Review: Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

JRPGs can be a tricky thing for the casual gamer with a passing interest in them. More often than not, they expect the player to make a large time and effort commitment with varying degrees of narrative coherency. Not only that, certain character performances and designs might make the game in question better suited for solitary play depending on their own comfort level. Read More

Review: Gato Roboto

What do you want to accomplish when you're creating a game? Do you want to make a splash, create something that moves a genre (or the industry) forward, and is full of innovation? Or would you rather take an existing formula, put a personal touch on it, and just do it really really well? Read More

Review: Rise of Industry

All right, let me first say that I am not the biggest simulation fan. I usually play video games to… erm, escape… from reality. However I have enjoyed some sims over the years, such as the Civilization franchise, Maxis' line of Sim games like Sim City, Sim Ant and Sim Farm, along with others of their era like Roller Coaster Tycoon, Theme Park and Transport Tycoon. Read More

Review: VA-11 Hall-A [Switch]

Ah, the common trope of the humble bartender. Always there to listen to the woes to whoever strolls in and needs to throw back a drink of their choosing. It's not uncommon for this trope to rear its head in storytelling in general, and for said individual to be the stalwart rock that dispenses useful advice to the protagonist and supporting characters. Read More

Review: Fate/Extella Link

As we grow as human beings, our tastes change. It's an inevitable fact of life. Like, you suddenly start enjoying slow-paced ambient music despite being a metalhead through most of your youth, or you decide that mushrooms are in face the perfect pizza topping even though you hated them growing up. Read More

Review: Dead or Alive 6

The Dead or Alive franchise of fighting games is a series that markets itself on two things: fast and aggressive fighting and a splash of sex appeal. Apparently, pitting sexy well-endowed women and buff chiseled men against each other in brutal fisticuffs is a winning formula. Read More

Review: Metro Exodus

As the recent release of Kingdom Hearts 3 has proven, it can be challenging for newcomers to a series to jump into an on-going series without knowledge of past releases. KH3 may have taken this to a bit of an extreme, but I still experienced something similar when Metro Exodus fell into my hands. Read More

Review: Arcade Spirits

Back in the 80s, the arcade was the place to be! All the cool kids would bike on down to the local arcade after school to play the latest games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, fighting for high-score dominance while simultaneously stuffing their faces with greasy food, all lit up under a warm neon glow. Read More