Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster

I have mentioned previously that my favorite video game of all time is Final Fantasy IX, which came out on Playstation in 2000. Ironically, if you had asked me around that time period what my favorite game actually was, only the first two words/letters of that response would be the same. I would be insteadContinue reading “Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster”

Final Fantasy VIII: An Uneven Classic

There’s always this weirdness that comes when I’m reviewing a classic game like this. I did Final Fantasy IX, my favorite game, last year during a lull in releases and playing new games. Thanks to the release of the Pixel Remasters, there’s no danger of that for a good while (I’ve basically got Final FantasyContinue reading “Final Fantasy VIII: An Uneven Classic”

Aeterna Noctis: Challenge =/= Entertainment

Aeterna Noctis is an absolutely gorgeous Metroidvania with some of the most unique areas I’ve ever explored in a game of its type. In addition to that, it has a gripping story with some fun ideas and twists built into it. It’s also a relentlessly difficult game with stiff controls that don’t quite work asContinue reading “Aeterna Noctis: Challenge =/= Entertainment”

Octopath Traveler II: Sequels Done Right

Before I got to playing this game, the worst thing I’d heard about it is that it’s essentially more of the first game. Seeing as Octopath Traveler is currently my second most played Switch game, with three full playthroughs on it, I was naturally quite pleased with that revelation. I most definitely could and wouldContinue reading “Octopath Traveler II: Sequels Done Right”

Fire Emblem: Engage(ing) With the Franchise’s Queer Handlings

Let’s get the easy, sort of obvious thing out of the way first. Fire Emblem: Engage is a pretty good game when you take in everything. It’s plot is a bit basic, but it makes a decent attempt at putting a few twists in, though most of them take place later in the game. TheContinue reading “Fire Emblem: Engage(ing) With the Franchise’s Queer Handlings”

In Defense of the Hobbit Movies

I like the Hobbit films. That’s probably not all that surprising, given my opinions here and the fact that fantasy novels regularly appear in my top ten lists. This is probably increasingly unsurprising because I’ve frequently mentioned that I have a doctorate in English Literature. Nearly everyone who’s this far into their English academic careerContinue reading “In Defense of the Hobbit Movies”

Unpopular Opinions and Tactics Ogre: Reborn

I was looking forward to this game. It was one of my most anticipated games of last year, and it dropped within a month of Persona 5. I thought for sure that the two games combined were just going to eat away my time, making me want nothing more than to keep playing them, toContinue reading “Unpopular Opinions and Tactics Ogre: Reborn”

Persona 5: Philosophy and Sexual Assault – Depth in Games and the Problems of Sexuality

Persona 5 is every bit the amazing, once in a generation video game that everyone says it is, and if you have any interest in playing it or any JRPG ever, you should give it a try. 10 a completely enthralling and engaging experience nearly from its beginning to the end of its 100+ hourContinue reading “Persona 5: Philosophy and Sexual Assault – Depth in Games and the Problems of Sexuality”

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Nostalgia and Emotion While We Play

Bloodstained is another of those with an interesting back story. It’s well known as a Kickstarter project that played to gamers’ nostalgia. Koji Igarashi is moderately well known as the developer of several Castlevania games, most noticeably Symphony of the Night and Aria of Sorrow. He’d stated that he’d make a new game in thatContinue reading “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night – Nostalgia and Emotion While We Play”

La Pucelle: Ragnarok – How to Do a Rerelease Right

Note: this review/essay is going to get very spoiler heavy, particularly toward the end I did not buy Prinny Presents 3 for La Pucelle Ragnarok, though I know for many/most, that was one of the bigger selling points. For me, Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure held a lot more nostalgia and was a far more appealingContinue reading “La Pucelle: Ragnarok – How to Do a Rerelease Right”