October 16, 2021

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Gaudy and garish, Stranger of Paradise is everything I want from a Final Fantasy spin-off

At this point in the series’ life, what exactly is a Final Fantasy game? Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded, as we’ve been a couple of times in recently, it’s whatever the hell it wants to be: a colourful karter with chocobos and moogles going wheel-to-wheel across lysergic race tracks, or a dour action game smeared in early noughties edginess.

I’m not here to talk about Chocobo GP today I’m afraid – though good lord am I looking forward to trying that out – and rather to provide a brief update on Stranger of Paradise, Team Ninja’s muscular Final Fantasy spin-off that debuted to much bemusement at Square Enix’s E3 show back in June.

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