Opinions: A Dual Life Perspective – 1st Half 2020

Well. 2020 sure has been….something. The real has been exhausting, to be sure. I’ve felt like it’s been mostly a rollercoaster of event after event after event — and most of those events have been life-changing. When the year began, work felt like a marathon sprint with no end in sight. Just incredibly busy and…

Opinions: Trials of Mana – Cup of Wishes

The saga of Trials of Mana is a fascinating one. Originally released late in the Super Famicom’s life, Seiken Densetsu 3 was deemed by Square USA as a localization project too risky to tackle, left behind as the company began to gear up for its hopeful (and successful) launch into the stratosphere with the Playstation….

Opinions: Dragon Quest Builders 2 won me over

I tried the demo for Builders, and found it fun but apparently not fun enough to buy. However, 2 looks to take the concept even further, and I’m becoming stupidly hype for it. Why July though? There’s too much that month lol. The good news for me is another demo opportunity landing on June 27th….

Opinions: Square Enix Remasters aplenty!

I’m awake due to Nintendo hype so let’s just continue on with other news lol Final Fantasy VIII was the lost PS1 era title — supposedly the source code was lost for a while — but somehow Square-Enix have dug something up and are finally adding it to its Remaster list. Coming to just about…

Opinion: Let’s talk about Square-Enix and Smash

With many outlets getting the opportunity to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the news has broke that Final Fantasy VII music retains the paltry two tracks Wii U/3DS received, and there has not been a sign of any FF representation outside of Cloud and the Midgar stage to be found thus far. This has been a…

Opinion: Final Fantasy VI…geez do I want to like it…

I have been in a long term debate with Final Fantasy VI for quite a few years now. I’ve owned it in most ways I have had the opportunity to (SNES cart, GBA cart, SNES Virtual Console version for the Wii), and yet…there’s just something that is holding me back from just adoring it. And…

Music: Top VGM STKs #10 – 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…

Music: Top 25 VGM STKs – #1, Chrono Trigger

This was a very difficult call to make. But in the end, I feel Chrono Trigger is without a doubt the closest any single soundtrack has come to pure musical perfection. It has a huge plethora of tracks covering a wide range of genres, motifs and textures, and somehow nary a one is annoying or…