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  • Vagrant Story (PlayStation)

    Vagrant Story (PS1)

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    SquareSoft (now Square/Enix) has a well deserved reputation for developing high quality console-based role-playing games. Vagrant Story is another action RPG that validates this reputation. Released in 2000 to critical acclaim and glowing reviews, it sold 100,000 units plus during its first month of release and was later released as part of the PlayStation’s “Greatest Hits” line.

    Vagrant Story was developed by mostly the same team of developers that created Final Fantasy Tactics. Since its original release on the PS1 it has been made available on the PlayStation network for both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable (PSP) though there have been no sequels.

    I like these Japanese style RPGs and there are a number of good ones in addition to this one (the Lunar Series, the Final Fantasy series, Chrono Trigger, etc.) but I don’t think I’ll ever like them as much as games like the old Gold Box D&D series, Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale, and others of that nature.





  • Resident Evil (PlayStation)

    Resident Evil (PS1)

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    Resident Evil, known as Bio Hazard in Japan, is one of the premiere titles for the original PlayStation. It was not the first game that could be considered “survival horror” but it has defined the genre ever since.

    The Japanese and North American releases were only about a week apart but there are still some differences in the game. The biggest change was probably that some of the more graphic cut scenes were removed. Despite this, the title still received a Mature rating. Interestingly, while Japanese dialogue was recorded, it ended up not being used in the Japanese release. Instead, the English dialogue was used with Japanese subtitles.

    There have been a large number of sequels and spin-offs since the original game was released in 1996 but the original has also had multiple remakes and re-releases. In the fall of 1997, a Director’s Cut was released for the PlayStation which was basically the same game but it changed the locations of the enemies and items, included some of the censored material from the original Japanese release, and had a few other small enhancements. Around the same time, the Windows and Sega Saturn versions were released with the Windows version being completely uncensored and the Saturn version having an exclusive mini-game and enemies. In 1998 a Dual Shock Ver. was released that supported the dual shock controller and included a new soundtrack. This one was eventually released on the PlayStation Network. A Game Boy Color version was developed in 1999 but despite the fact that it included almost everything from the original PlayStation version it was decided not to release it because of quality concerns related to the limited hardware. The ROM was discovered (or leaked) in 2012. Resident Evil: Deadly Silence was released for the Nintendo DS in 2006 and included a classic mode that was essentially a very slightly enhanced version of the original game. In 2002 Resident Evil was remade for the GameCube with greatly improved graphics, new and improved (and more accurate) voice acting and other enhancements. In 2008, this version was ported to the Wii with a new control system. Finally, in 2015 a high definition version was released for Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

    While there was the occasional criticism, every release of Resident Evil received outstanding reviews overall and sold very well. One of the recent HD versions is probably the best to get today but I might pick up the GameCube version one of these days if I find one cheap.





  • Spyro the Dragon 2


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    The Spyro series were sort of sleeper hits. They don’t jump out as being likely to be great games but they were really excellent examples of 3D platformers on the PlayStation.

    Spyro the Dragon 2, officially titled Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, did not change a great deal from the original Spyro the Dragon. There are some new characters and of course new worlds to explore and some other minor enhancements but the gameplay is essentially the same. In this case, that is a good thing.

    This game was originally released for the PlayStation in 1999. After an abortive attempt to release it on the European PlayStation Network in 2007 (it was pulled due to some fatal bugs) it was finally released on the North American PlayStation store in 2009 (and re-released in Europe in 2012). There were a total of three Spyro games released on the PlayStation an all were excellent games. Afterwards, the series went multi-platform and also went downhill. There have been several Spyro games since, some better than others, but nothing beats the original trilogy.