Opinion – Dragon Quest VIII: 3DS vs. PS2

I have been replaying Dragon Quest VIII on the 3DS lately, and you know, I think it’s definitive. It’s been a delight just engaging with the story once more and reconnecting with the fantastic cast, but ultimately the 3DS port irons over most of the wrinkles the PS2 original featured so elegantly that the downgrade…

Music: Top VGM STKs #9 – Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana delivered one of the most evocative soundtracks from the Super NES, full of diverse instrumentation, wild compositions, and tracks dripping with emotion and purpose. Hiroki Kikuta’s video game career as a musician began with this title, and he was given free reign in terms of how to create the soundtrack (with tracks…

Opinion: Artistic Discussion – 3/28/2018

With the news of Dragon Quest XI’s western release date confirmed today, it felt right to resurrect this poor series and give props to my favorite cover of the franchise, the lovely VIII. It features most of the main cast in a dynamic rendering done by mangaka Akira Toriyama, expressing a semblance of the adventures…

Opinion: A Disclaimer about that PC release of Chrono Trigger

So Square-Enix stealth released Chrono Trigger onto PC today! Normally I would be very happy more people will have access to such a marvelous game (especially with the Wii Shop closing down its purchase option next month, rendering yet another door closed), but unfortunately the release has some major caveats. Namely…well…look. Oh my god, what…

Music: 5 VGM Favorites from the 16-bit Era

It’s the new year, so let’s continue writing about my favorite VGM! I’m going to try to do this twice per month here on in to rush through the rest of these songs. This time, let’s focus on 16-bit jams! Whirlwind, Shinobi III: The Ninja Master, Hirofumi Murasaki/Morihiko Akiyama/Masayuki Nagao, Genesis, Sega, 1993 This is…