[REVIEW] Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP isn't very new by video game standards, but it just released on the Nintendo Switch at the end of last month -- and just so happened to be the first time I'd ever played it. What's been described as an interactive prog-rock album is a wonderful adventure heavily rooted in … Continue reading [REVIEW] Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP

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[REVIEW] Nidhogg 2

The original Nidhogg escaped me entirely, so I went into Messhof Games' sequel on the Nintendo Switch with zero expectations. All I knew was that it was a one-on-one "fencing" game where the objective is to reach the opposing side of the screen. Nidhogg 2 is essentially more of that, I suppose, but forgoes the … Continue reading [REVIEW] Nidhogg 2

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

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! With Thanksgiving holiday travel done and dusted, it's finally time to resume my regularly scheduled weekend wrap-ups. Woo! My girlfriend and I are still working our way back through The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, but we haven't had much time to play due to the aforementioned holiday stuff and getting … 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! 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?

[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)

[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?

[BITE-SIZED REVIEW] ‘Metropolis: Lux Obscura’ is an Equally Stylish and Disappointing Match-Three/Visual Novel Hybrid

Metropolis: Lux Obscura Developer: Sometimes You Publisher: Sometimes You Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch Price: $7.99 USD Bite-sized Reviews differ from our more traditional, full-length reviews in that they’re restricted to smaller titles and, as the name implies, trims the fat in favor of getting straight to the point. What is this game and why should you … Continue reading [BITE-SIZED REVIEW] ‘Metropolis: Lux Obscura’ is an Equally Stylish and Disappointing Match-Three/Visual Novel Hybrid

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! Friendly reminder that my girlfriend and I updated our list of video games that we're looking to sell. There are PSP, PS2, PS4, 360, Xbox One, Gamecube, and Wii games on the list, and if there's anything in there you're interested in just let me know here or on Twitter. … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?