Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger

Chrono Trigger is one of those games a website has to wait a while before reviewing. Build up a body of work and show that it’s capable of formulating an honest opinion before tackling it. It would be easy to gush all over this game, but instead MBU is taking a direct on honest fresh look at the title that many believe broke the JRPG mould.

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Suikoden II

Suikoden II

Where the original Suikoden was a classic marred by a rough transition to the Playstation, its sequel is a masterclass of 2D gaming. Big beautiful sprites couple with outstanding storytelling to produce a game that manages to stand among the Final Fantasies and Dragon Quests of the time with pride.

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Suikoden

Suikoden

The transition between the 2D rpgs of the SNES and Megadrive era into the Playstation generation was very much an interesting period for the genre. Some chose to try to bring three dimensions to the platform and flashy FMV sequences (both of which would date horribly) whilst others focused on producing more content on their 2D games that didn’t push the system to its limits. Suikoden firmly fits into the ‘more is better’ category for a number of reasons.

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Final Fantasy VIII

FF8

The Final Fantasy series has made something of a name for itself in the business of innovation. Each new numbered entry features a new world, characters and systems that differ from the last title in the main-line series. Final Fantasy VII played things a little safe when the series made the leap to three dimensions and FFVIII sought to strike out in a new direction.

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Final Fantasy VII

FF7

Final Fantasy VII was a watershed moment for JRPGs in the western world. For a long time they had been considered niche and unpopular as a genre outside of Japan, with SquareEnix choosing to stilt the releases of their flagship series because of it, leading to a renumbering of FF6 to FF3, and FF4 being turned into FF2. Final Fantasy VII would change all of that, and upon its release everybody began to ask where these other titles they’d missed had been hiding.

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Arc the Lad II

Arc the Lad II

Now that the original has been reviewed it’s time to roll up our sleeves and dive into the vastly superior experience that is Arc the Lad II. A game so ambitious and so very well presented across all levels of its design that it might just hold the title of best Tactics RPG of all time were it not dwarfed by the fandom of the Final Fantasy crowd. Arc the Lad II is a labour of love from a studio that had the balls to send their first Playstation game out there as a prelude and technical demo for what was to come, and we love them for it.

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