Along with Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy XII is the one that got away in series history terms. Its characters are seldom remembered alongside Cloud Strife or Squall Leonhart as series stalwarts and, released as it was at the very end of the PS2’s life, it never got the attention it deserved before the majesty of Corridor Simulator XIII came out. Still, in a months slightly starved of major releases for those without a PS4, it’s worth a look back on as an under appreciated gem.
When they first heard of Goat Simulator, a lot of people said that it had to be a joke. In some ways they were right, but it’s here and like it or not it’s been making a few waves.
The day Square Enix stop trying to wring money out of their old properties we’ll have all been long in the deep, cold ground. Whether it’s trickling out the occasional bolt-on to Final Fantasy VII (while skillfully avoiding the remake fans seem to want most) or trying to recreate Tomb Raider in their own image, they know how to squeeze every last drop of cash from their fan base.
Even in the darkest days of the seventh-generation shooter obsession, it was rare to see a game composed entirely in brown. They usually had grey and red for all the blood, too. But that’s what Luftrausers, the newest game from Dutch developers Vlambeer, has done. And bloody good it is too.