[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

[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] 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