[Review] Final Fantasy XIII

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So this is one game I’ve always been meaning to finish myself just to see if all the things fans have been saying about it were true, and after a solid 47 hours of play time, I can now say that I did just that. And I have my answer, too. But let’s not spoil the fun in advance by revealing what I ultimately thought about the game in my introduction — and besides, some of you (yes, you) are going to scroll to the bottom anyway just to see my concluding thoughts. I can’t stop you, nor do I wish to. I’m not your mother, you lovable little rapscallion. Anyway, uh… without further ado, let’s jump right in, because I feel this is going to be one long review. Here are my thoughts on Square Enix’s fairly controversial 2009 entry in the Final Fantasy franchise.

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[Review] Eiyuu Densetsu: Ao no Kiseki

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JP title: 英雄伝説 碧の軌跡

So Zero no Kiseki may have wrapped up its own plotline, but it certainly left certain questions unanswered: that’s where the sequel, Ao no Kiseki comes in, serving as the Sora SC equivalent and grand finale of the Crossbell arc. Or should I say, Sora SC on crack. Because holy shit does this game get good. I went into the Zero/Ao duology with tempered expectations, thinking it might be “good but not as good as Sora/Trails in the Sky” and now that I’m done with Ao, I gotta say, not only is the Crossbell story arc good, it’s the very best this series has to offer, surpassing even the already quite superb Liberl trilogy. In my opinion, at least. Hardcore Estelle fans may disagree, haha.

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[Review] Eiyuu Densetsu: Zero no Kiseki

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JP title: 英雄伝説 零の軌跡

Phew, finally. I’ve been wanting to write this post for the longest time now, but you guys know how it is, 80-hour JRPGs don’t exactly finish themselves overnight. Anyway, Zero no Kiseki is the first game in the Crossbell arc (the second being Ao no Kiseki) and its story takes place about half a year after the events of Sora no Kiseki the 3rd. However, it moves away from Liberl, introducing a whole new location with a new set of main and side characters, so no more Estelle and Joshua. Well, okay, so there’s a little bit of Estelle and Joshua, actually. A teeny-tiny bit, if you will. But ultimately, it doesn’t really matter, because Zero manages to be a fantastic Kiseki game even in their absence. In fact, I dare say it might even surpass its predecessors in certain ways.

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[Review] Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki the 3rd

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd

So now we finally come to this game, the black sheep of the Sora no Kiseki trilogy. Why black sheep? Well, because it’s actually quite different from what one might expect from a Kiseki title after Sora FC and SC. And many people may or may not like that. In fact, 3rd might as well be considered a separate game, rather than a sequel to SC itself, even though it does chronologically take place after the events of SC. Either way, let’s get started.

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[Review] Eiyuu Densetsu: Sora no Kiseki SC

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JP title: 英雄伝説 空の軌跡 SC
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC

So here’s a review I thought I wouldn’t be doing but you know how it is, people change their minds. So yeah, I actually beat this game a couple months back and never did a review for it, but the thing is, I love Kiseki with all the passion man can have toward electronic entertainment media, and thusly (you can underline that with red all you want, spellchecker, I’m still using it!), decided to write about it, after all. This is *also* basically a thinly-veiled excuse for me to update a blog I haven’t updated in a million-billion years because I’m too busy abducting bears in Metal Gear Solid 5.

In any case, you’re on your way to reading about the much-loved sequel to Sora no Kiseki FC (First Chapter), also known as Trails in the Sky on the western side of the globe. Buckle those seat belts and enjoy your stay. Also, seeing how SC (Second Chapter) is a direct sequel to a game that ends on the mother of all cliffhangers, there will be FC spoilers in this review. I mean, if you’re reading this, I’m assuming you’ve already beaten that game. If not, shoo! Go finish it and then come back!

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My history with JRPGs

jrpghistory-banner2After writing of my past history with visual novels, I felt like it would only be appropriate to devote some time to the other major genre I adore — the Japanese RPG. I have a far longer history with the genre compared to VNs, as I practically grew up playing JRPGs, and it’s no exaggeration to say that they greatly shaped my general taste in games over the years. And hey, maybe if you’re semi-new to the genre or feel like playing some old classics you might have missed, the list of games I’m about to talk about might come in handy. I mean, some of you reading this may be from a younger generation, maybe you grew up playing the PS2, or even the PS3, and have never really been exposed to the stuff I’ll talk about below. In any case, in order to start this story from the very beginning, we’ll have to jump all the way back to the late 90s. To the Nostalgia Mobile!

Be warned: this is going to be a very long read — I’m basically going to start from the SNES era and go all the way until the PS2 days, taking note of all the major JRPGs that affected me one way or another during my childhood.

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