Features by Alex Donaldson

Just how deep are the RPG elements in the Guardians of the Galaxy game? Here’s what the developers say
Just how deep are the RPG elements in the Guardians of the Galaxy game? Here’s what the developers say

We see XP bars, dialogue choices, and party members? You know we had to ask.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 03 September, 2021

The older Final Fantasy XIII gets, the more I appreciate it
The older Final Fantasy XIII gets, the more I appreciate it

After a deeply mixed initial reception, it's fair to say that FF13 is aging better than I expected.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 02 September, 2021

I can’t get over how good the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster music is
I can’t get over how good the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster music is

Whatever you might think about the font, changes, or missing content, one aspect of the new FF Pixel Remasters is definitive: the music.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 31 July, 2021

What Final Fantasy 1-6 content might be absent from the Pixel Remaster series?
What Final Fantasy 1-6 content might be absent from the Pixel Remaster series?

If these versions are based on the originals, what later additions might we miss out on?

feature by Alex Donaldson on 04 July, 2021

The new Guardians of the Galaxy game has some curious, BioWare-like light RPG elements
Mass Effect’s finale might be quietly better than 2’s beloved suicide mission
Mass Effect’s finale might be quietly better than 2’s beloved suicide mission

Everybody talks about ME2's final mission, but often forget its predecessor has it matched.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 22 May, 2021

Mass Effect Legendary Edition: what’s changed in Mass Effect 1
Mass Effect Legendary Edition: what’s changed in Mass Effect 1

The first Mass Effect is the game that is most significantly adjusted in the Legendary Edition trilogy remaster. Here's what's changed.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 02 February, 2021

Mass Effect Andromeda isn’t as bad as its reputation suggests
Mass Effect Andromeda isn’t as bad as its reputation suggests

Revisiting Andromeda, it has a lot more going for it than the now-popular narrative suggests.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 25 January, 2021

Replaying Final Fantasy VIII, it’s hard not to think Squall’s adventure deserved the remake treatment more
Replaying Final Fantasy VIII, it’s hard not to think Squall’s adventure deserved the remake treatment more

Replaying FF8 reveals just how ripe for expansion and reimagining the flawed original is.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 04 January, 2021

Cyberpunk 2077 review addendum: we have to talk about console
Cyberpunk 2077 review addendum: we have to talk about console

If you're thinking of buying Cyberpunk on console based on PC reviews, consider this.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 13 December, 2020

Kaiji Tang Interview - Ichiban's voice talks Yakuza: Like a Dragon, 13 Sentinels & Trails of Cold Steel
Kaiji Tang Interview - Ichiban's voice talks Yakuza: Like a Dragon, 13 Sentinels & Trails of Cold Steel

Who better to chat to as Yakuza: Like a Dragon is about to launch than the voice of Ichiban himself?

feature by Alex Donaldson on 09 November, 2020

Final Fantasy XVI: 3 things you might have missed in the trailer
Final Fantasy XVI: 3 things you might have missed in the trailer

We've studied that FF16 trailer very closely, like the nerds we are...

feature by Alex Donaldson on 17 September, 2020

Final Fantasy IX at 20 years old: developers reflect on the creation of a classic
Final Fantasy IX at 20 years old: developers reflect on the creation of a classic

Twenty years on, two of FF9's key staff reflect on creating a fan-favorite FF.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 07 July, 2020

Final Fantasy VII Remake hands-on: an excellent reimagining, though questions remain
Final Fantasy VII Remake hands-on: an excellent reimagining, though questions remain

Final Fantasy VII Remake is the real deal, reinventing a classic in clever ways. But can it sustain that energy across a full-length game?

feature by Alex Donaldson on 02 March, 2020

Decade Memoir #5: Alex Donaldson - Mass Effect 2
Decade Memoir #5: Alex Donaldson - Mass Effect 2

Although Mass Effect's ultimate conclusion still leaves a bit of a scar on players today, the second entry in the series has left an eternal memory at the heart of this site.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 29 December, 2019

From a little hands-off demo alone, Shenmue 3 seems more of a RPG than the previous entries
From a little hands-off demo alone, Shenmue 3 seems more of a RPG than the previous entries

RPG Site's coverage of the Shenmue series has always been a little on the side of stretching. With Shenmue III, however, our coverage actually looks like it'll be fully justified.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 19 March, 2019

People wanting Nier's Yoko Taro to direct the next Final Fantasy should really think again
People wanting Nier's Yoko Taro to direct the next Final Fantasy should really think again

Nier might be brilliant, but that doesn't mean its director should be moved to Square's biggest franchise.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 03 November, 2017

Mass Effect Andromeda Hands-On: Finally reassured and impressed by Bioware's latest
So when does Mass Effect: Andromeda take place?
So when does Mass Effect: Andromeda take place?

The burning question finally answered.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 07 November, 2016

XCOM 2 Console Impressions: How well does it run on PS4 and Xbox One?
XCOM 2 Console Impressions: How well does it run on PS4 and Xbox One?

We check in on the late-arriving console version of one of our favourite games of the year.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 05 October, 2016

Tetracast Extra: Square Enix E3 2016 Report Card
Tetracast Extra: Square Enix E3 2016 Report Card

Alex, Andrea, Erren and Josh sit down to consider and grade Square Enix's performance at E3 2016, with impressions on all the games the publisher showed.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 20 June, 2016

Tetracast Extra: Debating Mass Effect: Andromeda
Tetracast Extra: Debating Mass Effect: Andromeda

Zack, Alex, Andrea and Kyle sit down in the aftermath of E3 2016 to dissect and discuss the latest Mass Effect title.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 19 June, 2016

RPG Tycoon Impressions - RPG tropes meet Sim Management
RPG Tycoon Impressions - RPG tropes meet Sim Management

If you're an RPG fan and have a soft spot for the likes of Theme Park or Rollercoaster Tycoon, you may like this indie release.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 09 June, 2016

A look at The Witcher 3's menu overhaul
A look at The Witcher 3's menu overhaul

CD Projekt replaces the original game menus with a much-improved version.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 10 May, 2016

Why RPG fans really should give XCOM a try
Why RPG fans really should give XCOM a try

XCOM 2 is upon us, and Alex is here to explain why RPG fans should pay attention.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 04 February, 2016

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