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.

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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!