March is upon us. This is very good news for PlayStation Vita owners. In two short weeks, Square Enix is finally going to release the HD Remaster Collection of PlayStation 2 hits Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. You know what that means, right? Final Fantasy fans can rejoice, and it also means that it’s time, once again, for us to give out another review on the remaining Final Fantasy main titles available for the Vita. You can already guess what this will be. After all, there are only two main series games left that we’ve not reviewed as of yet.
A couple weeks ago, we submitted a review for Final Fantasy VII, the first of the PlayStation Final Fantasy games. This marked the series’ entry into 3D gaming, and expanded on a lot of things. After that, Square Enix started work on two more titles in the main series, which were both being developed at the same time. The first of these games, which debuted in 1999, is considered the “Black Sheep” of the series by many fans. This game, featuring the Gunblade Mercenary Squall Leonheart is none other than Final Fantasy VIII.
Many fans will tell you to avoid this game, as it is considered one of the lowest of the series. In my honest opinion, there is no low to the series. Every game is unique in its own way and each one is worth playing at least once. If you’re a fan of summon magic, then I would definitely not skip out on this game. For our reasons why you should check it out, here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VIII.
The weeks are rolling by quicker than I can seem to count. It seems like it was just the other day that I was writing a Final Fantasy review. Now, two weeks have gone by, and we are ever-closer to the impending release of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster. It is exactly one month away, to be exact. With only four weeks left until the collection releases and three mainstream Final Fantasies not reviewed on this site, it’s time to move onto our next review. The game that many RPG fans hold as the greatest game of all time. Final Fantasy VII.
Final Fantasy VII is famous among Role-Playing Games and video games in general. The game was a huge hit on the PlayStation and it has spread throughout the gaming community with an entire compilation dedicated to it, from side-story games to a movie sequel. If you look into RPGs, you will always see Final Fantasy VII somewhere, and it was the very first game of the series to debut on the PlayStation Network and is the reason this writer got a PlayStation Network account. How does the game match up to today’s standards? Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VII.
Back in the 1990s, there was a trend of games going on that spawned from what is considered one of Nintendo’s greatest creations, Super Mario 64. This game set into stone the standards of 3D Platformers and the world-based platforming games. Pitting a character inside different worlds to complete tasks and collect objects that allowed you to traverse further into the game and having the trend repeat until they’d reached the Final Boss of the game. It spawned many similar games from different developers, such as Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon, and more.
Crystal Dynamics, now the developer behind the Tomb Raider series, joined in this craze and started whipping out games in the “Gex” series. Gex was a bipedal, talking gecko whom loved to watch TV and fought against Rez, a villain that wished to control the population through their television sets. The game spawned a trilogy on the PlayStation, and two of its games also released on the Nintendo 64. It started as a 2D game, but quickly became 3D.
Gex: Enter the Gecko is the first 3D game of the Gex franchise and, until recently, wasn’t available on the PlayStation Network for play on the PlayStation Vita, along with PS3 and PSP. About two weeks ago, Sony finally put Gex: Enter the Gecko on the North America PlayStation Store for download. How does it play now that it’s on the network? Let’s find out. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Gex: Enter the Gecko.
Our Final Fantasy Countdown continues today! It’s been a couple weeks since we did our last Final Fantasy review, which was for the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy V. That was a great game, though some technical issues held the game back from really shining on the PlayStation Vita, especially with the more recent Mobile remake of the game. Those were unfortunate issues for holding back an otherwise great RPG. However, the period cycle is over and we are ready for a new review.
So far, we have given out reviews for Final Fantasy Origins, III, IV, and V. There are six weeks left until Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster releases, and four Final Fantasies left to review. The next one in the lineup is one of the fan-favorites from the Super Nintendo era. Straight from the world of the Espers comes the story of Terra Branford. The last of the 2D Final Fantasy games and renowned by many as one of the series’ greatest entries. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy VI.
The horror genre is actively changing. Movies are going into trends of taking advantage of popular movies and expanding them into big franchises, most to the point of many fans being sick of how quickly movies come out. A notable franchise that started this was Saw. To many fans, Saw should have ended around II or III. There are some fans that even say that the recent franchise, Insidious, didn’t need a sequel at all. With games, it’s a bit of a different story.
