[REVIEW] Cosmic Star Heroine


Cosmic Star Heroine
Developer: Zeboyd Games
Publisher: Zeboyd Games
Available on: PS4 (reviewed), PC
Price: $14.99 USD


Many of the summer months throughout my middle and high school years were spent fully immersed in the stories of various SNES, Genesis, and PSone role-playing games, like Chrono Trigger and the Final Fantasy series. Without the stress of school, I could stay up late, remove myself from the worries and struggles of teenage life, and get lost in world-spanning adventures for a while.

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[REVIEW] TumbleSeed

TumbleSeed
Developer: aeiowu
Publisher: aeiowu
Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), PS4, PC
Price: $14.99

It’s rare for a game to infuriate me to the point of rage quitting every single time I play it, but where many others have failed TumbleSeed did not. The number of curse words uttered in a single sitting increased exponentially as time went on, which is deceiving for a game that looks and sounds this adorable. However, despite its novel ideas, the wonderful aesthetic and calming tunes, TumbleSeed’s borderline absurd level of randomized difficulty, even by rogue-like standards, severely got in the way of my enjoyment.

Git gud, indeed.

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[REVIEW] 1-2-Switch

1-2-Switch
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed)
Price: $49.99

Nintendo made an incredibly smart decision in 2006 when they bundled in Wii Sports with their Wii console as a way of showcasing its accessibility and functionality. The gamble clearly paid off, as the Wii went on to sell a staggering 101 million units during its 9-year lifespan.

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[REVIEW] Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds

Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds
Developer: Otomate
Publisher: Idea Factory
Available on: Vita (reviewed)
Release date: May 16 (NA), May 19 (EU)

The PlayStation Vita’s library of visual novels is set to expand next month with the arrival of Otomate’s latest otome, Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds, courtesy of publisher Idea Factory. If the thought of romancing pretty samurai boys and uncovering a supernatural mystery sound appealing, this is definitely one to keep an eye on.

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[REVIEW] Anima: Gate of Memories – Beyond Fantasy Edition

Anima: Gate of Memories
Developer: Anima Project
Publisher: BadLand Games
Available on: Beyond Fantasy Edition exclusive to PS4 (reviewed)

When a team of overly ambitious developers doesn’t have the necessary resources to bring their ideas to fruition, it usually becomes clear to the player rather quickly. Such is the case with Anima Project’s action RPG based on their table-top gaming series, Anima: Gate of Memories. Continue reading

[REVIEW] Has-Been Heroes

Has-Been Heroes
Developer: Frozenbyte
Publisher: Gametrust
Available on: Nintendo Switch (reviewed), PS4, Xbox One, PC
Price: $19.99

When the king put his faith in two aging heroes and a scrappy rogue to escort his twin daughters to school, he must have known he was sending them off to their deaths, right? In Frozenbyte’s new roguelike Has-Been Heroes, defeat seems like the only probable outcome. This genre typically thrives on the holy trinity of difficulty, permadeath, and randomization, but Has-Been Heroes’ use of these features is both unrewarding and erratic.

The experience isn’t entirely bad, mind you. Has-Been Heroes is, in some ways, unlike anything I’ve ever played. That alone is an impressive feat. Continue reading