Ah, Illusion of Gaia. I was so, so pumped for this game. I loved the heck out of SoulBlazer, and I had become smitten with Secret of Mana at first glance — but I owned neither. So when I heard about this semi-sequel to SoulBlazer, I knew I had to have it. So, I preordered a copy from the locally owned mom-and-pop game shop (those used to exist, believe it or not)… and as the promoted release date came and passed, I called them pretty much every day to check to see if it was in stock. I’m pretty sure they hated me by the time it finally came out! And in the end it wasn’t quite worth the hassle; it was a good game, but it seemed to try a little too hard. Jeremy Signor disagrees, though; perhaps you’ll agree with his take more than mine.
I think we can all agree it was pretty awesome the way the standard edition came in a jumbo box with a super-sized manual-slash-guide and, of all damn things, a T-shirt. One that was way too big. Oh well.