Odin Sphere

odin-sphereWar rages over possession of the Crystallisation Cauldron, an artefact so powerful that it once brought an entire kingdom to ruin. As conflict ensues between the Demon Lord Odin of Ragnanival and the fairy queen Elfaria of Ringford, five destined individuals are drawn into the conflict. Armed with magical Psypher weapons, these heroes must carve out their own stories in the annals of history.

An action RPG from the always excellent Vanillaware, Odin Sphere is truly a masterwork of a game, an immersive experience that looks gorgeous, sounds pleasant and is absorbingly addictive to play. A leading name in its genre, it remains one of my favourite games for PS2. Continue reading “Odin Sphere”

Kingdom Hearts

Sora, Riku and Kairi are best friends living on the idyllic Destiny Island. Driven by the dream of worlds beyond their own, the trio work together on a raft to take them to new places- but nothing can prepare them for the reality of what lies in wait. Separated from his friends when the dark entities known as Heartless attack, Sora must take up his role as wielder of the Keyblade and travel across the worlds searching for the others. On the way, he will meet both enemies and allies, including many familiar faces from the worlds of Disney and Final Fantasy. Continue reading “Kingdom Hearts”

Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia

High atop the Tower of Ar Tonelico, the inhabitants of the city of Platina live a life of peace and technological advancement- at least until the day when they are beset by attacks from mysterious viruses. On the order of Lady Shurelia, Lyner Barsett, a young knight of Elemia, is sent to the lower world to retrieve the Hymn Crystal Purger, an item necessary for the defence of the city. When Lyner’s airship crashes, however, he is forced to ally with the people of the less developed lower world in an attempt to find both the crystal and a way back home. Continue reading “Ar Tonelico: Melody of Elemia”

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne

On a normal day, three teenagers go to visit their teacher at Shinjuku Medical Centre- completely unaware of the events that will befall them. A cataclysmic event known as ‘The Conception’ transforms Tokyo into a Vortex World filled with demons and illuminated by the cold light of Kagutsuchi. Only a handful of humans survive to see this new and horrific world, including one of the three teenagers, who is granted the demonic powers he will need to survive and find his friends. Continue reading “Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne”

Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis

At the prestigious Al-Revis Academy, the best and brightest pursue the study of alchemy, spending their high school years honing this mystical art for the purposes of combat, defence and support. Leaving the forest where he lived alone with his feline best friend Sulpher, Vayne Aurelius enrols at Al-Revis at the behest of one of its teachers; but even as he settles down to school life, a greater power begins to awaken within him. Continue reading “Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis”

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2

Having triumphed over the other tribes, Serph and the Embryon earned the right to go to Nirvana- but what they found there was far from their expectations. Alone in a world where a black sun turns those who venture aboveground to stone, Serph must search for his missing comrades, all the while eluding the machinations of the Karma Society and trying to determine his own true nature. Continue reading “Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga 2”

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga

In the world of the Junkyard, six tribes are embroiled in a war where the victor can claim the right to escape the turmoil and enter the promised land of Nirvana. The conflict has been locked in a stalemate as long as anyone can remember, but all that changes the day a mysterious light appears in the sky. Changed by the light, the people of the Junkyard now have the ability to transform into demons and literally devour their enemies- a powerful new ability that should decide the course of the war one way or another. And for Serph, the young leader of the Embryon tribe, it is the start of a journey to save a mysterious young woman who appeared in the Junkyard at the moment when this all began. Continue reading “Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga”

Star Ocean: Till the End of Time

Four hundred years after Claude and Rena saved the universe in Star Ocean 2, the time has come for a new bunch of heroes to rise and protect reality as we know it. As far as college student Fayt Leingod is concerned, however, all he’s up for is a holiday with his family- complete with plenty of time spent in the battle simulator. When their holiday is interrupted by an attack from the alien Vendeeni, however, it catapults Fayt into an adventure that will see him visit new planets and meet new allies on a quest to protect the galaxy he calls home.

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Fantavision: quick review

Somewhere out there, if you look hard enough, you can find a game for everything. For example, on the Wii rip-off console Vii, you can indulge in what must be a fascinating and absorbing little number named “Fry Egg”. If your taste runs more to fireworks, however, you can indulge yourself more officially with early Playstation2 game Fantavision- a sure way to beat any withdrawal you might feel after Letterbomb Fireworks night and New Year celebrations.

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A hundred years ago, the demon Orochi was vanquished through the efforts of the legendary hero Nagi and the white wolf Shiranui, but after a century of peace, Orochi has been released again. With the land of Nippon now cursed by evil, the only hope for salvation lies with the goddess of Amaterasu, who must once again reincarnate herself into the form of a white wolf. But Amaterasu’s powers are much lessened from what they once were, and only with the help of the diminutive artist Issun will she be able to travel the world and regain the abilities of her Celestial Brush.

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