Final Fantasy: 30 Years, 15 Stories

I had a year to decide how I was going to celebrate this momentous occasion. Last year I covered the history and impact of Final Fantasy in “Final Fantasy: Why the Vibrant Gaming Industry We Know Could Not Exist Without It”, and this year I have been playing my ass off trying to complete various Final Fantasy games. That’s how I came up with this idea, to show the cover art for the games along with a short description of them as well as the systems you can find them on. I originally wanted to cover the whole set of stories, but it would have been too laborious and honestly been a huge spoiler. So I have adjusted my original idea to this more practical format. I hope you enjoy.

For first-timers, here is a kind of Key Legend for those of you unfamiliar with abbreviations for game systems:

(PS1 = Playstation) (PS2 = Playstation 2) (PSP = Playstation Portable) (PS3 = Playstation 3) (PS4 = Playsation 4) (PSV = Playstation Vita) (NES = Nintendo Entertainment System) (SNES = Super Nintendo Entertainment System) (GBA = GameBoy Advance) (DS = Nintendo DS) (3DS = Nintendo 3DS)


Final Fantasy



4 young Orphans discover their destiny as the Warriors of Light and embark on a quest to restore light to the 4 Elemental Crystals. Will they succeed, or will the fall to the Fiends that Guard the Crystals, or their Master?

Systems You Can Find it On: NES, MSX2, Wonder Swan Color, PS1, GBA, Mobile Phone, PSP, Wii, iOS, Windows Phone, Android, 3DS, Wii U

Significance: This was the very first Final Fantasy game, released this day (12/18/17) 30 Years ago. It saved Square from Bankruptcy and has ever since greatly influence the gaming industry. If it were not for this game, you would not be reading any of this.

Final Fantasy II


Orphans fight an aggressive Empire in an attempt to save their friend Leon. Will they save him, or are they in for a terrible surprise?

Systems You Can Find it On: NES, Wonder Swan Color, PS1, GBA, Mobile Phone, PSP, Wii, iOS, Android, 3DS, WiiU

Significance: This is the first name where characters have pre-set canonical names which you can choose to change or leave the same.

Final Fantasy III


After an Earthquake opens up a cavern, a crystal gives 4 orphans incredible powers and sends them off on an important journey. Will the 4 young travelers be able to save the world from utter darkness?

Systems You Can Find it On: NES, DS, Wii, iOS, Android, PSP, Ouya, Windows Phone, WiiU, 3DS

Significance: Final Fantasy 3 was the first game to introduce the concept of the 2 world maps, overworld and underworld. It is also the first game to have Summoning.

Final Fantasy IV

Final-Fantasy-IV-CoverWhen he begins to question the behavior of his King, the Dark Knight Cecil of Baron is stripped of his rank and sent to perform a dastardly task. Angered by what happened, Cecil embarks on a journey to stop the dark forces that caused all of this and threaten the entire world.

Systems You Can Find it On: SNES, Wonder Swan Color, GBA, DS, PS1, Wii, PSP, iOS, Android, Windows, 3DS, WiiU

Significance: Final Fantasy IV was the first Final Fantasy to introduce the Active Time Battle system to determine the order in which actions are determined. It is interesting to note this game was intended to be a release for the NES but they instead put their resources into making it a SNES Release.

Final Fantasy V

Final-Fantasy-V-CoverOn a day when the winds stop and crystals shatter, a group of Heros must band together to put a stop to the catastrophe. Will they be able to save the crystals that sustain their world and defeat the evil entity behind the catastrophe?

Systems You Can Find it On: SNES, PS1, GBA, iOS, Android, Windows, Wii, WiiU, 3DS

Significance: Final Fantasy V apparently has an OVA Sequel.

Final Fantasy VI

Final-Fantasy-VI-CoverAfter a young girl has her mind freed of an empires control by an ancient being, she embarks on a journey to prevent the repeat of a 1000-year-old catastrophe. With the help of her newfound companions, will she be able to stop the evil empire before they can unleash the power of rampaging gods?

Systems You Can Find It On: SNES, PS1, GBA, Android, iOS, Windows, Wii, WiiU, 3DS

Significance: This game had the largest cast of playable characters and also the largest selection of Espers. The last Final Fantasy on SNES.

