[REVIEW] The Alliance Alive HD Remastered

Barring a handful of games, I was admittedly distant from the Nintendo 3DS library -- even more so once the Switch released. Even as a fan of JRPGs, the handheld's bread and butter, I barely paid attention to it since I was already buried under the backlog of my PlayStation Vita. So it goes without … Continue reading [REVIEW] The Alliance Alive HD Remastered

Let’s Talk About ‘Afterparty’

During their college graduation party, two long-time friends Milo and Lola notice something is... off. They're dead. And after being swept away into the fiery depths of hell, they discover that the only way out is to out-party the devil himself. Awesome. Night School Studio struck gold in January of 2016 when they released their … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Afterparty’

Let’s Talk About ‘Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game’

When it comes to describing horror games, the term "Lovecraftian" gets thrown around whenever it's time to talk about gross monsters, loss of sanity, and a general fear of the unknown. I mean, H.P. Lovecraft's name is synonymous with horror (and racism and xenophobia) and plenty of writers are inspired by his earlier works, but … Continue reading Let’s Talk About ‘Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game’

[REVIEW] Vampyr

Horror-themed RPGs are too few and far between for my liking, especially when it comes to home consoles, but last year the developers behind Life is Strange delivered a bloody brilliant original I.P. in Vampyr that I really didn't appreciate my first time around. A few weeks ago I started rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer … Continue reading [REVIEW] Vampyr

[REVIEW] Black Mirror

Back in 2003, Czech developer Future Games (which began with only five people) released a successful point-and-click horror game entitled The Black Mirror, which followed the cursed bloodline of the Scottish Gordon family. Fast-forward to 2017 (or, rewind, I guess, now that it's 2019), where the series was apparently relevant enough to receive a reboot … Continue reading [REVIEW] Black Mirror

[REVIEW] AI: The Somnium Files

When acclaimed character designer Yūsuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem: Awakening, Daemon X Machina, the No More Heroes series), composer Keisuke Ito (Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night), and beloved designer/writer Kotaro Uchikoshi (of Zero Escape series fame) get together, you expect magic to happen. And even with that expectation in mind, their latest project, AI: The Somnium Files, … Continue reading [REVIEW] AI: The Somnium Files

[REVIEW] Dragon Star Varnir

I don't think any developer or publisher out there churns out the number of quality JRPGs that the folks at Idea Factory and Compile Heart do at such an alarming rate. Though mostly known on the outside for their hilariously endearing Neptunia series, Idea Factory has graced the PS4 with some excellent stand-alone RPGs over … Continue reading [REVIEW] Dragon Star Varnir

[REVIEW] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PS4)

Back in December of 2015 -- well into the current generation of consoles -- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel released on the PS3 and PlayStation Vita. Many folks championed the game as one of the best JRPGs on their respective consoles, but some, like myself, never got around to it until recently. … Continue reading [REVIEW] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (PS4)

[REVIEW] Worldend Syndrome (PS4)

In the small Japanese town of Mihate, a local legend claims that the dead may revive every 100 years as a Yomibito and bring deadly misfortune to those around them. As you arrive as part of a high school relocation, it just so happens to be that wonderful time of the year. Sucks to be … Continue reading [REVIEW] Worldend Syndrome (PS4)

[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