The Authentic RPG and its Tragic Demise

The Authentic RPG and its Tragic Demise

Jan 24, 2011

 What makes an RPG an RPG? Is it the stats? Leveling up with experience points? Health items and loot? The expansive genre spans from real-time action RPGs to turn-based strategy RPGs, and many a debate has been held on what should be included in the list. But by oft-ignored definition, an RPG is (quite obviously and literally) a role-playing game. However,...

TGS 2010 – A 2009 Retrospective

TGS 2010 – A 2009 Retrospective

Sep 15, 2010

Tokyo Game Show will be held in Makuhari Messe Chiba, September 16th – 19th. Critical Gamer will once again be in attendance, so be sure to check back for our impressions from the show floor. With Tokyo Game Show only a day away, now seems like the perfect time to re-evaluate some of the biggest announcements and games from TGS 2009. Year in and year out we...

FFXIII and High Concept Cinema

FFXIII and High Concept Cinema

Jun 10, 2010

Final Fantasy XIII essentially told a simple story. I know this now because I had someone explain it to me. Reasonable accusations about my intelligence aside, the logical conclusion is that the developer failed to tell the story effectively. That is somewhat surprising considering just how many cutscenes there are in which the plot could have been conveyed in a...

Final Fantasy XIII: review

Final Fantasy XIII: review

Mar 26, 2010

Format: Xbox 360 (version reviewed), PS3 Unleashed: Out Now Publisher: Square Enix Developer: Square Enix Players: 1 Site: www.finalfantasy13game.com If you’re not a patient person, you may as well write off Final Fantasy XIII right now. Square’s latest is an unfinished experiment, and the players are the unwitting guinea pigs. The game...

Final Fantasy XIII: massive screen tearing for PS3 SDTV gamers

Final Fantasy XIII: massive screen tearing for PS3 SDTV gamers

Mar 11, 2010

Final Fantasy XIII has been the source of much sniping between Sony and Microsoft fanboys, long before the English language release. Those in the Sony camp may have recently thought that they had ‘won’, now that it is generally accepted that the Xbox 360 version is inferior on a technical level. This includes the fact that the PS3 version runs at a...