Final Fantasy VII

Final-Fantasy-VIICloud and his companions must fight against an evil corporation to save the entire planet. But will the darkness from his past end up spelling disaster? As cities collapse and the planet cries, the heroes must overcome all obstacles before time runs out.

Systems You Can Find It On: PS1, PS4, Windows, iOS, Android

Significance: Final Fantasy VII was the first Final Fantasy game in 3D, also the first Final Fantasy game on the PlayStation and the first game to use multiple disks. It had a Multi-Million Dollar budget and a staff of 100 people. Most notably, it is considered one of the best video games of all time.

Final Fantasy VIII

Final-Fantasy-VIII-CoverA group of young mercenaries is sent to stop an attack by an aggressive empire, only to find a darker threat lurking under the surface. Now the young heroes of SeeD must set out on a journey around the world and above it. The future of not just the planet, but all of time and space itself is at risk and only they can save it.

Systems You Can Find It On: PS1, Windows

Significance: Final Fantasy VIII is the first final fantasy game where summoned espers take an active role rather than just resulting in a single devastating attack. It also is the first game with 4 disks.

Final Fantasy IX

Final-Fantasy-IX-coverAfter kidnapping a princess, 16-year-old Zidane and his companions set off on a journey of epic proportions. With the fate of the entire world on their shoulders, will they be able to stop invaders from another world from taking over all of Gaia?

Systems You Can Find It On: PS1, PS4, Windows, iOS, Android

Significance: Final Fantasy IX was the last game on the PS1. Additionally, it was the last title to use ATB until Final Fantasy X-2, a misguided sequel attempt by Square. It also used ATE, or Active Time Events that allow a player to events unfolding at multiple locations. Other than that, it was pretty average.

Final Fantasy X

Final-Fantasy-X-CoverA young man torn from his own city of Zanarkand wakes up on a beach to tales of its destruction 1000 years prior. Trying to solve the mystery, he joins a young summoner and her guardians on their pilgrimage to Zanarkand. Will they be able to defeat the creature Sin and solve the mystery of his arrival?

Systems You Can Find It On: PS2, PS3, PSV, PS4

Significance: Final Fantasy X was the first Final Fantasy game on the PS2, the first Final Fantasy game that did not have a world map, and the first 3D Final Fantasy game that did not require multiple disks. In addition, it was the first game since Final Fantasy III that did not use the ATB system, instead opting for a Conditional Turn-Based system or CTB for short. It is also the first Final Fantasy game to have a Sequel game developed for it, though that sequel was horrible. Final Fantasy X though is still my favorite game in the Final Fantasy series as well as the first Final Fantasy I ever played.

Final Fantasy XI

Final-Fantasy-XI-CoverVana’diel is a world steeped in myth and conflict. A hero must fight for his nation and stop the Shadow Lord and other threats to the world.

Systems You Can Find It On: PS2, Windows, X-Box 360

Significance: Final Fantasy XI is the first Final Fantasy to be crafted as an MMORPG. It is also the first Final Fantasy that did not have random encounter battles, opting instead to adopt a live battle system where a player can approach an enemy to start a battle or flee from the enemy to avoid one. Final Fantasy XI received 5 expansions and 16 of the original servers are still active today. It has received mixed reviews from critics, though fans have been more critical of some aspects of the game that seem forced or phony.

Final Fantasy XII

Final-Fantasy-XII-coverAfter a young street urchin tries to rob treasure from the palace treasury of Dalmasca, he embarks on a journey to stop a tyrannical empire. Will he and his companions be able to stop the fires of war or the entities that weave fate?

Systems You Can Find It On: PS2, PS4

Significance: Final Fantasy XII is the first non-MMO entry to the Final Fantasy series to use the ADB, or Active Dimension Battle system. It also introduces the “Gambit System” to determine the behavior of other party members when engaging enemies in battle. It is the last Final Fantasy mainline title for the PS2.

Final Fantasy XIII

wht_PS3_keyart_22_r04-80.inddAfter fleeing from a Purge in a town within the artificial sphere of Cocoon, Lightning and her friends meet her sister at the fal’Cie Anima and are branded l’Cie. Now they must embark on a journey to complete their Focus and in turn, save Pulse and Cocoon.

