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Dark Cloud 2 – Dark Chronicle – Retro JRPG Videogame Review for PS2

A day later than promised, but here is my review for Dark Cloud 2. Dark Cloud 2 improves upon Dark Cloud 1 in almost every way. (By the way, I reviewed Dark Cloud 1 yesterday, which you can read here.) You may want to read the review for Dark Cloud 1 first to get the fullest understanding of the Gameplay mechanics, as a lot of those same mechanics are carried over to Dark Cloud 2. Dark Cloud 2, like its predecessor is an Action-RPG with real-time combat and unique weapon leveling system, procedurally generated dungeons and world and city building gameplay elements. Title: Dark Cloud 2 (also sometimes referred to by the Japanese title, Dark Chronicle). Platform: PS2 Genre: Action-RPG Publisher: Level 5 Where to Buy: Playstation Store has Dark Cloud 2 (digital version...

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Legend of Mana Review – Part 4 of 4 of Secret of Mana Review Series

Check out Parts 1 - 3 of Our Secret of Mana Review Series here: Secret of Mana / Secret of Mana 2 Secret of Evermore Secret of Mana 3 Welcome to our 4th and final review of the Secret of Mana series. This time we're covering the PS1 classic, Legend of Mana. Like Seiken Densetsu 3, Legend of Mana also features several intertwining stories. It brings with it several new gameplay concepts as well such as a world-building aspect, gardening, crafting, and more, making it easily one of the most fun titles in the series. However, like most of the mana games, it suffers from a somewhat weak story, made even weaker by the non-linear nature of this particular game. Of course, out of all of the mana titles, it is by far the prettiest to look at and has a new painting or picture-book like qu

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Secret of Mana Retro Videogame Review for Super Nintendo SNES Part 1 of 4

Secret of Mana is a series of real-time adventure RPGs from the 1990s. The "first" installment, which we're reviewing today, is Secret of Mana for the SNES. This game was actually the 2nd in the Secret of Mana series, but was the first one to make it overseas. There's also Secret of Mana 3 (Sometimes mistakenly referred to as Secret of Mana 2) which we also never got in the USA (but which has been fan translated), Secret of Evermore - which is a completely different, but equally fun game, which is what we got in America instead of Secret of Mana 3, and Legend of Mana on the PS1. I say this review is part 1 of 4 because I plan to review the other installments in the series in the near future. I've never played the original "first" game (from Japan), so that one will not be included in the ...

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Chrono Trigger Squaresoft Retro Super Nintendo SNES RPG Videogame Review

I'm sure the majority of my readers have played this one, but it's a great game and deserves to be included on our site. I still remember when Chrono Trigger first came out, I was still a child then, and my mother had gone with me to the game store where I was browsing through the games. Nowadays, you can find places that sell used games on every corner, but it was just the one store in my area Since I seemed to be taking awhile, the clerk offered help and my mom told him that I needed a game that would be challenging and last me a long time because I used to beat my games very quickly. The clerk recommended Chrono Trigger because of the high replay value with 13 multiple endings and some challenging boss fights, and the rest is history :) It quickly became one of my favorite and most memo

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Monster Rancher EVO | Monster Rancher 5 | PS 2 | Monster Taming | Retro RPG | Review

Monster Rancher is a series of games (there's also an anime) in which you (at certain prompts) insert another cd, dvd, or game disc into your machine to generate a monster which you then take back to your ranch to train for battle. I'm reviewing Monster Rancher EVO today because it stands out the most for its story and characters, although its gameplay deviates significantly from any of the other games in the Monster Rancher world. I recommend this game, but I also would recommend any of the other Monster Rancher games as well. I've played them all (with the exception of the hand held ones). It is truly a great monster taming series. Also, although no new games have been released in over half a decade, there are 2 different mobile games which come close to capturing the spirit and fu...

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Growlanser Generations: Growlanser II and Growlanser III Review

Hang tight; things are going to get confusing if you've never heard of this series before. Growlanser Generations is the name of an American version of Growlanser II and III (that's the one I'm reviewing below). BUT Growlanser Generations is the name of a Japanese game in the same game series, which is Growlanser V (and this game was also released in America as Growlanser Heritage of War, but I hate (or at least strongly dislike) that one, so I'm not reviewing it (at least not right now). So Keep in mind, this is a review of Growlanser II and Growlanser III (Generations NA). And it is NOT a review of Growlanser V (Generations JP) Got it? Good :) Title: Growlanser Generations Publisher: Working Designs Release Date: 2004 Platform: PS2 Genre: Strategy RPG with Dating Sim Elements Wher

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