The colonization of outside worlds has been explored in video games for decades. Red Faction, Doom, Mass Effect, and more have all brought human life to the red planet. However, there haven’t been many that put you in direct control of the colonization process. Sure, it has been explored to a certain degree but the
The opening hours of The Long Reach are incredibly intriguing, and the story remains interesting throughout. Things can sometimes get a little confusing and dialog can sometimes make the tone of the game feel a bit uneven. But I am happy to say that if you’re looking for a bite-sized thriller to jump into that won’t take
Attack on Titan is one of those franchises that blew up in the West and is regarded as one of the most popular anime series worldwide. After developer Omega Force acquired the license, the team released Attack on Titan for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2016. Evidently the game, as well as the
Action games are a dime a dozen nowadays, but Bayonetta has always stood out. Compared to the likes of Dante or Kratos, Bayonetta is a much different kind of action game hero entirely — namely, one that has four pistols mounted to her hands and feet, and summons gigantic hair demons to do a good amount of
Developer Long Hat House’s Dandara is just a conceptually pleasing game. Rethinking the standard Metroid-type game from the ground up, Dandara approaches a near-saturated genre with new takes that genuinely flip gameplay on its head. Dandara is without a doubt a merger of old and new ideas. On one point of the spectrum, the game offers the standard (and still equally
On the surface, Crossing Souls makes quite the impression with its thoroughly polished rendition of the 80’s that mixes pixel art from a bygone era, vibes of a Saturday morning cartoon, and a story reminiscent of a Spielberg summer blockbuster. Crossing Souls undeniably time-travels and captures the period meticulously and truthfully, packing a serious dosage
Dynasty Warriors 9 is finally here, and while it comes with plenty of familiar elements, Omega Force went with a completely different basic structure, carrying the series in the realm of open-world games. The story will be familiar to many, as it’s based on the era of the Three Kingdom in China, when the states of Wei,
There was a moment during the middle of the PS3/Xbox 360 generation where niche RPGs were tough to find in the West. Instead, it seemed publishers released these games on popular handheld devices at the time, the Nintendo DS and PSP. It was around this time in 2010 that Atlus released a unique and interesting
Last year, I reviewed Pokémon Silver when it was re-released on 3DS. While I did feel that the game has dated in some areas, I also believed that the Generation II games were when the Pokémon series cemented itself as a mechanically solid series that was here to stay. That being said, Pokémon Crystal was surprisingly absent from the initial
The concept of “style over substance” is a real dilemma for the broader indie game scene. While finding a novel and satisfying gameplay hook is the bedrock of many smaller games, the task of finding that gameplay loop gets more difficult every year with thousands of indie releases across console platforms and Steam Greenlight. Because
Remasters and remakes have become a staple of the gaming industry over the past decade, but they tend to range in quality. I am one who likes revisiting old games that are near and dear to me, but rarely in those replay sessions do I feel the same emotions that I did when I originally experienced a
Of Mice and Sand -Revised- is a game that takes place in a huge desert wasteland on another planet inhabited by a number of different cute little anthropomorphic animals. Of those cute little desert denizens, you play as mice: short, curious critters with a knack for salvaging junk and turning it into something useful. The
Furi is everything I could ask for in a pocket-sized boss rush. It’s challenging, dynamic, beautiful in both audio and visual facets, and most importantly, challenging; there’s no fluff to be found. That matters a lot especially when you’re on the go. Having had Furi in my backpack the past couple of days has turned
My first introduction to the SaGa franchise was SaGa Frontier 2 on PlayStation, and to this day I consider it one of my all-time favorite RPGs. However, with having limited to no internet access at the time, I was unaware of most titles that came before it; more specifically, the Romancing SaGa trilogy on Super Famicom.
Ever since Cave Story and Mega Man 9 jumpstarted the retro-revival scene in gaming in the mid-2000’s, many titles have been created that call back to retro consoles from the 8 and 16 Bit eras. Kickstarter has also been home to many of these games, with one of its biggest successes being 2014’s Shovel Knight.
