Excerpt: Saga Frontier 2 is a very odd RPG. On the one hand it’s a commendable attempt by Squaresoft to push the boundaries of the standard RPG format. It weaves two separate storylines that can be tackled in non-linear fashion and instead of being about individual characters, it is a brave attempt to tell the story of and entire world during a particularly tempestuous time in its history.
Excerpt: What’s most ironic about SaGa Frontier II ‘s existence is that its immediate predecessor was supposed to be the last entry in its series. Whatever the reason for Squaresoft going back on its statement, SaGa indeed saw another Frontier on the PlayStation. While sharing noticeable similarities with its elder, there were also a number of differences.
Excerpt: Forget static 3D backgrounds, a la Final Fantasy VIII or Legend of Dragoon . SaGa Frontier 2 gives you water colored backgrounds and hand-drawn characters, a visual method that's an absolute treat. Locations simply pop with beauty, not the overwrought detail of FF8 , but a warmer, more natural feel. It's good stuff. Unfortunately, the battle graphics are not as impressive.
Excerpt: Aside from the Final Fantasy series, one of Square's longest running series has been the SaGa series. It started on the Game Boy, and the first few games were released in North America under the Final Fantasy Legend name. On the Super Nintendo, the SaGa series was named Romancing SaGa, and those three games weren't released in North America. The next game in the series was for the Playstation, and was released in North America as SaGa Frontier.
Excerpt: Some sagas just won't die… even when they should. When Square, makers of Final Fantasy, released SaGa Frontier for the PlayStation, they left a blemish on their sterling RPG record. It was a strictly standard role-playing game, except for its non-linearity. While granting players the freedom to go wherever and do whatever they wanted, it lacked the direction necessary for a compelling story and game.
Conclusion: With the combination of all the new and improved features, such as graphics, sound, and plot, the game comes together very well, making it perhaps the best survival/horror game yet. If you're looking for a game that will supply an ample amount of horror, tension and of course scare the living crap out of you, Silent Hill 2 will deliver in spades.