First-Timer’s Journals update Thursdays (Final Fantasy) and Sundays (Dracula).
Welcome to Marathon Gaming Retrospectives, where I break down the design and narrative of games in first-time-player Journals and long-time-fan Retrospectives. “The Marathon” is the way my friend and I have been approaching game series since 2008, and these are its records. You can learn more about the Marathons and their ten-year history over here.
To get started, pick a game from the top bar, our master-list, or some highlights below!
Journals chronologue the history of the Marathon, detailing what is often my first-ever experience with the game in question.
- Final Fantasy, Part 1 (Directory): FFI, FFII, FFLI, FFIII, FFLII, FFA, FFIV, FFIV:I, FFIV:TAY, FFLIII, FFMQ, FFV, FFV:LotC, FFVI.
- Final Fantasy, Part 2 (Directory): FFVII: CC, FFVII, FFVII: AC, FFVII: DoC, FFVII: BC, FFT, FFVIII, FFIX, FF:TSW, FFU.
- Final Fantasy, Part 3 (Directory): FFX, FFX-EC, FFX-2, FFX-2.5: PoE, FFX-2: LM, FFCC:MLK, FFCC:MLD.
- Persona (Directory): P1, P2:IS, P2:EP.
- Completed and Upcoming: FFX-W.
- Currently Playing: FFTA.
Retrospectives are write-ups similar to the Marathon Journals, but with previous experience and insight. They’re not necessarily related to the Marathon, though Kingdom Hearts is an exception.
- Kingdom Hearts: KH1 (Directory), CoM (Directory), KH2 (Directory), Days (Directory), BBS (Directory).
- Dracula (Directory): D:R, D:TLS, D:PotD.
- Upcoming: D:SotD, D:BL.
Still looking for more? These are the Journals that inspired the Marathon Journals, written prior to 2008 and dusted up a little.