Developer: Square | Year: 1997 | List Price: 11.99 | Buy from Amazon
Say whatever you like about Final Fantasy VII. It’s undeniable that it is one of the most important RPGs, if not videogames, of the last 20 years. It’s hard to be a gamer and not to have heard of the Final Fantasy series, and VII is easily its most famous instalment. Following its 1997 release, it has seen many spinoff titles such as the likes of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII and the Kingdom Hearts series of games. In fact, Final Fantasy VII is one of few games to have warranted a movie sequel, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. (On an unrelated note, my dad, who is not even remotely a gamer, mentioned that he once saw this Final Fantasy movie. I personally haven’t seen Advent Children, but judging by its critical and commercial response, it’s not unsurprising that it didn’t make him a Final Fantasy fan!).
Shovel Knight! We announced our five Game of the Year contenders a couple of weeks back, but none of them were quite as polished, addictive, or captivating from start to finish as Shovel Knight (which I reviewed back in September). Despite its retro style, Shovel Knight stands among modern games by introducing novel mechanics to a tried-and-true formula, all the while providing just enough difficulty to be moderately frustrating at times without feeling unfair. The bottom line is, this is one game you’ll want to play immediately if you own a Wii U, 3DS, or a PC (who doesn’t own a PC!). And if you’re like me, you’ll even get it again when it comes to PlayStation in early 2015 … with full trophy support!
As always, you can find the rest of our video game reviews here. Be sure to check back as we move into the new year, as there’s plenty more content coming down the pike!
As you may or may not have noticed, 2014 is almost at an end. This provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on all the things the year has contributed to history. Here at Kantaloupe, we love games, and that’s why we’re announcing the first ever Kantaloupe Game of the Year award. We’ll be presenting this highly coveted award to the 2014 game we most enjoyed playing. Note that we’re only two people here at Kantaloupe and we don’t own all the consoles out on the market, so there are plenty of great 2014 games we haven’t played. All that aside, let’s get started with the contenders for Kantaloupe’s GOTY 2014.
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal | Year: 2014 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Amazon
Child of Light is a game that defies expectations. Developed by Ubisoft Montréal, one would expect a sweeping world and realistic graphics, but Child of Light opts instead for a watercolour, indie-esque feel. Also, it contains many staples of classic JRPGs even though it was produced in Québec. Child of Light is a special game, and playing through its roughly 12-hour main story was an experience unlike that of any other game I’ve tried before. It certainly is, to my knowledge at least, the only QRPG to have ever existed!