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Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry

 PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION
KNOW YOUR ROLE PLAYING AND SHUT YOUR MOUTH

NES was the breakthrough console for RPGs, and Square spearheaded the movement. Nowadays, finding the classics is a tedious and expensive chore, which is why two Square classics, Final Fantasy IV (Final Fantasy II in the US) and Chrono Trigger, are being paired together and released on PlayStation.

Final Fantasy IV may be an antique, but that doesn't stop it from packing a gigantic, ever-changing quest. As a pawn of an increasingly cruel king, Cecil flees his homeland of Baron, and searches for the reasons behind its newfound bad attitude. He amasses a party of fellow outcasts and travels a huge universe, sometimes on Chocobo.

I've been waiting forever to see Chrono Trigger re-released. Its story is one of the best, with a sublime time-travel plot and characters designed by Dragon Ball's Akira Toriyama. CT stands up incredibly well to PS-X RPG competition, and features in-game decisions that impact the rest of the tale. Unfortunately, it also has longer than expected load times, especially if you're used to the cartridge.

Buying both SNES games on eBay would run you about $130. That's a little steep, but I order anyone with an affinity for RPGs to get this compilation. It's like suggesting that a punk fan listen to Black Flag, or having a hip-hop aficionado check out Eric B. and Rakim.  



KRISTIAN BROGGER   9.25
This is one of the best compilation sets I’ve ever played. I can remember spending hour upon hour completing each of these games in my friend’s living room every day after school. The really amazing part is I jumped right back into the menu interface like I had just played each title yesterday. For anyone out there who hasn’t played these two games to their completion I say this: Do yourself a favor and buy this compilation. It’s an education on what makes an RPG great. There are hours and hours of play packed into these humble looking games. You’ll be hard pressed to find better storylines than those in Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy IV. Maybe I’m having a nostalgia attack, but I loved these games then, and I love them now.
9
CONCEPT:
Two of 16-bit's greatest RPGs are brought back for more long nights
GRAPHICS:
Chrono's graphics rival PS-X games like Alundra, but FFIV is looking old
SOUND:
Both games have amazing music, setting the mood for each storytelling scene
PLAYABILITY:
Path choosing, multiple endings, vehicles, and Chocobo riding started here
ENTERTAINMENT:
There still aren't many role-playing titles out there that are better than these two
REPLAY:
High
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