8 months ago

Review: Silent Hope

I’ve been a fan of Marvelous’ work for a while, starting with the old Harvest Moon games way back when and more recently with the Rune Factory series. So of course I was delighted to see some classic monsters return in the trailer, and I knew I had to check this out. While it seemed to lean away from the life sim elements of those other series and into pure action this time around, adding action had made Rune Factory better for me than Harvest Moon, so I shouldn’t have been surprised that sooner or later they would decided to go all in.
1 year ago

Review: Trinity Trigger

Throwback games are nearly always a risky business. There’s certainly much to be gained by taking notes from the classics that came before, but a lack of innovation on tried and true concepts can just as readily cause a game to feel like a drop in the bucket for a genre rather than a proper
14 Oct 2022

Review: Potionomics

More often than not, the games I review here are not games I specifically knew about beforehand. That is not the case for Potionomics, though. I forget how far back I first learned about it, but I had flagged it as something that looked lovely and like it could be a lot of fun quite
22 Mar 2022

Review: Rune Factory 5

There is nothing sadder than waiting almost a decade for a game, just to be disappointed by it. I still remember how excited I was when Rune Factory 5 was first announced. On the one hand, it was scary to think back on all the hours I poured into Rune Factory 4, but the anticipation
28 Sep 2021

Review: Knockout Home Fitness

Wait, what did that title say? Something about home fitness? Oh no, that means I have to get up and move again… Over the years, many have tried mixing a game console with physical activity. All the way back on the NES, there was the Power Pad mat controller with World Class Track Meet. Then
9 Nov 2020

Review: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

A game like Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin feels like an eventual inevitability. I’ve noted before that Demon’s Souls is a game that’s spawned a lot of imitations, largely because… well, it has. But it seems like Stardew Valley has also spawned a number of imitators in a similar vein, and it’s honestly not surprising
25 Aug 2020

Review: Kandagawa Jet Girls

There are some creators where one just knows exactly what kind of game they’re going to get from them. Kenichiro Takaki is one of those creators. If Takaki’s name is attached to a project, one can typically expect…well, lots of fanservice. Fanservice that crosses so far over the line of “offensive” that it wraps right
8 Jul 2020

Review: Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town

Running away to a remote town and maintaining a farm might not be a viable option for you at the moment, but if it’s something you’ve ever considered doing then Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is here for you. This self-proclaimed “expanded remake,” developed and published by XSEED Games and Marvelous USA, releases
8 Oct 2019

Review: BurgerTime Party!

Let me preface this review by saying that I’m definitely old enough to remember the early arcade days, when gaming meant going out to an arcade, bowling alley, or other sort of fun center and popping quarters into arcade cabinets. Yes, they still exist, but in the US, arcades are a shadow of their former
3 Aug 2019

Review: London Detective Mysteria

When designing a character, an author can only hope that their creation will be one to stand the test of time. A character that readers decades from now, maybe even centuries, will still be able to enjoy and relate to in a way. A character that even those who haven't read the works they were created for can still recognize.
13 Jul 2019

Review: Senran Kagura: Peach Ball

What we have here is something kind of special, and there's a story behind it (and in it!). I was browsing video games on Amazon, as I often do, when I stumbled upon something I thought was very odd: What appeared to be a pinball-type game with a Mature rating. "How could you make a Mature pinball game?" I asked myself.
24 Jan 2019

Review: Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal

[Note: Due to the fanservice-heavy nature of this game, some of the images in this article may be considered NSFW.]
16 Sep 2018

Review: Senran Kagura Reflexions

[Note: Due to the fanservice-heavy nature of this game, some of the screenshots in this article may be considered NSFW.] Shake It Up The little rumble motors in our controllers are things that we have come to take for granted over the past few console generations. What was once a pretty interesting gimmick offering a
8 Sep 2018

Review: Freedom Planet [Switch]

Break Out of the Mold When it comes to entertainment media, creators are often asked what influenced them in their creations (a question which I’m guilty of asking often during interviews…). Did another person’s works help guide their thoughts, or maybe a specific movie or game struck an idea in their head.