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Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin’s Final Trailer Features Lich, Kraken, and Frank Sinatra

Jack Garland is here to kill Chaos and chew bubblegum (and he’s all out of gum) in the latest trailer for Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin, the upcoming action RPG from Square Enix and Team Ninja. This final trailer includes a look at various bosses, jobs, and enemies that players will come… Read More »
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Preview the RPG Farming Life in Rune Factory 5 Trailer

The latest farming/life sim RPG is arriving soon! Ahead of its March release, XSEED Games revealed a new trailer for Rune Factory 5 detailing the seasonal life in the town of Rigbarth. Fight monsters, raise a farm, get married and more in the latest trailer below: Rune Factory 5 is available to pre-… Read More »
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Ys IX Allows You to Bring a Friend to Balduc in Latest Steam Update

As Michael Sollosi said in his review, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is “fun, fast, and furious.” Would you like to enjoy that fast-paced combat with a friend? Now you can! A new update is available now exclusively through Steam that allows players to team up either locally or through the platform’s Remote Pl… Read More »
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Choose From a Variety of Weapons in Latest ELEX II Trailer

Jax is back, and he has a whole arsenal of weapons to defeat his foes! In this latest trailer for ELEX II, a post-apocalyptic Science Fantasy RPG, destroy your enemies with guns, bows, rockets, swords, chainsaws, and more! Brandish your weapon in the combat trailer below: About ELEX II: ELEX II is t… Read More »
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Square Enix Releases Chocobo GP’ Mobile Game

Square Enix excited many Final Fantasy fans when they announced Chocobo GP, a kart racer inspired by the RPG titan. That game won’t come out until March 2022, but if you want your Final Fantasy racing fix now, Square Enix has just released a mobile game, called Chocobo GP’ (read “Chocobo GP Dash”).… Read More »
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Lost Judgment TV Series and Film In Development

An unconfirmed report from Japanese publication Nikkan Gendai claims that a TV adaptation of Lost Judgment is in development with Takuya Kimura set to reprise his role from the video games. The new series reportedly has a working title of Sabakarezaru, which translates to “The Unjudged.” This is a r… Read More »

Microsoft to Acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 Billion Dollars in Landmark Deal

Microsoft is set to make another sweeping industry-wide move in the game development and publishing space as it moves to acquire Activision Blizzard to the tune of $68.7 billion U.S. dollars according to Microsoft News. This purchase is going to be made with pure cash flow with no exchanging of stoc… Read More »
Review

Nobody Saves the World

Nobody Saves the World’s extensive arsenal of attacks and abilities makes for a cornucopia of fun combos to discover and play with.

RPGs Coming This Week, 1/17/22

On Monday afternoon, I started feeling pretty sick. A fever struck, and I slept for like 16 hours straight. I kept waking up because I felt cold and all. I had this one dream that kept sprouting up subconsciously and planting itself firmly into my literal fever dream. Cloud Strife was selling cookie… Read More »

Rhythm Encounter 76 – Smashing Tunes

Whether or not you play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, you may know that Nintendo’s latest entry in its fighter series features more than a few characters from RPGs: 31 of its 82 characters are from our beloved genre, and that number grows if you want to bend the rules and include Mario characters beca… Read More »

Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream Highlights Battle & Beauty In New Trailers

Koei Tecmo and developer Gust have released two new trailers for Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream where players are given a first look at the existence of a Photo Mode and a closer look at its battle system. Check out both trailers below! Photo Mode Atelier Sophie 2: The Alche… Read More »
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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Showcases Stylish Strikes & Swordplay In New ‘Fight’ Trailer

Atlus and Arc System Works have released a new trailer for the upcoming re-release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax which is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC via Steam on March 17th, 2022. The trailer showcases the casts of Persona 4 and Persona 3 as they take to the stage in frene… Read More »
Review

Henchman Story

Nobody ever gives a second thought to all those poor, unfortunate, downtrodden henchmen out there. To any of us, they’re merely nameless and faceless cannon fodder for heroes to trounce and evil overlords to take out their frustrations on. But within every henchman’s uniform lies an actual person si… Read More »

