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The worst named game of all time – Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA (Switch)

When making a game, you want to make sure your game has every chance of succeeding. The videogame market is a competitive one, so you’d better ensure you’ve got the bases covered. And a not insignificant part of covering your bases is having a good name. Unfortunately I don’t think the publishers, NISA, got the memo. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA might be one of, if not the, worst named games of all time. Continue reading

Sky’s the limit in Skies of Arcadia Legends (Gamecube)

Panzer Dragoon Saga and Final Fantasy had a child and its name is Skies of Arcadia. (Actually, technically, Phantasy Star should replace Final Fantasy here since the Skies of Arcadia studio was made up of ex-Phantasy Star and ex-Panzer Dragoon staff. Without having played any Phantasy Star though, I feel more comfortable comparing this with Final Fantasy.) Nevertheless, this child of two franchises peddles more child-friendly content than either of its parents. The exploits of a few teenage Robin Hood-like pirates facing a cartoonishly evil empire covers most of the plot. As you might expect, there are definitely aspects of Skies of Arcadia Legends that are a bit formulaic and a little bland, especially in the story and characters. Continue reading

Chronicles of Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii)

Whenever I hear a game is going to reinvent a genre, I am always naturally skeptical. However, Xenoblade Chronicles won me over. There is just so much packed in – from the awe-inspiring visuals (reminiscent of Shadow of the Colossus), to the perfect balance between story, action and questing, the likable characters, and a revolutionary battle system. This has shot up to become one of my favourite games of all time – thus, writing this review, I’ve made extra effort not to spoil anything.

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