Archive for December, 2012

By Keith Crandell Jr.

This review pertains to all three albums released by the Black Mages.

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What happens when you take Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for a wide variety of Final Fantasy games, and throw him in a band? The Black Mages, that’s what. This band formed in 2003, but after seven years and three studio albums, it was officially disbanded in 2010 due to scheduling conflicts and copyright issues with Square Enix. The band is known for taking music from the Final Fantasy series, arranging them, and playing them in a hybrid form of power and progressive metal.

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By: John Groom

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Released in 1997, Tactics has spawned several sequels and remakes, and is regarded by some as one of the greatest strategy games of all time.

Theoretically speaking, Final Fantasy Tactics is one of the greatest Final Fantasy games to reach the world. It took on an entirely different style from the previous Final Fantasy games, creating its own world, Ivalice. This world did something that no other Final Fantasy game ever did: it created a world that would exist throughout multiple games. Yet, many players find this game (and the other games created in its world) to be horrid, calling them abominations and believing that they have no place with the other Final Fantasy games.

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The original box art to Advent Children

The sequel to Final Fantasy VII was a gamble for Square Enix. Unlike with Final Fantasy X and X-2, Square Enix decided to try their luck again with a movie sequel as for Final Fantasy VII. Their first attempt at a Final Fantasy movie, Spirits Within, was a poorly received failure that left anyone who watched it wishing they could have those two hours of their lives back. Taking place two years after Meteorfall (the end of Final Fantasy VII), Final Fantasy VII Advent Children is a great addition to the Final Fantasy VII Compilation, and Advent Children Complete is even better.

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These are the writers who worked tirelessly to bring to you Final Fantasy Week for ThoseReviewGuys. They love Final Fantasy, and hope you do too!

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A work in progress by John Groom and Keith Crandell

Throughout the Final Fantasy Series, there have been various creatures and characters that have recurred in many of the games. These characters and creatures range from summons to people to even weapons and armor. Here, we will chronicle just a few of these timeless creations, from the beginning of the series to today, where the series is still continuing.

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A creative Blitzball commentary by John Groom

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In this year’s Blitzball tournament we had a stunning performance put on by the Luca Goers and the Besaid Aurochs in the finals. Yes, this year the Besaid Aurochs had their first winning season in over ten years and they took the cup for the first time ever. Led by team captain Wakka in the first round, the team defeated the Al Bhed Psyches easily. They won 2-0 in the end, despite a nasty trick pulled by the Psyches. They captured Lady Yuna, a summoner from Besaid and used her as blackmail for the surrender of the match. Through this though, the Aurochs continued playing and her Guardians were able to save her, clinching the match for the Aurochs.

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Final Fantasy VII Review: Do the Shinra Shuffle!

Click “Shinra Shuffle” for an awesome song to accompany this review!

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The heroes of Final Fantasy VII. From left to right, Cait Sith, Aerith Gainsborough, Vincent Valentine, Yuffie Kisaragi, Red XIII, Cloud Strife, Cid Highwind, Tifa Lockhart, Barret Wallace.

Final Fantasy VII was the reigning champion of RPGs when it released in 1997. It helped make the Playstation brand what it is today, and revolutionized 3D gaming technology. Unlike a fine bottle of wine, this game does not grow better with time. It has aged the worst out of the whole series. Despite aging problems, it still continues to be the most polarizing game of the series. When released, the old school Final Fantasy fans who loved the sprites of Final Fantasy I-VI found the new 3D graphics to be appalling and the futuristic setting blasphemous to the series while new gamers had trouble falling in love with the NES and SNES console games enjoyed the 3D graphics and more sci-fi versions of the Final Fantasy world.

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