Chris Kohler’s book on Final Fantasy V gives excellent insight into what the import gaming scene was like in the ’90s and the several unknowns that came with it. Where most would have turned away from paying for and playing a game that was in a different language, Chris faced the challenge head-on and ended up working with others across the internet to generate a Final Fantasy V FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for English players.

This book, while short; gives a personal retelling of what Final Fantasy V is to the author while also getting a design perspective from Hironobu Sakaguchi, Final Fantasy V’s director. As someone who didn’t know what Final Fantasy V was until I fired up a ROM of it in the early days of SNES emulation; this book helps paint the picture of what was going on in the minds of other RPG hungry fans at the time.

This book was my 3rd purchase of the Boss Fight Books series and the first that I really couldn’t put down. Chris keeps things interesting and exciting, while not getting too off topic. I hope Chris continues to release a few more books in this series.

Link to purchase: Amazon

Mike Mertes Mike Mertes (18 Posts)

From the moment he touched an Intellivision controller in 1985, Mike knew that he had experienced something incredible in the world of video games that would shape him for the rest of his life. From that point forward, he would make it his mission to experience video games from every console generation going forward. Eventually, he would become obsessed with magazines that wrote about the games he loved, and it would inspire him to start writing about games himself in 1998 for various local media outlets. Always looking for an opportunity to branch out, Mike eventually coded the foundation of a website that would ultimately morph into Gamer Logic Dot Net, an independent video game site that continues to cover modern and classic video game today. Additional, Mike composes music for indie games under his other alias "Unleaded Logic"