To start this retrospective off, I pose a question: What video game companies are notable for creating some of the best games on the Super Nintendo? Nintendo, Konami, Capcom and Square/Enix will probably be the most common answers as a large portion of these companies 16-bit work are considered timeless classics by the gaming masses. While other companies are also known for creating great SNES games, these are usually one-off endeavors. Examples of this include Human Entertainment’s S.O.S: The Human Escape, Athena’s BioMetal, Beam Software’s Shadow, along many others. This makes Quintet’s achievements even more incredible as not only did they create a slew of great SNES games of consistently great quality, they created ActRaiser: A bastion of game design that merges a well told story with a fun dual gameplay system (just like Bastion!). In short: Quintet could be considered the Monolith Soft of the SNES era. Most of their games weren’t released in the United States, they were constantly finding new ways to innovate the medium even if no-one else cared and out of all the games Quintet ever made, ActRaiser would be their Xenoblade. Continue reading ActRaiser Retrospective
Hey again! You all are spreading the word about our marathon on the 16th, right? We’ll be playing for Rockin’ H Ranch, and it’s going to… well… ROCK. Also you all need to get on over to the OILD ’11 Facebook page, not to mention play some Fantasy Kingdoms! Today’s level has it all; a snowy nation, frozen caves, and an ice dragon! It’s Northwall, from Actraiser!
Great news for the resident Square Enix fans! It looks like SE is getting its act together and is prepping for a big announcement on January 18th. The biggest rumored contenders [coming from Square Enix’s 1st Production Department], naturally is the Final Fantasy XIII Versus/Agito, Kingdom Hearts 3D and the upcoming Final Fantasy Dissidia sequel, which were all slated for information debuts in January.
Square Enix fans can enjoy the following titles, which will recieve coverage at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show:
Front Mission Evolved
Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Lord of Arcana
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
The 3rd Birthday
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Final Fantasy XIV
Final Fantasy XI
Final Fantasy Legends
Final Fantasy Versus XIII
Final Fantasy Agito XIII
Final Fantasy XIII Ultimate Hits International
Unannounced Tetsuya Nomura project – Possibly Dissidia Duodecim: Final Fantasy
I’m especially excited about KH:ReCoded, because then SE will have no excuse to begin production of Kingdom Hearts III. It’s been 5 years guys. FAR TOO LONG TO WAIT. Unless you’re Duke Nuke’em fans. In which case, my condolences.
It’ s been roughly 4 years since the first scenes of Final Fantasy Versus 13 were revealed. You’d think that’d be plenty of time for Square Enix to get its act together and get a release date rolling. Well, you’d be wrong.
After Gamescon, GamingUnion.net sat down with the producers of Final Fantasy Verses 13, who had this to say:
“We have no release date information to update. Unfortunately we can’t say anything about that. We can’t commit ourselves to 2011 either.”
So die-hard Final Fantasy fans will have to wait a little while longer. Then again, most of us are used to this sort of treatment by now.
But I say enough is enough! Let’s abandon Square Enix and find a new hero in amazing Japanese-styled RPG’s!
What? There is no other company that produces such magnificent JRPG games in a timely fashion? Well crud.
See ya’ll in 2012.
The Psychotaku reviews a Japanese Classic, Tobal 2. This fighter/dungeon crawler sequel was one of the best games of its time. Enjoy!
Video after the jump.