Soft property.

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Crimson Tears: Big Arsenal, Tiny Rooms

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Seeing a random title with a big publisher’s name on it is always sort of a surprise. I found Crimson Tears for the PlayStation 2 in a game store’s bargin bin, complete with Capcom’s logo on it. Released in 2004, this title completely passed under my radar… Probably because I was deep in a  Final Fantasy XI obsession. Little did I know it actually shares some blood with The Bouncer. DreamFactory is a common developer between the two.  Unsurprisingly, given their previous PS2 release’s middling reception, Crimson Tears is not quite a hidden gem.

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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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Battling the Inevitability of Nostalgia

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I’ve feared nostalgia for years. Recommending or highlighting something simply because I enjoyed it as a kid feels irresponsible. I usually want to talk about a game’s current day relevance. Yet as I frowned upon analyzing with rose-tinted glasses, I had a lingering sense of doubt. It seems like a silly question ask, but I started to wonder if I was being influenced by nostalgia when choosing what to play.

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Disappointment: Wristinsaga III

An article written based on a Destructoid community blog topic, focusing on disappointing releases. You can find my original incredibly old and poorly written Xenosaga Episode III review here.

Not having touched Mass Effect series, I can’t really say anything about what’s going on with BioWare and their ending fiasco at the moment. Somethin’ ’bout cupcakes. Cupcakes or not, I can sort of, kind of, almost, not really relate to them with another sci-fi RPG trilogy that was a bit of a disappointment for myself. Monolith Soft’s Xenosaga was set to be one of my favorite series, and a shining example of the developer’s more unique JRPG designs. I have an undying love for the team, thanks to their engaging and strategic battle systems. Xenosaga I and II were true to this. Critics, however, complained about II being overly complicated. Instead of just taking a step back with Xenosaga III, Monolith Soft basically took it to the chopping block and removed everything but the battle system’s torso, reducing it down to a traditional RPG experience. That alone was a disappointment on my part. It was a liveable change, but good heavens the worst was yet to come.

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TSG Staff Picks of Last Generation: Multi-Platform

Exclusives are fine and dandy, but there are just as many great multi-platform releases between the three consoles. With this entry the TSG Staff looked at titles that were multi-platform at or near their initial release dates. While probably not my favorite multi-platform release, I figured I’d shake things up a bit by adding a more unique release with my entry.

You can check out all of the staff’s entries on TheSpeedGamers!

TSG Staff Picks of Last Generation: PlayStation 2

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the last generation’s console war, on TheSpeedGamers we’re talking about some of our favorite titles for the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, and Nintendo GameCube.  This week we touched on the PlayStation 2 first and I picked out one of my favorite titles for the system. To some, it might be surprising. But if you truly know me, you know it’s right up my alley.

You can check out not only my entry, but also other various TSG Staff’s entries over on TheSpeedGamers!

Wut U Talkin Bout? XIII

Originally Posted on TheSpeedGamers

Wut U Talkin Bout is a quick look at overlooked titles in gaming history, or an overlooked entry in a franchise.

No, not Final Fantasy XIII. XIII, a 2003 first person shooter published by Ubisoft. The title has a Bourne Identity style plotline about a former special agent who gets amnesia after a failed mission. Despite being a mature title, XIII uses a cel-shaded art style which was very different when compared to the more common realistic first person shooters. Through this, Ubisoft made a comic book style shooter that, even seven years later, still remains an interesting and unique experience.

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