Systems You Can Find It On: PS3, Xbox 360, Windows

Significance: Final Fantasy XIII is the first Final Fantasy game on the PS3 and has 3 sequels. It adopts a hybrid of the ADB and the ATB, players can run from or approach an enemy, however if they encounter the enemy the game transitions to a different battle screen that utilizes the ATB. Rather than using traditional jobs, the game utilizes a Paradigm system to determine skill sets such as magic.

Final Fantasy XIV

Final-Fantasy-XIV-coverAfter having a strange dream on the way to a city, the Hero must work with the Scions of the Seventh Dawn to save Eorzea and live up to the legacy of the Legendary Warriors of Light.

Systems You Can Find It On: PS3, PS4, Windows, OS X

Significance: Final Fantasy XIV is the second MMORPG from the Final Fantasy series. Facing major flaws and angry fans, the original servers were scrapped and shut down after a major redesign, and the game was relaunched as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. In its new format and running environment, the game performed much better and was easier to facilitate as a cross-platform title.

Final Fantasy XV

Final-Fantasy-XV-coverOn his way to be wed to Princess Lunafreya of Tenebrae, Prince Noctis of Lucis learns that Nifelheim has broken an armistice killing his father and taking over Lucis Capital of Insomnia. Now with the help of his close friends, Noctis must travel to the corners of Eos and recover the ancestral relics of the Lucii to stop the evil empire of Nifelheim and the apocalyptic Star Scourge.

Systems You Can Find It On: PS4, Xbox One, Microsoft

Significance: Final Fantasy XV is the most realistic Final Fantasy game to date, the most like everyday life in many ways. It utilizes the Active Cross Battle system, or ACB for short. It is also the closest release to this, the 30th Anniversary of the original 1987 game. With its HD Graphics and lush environments, it looks to be a tour de force for the senses.


Now for some Fan Service before my Closing.


I’m sorry, he is just so fucking hot I couldn’t help myself. ❤ Thanks to noctella1427 on Devian Art for this smoking hot pic. XD


In 30 years, this is what Final Fantasy has become. Along with these mainline games, there are many sequels, side stories, and spinoffs associated with this series. This game changes with the world and continues to tell breathtaking and heartbreaking stories. These are stories worth experiencing, stories I want to share with my baby siblings and maybe eventually one day with my children. This is the sum of a great legacy started 30 years ago from the date this post will be published on. In another 30 years, we can only imagine what it will be like. Certainly though, this is a series that has changed the gaming industry, as well as changed the lives of so many people who have played it. So happy birthday Final Fantasy, you are truly one of the masterworks of our society, a masterpiece of music, art, and storytelling.

To 30 More Years!!


C- Gaymer Podcast Episode 4: Pokemon Gold/Silver Version

On Today’s Podcast, we are going to take a step away from politics and talk about a gaming classic, Pokemon Gold/Silver Version. (and also Crystal Version of you count that, but I don’t for some reason.)



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I am not usually a big fan of online MMORPG’s. Quite usually they are unbalanced, they require too much of your attention too often, the people who pay to play have an unfair advantage, there are potty-mouthed tweens, and usually a small group of losers with no real friends IRL band together and make the game unplayable for other players. You can usually spot these games a mile away because they are rife with inactive accounts. In my opinion though, BattleSpace is an MMO so far apart from these that it’s sad to know it’s a game at risk of disappearing.


Home System from

It is rather simple. You play as an Admiral of your own space forces. Your main goals are to collect resources, strengthening your home system by colonizing the planets and developing the planetary cities, building up your fleet, and conquering the Galaxy!!

There are 3 ways to gather the basic resources you need to play the game. The first is to develop your Planetary Resource Centers that mine energy, gas, and metal from your planet as well as the all-important Market Centers that gather the funds you need to expand. In fact, the only way to gain funds in the game is from your Market Centers so pay special attention to them but don’t make them your sole focus. You also need to invade Enemy Systems that are swarming with NPC  Fleets, these lifeless systems contain plenty of resources and each system you conquer furthers your path to victory. Finally, you can send your commanders who aren’t assigned to the front lines on Expeditions. Not only does this occasionally produce small amounts of resources, it can also produce parts and experience for the commander you send as well as yourself.


