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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…

Guardians of Middle Earth - Doing it wrong

I can only assume the sales meeting was a singular occasion?  Filled with lines such as "They struck gold, but their market is saturated, we know people will pay for a triple A".  Scratch that, the meeting probably ended on a melancholy note after the decision had been made upstairs, and ended up with a bunch of genuinely talented guys feeling worried for their jobs.

Let me give a little more info.  Heading over to Steam for my bi-hourly check on titles and deals I couldn't help but notice a game in the 'Coming Soon' section.  Guardians of Middle Earth.  Now, I will be the first to admit I am not a huge LOTR fan.  I did enjoy the films, but the franchise holds no great water with me and as such, neither have the games.  People were reading the books at around about the same time I was sitting at home mashing as much JRPG into my face as possible. 


However, something about this game struck me.  It was a number - 85.43 - more precisely it had a pound sign in front of…