A Brief Overlook | Chrono Cross

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**SPOILERS AHEAD**

Out of all the JRPG’s I’ve played on the PS1, Chrono Cross may be the most brilliant and strange. In a console library dominated by classics from the genre, the game stands out among the rest by just being so, well, bizarre. As a sequel to Chrono Trigger you’d expect something more traditional, a title hoping to live up to the soaring heights of its genre defining predecessor. But the game itself is anything but typical, featuring a battle system unlike any others before or since, and a story that seemingly tries to make things confusing. When you look up anything about the game’s endings, you’ll find that most search bars will bring up Chrono Cross ending explanation as a secondary option. The game is a puzzle to say the least.

And yet, in spite of how obtuse it can be, whether it be because of the massive exposition dumps that dominate the game’s latter half, or the strange logic of its multi-dimensional mechanics, I can’t help but love it. Because at the end of it all, when you look past the Dragon Gods and supercomputers called FATE, Chrono Cross has a very well thought out message. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Final Fantasy Stuff

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Hey everyone! You know how I said I was going to have a Persona 4 Arena review out by the end of this week? Well that’s not going to happen, ha ha… Yeah, I sadly just don’t feel like writing up a review for that game. In my opinion there wasn’t enough interesting material to justify the time it would take to write and edit it. So to make up for that I’m going to write up some of my random thoughts on the once illustrious Final Fantasy series. After all, I have recently been playing through Final Fantasy IX, and I figured it would be pretty easy for me to splurge my opinions about the series into a post. Now before we start, I’d like to warn you that it’s been quite a while since I’ve written about a video game topic, so if this post is a little messy that’s why. Continue reading

Welcome to the Site!

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Hey everybody who somehow have found this site! Welcome to Overlooking View, the place were I blabber on and on about anime, video games, and every so often a book or movie that’s captured my attention. But mostly just anime. I don’t try to limit myself to a specific format for my posts, but you will see standard reviews, free from write-ups, and other things like that.

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Now before you ask if I cover seasonal anime, well I do… But not on this blog. If you want to here me ramble on about Sword Art Online II, Barakamon, Ao Haru Ride, and Space Dandy 2nd Season, you can do so on Brave New Moe! I post stuff on there with a couple of other writers, so check it out. I hope you like it.

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Anyways, the agenda for this opening weekend is going to be Monogatari, and Archived Reviews. Now the archived reviews will start being posted today, and they are basically exactly what they sound like. Old, crappy reviews I posted on my now dead Tumblr blog (God I’m so glad I left that site); so take a look at those if you want. As for the Monogatari stuff, well I’m planning to subject myself to the entire Monogatari anime franchise, where I plan to make a post on each arc. I hope I’ll enjoy it!

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There may also be a Persona 4 Arena game review coming out this weekend, though I can’t guarantee that. At the latest that should be out by the end of next week. So I guess you can also look forward to that!