Planetary City from

Now that you have the resources you need you should develop your cities. They have the necessary facilities needed to grow and fight your enemies. Your Capital City will be home to your Research Labs, your Center of Government, Recruitment Offices, Fleet HQ, and other necessary facilities. Use your Research Lab to study and obtain the instructions for different and higher level Facilities and Ships. Some facilities may only exist in your Capital City but you can build Hangers, Settlement Centers, Storage Facilities, Defense Bases, and Shipyards to build your fleet ships on any of the planets in your Home System. And some Facilities can only be built on your Colonized Planets. Each Home System has 9 Planets.


Commander Screen from

Now you are ready to build your fleet, but first, you need to assign Commanders to the front line. This is really fun, BattleSpace commanders come from 5 exciting races. There are the elven looking Ezra, the beastlike Seria Grad, the fish or reptile-like Gredia, the cold and unfeeling Androids, and of course the warmly familiar Humans. Commanders each sport different deck slots that determine how many ships or squadrons can be assigned to them. They also come in 7 different levels of Rarity. They are Common (C), Uncommon (UC), Rare (R), Rare + (R+), Super Rare (SR), Super Rare + (SR+), and the almost unattainable Ultra Rare (UR) Commanders. The rarer the commander, the stronger it is.


Fleet Battle from

Now that everything is ready and your fleets are being led by powerful commanders you can engage in battle!! The Battle System works like Rock Paper Scissors with stats added. Small Fighters beat Large Battle Ships, Medium Frigates beat Small Fighters, and Large Battleships beat Medium Frigates. But of course, it’s not so simple as that. Depending on the stats of your ships you can totally defy those rules and still crush the enemy. Ships of a Higher Technology Tier have higher stats.


Ship Enhancement from

You can also enhance your ships stats at the Weapons Laboratory using Parts obtained during battle, from Daily Quests, and during Expeditions. You can use them to enhance many aspects of the ship. Enhance your engines to reduce the time it takes to sortie with enemy targets, or your shields to raise your defenses. Enhancing the weapons raises your torpedo attack or plasma attack depending on which weapon you choose to enhance. Keep in mind though, you aren’t enhancing individual ships but rather that entire class of ship you have selected.

As you see the planets surrounding your Home System turn blue when you occupy them you will probably feel really proud. But keep in mind, ships aren’t just for war. Deploying your ships, you can colonize not only the planets within your Home System but also Asteroid Bases held by your allies or which you yourself have conquered. You can also reinforce your allies Home Systems when they are under attack. Joining up with Unions in-game helps you and your new-found comrades become powerful a lot faster.

There is a lot more to discover and explore in this game and to me, it is a lot of fun. I don’t at all exaggerate when I say the game map is GIGANTIC!! The one screenshot of the galaxy map I posted here is only a tiny fraction of the in-game galaxy as a whole. That might be why, as I said at the start of this post, this is an endangered game. Maybe it’s the timer based gameplay where you have to watch the clock tick down whenever you construct a facility or deploy a fleet or research something, maybe it’s the vast galaxy map that requires a few days wait if you decide to attack a player on the other side of the Galaxy but haven’t colonized any Asteroids near their Home System. Whatever the reason, this game has faced hard times and could disappear any day now.

When I started playing in 2013 it was on the American Servers. Sadly those were shut down nearly a year after I started playing partially cause Atlas was acquired by another company or something, partially because there were very few players. More recently I have started playing the EU Servers. Those are still up but you will soon realize there are a lot of Japanese players. This is because Japan shut down their BattleSpace Server last year. The last server is the EU Server I am playing on now and that could go away any day now really.

I never thought I would ever do this but I am asking you, my readers, in fact begging you to try this game out and give it a serious chance. Maybe you’ll learn to love it just as much as I do. You can play BattleSpace by clicking this link here. I hope you enjoy it.

Hopefully Happy Gaming. 🙂

Final Fantasy: Why the Vibrant Gaming Industry We Know Could Not Exist Without It

No gaming title is better known or more widely acclaimed than the SquareEnix title Final Fantasy. Since the first game was released in December of 1987 it has shaken the gaming world and set the stage for many games we know and love today. In fact, if it were not for Final Fantasy the gaming Industry would not be as vibrant as it is today. Final Fantasy is truly the game of miracles but not many people are aware of its history or just how important it is. To understand this you have to go back all the way to the late 1980’s and a young game developer named Hironobu Sakaguchi since his story is by all rights the story of the game.