If you have known the horror genre, specifically Survival Horror, you know that the genre has been changing a lot in recent years. Resident Evil and Silent Hill were once the top of the top, when it comes to survival horror, and had other franchises inspired heavily and almost playing identical to them. Resident Evil spawned Dino Crisis and even parts of Parasite Eve. If you look at recent games in those franchises, though, things have changed. The newest Silent Hill is a Diablo-like dungeon crawler, and the newest Resident Evils are like Third Person Shooters.
If we take a look back, Resident Evil was very much different. It had a lot of tank-like controls, severely limited ammunition and save points, and was generally much harder to survive in than the games are now. There were no “Continue from Last Checkpoint” sections or anything like that. Let’s take a look at one of those older titles. We have already reviewed Resident Evil: Director’s Cut. Now let’s take a look at what many fans view as the best of the series. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Classic, Resident Evil 2.
Our review countdown continues today. If you’re new to finding this out, the Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster is releasing for the PlayStation Vita on March 18th. To help prepare our staff and our readers for this, we are reviewing every other main series Final Fantasy game that is playable on the Vita before then. We have already made reviews for Final Fantasy Origins, Final Fantasy III, and Final Fantasy IV: The Complete Collection. It’s time for the next game in order, Final Fantasy V.
If you have kept up with Square Enix, they have released Final Fantasy V on several different platforms. Across the years, it has seen releases from the Super Nintendo to Mobile. With nearly half a dozen systems to play it on, it is readily available. Until recently, it wasn’t playable on the PlayStation Vita. However, thanks to a PlayStation Network update about a month ago, Vita players can now enjoy Final Fantasy V to their heart’s content as a PlayStation Classic. Here is our official review of that game.
The PlayStation Vita has access to a lot of Final Fantasy games. With the impending release of Final Fantasy X | Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster on the portable system in March of next year, many fans of the series will be revisiting it for both the fun of it and in anticipation of it. While you have the hardcore fans playing all of the games again, we at the PlayStation Vita Review Network will be reviewing all of the mainstream games of the series periodically until the release of those HD Remaster titles.
Having already reviewed Final Fantasy IV, we move to the original titles of the series. Final Fantasy started way back in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and made history. The PlayStation Vita has access to the first two titles in the series, both from the 1980s, in the form of the PlayStation Classic, Final Fantasy Origins.
This game took the first two games in the series, updated the visuals, music, and more for the PlayStation era, and packed them both together into one package. With both Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II, there is definitely plenty to do. Here is out official review of Final Fantasy Origins.
PlayStation Classics bring timeless classics to the PlayStation Vita. PlayStation veterans can think back on the days of the original PlayStation system and remember dozens of games they enjoyed playing, back then. PlayStation Classics allow those people to revisit those memories and those games on their PlayStation Vita handheld system. However, they not only bring back games from the PlayStation era, but also before that.
These eras spawned dozens of new franchises that would go on to gain great fame. In the Role-Playing genre, the 16 and 32-bit eras brought origins to a lot of franchises and games that are well-known today, such as Lunar, Tales Of, Mana, Suikoden, and more. None of these surpassed the fame and recognition of one such RPG that debuted on the Super Nintendo, and later came to the PlayStation. That game is Squaresoft’s time-traveling classic, Chrono Trigger.
There is much debate about whether the PlayStation Classic edition of Chrono Trigger is worth the $9.99 price tag. Much of the community is torn between talk about unbearable load times and glitches that make the game absolutely unplayable. How much of this talk is true? Let’s find out. Here is the PlayStation Vita Review Network’s coverage of the PlayStation Classic, Chrono Trigger.
The first thing you need to know about PlayStation Classics on the Vita is that you need to adjust the screen options to get it to go full-screen on the system. By default, they are cropped in the middle of the screen. You need to hold the PlayStation Button or hold the touch screen to find the Settings Menu. From there, you can navigate the Other Settings and get to Screen Settings to set the game to Full Screen.
Let’s take a trip back to the 1990’s. 1997, specifically. The PlayStation and Nintendo 64 are dominating the gaming industry, and the horror genre is, essentially, at it’s birth. Games like F.E.A.R. and Dead Space are not around. Survival Horror is all about survival, challenge, and puzzles. The only big names in the genre are the chilling Silent Hill and the franchise that would become infamous. Resident Evil.
Resident Evil is a name that many people recognize, but not everyone understands when I talk of the original. The original Resident Evil had fixed camera angles, limited ammunition and Save Points, and was full of puzzles and challenge. My first PlayStation Classics review is going to be for Resident Evil: Director’s Cut.