Final Fantasy XV – A New King

A Final Fantasy for Fans and First-timers

This is the line you’re greeted with immediately upon starting Final Fantasy 15. It’s a good line, and it says a lot. It tells you, right as you start, that you don’t need any previous experience to appreciate this. It tells you that the game wasn’t just designed as a love letter to past fans, like some recent SquareEnix ventures have been.

And it tells you that long time fans are going to be in for a surprise, since they are not this game’s primary audience. The question, of course, becomes: Will this be a pleasant surprise?

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Abzu – Swim With The Fishies

After creating one of the most unique games ever made, some of the fine folks responsible for Journey split off from ThatGameCompany to work on a new project on their own: Abzu. Literally meaning deep water, this game delivers on that by offering a unique oceanic experience. In Abzu, you play as a diver and are given the opportunity to swim around at your leisure and enjoy a beautiful underwater playground.

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The Shadow’s Sixty Countdown – Rank 12 to 7

The anticipation is building… we’re on the second last entry of the Shadow’s Sixty! This time we’ll cover rank 12 through 7. With this list we are finally entering into the true best games I’ve ever played. What genres will we see here? What games? Will your favourite make the cut for this list? If you’ve been following along, will your guesses match the reality?

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These are all games that have left a lasting impression on me… some new, some not so new. Some of these games shaped my love of gaming, others made me lifetime fans of certain worlds. These games set the bar by which all others are judged, and it is my pleasure to give you your first glimpse into the top 10 today. I know some of you have been (im)patiently waiting for this day, so I won’t make you wait any longer.

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Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness – Flawed Ambition

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is the fifth full entry in the venerable Star Ocean series, which has taken gamers across the galaxy, even through time itself, as you explore the series’ epic storyline. In Star Ocean 5, you play as Fidel Camuze and his childhood friend Miki Sauvester, who come from a remote town on the planet of Faykreed.

Fidel is the son of the kingdom’s military leader and a reputable swordsman in his own right. His town is attacked by bandits, and he has to organize the townspeople to repel their assault. Afterwards, while going to request military aid from the capital, he and Miki stumble upon a strange little girl named Relia, who has no memory of her past. They immediately decide to take care of the lost child, and this decision ripples out, changing their lives and the course of their kingdom – and even their planet – forever.

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The Shadow’s Sixty Countdown – Rank 30-25

Over the past few months, we’ve covered the bottom half of my top 60 games of all time. Having completed the first half last week with awesome recent titles like Disgaea 5 and Uncharted 3 as well as much-revered classic Final Fantasy 9… what could we possibly have left?

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We’re here today to take our first steps into the top half of this list. We’re going to investigate enigmatic and mysterious threats, explore one of the most well-known classics of all time, and save the last of humanity! Let’s visit games 30 to 25 on my Shadow’s Sixty list!

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