Shinsekai: Into the Depths

After my first hour or so of this game, I wasn’t sure I was going to play further. Oh, the game had plenty of atmosphere by that point. The underwater elements have this ethereal quality to them that make everything feel very much like you’re drifting under a vast ocean. It adds to the feelingContinue reading “Shinsekai: Into the Depths”

Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles debuted on the PS3 all the way back in 2008, so it feels almost redundant at this point to review it, particularly since the fourth game in the series released for the Switch back in 2018 (which, ironically, was the same year that this game came out). However, unlike some games, this particularContinue reading “Valkyria Chronicles”

Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny

My experience with the Disgaea franchise goes all the way back to its beginning. I picked up a copy of the first game when it came out on PS2, recognizing the publisher, Atlus, as a major publisher of niche, fun RPGs and strategy RPGs. The quirky game promised that you’d get to play through theContinue reading “Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny”

Nickelodeon All Star Brawl

In many ways I’m the target audience for this particular game. I’m someone who grew up watching most if not all of the cartoon featured on this title (a few are a bit too new and I was never into Spongebob [I’m aware of the blasphemy of that statement, but he wasn’t my thing andContinue reading “Nickelodeon All Star Brawl”

Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania

Was anyone actually expecting this movie to be any good? In all honesty, I went in expecting a half-baked animated affair, much like the third movie. I’ve seen more than my share of animated films, thanks in no small part to some disposable income plus streaming, as likely have many parents at this point. There’sContinue reading “Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania”

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Popular opinion has it that not only is Aria of Sorrow (AoS) the best Castlevania game in the Switch GBA collection, but that it may be one of the best -vania games in that particular lineup. In this case, popular opinion is pretty much right. The story here takes everything that I love about CastlevaniaContinue reading “Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow”

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark

Everybody wants to be the next Final Fantasy Tactics. It’s been twenty plus years, and people are still aping the overall style and strategy of this classic game: classes, characters earning AP for various jobs, mixing and matching characters, and to top it all off: a grand, epic story that draws upon political epics. AnyoneContinue reading “Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark”

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

This game almost made me feel bad regarding my Carrion review. To be clear: I still don’t think Carrion is a good game, and it may be my least favorite Metroidvania. It messed up in too many ways and was too anti-player. But it did at least one major thing that this particular game didn’t:Continue reading “Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance”

Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights

There’s this term in gaming parlance these days called “souls like”. It refers to games that ape the incredibly successful formula we see/saw in From Software’s more recent games, particularly the “Dark Souls” trilogy. These games are usually incredibly hard, with little to no hand holding, dropping the players into a world that actively wantsContinue reading “Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knights”