12 months ago

Preview: Trinity Fusion

Every so often, my love of games trying new spins on the metroidvania formula leads me to misread a game. When I watched the first trailers for Trinity Fusion, I was expecting something in that vein. This was perhaps not entirely inaccurate, but it was mostly inaccurate. Sure, there are definitely aspects of the game
1 year ago

Preview: Ravenswatch

It feels like we really have already passed the point wherein we should be getting dozens of deeply felt YouTube videos about what makes a good roguelite game, or else we already have been getting them and I just happen to have somehow missed them over the past several years. The thought was on my
20 Sep 2022

Review: Soulstice

Back in June, I had the chance to preview Soulstice, a character action game that stood out from its contemporaries for its dark aesthetic and hectic action, pitting its two protagonists against hordes of enemies as they traverse the ruins of a gothic city thoroughly inspired by anime and manga.
13 Jun 2022

Preview: Soulstice

There are several matters of debate when it comes to the character action game, with discourse of the categorization often ranging from defining the term in the first place to establishing which title incepted the genre as we know it. And yet whether you think the genre began with the 2001 release of Onimusha: Warlords
9 May 2022

Review: Neptunia x SENRAN KAGURA: Ninja Wars [PC]

If you can believe it, there was a time when one IP crossing over with another was considered a rare event. While I’m showing my age with this statement alone, the scarcity of such a thing just lent itself to the excitement of experiencing the crossover in general. In comparison to the dearth of options
10 Feb 2022

Preview: Achilles: Legends Untold

There’s no shortage of games that have taken inspiration from From Software’s Souls series. Following the breakout success of its second title, Dark Souls, many developers have crafted titles of similar feel and seen them across not only unique boundaries of gameplay, but unique boundaries of setting as well.
27 Apr 2021

Review: NieR: Replicant ver. 1.22474487139…

The thing about Yoko Taro games is that there’s nothing else quite like them. And that is, to a certain extent, the problem with Yoko Taro games, because among the things they traditionally haven’t been is very good. Drakengard was the first Taro game I played, and that was a janky mess that got widely
14 Oct 2020

Review: Onee Chanbara Origin

So here’s your Japanese lesson for the day. “Onee-chan” is an affectionate term for an older sister. “Chanbara” means swordfighting. Thus, the title of this particular game series is a play on words. It’s an older sister swordfighting! It can also be written as “Oneechanbara” or “Onee Chanbara” depending on localization; we’re going with Onee
29 Sep 2020

Review: Ys Origin [Switch]

The Ys series is an odd one in the annals of JRPGs. On the one hand, it is very much in the original school of these games, with the first installment coming out in 1987, and there was a definite push to bring it to North America. Unfortunately, due to a variety of different factors,