Written by: "Jason L. Hubsch"

The Month in Gaming: July 2012

My gaming this past month primarily involved the Final Fantasy brand (three of them!), with a new system also thrown into the mix. Here are the details.   Final Fantasy VII was not only the very first game I ever played in the series, but also the first RPG I ever played to its end, originally back in 1997. Returning to the game so many years later, after having played through its six predecessors, how did it stack up? Check out the full review of Final Fantasy VII here!     Again,

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Review: Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII was not only the very first game I ever played in the series, but also the first RPG I ever played to its end, originally back in 1997. Returning to the game so many years later, after having played through its six predecessors, how did it stack up? I actually started this game up on my PlayStation 3, using my original PlayStation 1 disc(s). However, the game had aged poorly, and I knew I had a PC version I'd bought back in the 90s, so I looked into how that might fare instead,

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The Month in Gaming: June 2012

I'll be halfway through the Final Fantasy series after this month is over, as well as having finished up the Mass Effect trilogy. How were they each?   Considered one of the top two titles in the entire series, I was eager to dive in to this game. I had played it years ago as part of Final Fantasy Anthology, released for the original PlayStation, but I didn't recall the gritty details. I had visions here and there of memorable moments, but it wasn't like I could really tell anyone

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Review: Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI
Considered one of the top two titles in the entire series, I was eager to dive in to this game. I had played it years ago as part of Final Fantasy Anthology, released for the original PlayStation, but I didn't recall the gritty details. I had visions here and there of memorable moments, but it wasn't like I could really tell anyone the story of the game if asked. I also had attended a Final Fantasy: Distant Worlds concert back in March, which included a lot from this game: "Terra's Theme," "Opera

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E3 2012: Nintendo Press Conference (Live Blog)

Nintendo
Just like I did for Microsoft and Sony, I figured I’d live-blog my reactions to the E3 2012 Nintendo Press Conference. Here we go.   Initial Thoughts Full disclosure: I'm not really a fan of Nintendo. They were big when I was a kid, and the Super Nintendo is undoubtedly my favorite old-school game console but, as I've grown up, I don't really feel that they have. Futhermore, for every generation since (and including), the Nintendo 64, their competitors have offered better, be it

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E3 2012: Microsoft Press Conference (Live Blog)

Microsoft
Okay, so it's not so much "live" as it is my own thoughts in real-time as I watch the press conference! Anyway, here we go!   Initial Thoughts Microsoft traditionally offers what I find to be a decent conference, showcasing interesting things to come over the next year. However, I often see reviews of The Big Three (Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo) ranking Microsoft 2nd or even 3rd, despite my own personal feelings that they've consistently done well. Whether this is deep-seated anti-Microsoft

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E3 2012: Sony Press Conference (Live Blog)

Sony
Just like I did for the E3 2012 Microsoft Press Conference, I figured I'd live-blog my reactions to the E3 2012 Sony Press Conference. Here we go.   Initial Thoughts I haven't followed Sony much in recent years. You could attribute it to me being more of an Xbox guy and finding Nintendo to be a wasteland of constantly recycled games sporting mediocre graphics. However, in the past six months or so, I really fell in love with Sony. I upgraded to PlayStation Plus and have reaped tons

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The Month in Gaming: May 2012

While I mostly bounced between two games again this month -- one a handheld and one a console, as usual -- I also had a third come back into the mix.   Being the fifth month of the year, this month's Final Fantasy title was naturally Final Fantasy V, a game I had played long ago when it came out as one-half of the original Playstation's Final Fantasy Anthology over a decade ago. The only thing I really recalled about the game was not liking it and eventually giving up on it; prior

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