The original plan with Issue Nine was to compress the contents into three weeks instead of four, but that’s not working out so well with my schedule. So nex week will be an extra-special fourth-part update, and we’ll roll right on into Issue Ten after that. Doesn’t that sound lovely? (Let me answer for you: Yes.)
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Today, Merus makes me feel good about skipping Jak. The first time I became aware of the series was during my first trip to Japan, where I was stunned by the generic uniformity of the anime-style games on display. Then I saw a cardboard stand-up of Jak and realized that competent blandness is miles better than utterly hideous character design. Seriously, what were they thinking?
Tales of Phantasia
Mightyblue fulfills our nerd-rage quotient for the issue with a look at Namco’s Tales of Phantasia (except it’s not really Namco’s, as you’ll soon see). Our boy’s view of the series is not entirely unlike mine: What a great idea, what a breath of fresh air, what a near-miss with greatness, what a promising brand bludgeoned into worthlessness by abysmal corporate mismanagement.