The Video Game Trophy Room: Episode 96: Final Fantasy VI

SNES: Final Fantasy VI

I honestly don't really know what I can say about this game that hasn't been said countless times before. It's a masterpiece of gaming. Great soundtrack, Epic story, engaging combat, great magic system, tons of hidden side-quest's and secret items. Linear and Non-linear game play elements. Combine them all together and you have Final Fantasy VI.

I'll always remember the first time I played it, completely oblivious to the fact that it was not actually the 3rd Final Fantasy but the 6th, when I rented it from the video store one summer day. I believe I'd read about in a year prior at my friends house in one of his gaming mags, but what I will always remember is the ad that was printed in there. It had a picture of Mog, as he is on the cover, with a ton of monsters in front of him, just standing there so cockily against his sword. Underneath it had the caption " It doesn't seem fair does it?" Turing the ad over revealed a pile of dead monsters and Mog standing there, looking as cocky as ever, with "Who says life is fair?" written underneath. That was 15 years ago, and suffice to say it made quite an impression on me. I was sold on this game well over a year before it's North American release.

I'd played Final Fantasy for NES of course, but it was a little before my gaming time. I'd never really been into RPGs when I had my NES, with the exception of Dragon Warrior. But I was older now, wiser, and I had seen the light.

Out of every game that I've posted in the trophy room this one holds a really special meaning for me. It was really my gateway into the RPG world, which quickly became my favourite type of video gaming style. I've played hundreds of RPGs since then, and it always comes back to this game. It is the standard to which they are all compared.

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The Video Game Trophy Room: Episode 95: Neverwinter Nights 2

PC: Neverwinter Nights 2

I completely forgot to upload this... I beat it ages ago and never moved the screenshot over to my Trophy Room folder. Anyway here it is, in all it's glory. I can't say that I really enjoyed this game all that much, just seemed lacking in comparison to Neverwinter Nights. I wasn't a fan of the ending either, but I've been told it that I need to beat Mask of the Betrayer for a much more satisfying end. I am sure I'll eventually get around to it...

I rolled with a Rogue/Duellist/Assassin and didn't have much trouble except vs. undead enemies and those immune to critical strike. It would've been far easier as a mage or a paladin I believe. If I ever feel the urge to play through again, either of those will be my class choices.

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The Video Game Trophy Room: Episode 94: Diddy Kong Racing

N64: Diddy Kong Racing

Well here it is, the last game of summer! Seeing as how I start classes on Tuesday my playing time is going to be sporadic at best. This one took a while, a few days at least because I have a hard time just sitting there and beating racing track after racing track, and then having beat the game, having to do them all over again... I managed to unlock all the hidden characters, including T.T. which had me replaying tracks over and over.

Not a bad game, but really can't compete with Mario Kart 64.

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