Game Center CX Has Its Take On Final Fantasy V Complete With A Job System

By Spencer . January 24, 2014 . 2:54am

imageInstead of a collection of ROMs, the Retro Game Challenge or Game Center CX video game series as it is known in Japan has brand new retro games. Blood of the Dragon is one of the games inside Game Center CX and it brings back memories of Final Fantasy V.


You play as Ask, a hero tasked to find and defeat the root of evil to bring peace back to the world. It’s a standard RPG plot with a real time combat system and a job change system.


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Developer G.rev made some changes like adding a time bar at the bottom of the screen where you can see everyone’s turns. Pretty impressive that there’s a full RPG within Game Center CX 3, which also has a shmup and a Crystalis inspired action RPG. Game Center CX 3 comes out on March 20 in Japan.


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  • blacKnight

    You know, G.rev should make a full-fledged JRPG game, they can do it, we do not know, but they might be the real savior of JRPG’s instead of Imageepoch.

    • Monterossa

      Why do JRPGs need to be saved? especially by a small company like that? the real problem is JRPG fans keep bashing newer JRPGs and praising every low budget JRPGs just because they’re retro. I’ve tried many of them and they’re not even a decent game, not even as good as those SNES games.

      • Haganeren

        New J RPG ? I see Tales of which is successful (Atelier is not a “real” J RPG for me), i see Bravely Default which was quite successful as well, i see Ni No Kuni which was quite well received considering the questionnable battle system.

        The only thing that fit what you say would be RPGs from the beginning of the PS3/360 generation like Final Fantasy XIII or Blue Dragon… It’s been four years already.

        No, the problem i think, is that there is not that much fan of J RPG nowadays…

        • DaiRaiOh

          I have absolutely no idea what you said in that last half

        • blacKnight

          Blue Dragon is still the old JRPG formula, and FF XIII is actually pretty good in its own ways, as long as you don’t think that it is a Final Fantasy game. Keep thinking that it is a Final Fantasy game and it will only leave you disappointed.

          • Haganeren

            I have just taken those two very criticized games in order to show that they were not a lot of new next-gen J RPG that was really “bashed” contrary of what Monterossa said.

        • Warboss Aohd

          i feel it’s because alot of recent JRPGs have abandoned grand stories and fun gameplay for silly and over the top (which they usually don’t balance the tone of very well, unlike say Disgaea or Saints Row 4.)

          • Haganeren

            That was the first point of my message… What is the RPG you are talking about ? I have taken FFXIII and Blue Dragon as example which could (from the criticism i have heard) match with what you said but apart from them, i don’t see a next-gen J RPG that have taken grand stories and fun gameplay apart from some non-Classical RPG like Disgaea or Atelier …

            I just see that there is not a lot of J RPG… And i think it’s because the consumer base is not enough anymore.

          • Warboss Aohd

            no idea, i forgot about this post already.

        • H_Floyd

          That’s not true. The fans of JRPGs are still here, and still waiting for games. *On home consoles*. We want to sit at home, on a weekend, with the lights turned off, with the big TV and speakers turned on.

          That’s where JRPG fans are, and have always been.

          • Haganeren

            Ok, i agree, i didn’t express myself well.

            What i wanted to say is i agree that RPG fan from before are still here, they were enough to make company interested by making J RPG back to the PSX days… Unfortunately now, the video game market need a lot more consumer to survive with the new budgets of game.

            Back then, we could push the limit of the J RPG forward just by the evolution of the technology (FFVII had a really nice “Wow effect” at the time). So they were a lot of people who would by these games even if they were not really “J RPG fan”. Also they were a lot less people who played games back then.

            Right now, J RPG don’t really have the consumer base to make a big budget games that push forward the limit of the J RPG. Only Square can do it and.. Well… It’s not enough for a genre. We can only have great games that please the fanbase of J RPG but don’t really make it grow bigger.

      • blacKnight

        “Why do JRPGs need to be saved?” you say? We do not bash newer JRPGs, it’s just that, those same old JRPG fans grew tired of the formula… And why I said that JRPGs should be saved is that, that’s what I love you know? What keeps me playing these games, though it feels like a chore when it comes to level grinding, is the STORY. (JRPGs are better than those cash cow FPS.)

    • Warboss Aohd

      reminds me of how Zeboyd games is making an actual JRPG rather than a (albeit really well put together and fun) parody.

      looking forward to that game and the copy i get for backing it.

  • His name is Ask? That’s almost as bad as Butz.

    • > Butz
      > Bartz
      > Ass Master 3000

      All the names I’ve seen him translated to.

      Seriously on the last one, look up the FFV Spoof and name him…

  • Shippoyasha

    Ah, Game Center CX. Truly the classiest gaming TV show in history. The laid back play-through sessions, the high tension clearing of difficult stages, the gamer/Arino torture in every episode, the wonderful interviews with game creators.

    The world is a better place with Game Center CX in it. The TV show and its awesome games should be way more popular world wide than it is now.

  • pimpalicious

    I loved Retro Game Challenge, I wish another chance would be made on this series for the west.

    • SupaPhly

      yeah, now that way more people acknowledge GCCX compared to when retro game challenge was released, xseed should give it another shot

      • idrawrobots

        How would it not do as well as Senran Kagura is what I would like to know?

  • Altin

    I hope that AD Toujima can switch to the “Sunblocker” Class!

  • Dang, that’s actually pretty nice sounding. Hope we might actually get this game.

  • Ryuki

    “Ask! We ask you to slay the dragon in the far east of the kingdom!” I can see so many puns coming now.

  • Ryuukishi

    This looks awesome. It’s so sad that Retro Game Challenge flopped in the US.

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