First of the “modern Personas“, Persona 3 blends dungeon crawling and monster catching with the challenge of maintaining an active and healthy social life. And, of course, saving everyone from the mysterious machinations that cause the “Dark Hour” to appear every midnight…
From the Archives: A Life Less Ordinary – Living a Virtual Life - Video games tend to be regarded as an escapist form of entertainment, allowing us to switch off from the annoyances of everyday life and immerse ourselves in fantastic other cultures. So why, then, would you ever want to play a game that simulates the mundanity of a “normal” existence, whatever that is? That’s because “mundane” … Continue reading From the Archives: A Life Less Ordinary – Living a Virtual Life
Waifu Wednesday: Mitsuru Kirijo - With this week’s podcast celebrating the wonder that is the PlayStation 2, it’s only fitting that for Waifu Wednesday this week we look back on a classic character who made her first appearance in a PS2 game. Yes, this week it’s the turn of Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3, the game that established the Shin Megami Tensei spinoff’s … Continue reading Waifu Wednesday: Mitsuru Kirijo
The MoeGamer Podcast: Episode 44 – Happy Birthday PlayStation 2 - Pete and Chris reconvene to realise that they're both old men, and the PlayStation 2 is 20 years old. That seems like as good a time as any to celebrate Sony's greatest console.
From the Archives: Battle Systems I Have Loved - Given the amount of time you spend kicking the crap out of everything from small woodland creatures to skyscraper-sized giant robots in JRPGs, it’s fair to say that the battle system is one of the most important aspects of the game. It’s also one of the most commonly-cited reasons for the genre’s supposed stagnation, as … Continue reading From the Archives: Battle Systems I Have Loved
From the Archives: Bonds of People are the True Power - One of my favorite things about Japanese role-playing games is their focus on camaraderie and friendship. In fact, you can extend this outwards to a large amount of Japanese media in general — take a look at manga and anime and you’ll find a very similar situation. The concept of nakama, or the trope of “true … Continue reading From the Archives: Bonds of People are the True Power