This rant was made prior to all the recent news of upcoming DLC and other things as I’ll primarily talking about the ending mostly. Beware of lots of capslock rage and incoherent words haha.
I’m not gonna sugarcoat this, 2016 sucked as a year, just as a year in general. Not specifically animated or gamewise. Just fuck 2016.
So many good people died, tragedies have happened all across the world, USA got Donald Trump as a president and it’s terrifying and just so many things happening this year that it is probably going to go down as a year to be remembered. And not in a good way.
Thankfully though for anime and game fans, we actually had quite a good year and had some really awesome games and anime that I think are worth mentioning.
This is not going to be a Top10 or really a list per se, but just me telling you guys my personal favorite anime and games that have come out this year that I loved.
Every now and then a game will come along that flies under the radar. This is very true in the JRPG world, since it’s not mainstream unless it has Final and Fantasy in the title. A lot of these sleeper hits come from the creators of FF, whether they are still employed by Square Enix or not. Chrono Trigger, Xenogears, Shadow Hearts, Lost Odyssey, all created by Square or former employees and all underground hits. The Last Remnant features the Unlimited Saga team, and will be the next in line to fall under the category of a truly great, unsung hero.
You’d think when you have a game that was released in 2008, you would have finished playing it by now.
But then you finish playing it, and you don’t know what to do with your life anymore.
Which brings me to the game I’m going to talk about, The Last Remnant.
Hope Estheim is one of my absolute favorite final fantasy characters and this post…
OH. MY. FRICKING. GOD. Man, you don’t know how much I love this analysis. I have always been a strong defender of Hope as a character myself, and can’t be any more pleased that they literally deconstructed his entire character in a way audiences can relate, and even threw in some sociology to boot!
From one blogger to another, they’ve done a fantastic job.
“It’s so nice to feel special for once!”
Fire Emblem: Awakening is a strategy based RPG that covers the story of a war between several fantasy nations. It is very strong across all areas of the game, having particularly good character development and interaction, engaging gameplay and high quality music.
Megami Tensei is probably one of those under-rated series you have never heard about. Compared to the marketing budget that series like Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, Star Ocean, Tales Of, Suikoden or even .Hack can afford, the developer/publisher Atlus are very well known for producing very limited numbers of their games, in order to minimise losses (remember the E.T. scandal?) as well as recognizing that the the Japanese role-playing games genre belongs to a small niche market, dominated only by a single franchise; Final Fantasy. Perhaps it makes sense from a marketing point of view, but it doesn’t help in introducing a great series to people.