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”

Final Fantasy XIII-2


Three years ago, Lightning Farron led a mission to save the world of Cocoon, and then vanished. As far as most people are concerned, she sacrificed her life in the final battle, but her sister Serah knows differently – she remembers Lightning returning alive. Now living a new life on the surface of Pulse, Serah continues to dream of Lightning, but has no idea how to go about finding her – at least until the day a boy named Noel turns up. Claiming to be from the future, Noel has a message from Lightning, one that will prompt Serah and Lightning to travel through time in an attempt to safeguard the future of Pulse and Cocoon, and bring Lightning home once again.

After the pain of Final Fantasy XIII, it might seem that only a masochist could possibly want to play a sequel, but as someone who hails from a generation conditioned to at least try everything labelled “Final Fantasy”, it was inevitable that I would have to try this one. As it turned out, FFXIII had set the bar so low that it was very easy for this game to do better. Continue reading “Final Fantasy XIII-2”

Persona 4

With his parents away for a year, the protagonist transfers to the sleepy town of Inaba for his sophomore year in high school. But what should be a quiet life with his uncle Dojima and young cousin Nanako quickly takes a more sinister turn when the town is rocked by a series of murders. Could the murders be linked to the mysterious Midnight Channel, a link to a dark world within the television? In order to unravel the mystery, the protagonist and his friends must explore this TV world and unlock the power of their inner selves- the Persona.

Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, Persona 4 once again sees you playing a year in the life of a high school student who must juggle not only school work and a social life, but also regular trips to a world crawling with monsters. With some refinement and reworking of the Persona 3 formula, Persona 4 manages to essentially duplicate the success of the previous game, whilst also managing to establish its own unique style. Continue reading “Persona 4”

Luminous Arc

Alph, his brother Theo and their friends are wards of the Luminous Church, trained to protect the light and condemn the dark. The Church’s greatest foes are the Witches, but when Alph discovers that their new maid, Lucia, is a Witch, he is forced to re-evaluate his opinions of them. With the fate of the entire world hanging in the balance, Alph must choose carefully between the doctrine he has always been taught and the true motives of the Witches. Continue reading “Luminous Arc”

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days

When Sora briefly became a Heartless in the original Kingdom Hearts, the remainder of his self created his Nobody- Roxas. And for the year that Sora was asleep after the events of Chain of Memories, Roxas was recruited as a member of Organisation XIII, who hoped that his unique ability among Nobodies to wield a Keyblade would enable him to gather the hearts they need. A blank slate with no memory of his past, Roxas is swiftly put to work carrying out missions for the Organisation alongside his friends Axel and Xion. But in the Organisation, even your closest friends can have deep and dark secrets, as Roxas will slowly but surely discover.

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Final Fantasy PSP

Legend tells that when the land falls into ruin, four Warriors of Light will come forth, each bearing an Elemental Orb. Now, in the Kingdom of Cornelia, the ancient prophecy has finally been fulfilled, as four youthful warriors prepare to rescue their princess from the grips of the evil knight Garland. What they don’t realise is that this is just the start of a journey that will take them across the world and into confrontation with the dark god Chaos. Continue reading “Final Fantasy PSP”

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”

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII

Seven years before the fateful events of Final Fantasy VII, one of the unsung heroes of that tale was facing problems of his own. Together with the legendary SOLDIER members Sephiroth and Angeal, SOLDIER Second Class Zack Fair is sent on a mission to recover Genesis, a former SOLDIER First Class who went rogue and turned against the Shinra Corporation. Determined to prove himself a true hero, Zack throws himself into his work, but he soon realises that there is far more going on behind the scenes than he ever suspected. Continue reading “Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII”

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”