Features by Alex Donaldson

Final Fantasy XV’s lesser-known sequel appears to finally have a shadow-dropped worldwide release
Final Fantasy XV’s lesser-known sequel appears to finally have a shadow-dropped worldwide release

Why not head on a new adventure with Noctis before FF16 arrives? Well, we can think of a few reasons...

feature by Alex Donaldson on 28 October, 2022

On Game Pass, Persona 5 Royal is perfect JRPG gateway drug
On Game Pass, Persona 5 Royal is perfect JRPG gateway drug

If you’re typically a player of Western-developed RPGs without much experience in the Japanese-made side of the genre, Persona 5 Royal on Game Pass could be a perfect starting point.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 21 October, 2022

It’s okay to not be into what Final Fantasy XVI is offering - but saying it’s ‘not FF’ is dumb as rocks
It’s okay to not be into what Final Fantasy XVI is offering - but saying it’s ‘not FF’ is dumb as rocks

FF16 is certainly different to everything that came before it. But to say it isn't Final Fantasy is just ludicrous.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 21 October, 2022

Who is Final Fantasy XVI Creative Director Kazutoyo Maehiro? | Developer Profile
Who is Final Fantasy XVI Creative Director Kazutoyo Maehiro? | Developer Profile

A deep look at the impressive career of FF16's creative director and scenario writer, Kazutoyo Maehiro.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 21 August, 2022

As Golden Sun turns 21, Nintendo is in a new JRPG golden age. It’s time for a reboot
As Golden Sun turns 21, Nintendo is in a new JRPG golden age. It’s time for a reboot

As Golden Sun ticks a little older still, we consider how Nintendo's recent RPG renaissance could revive the series.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 01 August, 2022

It’s time to accept and embrace that the Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy isn’t a tweaked retelling - it’s going full Kingdom Hearts
It’s time to accept and embrace that the Final Fantasy VII Remake trilogy isn’t a tweaked retelling - it’s going full Kingdom Hearts

FF7 Remake continues, and the trailer for the sequel makes clear what we're getting - and it's no straightforward remake.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 17 June, 2022

Final Fantasy XVI Battle System Analysis: Combat Mechanics revealed in the latest gameplay trailer
Final Fantasy XVI Battle System Analysis: Combat Mechanics revealed in the latest gameplay trailer

How will FF16's battles play out? Here's an extremely in-depth deep dive at everything shown in the latest 'Dominance' trailer.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 03 June, 2022

Meet the key development staff of Final Fantasy XVI
Meet the key development staff of Final Fantasy XVI

Who is crafting the latest Final Fantasy? Get to know the team of directors - and their work histories.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 02 June, 2022

Does it really matter if Final Fantasy XVI doesn’t have a traditional party system?
Does it really matter if Final Fantasy XVI doesn’t have a traditional party system?

As we await more FF16 information, we ask: does it matter if Clive is a loner, and FF16 is a single-character game, without party-based combat?

feature by Alex Donaldson on 29 May, 2022

Nier deserves all the attention in the world, but I’m bored of all these crossovers
Nier deserves all the attention in the world, but I’m bored of all these crossovers

2B is everywhere. And, as much as I love her, I sorta hate it.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 26 April, 2022

With its new setting, the story of Kingdom Hearts IV should go full meta
With its new setting, the story of Kingdom Hearts IV should go full meta

With a shift to a 'realistic' world, KH4 has some incredible potential - but it won't be easy to meet.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 01 May, 2022

How Chrono Cross connects to Trigger: What happened to the CT cast and how the games are related
How Chrono Cross connects to Trigger: What happened to the CT cast and how the games are related

Chrono Cross is a sequel - but only loosely. Dig in, however, and you can find deep connections to Chrono Trigger - and the fate of its beloved cast.

feature by Alex Donaldson and Cullen Black on 06 April, 2022

Never mind New Game Plus, the most thrilling way to replay Elden Ring is a fresh file
Never mind New Game Plus, the most thrilling way to replay Elden Ring is a fresh file

I loved playing New Game Plus - but my third Elden Ring play-through on an all-new save has a unique charm all its own. 

feature by Alex Donaldson on 01 April, 2022

One painful Elden Ring side effect - I can’t stop thinking about Dragon’s Dogma 2
One painful Elden Ring side effect - I can’t stop thinking about Dragon’s Dogma 2

Praise the Elden Ring! but Visions of Dragon’s Dogma 2

feature by Alex Donaldson on 11 March, 2022

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin's levels are based on other classic FFs - here's which
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin's levels are based on other classic FFs - here's which

A Mako Reactor, Figaro Castle, Raithwell's Tomb, and more - we connect the dots between FF Origin's stages and what FF they represent.

feature by Alex Donaldson and Andrea Kasparian on 01 March, 2022

Want the best Elden Ring experience? Buy a notebook
Want the best Elden Ring experience? Buy a notebook

The best thing you can do to navigate Elden Ring? Start writing stuff down.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 24 February, 2022

Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster’s HD-2D sequences look beautiful - but I sort of wish they didn’t exist
Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster’s HD-2D sequences look beautiful - but I sort of wish they didn’t exist

The HD-2D sequences added to the new version of Final Fantasy VI are beautiful - but they aren’t without cost.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 21 February, 2022

Live A Live getting a western release is a huge deal. Here’s why
Live A Live getting a western release is a huge deal. Here’s why

Live A Live is quietly one of Square Enix's best and most influential games of its golden era - and it's finally coming West.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 10 February, 2022

Pokemon Legends: Arceus dials up its RPG mechanics in the best possible way
Pokemon Legends: Arceus dials up its RPG mechanics in the best possible way

Smart changes arguably make this the most 'fully-fledged' RPG Pokemon has ever seen - and the game is better for it.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 28 January, 2022

Seriously, why wasn’t Doomtrain in Final Fantasy XV?
Seriously, why wasn’t Doomtrain in Final Fantasy XV?

Pondering Doomtrain's undeserved absence from FF15, and what FF16 needs to do to get summons right.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 23 January, 2022

The Pixel Remasters are nice, but for 16-bit Final Fantasy, GBA is still definitive
The Pixel Remasters are nice, but for 16-bit Final Fantasy, GBA is still definitive

When it comes to Final Fantasy 4 through 6, my heart is still with GBA - Pixel Remasters be damned.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 22 January, 2022

Final Fantasy XVI Characters: meet the cast of FF16
Final Fantasy XVI Characters: meet the cast of FF16

Who are the new characters you'll be getting to know in FF16? Let's meet them.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 20 October, 2022

Forspoken looks graphically impressive, but it’s leaving me cold
Forspoken looks graphically impressive, but it’s leaving me cold

Luminous Productions' big-budget RPG still feels more like a tech demo than a game, and that's concerning.

feature by Alex Donaldson on 17 September, 2021

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

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