At a time when it's difficult not to notice the biggest video game releases (even if you are not particularly interested in them), smaller games are easy to miss – without huge advertising campaigns, yet sometimes offering more fun than top-priced productions. This year, at least a dozen of less known but still noteworthy games have been released. They belong to various genres and it's worth checking them out for many reasons. We have aggregated the most interesting of them in the list below.
Final Fantasy 6 Pixel Remaster
- Developer: Square Enix
- Platforms: PC, Android, iOS
- Average rating on Metacritic: 88%
Final Fantasy VI is one of the most important games when it comes to jRPG genre. Developers from Square achieved heights of creativity, combining all the best elements from their flagship series and adding a lot of new stuff into the mix. Compared to the predecessors, you could feel a big leap in quality of the scenario and world building. This is where one of the most expressive antagonists, Kefka, comes from. Evil to the bone, he takes no prisoners and his sole goal is to sow chaos and destruction. With his misdeeds, he contributed to many dramatic events that left a strong mark on the protagonists. And the industry itself, too. This is one of the first games (at least mainstream ones) that tackled more serious subjects, such as suicide. However, there were also some more amusing moments. A great, multi-threaded and highly addictive storyline is one of the main reasons why Pixel Remaster is worth your time.
That's not all, because Final Fantasy VI, even though it's already 28 years old, is still extremely playable. At the same time, it hasn't aged as much as it might seem. Perhaps because of the turn-based combat system, which doesn't leave much room for crude solutions. Especially in the new version, where battles and transitions into combat were further improved. It would be a sin, by the way, not to mention as many as 14 heroes that we can control, each of them with unique skills. The creators have also developed a meticulously-designed system for the development of these abilities, which provides many options for improving characters and creating teams (we can control up to 4 heroes at the same time).
Final Fantasy VI fares exceptionally well compared to the rest of the Pixel collection titles. It was refreshed a bit better than the others, although, like the rest, it is based on the original release. So, there are no expansions that appeared in later reissues. Nevertheless, in addition to new character sprites, the most iconic scenes were also redone. In addition, there's a rearranged soundtrack, which you can even listen to in a dedicated gallery. This is important because we're dealing with a soundtrack by one of the most talented composers in the history of the industry. And these pieces sound better than ever. Thanks to this, this trip into the past turns out to be even more enjoyable.