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RPG Showdown: White Knight Chronicles and Final Fantasy XIII

For me one of the most compelling reasons to purchase a PlayStation 3 was that I really enjoyed role-playing games, and (in early 2008) I assumed that it was only a matter of time until Sony would carry on their dominance in this particular genre from the PS2 era into the foreseeable future. And while I certainly can’t complain about the PS3’s library of games (including great exclusives such as Uncharted and Metal Gear Solid 4), I waited patiently for the first great Japanese role-playing games to be released for the system. I assumed that White Knight Chronicles and Final Fantasy XIII would be the games that I had waited for.

For the most part… they were.

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Savage Moon

For me, there are no video games that are more addictive than those belonging to the tower defense genre. My obsession began when I heard (if memory serves… from the classic 1UP Yours podcast of days past) about a free flash game called Desktop Tower Defense, from which the genre gets its name. After spending a few minutes tinkering with the towers, I was hooked. Since then, I’ve played a dozen or more tower defense games with varying levels of quality, my most recent completion being FluffyLogic’s Savage Moon.

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Final Fantasy II

Several years ago, while pretending to listen to a lecture on software systems analysis and design, I with my trusty Gameboy Advance in hand bested the final boss of Final Fantasy I. I immediately started playing Final Fantasy II, and this turned out to be a grave mistake in two respects.