Oceanian Data Center Launch Date and Future Additions Revealed as Digital Sales Resume for Final Fantasy XIV

On January 13th, Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida published a letter on The Lodestone discussing plans to improve Data Centers and resume digital sales. In the post, several points are laid out which include: The Oceanian Data Center, announced back at the 2021 Online Fan Festiv… Read More »
Episodic Review

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker – 25. Review Journal Book XXV: Footfalls

2019’s Shadowbringers was an absolute triumph. Between 5.0 proper and 5.3, the main story solidified itself as not only the best in Final Fantasy XIV’s history, but also as one of the best in the entire series. I wrote multiple glowing reviews of the patches, but in the back of my mind, I was always… Read More »
Music Review

KALEIDOSCOPE: Sakimoto and Hamauzu Works

Composer and arranger Josh Barron has made waves in the world of VGM for the past five years, starting with his ETHEReal String Project (featuring, as you may have guessed, the ETHEReal String Orchestra). After completing a number of full-length projects and individual contributions to compilation a… Read More »

Set Sail with Ocean’s Heart on the Nintendo Switch

Tilia braves adventure on the open seas to rescue her kidnapped father and put a stop to the nefarious pirate Blackbeard in Ocean’s Heart, a pixel action RPG inspired by The Legend of Zelda. Players gain a collection of upgradeable weapons to do battle with, face fearsome dungeons and challenging bo… Read More »
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Retro Encounter 319 – Top Ten PS2 RPGs

What will be the Final Fantastic game among our Personal picks?  It’s a new year, and Retro Encounter rings in 2022 with a bang, counting down a ranked list of fourteen PlayStation 2 RPGs, compiled from the panelists’ own preferences, to eventually crown an official Retro Encounter Best PlaySta… Read More »

Nintendo Releases Lengthy Overview Trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus

We’re mere weeks away from the release of Pokémon Legends: Arceus, the latest entry in the beloved Pokémon series. Nintendo has released a brand-new gameplay preview for the game, clocking in at a whopping 13 minutes and providing tons of information on what players can expect to find in the new His… Read More »
Review

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition

Any beloved series strives to go out with a bang. As numerous installments pass, players’ hopes build until they can’t accumulate further. It’s at this peak that Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition sits, the culmination of the series’s distinctive assemblage of gameplay systems and n… Read More »
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Crowdfunding Chronicles: Cesspool

Made by solo French developer Tryton, Cesspool is a short pixel RPG set in a psychedelic wasteland, bringing to mind quirky and colorful titles such as EarthBound, Pokémon, and Nadia Was Here.

Lost Epic Unveils Two New Areas and Heroes in Second Major Early Access Update

Lost Epic, the 2D Souls-like action RPG by Team EARTH WARS has received a new update, showing off two new worlds, two new heroes, and enhanced weaponry. Here are the specifics. Explore The House of Salvation, a maze-like area in the middle of a snowstorm. Engage in fierce, unforgiving battles in thi… Read More »
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RPGs Coming This Week, 1/10/22

I’ve got a few friends coming over today to look at apartments in my area. I hope they find something! I miss them. They live down in Florida, and I live in North Carolina. (I think I’ve mentioned that in this column at least three times.) For all of our readers outside the United States, the transl… Read More »

Meet the Tribes of Horizon Forbidden West

Aloy’s trek into the Forbidden West comes with encounters from a variety of tribes, both new and old. In the latest trailer for Horizon Forbidden West, Guerrilla Games gives us a tour of the Carja, Utaru, and Tenakth tribes, as well as the rebellious Regalla. Meet the people of the Forbidden West be… Read More »
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Random Encounter 232 – The NeverEnding Story… of our Backlogs

On this episode of Random Encounter, we’re doing a little bit of cleanup! Some super interesting games were released at the very end of 2021, and we have some folks who played them! Audra is here to talk about her experience playing both Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space and its Chrono Cro… Read More »
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