It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! I have a few reviews I'll be writing up this weekend, namely Home Sweet Home and Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk. I just published one for Disgaea 1 Complete earlier today, which felt nice. I haven't been writing a lot lately due to illness and genuinely being busy outside … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

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[REVIEW] Disgaea 1 Complete (PS4)

Disgaea 1 Complete Developer: Nippon Ichi Software Publisher: NIS America Available on: PS4 (reviewed), Nintendo Switch Price: $49.99 USD Fifteen years ago Disgaea: Hour of Darkness introduced Nippon Ichi Software's brand of dark-humored role-playing games to the PlayStation 2 audience. It was a new take on the strategy RPG formula popularized by the likes of … Continue reading [REVIEW] Disgaea 1 Complete (PS4)

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

Friday Saturday! Video games! Let's talk! I missed out on yesterday's wrap-up post due to a gnarly migraine, but I'm feeling better today and figured it was better late than never. Aside from my daily Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia log-ins, I've been slowly chipping away at Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk and putting … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

[REVIEW] Punch Line (PS4)

Punch Line Developer: 5pb (Steins;Gate, Corpse Party) Publisher: PQube Available on: PS4 (reviewed), Vita Price: $49.99 USD (PS4), $39.99 USD (Vita) From the writer of such acclaimed adventure visual novels as 999, Zero Escape, and Zero Time Dilemma comes Kotaro Uchikoshi's latest tale of... a hero that threatens the extinction of humanity every time they … Continue reading [REVIEW] Punch Line (PS4)

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! I've been feeling a bit under the weather for a week or so, which explains the absence of last week's wrap-up post. I'm feeling better though so this weekend will be all about playing review catch-up. While I was dealing with headaches and whatnot, I got heavily into Dissidia Final … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! Last night I finished my playthrough and review of NIS America's dungeon crawler RPG, The Lost Child. In a nutshell, it's a solid introduction to the genre for anyone looking to get their feet wet but likely lacks the depth and challenge hardcore fans are looking for. I had a … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

[REVIEW] The Lost Child (Switch)

The Lost Child Developer: Crim Publisher: NIS America (NA), Kadokawa Games (JP) Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), PS4, Vita Price: $49.99 USD In a world unknowingly inhabited by gods, angels, and demons, you're Hayato Ibuki; journalist of the occult magazine LOST. During a routine investigation at the Shinjuku Station, a black shadow pushes him in … Continue reading [REVIEW] The Lost Child (Switch)

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country (2018) [Switch]

My long-form critique of Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country is live over at The Well-Red Mage!

The Well-Red Mage

One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.
-Francis Jourdain

cba1 “The following is a contributor post by the Middle-aged Horror Mage.”

Sometimes second chances can be wonderful things. Last year’s Xenoblade Chronicles 2 provides the perfect example, as I downright loathed the game at launch and it somehow ended up as my current favorite title on the Nintendo Switch. I can’t quite put my finger on the exact “why,” but I abandoned the JRPG around the 10-hour mark and even came close to selling it off. I liked the combat but found it exhausting, didn’t care for the look of the characters, but found them interesting, and so it went — for everything I liked there was something I didn’t.

A couple of months went by and I decided to give it another shot. Why not, right? Then one day…

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It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! First off, I'd like to cheaply plug my latest review for Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country, which went up early this morning over at The Well-Red Mage. I've been a fan of their site for a while now and have worked with Red in the past on … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! It's going to be a brief post this week as it's been a busy day and I have dinner that needs cookin'! I literally just finished off Torna: The Golden Country, which was 34 glorious hours of JRPG goodness. I'll be covering this in more depth soon-ish in a full-length … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend, So What Are You Playing?