Review: Final Fantasy VII

Developer: Square | Year: 1997 | List Price: 11.99 | Buy from Amazon

ffvii psx boxSay 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!).
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Blog: GOTY 2014 – And the winner is…

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!

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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!