[WEEKEND GAMING] Steampunk JRPGs, Dangerous Jewelry, and Chatting With Friendos!

I started the week off by diving into a brand new JRPG, being Sega's soft reboot of Sakura Wars on PS4. I'm familiar with the series, having imported one of the games on the Saturn and Dreamcast, though purely for collection purposes. I played a friend's copy of the Wii game for a few hours … Continue reading [WEEKEND GAMING] Steampunk JRPGs, Dangerous Jewelry, and Chatting With Friendos!

[REVIEW] SeaBed

Developer: Paleontology Publisher: Fruitbat Factory (the Orange Juice series, Magical Eyes - Red is for Anguish, ENIGMA, Miniature Garden) Available on: Switch (reviewed), PC Release date: March 19, 2020 Price: $19.99 USD digitally, $29.99 physically via Eastasiasoft (limited collector's edition is $39.99) With the PlayStation Vita seemingly dead and buried (according to Sony, not its … Continue reading [REVIEW] SeaBed

It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! What Are You Playing?

Another Friday in self-isolation, yeah? What's on your plate this weekend? For me... SeaBed (Switch) This immaculately-written visual novel has become my current obsession. It focuses on the life of a woman experiencing hallucinations of her former lover, who mysteriously disappeared during a vacation overseas. The story is told nonchronologically, so it's a treat piecing … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! What Are You Playing?

[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] 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] 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] 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

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

Friday! Video games! Let's talk! I just submitted my last final exam (because "final final exam" sounded weird) and look forward to spending the next three months as far away from college as humanly possible. Time to unwind with some video games. I celebrated early by finishing up Root Letter on PS4, which arrived from … Continue reading It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

[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 … Continue reading [REVIEW] Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds