[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)

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[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)

[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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[REVIEW] Fire Pro Wrestling World (PS4)

Fire Pro Wrestling World Developer: Spike Chunsoft, ZEX Corporation Publisher: Spike Chunsoft Release date: August 28, 2018 (PS4) Price: $49.99 USD, $89.99 USD for the Deluxe Edition w/ Season Pass Much like the world of professional wrestling, the sports entertainment's mainstream video game offerings have been nothing short of abysmal for quite a while. They … Continue reading [REVIEW] Fire Pro Wrestling World (PS4)

[REVIEW] Even With its Familiar Flaws, ‘Detroit: Become Human’ is Quantic Dream’s Best, Most Ambitious Game Yet

I mostly enjoyed Heavy Rain but loathed Beyond: Two Souls, so Quantic Dreams’ games have been hit or miss for me. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly excited to play Detroit. However, I found a copy for rent at a local Red Box kiosk and since I wasn’t in the middle of anything else (having … Continue reading [REVIEW] Even With its Familiar Flaws, ‘Detroit: Become Human’ is Quantic Dream’s Best, Most Ambitious Game Yet

[REVIEW] ‘Gal*Gun 2’ is a Proudly Shimapandering Rail Shooter that’s More Above Average than Orgasmic

Gal*Gun 2 Developer: Inti Creates Publisher: PQube Reviewed on: PS4 (also available on Nintendo Switch) Price: $59.99 USD *a copy of the game was provided by the developer for the purpose of this review. 2016's Gal*Gun: Double Peace for the PlayStation 4 and Vita consoles topped the tried-and-true rail shooter genre with a hot glob … Continue reading [REVIEW] ‘Gal*Gun 2’ is a Proudly Shimapandering Rail Shooter that’s More Above Average than Orgasmic

[REVIEW] Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Developer: Otomate Publisher: Idea Factory Reviewed on: PlayStation Vita Price: $39.99 I began playing and reviewing otome over the last few years and one of the first to really grab my attention was last year's supernatural samurai tale Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds. You can read all about it here in my review, but … Continue reading [REVIEW] Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

[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

[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