Tag: jrpg

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Review: Acid Redux

Persona-Q-Shadow-of-the-Labyrinth-ReviewI have spent a lot of time living from April 11th, 2011 to March 20th, 2012. I’ve lived it once, twice, three times. I’ve turned over the events in my head, and I’ve filled in the gaps. I’ve watched other people live that year, and I’ve read about other people living that year. I’ve thought about going back and living it again.

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth thinks I should move on.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Review: A Little Familiar

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Few nostalgic things can be recalled without hyperbole, but I doubt many would dispute the importance of the 16-bit JRPG. Those were the halcyon days when game stories first really meant something. Games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI challenged our narrative expectations, while polishing a well-worn combat variant, dubbed Active Time Battle (ATB, for short). They’re considered by many to be some of the best games ever made, and not without reason. Since that era, JRPGs have been largely lacking in quality and inspiration. Level-5’s Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch manages to blend old and new, rote and unique, into something largely successful.