Death and the Floating Catacombs

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Famfrit

        Today I’ll be looking at one of my favorite games, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, specifically its first boss. Unlike the other Final Fantasy games, this one works differently in that you can have as many as eight party members in battle, and battles take place in a large map where you have to move about to attack your enemies. This adds quite a different dynamic to battles, certainly, as well as the fact that your characters can all have whatever moveset you like thanks to the various jobs in the game that they can switch between. No two playthroughs of the game will be quite the same, and your characters can end up very different. All of this makes for very interesting strategies to be used. Continue reading

Ninjas

        Ninjas are some of the more cliché enemies you can add into a video game, comparable in frequency to skeletons or zombies. However, sometimes they come off as more unique and impressive, despite just being a mere minion that you have to cut through. Today I’ll be talking about the ninjas from Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Continue reading

The Ing

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        So a month or two ago, I talked about Thardus, an enemy from Metroid Prime, and in the process mentioned that the original Prime is much better than the sequels. And in some ways it is, but Metroid Prime 2: Echoes does have one advantage in that the forces Samus faces here are far more present and eerie. The first game primarily has Samus fight wild animals, mutated creatures made from Phazon, and the Space Pirates, but the latter aren’t all that central to the plot, and are merely profiting from the presence of Phazon. Not so with the Ing. Continue reading

Devil

        It’s been a while since I talked about Castlevania, so I suppose this time I will talk about the first Castlevania game I ever played, Circle of the Moon. It is a bit of an oddity compared to the other games, since there’s no sign of the Belmonts at all, it doesn’t take place in the titular Castlevania, and if I recall rightly, the game isn’t considered part of the main series continuity. Continue reading

Shadow Priest

        I’ll be brief this time. While fighting games are not my forte, I do really like Mortal Kombat. There’s something rather visceral and satisfying about pummeling your enemy and sending far too much blood everywhere. Even if I never could get those Fatalities to work properly… in any case, today’s subject is Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Continue reading

Next Generation Special Forces

         Metal Gear Solid was a phenomenal game, becoming so popular that many people forget that there were two games before it, Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2. Sadly, I cannot talk about those games, as I have not played them. Maybe in the future they can be discussed. But for now, I want to look at the first game in the Metal Gear Solid series. Continue reading

Puppet Walkers

        Today I’ll be talking about the enemies from Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2. Unlike the vast majority of games based on the Naruto anime, this game came up with its own original plot and villains, instead of simply rehashing the anime. Not that I mind going through the anime in an interactive fashion, but there is certainly something to be said for trying something new. It also means you don’t have to worry about anime spoilers, though there will be spoilers for the game here. You’ve been warned. Continue reading