Now that E3 has come and gone, we're officially through the game industry's blitz of spring releases and rapidly sinking into the summer doldrums. Everyone's on vacation and has tons of time to play video games over the next few months... but no one's releasing new games!? What's a gaming nerd to do?
The obvious answer, of course, is to revisit awesome games of the past. Enter the USgamer Club. Over the next few months, the staff of USgamer will be playing in tandem through great games of various vintages — as old as the 8-bit era, as recent as last fall! — and reconvening each Tuesday to discuss our respective experiences. And we'd like for you to play along!
For our inaugural USgamer Club entry, we're going to tackle a fresh file in 1998's tactical RPG masterpiece Final Fantasy Tactics. Mike wrote such a compelling piece about FFT being his "comfort food" game that it made us all want to go back and experience it all over again.
We hope you'll join us. Our first thoughts will go live Tuesday, so please play along! We just ask that for this first session you advance no further than the end of Chapter One of the story. Now, if you want to hang out at the end of the chapter and grind up all your jobs and unlock the Dark Knight and Onion Knight classes, we won't stop you.
Check back Tuesday as we reconvene to discuss our Ivalician adventures, and enjoy!
The convenient thing about FFT is that it's been ported to just about everything — it's incredibly easy to acquire either the original version of the game or the War of the Lions remake (both of which are perfectly valid for purposes of this venture!).
It's on PlayStation; it's on PSN for PS3 and two different versions for PSP and Vita; and it's on both Android and iOS. It's accessible and inexpensive, and if you still can't play it, well...