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The Straight Line

January 24, 2011 7 comments

Linearity has become a curse word in the videogames industry over the past five years. Fewer words these days can sink a game’s reputation faster. Take the controversial Final Fantasy XIII: surrounded by malicious Internet mutterings of, “It’s just one straight line”, its reputation was damaged before its release and the stigma of linearity still surrounds it today. Strike up a conversation with a critic of Final Fantasy XIII and the first thing that will be brought up- I guarantee you this- is the linearity. Try it at home, you can make good money.

But are things as different as people think? I went back to Final Fantasy VII– that most treasured of titles- to find out. Upon leaving Midgar, I was instructed to go directly to the nearby town of Kalm. No detours. I decided to defy this order and see how much of this new frontier I could explore. Not much. There was a giant land snake that killed me if I went too far in one direction, and a Chocobo Stable that I couldn’t use. In-between all of that was not a land of unexplored wonder, but a big green blob of grassland filled with unusually-organised groups of monsters that wanted to hurt me. The game refused to allow me to advance, despite teasing me with a brave new world. I was, in fact, on a straight line.

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Review: Magna Carta 2 (Xbox 360)

November 25, 2010 2 comments

Magna Carta 2 is pretty. Very pretty. If you doubt its inherent prettiness, then you should look at the back of the box, where one of the bullet points encouraging you to buy the game is devoted entirely to how pretty it is. The character designs range from the awe-inspiring to the utterly-ridiculous, and androgyny rules throughout. Main character Juno wears a form-fitting armour tanktop and a sword that folds away for easy storage in most overhead lockers. Zephie, the female lead, shows off a classy dress whose fabrics look far too expensive to withstand any kind of frontline combat, betraying the fact that she is (in fact) royalty. It’s really quite par for the course when it comes to eastern RPGs, which sums up Magna Carta 2 on a whole quite nicely.

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