26 Jan 2017

Review: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Ever since the game’s official reveal at last year’s E3, I’ve been incredibly unsure of how Resident Evil 7: Biohazard would stack up to the other games in the series. This latest installment, which is the first game to make use of the new RE Engine, makes a dramatic change for the series by going
24 Jan 2017

Review: Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

Never the First Thanks to companies like Atlus and XSeed, the west has been seeing a major increase in localizations of somewhat niche Japanese games and franchises. Over the past few years, the Americas have seen (or will be seeing) official entries in series like Corpse Party, Hakuouki, and Utawarerumono. While relatively popular names in
19 Jan 2017

Review: Yakuza 0

Watch or Play? As the technology behind games has increased, so has the desire and opportunity for developers to make their titles more “cinematic.” Crafting stories on a grander scale, acted out by highly-detailed digital performers on your console of choice. Quite often, though, this desire for higher storytelling has put games at odds with
9 Jan 2017

Review: Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone

Vocaloid Revolution Let me start this off by saying that I’ve always had an affinity for rhythm games. I came of age around the time Dance Dance Revolution and Pump It Up were taking over arcades and eventually the home console market. I frequented the flashy cabinets and ended up going through my fair share
29 Dec 2016

Review: Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure

Bring the Old to the New We’ve already talked about Japanese developer Falcom at length in various reviews. Really, what else is there to say about them? What’s that? They released a one-off action-RPG game over a decade ago that’s become something of a cult classic? Well, let’s talk about that, then! At the tail
27 Dec 2016

Review: The Final Station

Post-Apocalyptic Express Zombie-centric games are a dime a dozen in this day and age. Some are obvious cash-ins on the supposed craze, and others are well-crafted and rather enjoyable (Looking at you, The Last of Us). Sometimes, there are entries into the already overcrowded genre that raise an eyebrow, and the game we’re looking at
24 Dec 2016

Review: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Funding the Good Stuff With licensed video games generally seen as low-effort cash grabs and the butt of many jokes amongst gamers, its hard to imagine that any developers actually want to work on these games. Seemingly even crazier is the idea that a developer would purposely focus on licensed games and still enjoy relative
13 Dec 2016

Review: Redout

Ever Race…In The Future? Racing games can be a bit of a security blanket for some. The genre is about as diverse and varied as they come. If you’re looking for realism, racing sims would probably be up your alley. Some players are just looking for fun, and they usually gravitate towards kart racers and
10 Dec 2016

Review: Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel [PC]

The Gang’s All Here The crossover – an idea in entertainment that brings a character or a group from a secondary piece of media (or multiple) into the primary one. It’s incredibly common, and we see it across all forms of entertainment. Whether it’s a simple cameo that acts as an easter egg, or the
7 Dec 2016

Review: Final Fantasy XV

It’s certainly no secret that players the world over have been waiting a long time for Final Fantasy Versus XIII… I mean, Final Fantasy XV. After skipping an entire console generation, the game has finally released to eager fans who have been waiting, building years of expectations, to see what the final product would be.
22 Nov 2016

Review: Senran Kagura Bon Appetit! – Full Course

[Note: Due to the fanservice-heavy nature of this game, some of the images in this review may be considered NSFW.] Show the PC Some Love The Console-to-PC port market has become a burgeoning one over the last decade or so. For the longest time, many developers (a number of them Japanese ones) avoided releasing their games
10 Nov 2016

Review: Adam Wolfe

On The Hunt Anyone remember those hidden picture games from their childhood? Hell, maybe even your adulthood? I know my mother still likes to play them on occasion. The game is a pretty simple one. You are presented with an image, typically a very busy one with objects and details strewn all over the place.
5 Nov 2016

Review: Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni

[Note: Due to the fanservice-heavy nature of this game, some of the images in this review may be considered NSFW.] Maturing Industry To this day, the use of sexual themes in video games remains a controversial topic. There are still plenty of people that have the “games are for children” mentality, and stand against the
3 Nov 2016

Review: Xanadu Next

Spinning Off Falcom – a pillar company of the JRPG genre in Japan, but relatively unknown in the west until recently. Also, apparently, they are a master of creating spinoffs. While Falcom has multiple currently running series, each with their own amounts of critical acclaim, most of them can trace their history back to the company’s
28 Oct 2016

Review: Karma. Incarnation 1

Breaking the Mold Video games are a medium where it’s easy for the creator to invent any kind of wild, crazy, fanatical world he or she wants. Unfettered by the real world, the creator is free to bring forth their vision to the canvas of our televisions and monitors, introducing us to things we might not
25 Oct 2016

Review: World of Final Fantasy

When World of Final Fantasy was first introduced, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. It looked quite childish with its chibi-like art, but how would the game play? Last month I had a chance to finally try the game and I walked away pleasantly surprised. Since then, I’ve had a chance to
24 Oct 2016

Review: Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour

Hail to the King Duke Nukem – the posterboy for the video game power fantasy. A macho man spitting one-liners while splitting skulls. All the ladies want him, all the men want to be like him. Needless to say, Duke is one of the more famous figures in gaming.
19 Oct 2016

Review: Superdimension Neptune vs. Sega Hard Girls

Everybody’s Doing It The Neptunia series has been one of the more intriguing (or unusual, if you rather) concepts to hit gaming in recent years. Turning the idea of console wars into a JRPG, and anthropomorphizing said consoles, along with other gaming-related companies, into cute anime girls.
11 Oct 2016

Review: Dragon Quest Builders

Initial Impressions The demo – a classic method of marketing a video game. When you’re a publisher trying to sell a new title, you can put out all the fancy posters, trailers, and point-of-sale displays that you want. However, for an entertainment medium that relies fully on interaction, these purely visual marketing styles just aren’t
26 Sep 2016

Review: Harmonia

A Tale of Tears Many pieces of media attempt to evoke certain feelings or emotions in the person consuming it. Maybe its as simple as getting said person to empathize with its characters. Perhaps getting you to feel the same romantic emotions that a protagonist has for a love interest. Or even just trying to