Glimpses, Depths, and More

F.I.S.T: Forged in Shadow Torch

This is a slightly above average Metroidvania game that wasted some of its potential. The games that are around average are often quite tricky to write about. When a game is good and/or enjoyable, then I can easily rhapsodize about how it’s an incredible game that people should seek out. If it’s particularly good, I…

Front Mission: 1st Remake

In a lot of ways this was one of my most anticipated games of 2022. It wasn’t nearly as far up there as Triangle Strategy or Live a Live, partially because I was fairly certain I’d played it before (Front Mission was released on the Nintendo DS), and partially because it was being promoted as…

Chained Echoes

Chained Echoes wears its inspiration on its sleeve. Just a glance at almost any shot of the game and a savvy individual can tell that the game is clearly pulling from those SNES sprite based RPGs (arguably one of the golden ages of such games). As someone who supported the Kickstarter (my name’s in the…

Shadow Madness

(this is a copied and pasted review from Steam on the game; it’s one I mentioned a while back with game preservation and remembering old titles, so I figured I’d go ahead and post it here too) There’s this term that gets thrown around when it comes to some games, this idea of the “hidden…

It’s Hard to Make a Good Metroidvania

Prior to last Black Friday, I had quite good luck when it came to metroidvanias. I’d occasionally stumble onto one that was poorly made, like Carrion (which somehow gets awards, which I still don’t understand). I had recently gotten Death’s Gambit on sale, which made me wonder if there weren’t quite a few metroidvania games…

Top 10 Video Games of 2022

Alright folks, here it is. We’ve hit the last day of the year 2022, and it’s time for me to put together my list of favorite games that came out during this really impressive year. RPGs had a great year in general, including some that I haven’t played yet (like Elden Ring), and several major…

Top 10 Books, 2022

While I don’t post many book reviews up on this site, I am a voracious reader (kinda shouldn’t come as a big surprise, with the doctorate in English). I do put up reviews on my Amazon account, which has some links here. Still, tis the time for end of the year lists, and the book…

Biggest Video Game and Film Disappointments in 2022

That’s right, it’s that time of year again: the time when critics professional and amatuer start putting together their end of the year lists, which are ever so much fun to put together (I’ve been working on mine off and on for weeks). I’m stalling a bit for both games and books, as I’ve two…

Metroid Dread

I have been anticipating this game a lot. I know I’m behind the curve with regards to it: it came out last year after all, but I didn’t want to spent $60 on a metroidvania, even if it is coming from the same series that coined the first half of that term. When Metroid Dread…

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