Ding-dong! Ding-dong! It's time for the troops to shuffle into a side-room as we ring the bell for another Eurogamer Podcast in this, the 99th instalment of our irregular vowel movements. We're moving dangerously close to our 100th episode (and as you rightly pointed out last week it's not quite a centenary, but well.... It's felt like 100 years) and to celebrate we're talking about two recent high-profile RPG offerings.
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It's Final Fantasy 13-2 and Kingdom of Amalur: Chinny Reckoning that are up for the debate as the long-running JRPG series comes up against the might of the box-fresh Western RPG (which was funded by Babe Ruth or something).
Oli Welsh dons a ten gallon hat as he takes the side of the Americans, while Martin Robinson hobbles in wearing 15 different belts, a traumatically revealing miniskirt and far too much hair-product as he fights for Final Fantasy.
Is Kingdoms of Amalur a pretender to Skyrim's throne, and can the eventual MMO spin-off challenge World of Warcraft? Is Final Fantasy 13-2 a return to form for the series and a suitable apology for the rambling incoherence of Final Fantasy 13? Your host Tom Champion runs around in pursuit of the answers, the poor thing.
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