In 1983 a young Sakaguchi dropped out of Yokohama National University and began to work for Square, a newly formed subsidiary of Denyusha Electric Company. Square was founded when the son of Denyusha’s owner Masafumi Miyamoto graduated from Waseda University and desired to enter the video game industry. Masafumi believed that the then standard model of having only 1 programmer work on a game was inefficient and that better, more profitable games could be developed with a team of programmers and professional story writers all working on the same project. In this climate, Sakaguchi worked on some of Square’s first games for the PC. By 1985 Square had moved on from PC games to console games with an adaption of Thexeder for Nintendo.

By 1986 Square split from its parent company Denyusha to become the independent Square Co., LTD and with this change, Sakaguchi became a Full-Time employee of Square as head of Planning and Development. Sadly the company quickly fell on hard times after a release of many unsuccessful games for Nintendo, prompting Square to move their headquarters to the Ueno District of Tokyo. Facing Bankruptcy things looked grim for Square till Sakaguchi came up with a project that would save the entire company. It was an idea that had been overlooked but was now their final hope.

For a long time Sakaguchi had desired to work on a console RPG, however, there were many things stopping him. First off was that his employer Square refused to give him permission to go ahead with the project assuming that an RPG would not sell very well based on trends. Additionally, only 3 of his colleagues were willing to volunteer to work with him as he was considered to be a “Hard Boss”. However facing bankruptcy Square had nothing to lose and finally gave the project the green light. Sakaguchi then began to work on an RPG named Fighting Fantasy inspired by the games “Ultima” and “Wizardry” not realizing all the while that he would create a masterpiece that would outshine both of these.

As we all know the name would later change to Final Fantasy. This name change was prompted by issues involving trademark conflicts with an RPG Gamebook series that had the exact same name. The new name, however, was inspired by Sakaguchi’s personal conflict as well as the plight of the company. It was very obvious that if this game hadn’t sold it would be the first and “Final Fantasy” that Square would ever have developed. It was the same situation for Sakaguchi. This would have been his last game as he had decided to give up game development and return to University if the game hadn’t been successful.

A lot of work was put into the project by the development team as they knew it was the last hope for the company. For the games coding they enlisted the Iranian-American Programmer Nasir Gebelli, Character Design was conceived by Yoshitaka AmanoKenji Terada was in charge of writing the scenario based off of a story written by Sakaguchi and he received some help from Koichi Ishii, the score for the game was composed by the now world acclaimed Nobuo Uematsu, and Akitoshi Kawazu was in charge of the design of the battle system and battle sequences. With Hironobu Sakaguchi at the lead, this team of 7 worked to defy time and the odds against them. Motivated by the companies lack of faith in their project and the general animosity directed at them by their coworkers they soon made great strides in developing the game. Eventually, a “B-Team” Of programmers joined them on the project helping them to finish it. At every corner, the team tried to make distinctive innovations that had never been tried before like elemental weakness or resistance in enemies or the ability to choose the class of your character. As they worked the companies situation became direr but their final gamble would prove to be their saving grace.


Finally, it came, the day that would change history. On December 18, 1987, 400,000 copies of Final Fantasy were released in the Japanese Market for the Nintendo. It was a hit. In addition to the initial release of 400,000 in Japan, the 1990 North America release sold an additional 700,000 copies despite heavy censorship by Nintendo’s North American Localization Team. In Japan, it already had 2 sequels. The sales from Final Fantasy alone saved Square Co. And the career of Hironobu Sakaguchi as well was saved. Working under Square he would later develop many more industry changing hits.

It is this game that saved Square but it was Square that helped define the Gaming Industry worldwide. This is no exaggeration. Before its merger with Enix in 2003 it released many well-known and well-acclaimed games and series besides Final Fantasy such as Parasite Eve and Kingdom Hearts. Games such as these changed or defined the industry and stood out from many others available. Other lesser known games were developed that changed attitudes and ideas and would later become series of their own. Xenogears would become the prelude to the Xenosaga game series. Final Fantasy IV introduced a new type of time/turn based battle system and Secrets of Mana Introduced the Ring Menu system. There were also new themes that were touched upon such as Time Travel in their 1998 hit Chrono Trigger and Genetic Horrors in Parasite Eve.

