[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)

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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?

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

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! The only game I'll be playing this weekend is Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I'm pushing about 53 hours played and just started chapter 7 of 10 before going to bed last night. It was smooth sailing until a couple of days ago when my progression was blocked by a skill check … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

[REVIEW] ‘Outlast 2’ Makes a Few Adjustments and Remains Absolutely Terrifying on the Switch

Outlast 2 Developer: Red Barrels Publisher: Red Barrels Reviewed on: Nintendo Switch Release Date: March 27, 2018 Price: $29.99 Red Barrels' terrifying first-person horror adventure Outlast 2 arrived a month after the original game and its accompanied DLC stealthily released onto the Switch's eShop. While Outlast and its Whistleblower chapter have been available elsewhere for … Continue reading [REVIEW] ‘Outlast 2’ Makes a Few Adjustments and Remains Absolutely Terrifying on the Switch

[REVIEW] Use Science to Defeat the Deep Ones in ‘Tesla vs. Lovecraft’

Developer 10tons Ltd. has been rabidly supporting the Nintendo Switch, but it's safe to say that originality isn't their strong suit. Recently, they've put forth a slew of top-down twin-stick shooters in JYDGE, Time Recoil, Neon Chrome, and Crimsonland. And while their latest, most ambitious release Tesla vs. Lovecraft certainly falls into that category as well, … Continue reading [REVIEW] Use Science to Defeat the Deep Ones in ‘Tesla vs. Lovecraft’

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

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! I haven't done much in the way of gaming this week since my girlfriend and I have been using our time to catch up on new movie releases via Red Box. We checked out Jumanji (way more fun than I expected), Thor Ragnarok (Guardians-levels of good), Justice League (watchable, but … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

[NOT QUITE A REVIEW] ‘Earthlock’ is a Fine RPG, But For This Genre, That’s Not Always Good Enough

What is a 'Not Quite a Review'? Simply put, it's a mild critique of a game that I've played and haven't finished. Tons of new games release each and every week and they're all vying for the most precious of resources: not our money, but our time. I give everything a handful of hours at minimum, … Continue reading [NOT QUITE A REVIEW] ‘Earthlock’ is a Fine RPG, But For This Genre, That’s Not Always Good Enough