Articles by Paul Shkreli

Tips for Getting started in Granblue Fantasy: Relink
Tips for Getting started in Granblue Fantasy: Relink

New to the Skydom? Check here for some tips to get you off the ground during your opening hours in Granblue Fantasy: Relink.

guide by Paul Shkreli on 01 February, 2024

Granblue Fantasy: Relink Review
Granblue Fantasy: Relink Review

Offering a stacked roster of playable characters, intuitive multiplayer action combat, and a bombastic single-player story quest, Granblue Fantasy: Relink is a resounding success.

review by Paul Shkreli on 31 January, 2024

Sounds of the season with Sakuraba
Sounds of the season with Sakuraba

Christmas is over and the New Year is upon us. For me, Motoi Sakuraba has a hit list of wintery themes to help bide time until spring.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 02 January, 2024

Parasite Eve is my Christmas classic
Parasite Eve is my Christmas classic

Square Enix’s cinematic horror RPG might not be exactly festive fare, but it’s one of my favorite holiday traditions. The short running time and gooey body horror is the perfect antidote to traditionally lighthearted Christmas fluff.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 25 December, 2023

We need more games like Shadow Hearts
We need more games like Shadow Hearts

Funny, scary, and a little horny, Shadow Hearts celebrates the 22nd anniversary of its release in the West. The turn-based horror RPG is a rare breed - one the genre could use more of.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 12 December, 2023

Move over, remasters! Remakes are taking over.
Move over, remasters! Remakes are taking over.

I spent the last month playing remakes of games from my childhood. It’s the most fun I’ve had all year.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 10 December, 2023

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII foresaw the series’ future
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII foresaw the series’ future

Bizarre story choices and gameplay mechanics can’t slow down inspired combat and an experimental design approach that captures the essence of Final Fantasy.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 06 December, 2023

Quest 64 is begging for a second wind
Quest 64 is begging for a second wind

One of the few RPGs for the Nintendo 64 has a bit of a reputation - and should be readily available for gamers to see what all the fuss was about.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 29 November, 2023

Little Goody Two Shoes Review
Little Goody Two Shoes Review

Just in time for Halloween, Little Goody Two Shoes takes players on a macabre jaunt through a not-so-friendly forest.

review by Paul Shkreli on 30 October, 2023

Grandia II is 2000s pop perfection
Grandia II is 2000s pop perfection

Grandia II captures the essence of the genre - warts and all - as it transitioned between console eras at the turn of the century.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 18 October, 2023

How Sailor Moon introduced me to fan translations
How Sailor Moon introduced me to fan translations

Sailor Moon's SNES RPG led me to the world of fan translations. Two decades later, a port of the same game to modern consoles would be a nice surprise.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 07 October, 2023

Developer Debrief: Chatting with the mind behind Sea of Stars
Developer Debrief: Chatting with the mind behind Sea of Stars

Fresh off the success of Sea of Stars, Sabotage Studio Creative Director and the mind behind Sea of Stars sat with RPG Site to discuss the inspiration, reception, and what's next.

interview by Paul Shkreli on 15 September, 2023

Sea of Stars Review
Sea of Stars Review

Sea of Stars presents a potent mix of combat systems bolstered by a charming story and gorgeous graphical presentation that captures the essence of the turn-based classics.

review by Paul Shkreli on 06 September, 2023

Super Paper Mario is a gateway to the genre for young gamers
Super Paper Mario is a gateway to the genre for young gamers

For young readers and gamers alike, Super Paper Mario is a great hybrid of RPG mechanics and platforming that can serve as an on-ramp to the genre.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 31 August, 2023

Final Fantasy XIII’s combat continues to influence the series
Final Fantasy XIII’s combat continues to influence the series

Approaching the final hours of Final Fantasy XVI, and my mind keeps coming back to an earlier game in the series: Final Fantasy XIII.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 24 July, 2023

ChocoboGP’s crash and burn proves not every game needs seasons
ChocoboGP’s crash and burn proves not every game needs seasons

Square Enix recently released a modified version of ChocoboGP without a season model or microtransactions - which is how it should have been released in the first place.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 06 July, 2023

The next Paper Mario should lean into the series’ RPG roots
The next Paper Mario should lean into the series’ RPG roots

The long-running RPG series starring Mario should look back to move forward.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 26 June, 2023

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Should Not Be An Afterthought
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Should Not Be An Afterthought

With the Pixel Remaster project, Final Fantasy IV shines brightly on modern consoles. Without a Pixel Remaster version of the sequel, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years remains in limbo.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 15 May, 2023

Where is SaGa Frontier 2 Remastered?
Where is SaGa Frontier 2 Remastered?

It's been over two years since the release of SaGa Frontier Remastered. While other SaGa remasters have been released, SaGa Frontier 2 is curiously absent. This fan demands answers.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 23 April, 2023

Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp Review
Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp Review

A sleek, yet imperfect presentation coupled with dozens of single and multiplayer missions make Advance Wars 1 + 2 Re-Boot Camp engaging and addictive, for veterans and new recruits alike.?

review by Paul Shkreli on 19 April, 2023

Does The 3rd Birthday Deserve the Crisis Core Remastered Treatment?
Does The 3rd Birthday Deserve the Crisis Core Remastered Treatment?

It’s been 12 years since fans have heard from Aya Brea. Is now the perfect time for The 3rd Birthday to receive the Crisis Core: Reunion treatment?

feature by Paul Shkreli on 28 March, 2023

Wild Arms 3 Blazes Bright as the Series' Best
Wild Arms 3 Blazes Bright as the Series' Best

Twenty years after its release, Wild Arms 3 is the pinnacle of the series. Timeless cel-shaded graphics complement a classic turn-based system, carried on the backs of a charming cast that is as endearing as ever.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 23 March, 2023

Tracing the Lineage of Final Fantasy X-2's Job System
Tracing the Lineage of Final Fantasy X-2's Job System

Final Fantasy X-2's battle system is lauded - and it also holds a place of pride in the series' history.

feature by Paul Shkreli on 13 March, 2023