While Final Fantasy saved the company it also became their driving force. After many sequels, the company came to feel that they could not be defined simply by the Final Fantasy Franchise and thus they innovated and encouraged innovation. And certainly, they are not defined by Final Fantasy even though it was their biggest title in light of the other popular and even “classic” titles that the company released. But maybe I am incorrect in saying Final Fantasy did not have a huge influence on their success since their effort to keep from being out shadowed by its popularity is what makes its games so good and since their experience in 1987 taught them the benefit of taking outlandish risks.

Indeed Square and all of the subsequent risks it has taken have helped give new life to an industry and nurtured an environment of artistic expression and high-quality gaming. So many of their releases keep adding a new flavor to gaming every time and setting new trends. After a merger with Enix in 2003 SquareEnix carried on that legacy of art and risk.

Sadly Hironobu Sakaguchi did not come along with this merger having resigned a year before. Then in 2004, Nobuo Uematsu left Square Enix as well. It in a way was the end of an era. The legend continues however even in their absence, not just the legend of the definitive rise of Square and the continuing success of SquareEnix but also the legend of Final Fantasy. This year we saw the release of 3 Final Fantasy games and a new CG Movie. Along with the Numbered game Final Fantasy XV and the related CG Feature Film “Kingsglaive”, there were also 2 mobile games released. Final Fantasy Brave Exvius lets you play with old characters in a new setting and Final Fantasy Mobius brings back an excellent writer from Final Fantasy X. Today is the 29th Anniversary of this miracle game and on this day next year, the franchise will mark its 30th anniversary since that first release.

30 Years is a staggering thought. As of next year actually, video games will be 70 years old (The first video game was the Cathode Ray Tube Amusement Device first patented January 25th, 1947). In that 70 years titles have come and gone and the notable bulk of those titles were created in the last 35 years. Final Fantasy however not only saved a company that defined an industry and seen so many different advances and styles come and go, it is still an ongoing title nearly 30 years later and has seen an adaption on most gaming systems developed at this time. What will become of it in the next 30 years?


Very Legendary and Happy Gaming to you all.

Greening the Planet 2

I’m kinda writing this post at the last minute but I have been working on this game for 2 weeks. Greening the Planet 2 lets you play as 3 aliens who travel the universe filling barren planets with leafy green life. 🙂

Each level starts on a slightly different but totally barren planet. Armed with a laser and a flask that collects material to make lifeforms you need to gather enough material each level to bring the planet from a barren surface to a happy green globe. 🙂


You gather material 3 ways, by collecting falling meteors, emptying the auto collector, or using your laser to destroy comets. You then empty the flask and as you do the plants and clouds grow and appear around you.

There are many different kinds of lasers to use but my favorite so far is the thick beam laser. Some are tiny shots and some track targets though. And if you level up your turrets you can fire off more shots at the same time.

At the end of each level, a flower grows and your aliens leave for another planet after a job well done.

It is a pretty fun game honestly. The only downside is to activate bonuses like a higher concentration of comets or meteors you have to watch ads.

It is a fun way to kill time though and you can find Greening the Planet 2 on the Android App Store.

Happy Gaming. 🙂

Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Battle Assault

I’m not a huge fan of RPG Brawlers but I have to admit there are a few out there I enjoy. And since I am a fan of Giant Mecha I do have to say this is one of the good ones if you have strong thumbs and a hatred of Z.A.F.T. Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Battle Assault is an excellent title for Gundam fans whose wet dreams consist of kicking ass in one of these iconic machines. Following the story of the Anime series, you get to fight as one of 12 playable characters and relive the storyline of the show. It’s a pretty wild ride


Now as I stated before this is pretty much the typical brawler style game just with Giant Mecha involved. You fight your mecha through 12 stages reliving a story line. And like most brawlers, there is a 2 player mode and special attacks.

There are a few subtle differences though. First off there are two control modes, Manual and Automatic. In manual mode, a player has to do an extended sequence of button presses to activate a special move. Automatic as the name applies simplifies this by executing a special move with a shorter method. Also in battle jump time is extended by using the thruster gauge. You can also choose to adjust points between a larger HP reserve, stronger Phase Shift Armor, or more Thrust Time.


