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”

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”

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne – HD Remaster

I have never played a Shin Megami Tensei game. I have played a few of the spin-off games: both Persona 3 and 4, as well as the two Devil Survivor games that released for the DS, so I am somewhat familiar with a lot of how the Shin Megami Tensei series works. Most importantly, I’mContinue reading “Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne – HD Remaster”

Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure

Rhapsody is one of those games I have a pretty strong memory of going in. I was at Hastings, a sort of regional chain that offered game rentals while also selling various media (CDs, books, games, movies, etc.). This was during the Playstation 1’s heyday, and I was looking for something to rent. I’m assumingContinue reading “Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure”

Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout

The Atelier series is one of those long-running JRPG series that you probably only know about if you’re a fairly devoted follower of such things (like yours truly). The basic premise is that you play an alchemist of some kind, who is attempting to build their Atelier while also dealing with some kind of traditionalContinue reading “Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness and the Secret Hideout”

Earthlock

Another week, another poorly made retro JRPG throwback. Earthlock promises to be something of a throwback to old JRPGs from the Playstation era. That’s a weirdly specific time to select, one that often gets ignored in favor of the sprite-based years on the SNES. There’s a longstanding argument about when precisely the golden age ofContinue reading “Earthlock”

Live a Live: Thematic Evil and Intertwining Narratives

Live a Live is a weird game. You only need look up a few of the reviews to get an idea for that. Originally released only in Japan in 1994 on the SNES, this RPG has been considered something of a hidden gem ever since. A fanmade translation patch came out for it in theContinue reading “Live a Live: Thematic Evil and Intertwining Narratives”