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It seems like Final Fantasy IX was destined to be overlooked right from the outset. The game was released for the original PlayStation after the PlayStation 2 was out and selling like warm buns, and the high fantasy setting was in stark contrast to the popular cyber-punk and more realistic settings of FFVII and VIII (two of the best selling entries in the whole series).
Sony's E3 2017 conference might not have been the resounding success that their last couple of efforts have been, but it was still a tight ninety minutes of footage for upcoming games - largely exclusive to the PS4 - that will make for a jam-packed 2018.
When it comes to E3 conferences, Sony has well and truly backed themselves into a corner in recent years. From killing the Xbox One...
Obviously, Metal Gear Solid was a massively influential game. You can see the DNA of Solid Snake's first PlayStation adventure in many story heavy games that have released in the years since, and it's almost impossible to guess what the industry might look like today had the game never happened.
Persona 5 is a JRPG that's genuinely slick and cool, and in a world in which the Final Fantasy series has devolved into a Japanese boy band driving around in a car for forty hours completing fetch quests, that's something that every fan of Japanese role playing games should be celebrating.
Mass Effect: Andromeda isn't a bad game, per se, but it is one that feels from the opening moments to the last like a pale imitation of the popular trilogy of games that inspired it.
With the Mass Effect series blasting off to a new galaxy this week in the much-anticipated Mass Effect: Andromeda, it's perhaps a good time to look back at what made us fall in love with the series in the first place.
As long as you keep your finger on the pulse of the gaming industry, it should be fairly obvious what the meat and potatoes of this article is going to be about.
Hajime Tabata - the director of Final Fantasy XV - recently announced that Square Enix will be tinkering with the story of the game both in the short term and in the long term via free updates.
President Trump took office around a week ago and in that time a new global trend has emerged - doing a quick search on Google News for "Donald Trump" a couple of times a day just to see what the massive, bejowelled, orange-faced troglodyte has done this time.