4 weeks ago

Hands On: Graven (PS5)

When most gamers think of fantasy games these days, many will default to either an MMORPG or some Soulslike on prevalence alone. Swords, sorcery, gunpowderless combat, and the associated vibes just fit in nicely with the genre. Fantasy can and will tumble into other gaming genres, but I’ll be the first to admit that first-person
2 months ago

Review: Read Only Memories: Neurodiver

Don’t look now, but it’s been quite a while since 2015’s 2064: Read Only Memories introduced us to the cyberpunk world of Neo San Francisco. While we covered the definitive Integral release a few years after its initial release, I don’t think anyone was expecting to have to wait for a proper follow-up for this
3 months ago

Preview: Abiotic Factor

By now PC gamers are used to playing something in early access, and some balk at the prospect since it’s not a finished project when it launches in that status. Still, it’s a chance to experience new concepts and ideas that the developers might be tinkering with during development. Well, not all of them are
5 months ago

Review: Bore Blasters

These days, there’s no shortage of roguelikes and roguelites to sink your teeth into. Because of that, it’s not much of an ask to find a game in this genre you’ll find that you vibe with the most. Some people prefer long runs in the vein of Rogue Legacy and its ilk. Others might find
6 months ago

Preview: Read Only Memories: Neurodiver [2024]

Back when I covered 2064: Read Only Memories: Integral on the Switch, it served as my initial introduction to the world of Neo San Francisco. Dripping with the cyberpunk aesthetic, its blend of murder mystery and robotic sapience themes made for a compelling point-and-click adventure experience. I was hoping that there would be some more
8 months ago

Review: Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name

Like many folks in the fandom, the arrival of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life seemed to signal the end of the story arc for one Kazuma Kiryu. Since then, the franchise as a whole has been far from dormant. We were introduced to Ichiban Kasuga in Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the main series.
9 months ago

Review: Hellboy: Web of Wyrd

If you ask gamers of a certain age about content based on comic book properties, you’re probably going to get a mixed reaction. That reaction is justified because of who might be holding onto the IP to make it into a game. This might sound strange given that the latest sequel to Insomniac’s Spider-Man (which
11 months ago

Hands-On: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge – Dimension Shellshock

Throwing in additional content for any game can be a gamble from time to time. Sometimes it can be an experiment that turns into a new title, such as Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands being presented as DLC for a prior game turned into its own adventure later on. Other times it ends up being a simple
12 months ago

Review: Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons

One of the more consistent dilemmas that surface in whatever long-running property you feverishly consume is the problem of staving off becoming stale. For every book series that has tens of entries from the likes of James Patterson or Janet Evanovich, for every tired comparison to the MCU and its plethora of shows and movies,
1 year ago

Preview: Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons

I might not speak for everyone when I say this, but some would agree that the recent visibility of the beat-’em-up genre bodes well for fans of local multiplayer games. It’s a genre that I’ve found myself covering a lot in those same days, and I can’t say that I’m not enjoying its time in
1 year ago

Review: Sludge Life 2

Endearingly strange games, and really just any weird media, are something I’m sure I enjoy more than most people. I’m always down to plop myself in front of something that some might find too out there, and some games meet these criteria in a way that I find endearing and entertaining. It’s part of the
1 year ago

Review: We Love Katamari REROLL+ Royal Reverie

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that a franchise like Katamari Damacy has been with us for nearly 20 years. Then again, its quirky style and easy-to-understand gameplay may have something to say for its longevity. While certain games from the PS2 era wore their Japanese weirdness on their sleeve in ways that didn’t click with
1 year ago

Preview: Starship Troopers: Extermination

You know, there was a time when it was a safe bet that the release of a licensed game from nearly any franchise would be met with skepticism. Call it a relic of decades past, but there are some that still vividly remember seeing a game from your favorite franchise turn out to be a
1 year ago

Review: Afterimage

When the term “Metroidvania” gets thrown around, the expectation of a quality title usually follows. It doesn’t matter if it’s an entry from its namesake or a well-loved and amazingly made entry from an indie developer. You really have to put your best foot forward. The amount of lofty expectations for this genre is a
1 year ago

Preview: Sludge Life 2

Ask any modern gamer about the trajectory of titles in certain franchises, and you’re more than likely going to hear similar things about the most popular franchises. On one end, you’ll have the Call of Duty or Maddens of the world pumping out endless sequels that are picked up year after year. On the other,
1 year ago

Review: Like a Dragon: Ishin!

What a difference a decade makes, huh? Before the release of Yakuza 0, the overall franchise was largely regarded as a niche that a handful of dedicated fans passionately latched onto since its inception. Because of that, it didn’t exactly make much business sense to release any spinoffs outside of Japan. Especially with how Dead
1 year ago

Review: The Excavation of Hob’s Barrow [Switch]

There’s something to be said about the hook of a solid narrative, especially with the Telltale-led resurgence of the adventure game genre far in the distance. Aside from the impending release of The Wolf Among Us 2, some in the collective gaming community might hold the notion that adventure games in general have gone back
23 Nov 2022

Review: Gungrave G.O.R.E

About a month ago, I took a brief look at the resurrection of yet another long-dormant franchise. I walked away thinking that the opening hours in that preview meant that the comeback of Beyond the Grave was in good hands. Because of that positive first impression, taking on the review for the final build seemed
25 Oct 2022

Preview: Gungrave G.O.R.E.

There’s something to be said about the allure of resurrecting long-dormant franchises, especially when you’re the kind of person who latched onto one of them when it was originally released. It’s a chance to breathe new life into your creation, and also a chance to adapt to the times. In recent memory, I’ve seen (and
16 Sep 2022

Hardware Review: Fifine Ampligame H6 Gaming Headset

People don’t often consider gamers to be the kind of people who are also audiophiles. More often than not, the concern is more along the lines of “is the game fun” than it is “am I able to get theater quality audio from a gaming headset.” It shouldn’t be a surprise the focus is often