As I said earlier the game follows the story of the Gundam Seed Anime. As you Brawl through the 12 stages you relive the anime series through the perspective of each mobile suit pilot. Some story lines are completed in two parts like Kira’s story line (this is split between Strike Gundam and Freedom Gundam). This makes it an enjoyable experience playing as or against your favorite characters.

And at the end of each storyline or when you quit a storyline you get a special password. This unlocks more playable characters or special modes. There are a lot of other fun features to discover and some hidden and most likely pointless Mini-Games to discover.


Mobile Suit Gundam Seed: Battle Assault can be purchased for the Gameboy Advanced if you boys and girls still own one. And if you don’t you can always emulate it but it’s better on the GBA.

Happy Gaming!! 🙂

Chrono Trigger

I’m so happy to do my first SNES piece on an immortal classic like this. I mean how many games can boast the kind of appeal that requires Square Enix to port it to 5 other systems excluding the original. That’s the magic of Chrono Trigger. In 1995 Square really hit the mark again with another game that could endure the decades. And the acclaim keeps coming back again and again.

Now this game is like a cocktail of an eclectic nerd. How do you make it? Well, you take one part Final Fantasy, one part Doctor Who, and sprinkle it all over with the art styles of Secrets Of Mana. So what you get is Battles and time travels, specifically between 1000 AD, 600 AD, 2300 AD, 65,000,000 BC and 12,000 BC. Love the contrast of scenery? You bet your sweet ass you do. I mean who doesn’t like Time Travel to correct your mistakes and save your planet from a parasitic creature that will cause an apocalypse 999 years after your time? (oops, spoiler. XD)


But that’s exactly what you do to prevent your future from Turning out like the one depicted above. But we are getting ahead of ourselves here. The game starts in 1000 AD with 3 friends in the fictional Kingdom of Guardia. Chrono and his friend Marle watch as their friend Lucca and her father test a new teleportation machine at the Millennial Fair in Guardia. (and not the kind with a bunch of whiney crybabies asking for a safe space or shit like that.)


Marle who happens to be the Kingdom’s Princess Nadia Volunteers to be teleported but her pendant interferes with the device and instead of teleporting her to another place it transports her 400 years into the past. Chrono and Lucca recreate the portal and follow her to save her. After bringing her back from their misadventure in 600 AD though the new Chancellor orders that Chrono is to be arrested for Kidnapping and sentences him to death. After a hasty prison break though Chrono and his two friends slip through another time portal to the year 2300 AD. There they meet survivors of an Advanced Civilization that was wiped out in the year 1999 by a monster and resolve to stop the future destruction of their world.


Now they must travel through time changing key events, righting wrongs, searching for 3 sages, and just trying to make the world a better place. Do they have what it takes to stop the monster?


So first off I love how this game is a Timey Wimey kind of story as David Tennant would put it. There are few games about time travel and even fewer good games about time travel. This is one of the good ones. The different views of the world in different time periods are interesting to me. Also, the references to the Grandfather Paradox and other time travel tropes are fun for the expert Sci-Fi fan. Admittedly there are some environmentalist undertones but who cares, fix the past to fix the future is something we all want to do.


The battle system in this game is an adaption of the Active Time Battle System from Final Fantasy IV. It is known as Active Time Battle 2.0, each character takes action in battle when the action bar next to the character’s name fills up. The speed at which it is replenished is determined by the Speed Stat of that character. Also instead of Random Encounter Battles you instead walk up to an enemy in the field and a battle instantly begins with that enemy without switching screens. As with most JRPGs though your party is always a limited number of characters, in this case, a team of 3. But it all still makes for interesting battles. 🙂


And of course, you have the mandatory ugly ass bosses. Seriously, I need to replay this again and bash that rapist bat face in. 😀


And of course the anti-climatic yet arrogant culprit behind the world’s woes. 😀

All in all, it really is the masterpiece I make it out to be and many other gamers agree. Now the original port was for the SNES so you can always choose to emulate it but if you wanna be super nice to Square Enix and all of the developers you can but one of the other ports. there are remakes for PlaystationNintendo DS, i-mode (dunno what that is), iOS, and Android. Download it, play it, love it.

Happy Gaming!!! 🙂