I often find that Kickstarter titles can be some of the hardest games to review. Given the circumstances behind how these games (like A Hat in Time) are usually developed, I tend to find myself sometimes more forgiving than usual. Instead, I try to focus on whether or not the game’s creator followed through on the
Nine Parchments is the kind of game you play when you’re with a few friends and you want to have a drink. There’s no convoluted story to pay attention to, there’s not much in the way of mechanics, and the moment-to-moment gameplay is accessible to anyone. All of these things make Nine Parchments an incredible cooperative
Despite their influence on video game history, Capcom subsidiary Clover Studio was only around for less than three years following its formation. Although God Hand would be its last game and Viewtiful Joe was the studio’s longest-running series before officially closing their doors, 2006’s action-adventure title Okami would be considered Clover Studio’s legacy project. Unfortunately, Okami was an art-centric product that got lost
Glitch City is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. A dark, sci fi-punk twist on both New York City and Tokyo, Glitch City — and for that matter, the rest of the world — has fallen into a state of disrepair. Glitch City may even be worse-off compared to the rest of the country, with
There’s something about picking your dream car, customizing its looks, and drifting it through the mountains like Sean Boswell in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Finding the corned on a windy-back road or timing your shifts in a drag race down the boulevard feel rewarding and badass. It’s only when you take a
As the 2017 gaming year comes to a close, its safe to say that 4K gaming is in full swing; between the 4K-built PCs, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Xbox One X, all three systems fully capable of running varying degrees of 4K output. As gaming hardware becoming more powerful, demand for capture cards to keep
The minigames have always been an integral part of the Mario Party titles, seemingly being the only thing that stayed consistently good and fun as the series got more experimental — a constant factor, frustrating longtime fans. While I have actually found things to like in the newer Mario Party games, even being a fan of
After reviewing hundreds of video games across multiple generations, very rarely can I say I am ever truly surprised by a title. Sure, there are the occasional black sheep that stick out from time to time, but after playing so many titles any gamer develops an intuition that can separate the wheat from the chaff.
Star Wars Battlefront II should’ve been the Chosen One. After the lackluster response to 2015’s Battlefront, Battlefront II seemed to have the breadth of content and an added campaign to please that those who felt slighted from the first game wanted in the sequel. At its best moments, Battlefront II is the game that we hoped it would be with some
With no exception, Chicago-based developer Jackbox Games sets the gold standard for local multiplayer party games. Obviously, this includes the newly-released Jackbox Party Pack 4 – the latest iteration of the series, packing together a diverse and largely Twitch/livestream-inspired bundle that was an instant hit with both gamers and non-gamers I brought to the table.
There’s a group of gamers who seem to crave niche titles that otherwise won’t receive much attention from the larger gaming population. These gamers don’t necessarily want what’s popular or what’s on everyone’s most anticipated list, and they like it that way. Luckily, NIS America has come to give this group what they want and
If there’s one developer who knows how to make a dungeon crawler it’s Demon Gaze II‘s Experience. Time and again we’ve seen solid dungeon crawling games, such as Stranger of Sword City and Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy. But one title that has stood out to me was their 2014 release of Demon Gaze on PlayStation Vita. The game
Am I really reviewing a .hack game in 2017? My inner teenage self is practically screaming with delight right now. Whether it’s the anime, manga, or video games, I have been a firm believer that the .hack series is one of the best stories ever told. I bet you can guess my excitement when I
Raid: World War II is a disaster. Even with some of its more redeemable qualities, it’s hard to recommend over other phenomenal World War II shooters this year like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Call of Duty: World War II. The game seems like a culmination of too many ideas that never come together. Developer Lion game Lion clearly
The Summon Night series has always been a bitter pill to swallow for western JRPG fans. Many of the entries in the mainline titles have never been localized besides Summon Night 5 on PSP in 2016. The series commits to a well-told story with a large cast of characters that are featured in multiple spin-offs