Review: Final Fantasy (PSone)

Developer: Square Co., Ltd. | Year: 2003 | List Price: $9.99 | Buy from Amazon

Final_Fantasy_1_psx_jpTwo days. That’s how long it took me to beat this game. There was no school yesterday, so I started Final Fantasy Origins for the first time on my PS Vita. 32 real-world (and 15 game-world) hours later, I beat Final Fantasy I. That’s the fastest I’ve ever beaten any JRPG, let alone Final Fantasy game — for comparison’s sake, I spent almost 2 months on Final Fantasy VI! But how does it actually compare to other Final Fantasy games? Read on to find out! Note: This is the Final Fantasy Origins version of Final Fantasy, which bundled it with Final Fantasy II for the PSone. I haven’t played II yet, but if/when I do, I’ll do a separate review for that game. 
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Review: Shovel Knight

Developer: Yacht Club Games | Year: 2014 | List Price: $14.99 | Buy from Steam

Shovel KnightI first heard about this game earlier this year and thought nothing of it. But Shovel Knight has received so much hype since its release that despite the fact that I reject platformers by principle, I simply had to buy it. Touted by some as the best modern retro style game, and by others more as the best 2D platformer, I wondered what the kerfuffle was all about. Now, having completed the entire adventure front to back, I have to say that I was not in the least bit disappointed.
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