Blood and Bone After finishing Final Fantasy XV the first time, I wrote that I thought there was ‘a story written in the bones of this landscape‘. The thought wasn’t entirely figurative; the most obvious icon of the land of Eos is the great stone arches vaulting across the hills of Duscae like the exposed […]Read more "Written in the Land"
I Am Setsuna is a game that betrayed nearly all of its marketing points: it’s not retro, it’s not anything like Chrono Trigger, it doesn’t really function as a proper homage to jrpgs in any way, shape, or form (and homage is SE’s marketing keyword). Marketing shaped the frame that Setsuna was supposed to rest […]Read more "Goodbye, Setsuna"
The end of a calendar year is a time for those who started the year with goals and hopes to compare their results to those aims, and for those with the motivation to start the new year with those goals to look to the future and make plans. Prior to this year, I counted myself […]Read more "The End of This Chapter: 2016"
1. What’s the point? The chances of anybody actually listening to anything I have to say about this game are, let’s face it, slim. Big new releases are always battlegrounds, but given the history of Final Fantasy, FFXV will be subjected to abnormal scrutiny. As I write, the game’s been out a week, and there […]Read more "3 Reasons I’m Not Reviewing Final Fantasy XV Right Now"
The marketing campaign for Final Fantasy XV has been weird, right? Let’s start with the obvious: Kingsglaive. Kingsglaive is a 111-minute CG film which must have cost an enormous amount of money to make. Its technology is impressive; never quite photo-real, but dazzlingly close. Everything else about it is… less impressive. Nothing could ruin the […]Read more "Finality"
World of Final Fantasy is a better critical reflection on the Final Fantasy brand than any thinkpiece I’ve ever read on that topic. It’s Square Enix’s clearest statement yet of the frustrations of developing for such a contradictory audience. It’s also a much more self-aware game than a branding exercise like this might be expected […]Read more "You Did It Again"
In 1710, George Berkeley published Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, in which he argued that everything that exists is just perceptions in the mind of God. The Principles made quite a splash, though were not taken very seriously. Some years later, when asked his opinion on Berkeley’s theory, Samuel Johnson is reputed to […]Read more "Dr Johnson’s Sore Toe: Touch, Naturalism and Kingdom Hearts"