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Retro Archive I - Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Here at IN we're hoping to make this a bit of a regular occurrence, so first on the chopping block we have a favorite of many - Final Fantasy Tactics Advance.  A classic GBA gem.



For me, at least, this game really opened my eyes to one of the best periods in gaming.  The GBA had a period in time where we saw multiple killer, must have releases. FFTA, Advance Wars, Metroid Fusion, multiple Castlevania titles, Golden Sun, multiple Pokemon titles.  A link to the past saw a release alongside four swords.  Alongside the backlit SP, this was an incredible time to be a gamer.  Somehow, though, FFTA managed to stand out against all of these releases.
We had seen FFT go before on the PS1, which sadly did not see a full release here in the UK, and whilst it had good reviews, in the FF community it was considered gold.  This game had incredible depth, even more so than desired considering people's ability to break the game with one Mathematician.  Now though, there was a GBA released on it…

DQ9 - It has me

Having recieved a New 3DS during the latest yuletime period, I have been gripped by what can only be described as RPG-lust fever.  By perusing the new and used options on Amazon I have managed to amass quite the collection already; Bravely Default, Xenoblade Chronicles, Monster Hunter and Fire Emblem to name but a few.  

Er.. Heh.. *Ahem*
However, none of these games have recieved quite the attention I am sure they deserve.  This is almost entirely due to the 60-something hours I have put into Dragon Quest 9.  This game has a tight grip on me and does not want to let go.

Essentially, this game gives you a Dragon Quest universe, points roughly in the direction of the plot, then slinks off for a vacation whilst you figure the rest out.  Now this can be an issue - some games do not hold your hand at all, and it can be arrestingly daunting.  The first time I picked up Black Flag I played the intro and got to the first port, at which point the game presented me with about eleventy-billion thi…

Rogue Legacy

I did have a weekend planned.  It contained many things.  I intended to watch thousands of people watching smaller numbers of more skillful people, virtually jousting with each other at MLG.  I even considered visiting family.


Clearly, I had forgotten that this weekend was Rogue Legacy weekend.  It has taken over, spread it's wings upon my time spent doing anything else.  I will get little else done this weekend, but I do not care, not when it feels so warm under here.

It never fails to surprise me.  Just when you think the Indie scene is going somewhat quiet, that their games have lost their shine somewhat, one comes along and reminds you how in touch they are.  Rogue Legacy is a fantastic little game, and one you can sink many, many hours into.  It rewards you for winning, and it rewards you for failing.  If, like me, you're a little put off by that notion at first well, fear not, they have done well.  

Let me explain the process you will go through when you first start to play…