By Keith Crandell Jr.

All-Stars has an amazing intro, so you can watch (or preferably listen) to it while reading this review! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDKXroc4Lsg

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Although Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale is said to be inspired by, and more commonly compared to, Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series, the two games are very different. These are two clearly different, but equally respectable fighting games. The comparisons end with the notion that both bring together their respective first and third party franchises. Super Smash Bros. is one of the ultimate fighting games in video game history. Almost everyone knows Nintendo and its characters, so throwing them all together in a button mashing insanity feud makes perfect sense. It’s fun for anyone of any age and is extremely competitive, although Mario Kart 64 may be more competitive among college students. PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (All-Stars), developed by SuperBot Entertainment, is a competitive game, a legitimate and deep fighter, and one of the most entertaining things I’ve ever experienced. All-Stars is better than Super Smash Bros.

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By Keith Crandell

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2012’s Playstation hit PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (All-Stars henceforth) is an awesome fighter game, similar to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series. The game features a roster of twenty mostly unique characters from both first and third party Sony games. As the roster was being released over the course of 2012, I was sure there would be a Final Fantasy character announced, and was crushed when there wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, All Stars is a great game with a fantastic roster, but it’s still disappointing that it hasn’t shown any Final Fantasy love, especially since the Final Fantasy brand helped make the PlayStation name as big as it is today. In order to share my desire to see SuperBot show some Final Fantasy love, I have put a list together of characters which I think would work great in All Stars from the Final Fantasy series. SuperBot Entertainment has already released one round of DLC, and announced the characters of the second round recently. Will further DLC include Final Fantasy characters? Hopefully, and maybe it’ll be one of these:
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By Keith Crandell

Final Fantasy Week (which due to unforeseen circumstances and sheer laziness on my part turned into Final Fantasy Two-And-A-Half-Months) was a random impulse that I had at work one day. With a little over a month to prepare for it, it took a week just to assemble the crew and get everything as organized as it could be. Between the ten contributing writers and editors, we scrapped together some 35+ articles, including numerous reviews, tons of sarcasm (props to Jeremy and his Final Fantasy I review), a few Favorites pieces, and an awesome Blitzball commentary from John, and it still amazes me how much we managed to go from complete organizational chaos to something impressive.

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By Keith Crandell
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If the past 25 years are any indication, the Final Fantasy series is here to stay. While the series isn’t necessarily going in a direction that the fans want it to (the Fabula Nova Crystallis for some, and the piece of crap that was All The Bravest, in particular), the series is certainly still going strong. But where exactly is it going? For those who haven’t been keeping up with the future of the series, here’s a brief summary.
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by Keith Crandell Jr.

*Editor’s Note: This review covers Dissidia and Dissidia 012*

Dissidia’s initial selling point was the conflict between ten heroes and villains from the numbered installments.

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By Keith Crandell

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The main cast of Crisis Core. From left to right: Genesis, Angeal, Zack Fair, Sephiroth, Tseng, and Cloud Strife

Several years before Cloud Strife rode atop a train to commit unspeakable acts of terrorism, he was a wimpy little Shinra military grunt, and aspired to be strong enough to join SOLDIER, an elite military group. While he never actually made it into SOLDIER, his good friend Zack Fair did, SOLDIER First Class, in fact. Crisis Core –Final Fantasy VII- is Zack’s story, spanning the seven years leading up to Final Fantasy VII. The impact Zack has on Cloud is profound, and it’s great to see what actually happens to the man in this tragic story.

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By Keith Crandell

The main cast of Final Fantasy VII. Unfortunately, none of the cooler characters make an appearance until later in the game, and it’s hardly more than a cameo at that point.

The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII continues with perhaps the least loved installment, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII. Breaking from the standard RPG formula of Final Fantasy VII, Dirge of Cerberus is actually a third person shooter starring the mysterious Vincent Valentine, an optional character from the original game, and his mission to stop Deepground, an organization hell bent on creating as much chaos as possible to destroy the planet. It’s actually a pretty solid shooter at that, but it isn’t particularly awesome, unless you love melodrama. Dirge of Cerberus is one of the darkest entries in the Final Fantasy series. Literally the darkest, with a dark story, overtones, and a dark picture on the TV screen.

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