Three Series that should return to their Turn-Based Roots

Three Series that should return to their Turn-Based Roots

Don’t know why, but lately I’ve been thinking about how great the Phantasy Star series used to be. It has rivaled the best turn-based games of the SNES and MegaDrive era; yet, for whatever reason, with the end of that era it too has ended. Sure, there were spinoffs, but nothing continuing the mainline story for almost ten years. When finally Phantasy Star Online came out on the Dreamcast it has ditched everything gamers loved about Phantasy Star – and has moved away from its turn-based roots. It was an MMO – hence “online” in its title.

Child of Light – An Elegant Fairy Tale

Child of Light – An Elegant Fairy Tale

Announced in 2013, Ubisoft’s Child of Light seemed to be a rare, for the time, example of a Western RPG inspired by Japanese classics. Its style was influenced by both Studio Ghibli movies and the work of Yoshitaka Amano; its mechanics – by games like Vagrant Story and Final Fantasy. Developed by an average-sized team at Ubisoft Montreal, it got a surprisingly solid release. Although, for some reason, the developers made neither a sequel nor any similar-styled project after. But, what was so special about the game and did it ever connect with its audience? Let us journey through its enchanted world – and see before us the answers unfold.

Blue Pill or Red – The Caligula Effect 2 Review

Blue Pill or Red – The Caligula Effect 2 Review

The first Caligula Effect came out on PS Vita – with a later, improved Overdose Edition for Switch, PS4 and PC. Unlike its predecessor, The Caligula Effect 2 isn’t a PS Vita re-release. It’s an entirely new adventure, specifically for PS4 and Switch. Its world is also different from that of the first – with only loose ties between them. So, that’s okay if you – like me – haven’t heard of the series before.

7 Comedy Turn-Based Games to Play Today

7 Comedy Turn-Based Games to Play Today

When I think of turn-based games, I think of many things: grand adventures, action, strategy… Rarely do I think of comedy. Sure, many had some great one-liners that made me chuckle. Still, of the ones I’ve played, the number of those centered around comedy is less than I can count on one hand. That’s not to say comedy games don’t exist. In fact, they are becoming increasingly frequent in the world of indie. This being the case, I thought it was high time for a list of comedic turn-based games – for when Turn-Based Lovers are in the mood for a laugh.

Chrono Trigger – Take me away, I don’t mind

Chrono Trigger – Take me away, I don’t mind

It’s 1992. Aboard a plane there are Yuji Horii (Dragon Quest), Hironobu Sakaguchi (Final Fantasy) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball). No, it’s not the intro to some dated joke – but – if it were, the punchline would be Chrono Trigger. Indeed, the uber-classic Squaresoft JRPG was initially thought of by a true dream team of the genre, while on a trip to the United States. Originally, the idea was to release it on the ill-fated Super Nintendo CD-ROM add-on. In the end, however, it came out on an ordinary SNES cartridge, quickly becoming a legend on that platform. Now, 27 years later, is it still worthy of the moniker “cult classic”? Does it stand the test of time?

The Power of Eight – Octopath Traveler Review

The Power of Eight – Octopath Traveler Review

What if I told you that there are exactly eight reasons to play Octopath Traveler – would you believe me? It seems only fitting for a game where everything revolves around the number eight. Eight stories, eight characters, eight chapters by four… Okay, that one doesn’t work, but the fact remains that Octopath is obsessed with the number – so this review too will be obsessed with it.

10 Upcoming Switch Turn-Based RPGs & Strategy Games to Look Forward to in 2022

10 Upcoming Switch Turn-Based RPGs & Strategy Games to Look Forward to in 2022

Wow, the year’s going by so fast! I could swear it was only yesterday, when we’ve celebrated the beginning of 2022 – and here we are – in March. For gamers worldwide, however, it’s March that’s the beginning of their gaming calendar. Although there were some great releases in February, as well – it’s the next months that promise to be chockablock with fantastic games. So much so that the players may not even be able to keep up! Well, luckily for any Switch turn-based fan out there, I’ve got you covered – with this list of just 10 amazing games to look forward to in 2022.