Tanner Reviews Final Fantasy XV

ff_xv_cover_artWell this is it. The last video game post of 2016. This year I suprisingly had a higher number of video game reviews then I had last year. So this should definitely be a more well rounded list. As always, the Best and worst of 2016 will come near the beginning of January after one last hurrah at the movie theater to pick up a few stragglers at the end. The video game best and worst list will be recorded and both lists will be published to Tanner Reviews as well as Project Derailed. So look forward to that coming up soon. But for now, let’s talk about one of my favorite games of 2016, Final Fantasy XV. After the abysmal showing of Final Fantasy XIII I had little faith in the franchises ability to keep modernizing as time goes on. The irritating main cast combined with the never ending corridor displayed a crisis, in my eyes, with the Final Fantasy franchise. After Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was a success, I thought they would just take the Ultima route and just focus 100% of their energy on the MMORPG scene. But boy was I wrong! Final Fantasy XV came back with a bang with a combination of classic RPG feels, modern setting, as well as a 1950’s/modern day motif, this has proven to truly be the sleeper hit of 2016 just as the year is coming to a close. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Final Fantasy XV”

Tanner Reviews Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed

Akiba's_Trip_2_CoverWell… This was certainly an interesting experience. Typically  I stay away Japanese games. The style is just not my thing. If it is your, cool. But I am simply not one to enjoy it. But after a friend of mine started to play Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed I had to write a review of one of… the most unique video game experiences that I have ever had.

So put this the best way I can… You, as the protagonist, through shenanigans, become a semi vampire in a realm full of vampires. You can wonder out into the world during the day, but only if you are wearing clothes. So basically you, with your army of female friends, must go around town completing missions and ripping off people’s clothes to fight them… Yeah this shit is happening. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed”

Tanner Reviews Star Ocean: The Last Hope

Star_Ocean_The_Last_Hope_coverI am not one to say that one specific genre of video games is superior to any other. All games are fun  and enjoyable in their own rights; First Person Shooters, Third Person Shooters, Real Time Strategy, Turn Based Strategy, Puzzle, Sports Games, Platformers, Point and Click, and just about any other genre you can think of. They are all wonderful and it all depends on the game you are trying to make and you either succeed or fail within your given field. A game like The Stanley Parable is a far more superior to a game like Aliens: Colonial MarinesEven though Aliens: Colonial Marines has more content on just about every level, The Stanley Parable is a far better and more successful game because it succeeds at its goal far better than a game like Aliens: Colonial Marines.

However!… If you were to twist my arm, I would be more inclined to give more props to Role-Playing Games. RPGs simply have so much that goes into them. A humongous and expansive world that you can explore and interact with, giving the sensation that you have actually been transported to this world and have become this protagonist, and the ability to customize your own character to your style of game play. Role Playing Games just have so much to put into them and when you create an amazing one like Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim or the early Final Fantasy games… You are pretty much guaranteed an instant classic. Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Star Ocean: The Last Hope”

Tanner Reviews Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

NiNoKuniThis game is in serious contention for Game of the Year and that is not a term I am using lightly. With games like The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, and Grand Theft Auto V in contention for the title, I think you will understand where I am coming from when I say that this game is absolutely amazing. But of course mixing the elements and story of a JRPG along with the animation from none other than Anime legend Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli and music composed by none other than Joe Hisaishi… What more can you expect? It has been a long time since I have found a truly legendary JRPG on the level of Chrono Trigger and the early versions of Final Fantasy.  Continue reading “Tanner Reviews Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch”