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Blast From The Past | Illusion of Time

Author:
Chris Hyde
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Features
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Blast From The Past, Enix, Illusion of Gaia, Illusion of Time, JRPGs, Nintendo, Quintet, Retro, RPGs, SNES games

Blast From The Past | Illusion of Time

Last week’s Valentine’s Day look at gaming’s most romantic moments saw me reminisce about a very poignant moment in a lesser-known Action RPG title on the SNES. That game was Illusion of Time (Illusion of Gaia in Japan and the US). Developed by Quintet, the game sees you take control of a young boy named Will who lives in the small village of South Cape with his friends Lance, Erik and Seth. Will finds out he must save the world from a comet that is due to crash into the ‘Earth’.

Blast From The Past | Illusion of Time

The reason for the inverted commas is that the world in which Will traverses is very similar to our own. In fact, the game itself feels like a brief introduction to the ancient wonders of the world. You will be traversing the Nazca Plains, Angkor Wat, Incan Ruins, the Great Wall of China; even the Great Pyramids and the Tower of Babel make an appearance. It’s definitely fair to say that this game played a small part in my passion for ancient history, and there are places on the above list that I will have to visit before I die.

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Most Romantic Moments In Video Games | Valentine's Day Special

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X, Illusion of Time, Mass Effect 2, Most Romantic Moments in Video Games, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Valentine's Day

Most Romantic Moments In Video Games | Valentine's Day Special

Happy VD everybody! Valentine's Day, that is, not the...erm...other thing. As we discovered earlier in the week, this industry has not exactly covered itself in glory at times when it comes to coupling, with forced romantic storylines often proving alienating, immersion-breaking, and sometimes downright disturbing (*cough* Sonic!). But interactive entertainment has also offered us some absolutely fantastic moments of such romantic bliss that it almost brings a tear to the eye just reminiscing.

So we gathered up the team and put together a little list of our favourite romantic moments in video games...

Carl Phillips - Shepard & Jack (Mass Effect 2)

Most Romantic Moments In Video Games | Valentine's Day Special

If you heard the recent PWNCAST in which we discussed romance in games, you would have already seen my choice coming a mile off, but for those of you who didn’t listen (BOO-urns to you) I will helpfully clarify my most touching moment  for you - Jack finally opening up to Shepard in Mass Effect 2.

Starting out as possibly the angriest person in the galaxy (with good reason) Jack slowly began to confide in my Shepard over the course of the game, leading to me helping her destroy her childhood memories with a nuke (which I think you’ll agree is one hell of a first date.) Slowly getting to know the girl who had faced the worst the galaxy could dish out her entire life, topped off with her frequent use of profanity, provided what I felt was some the best storytelling in the game. However, the scene that took place before the suicide mission, when Jack turns up in Shepard’s cabin, is the one that gets me every time.

With her emotions finally on show, the psychotic biotic had finally found something worth taking a risk on, and I got to see Jack in a moment of peace and happiness. The end result of not giving up on her was a tender scene between two people who had been to hell and back, and because I was projecting my own feelings through my version of Shepard it made the moment resonate even more.

Sure, she would end up punching me in Mass Effect 3 upon our reunion, but it was worth it. Jack was always worth it.

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