Game Reviews
  • No More Heroes
    No More HeroesNintendo Switch

    So when thinking about No More Heroes, this was a good time in the end deal. Story: No More Heroes follows Travis Touchdown on his way to the top, In the end, it is a very simple story through and through, and it structure was simple to follow in the end, I love the wackiness of it, and going through it was a blast with all the heavy story games I been playing. Gameplay and Sidequest: I always take sidequests as a high for me because I like to do as much as I can in a game. but the sidequests in this game are fun but get a little tiring. In between main story segments, you have to do these sidequests to make sure you can move on, and in the big picture there is a lot to do the problem comes from there's like one main side quests...
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  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HDPC

    Unlike the first entry of the ?Lords of Shadow? series, ?Mirror of Fate? manages to be a competent and fun Castlevania game, instead of feeling inspired by it. The 2.5D style and the Metroidvania-like level design create a contemporary take on the classic 2D games, improving on the work of Dracula X Chronicles when it comes to modernizing Castlevania. Central elements to the metroidvania style are prominently featured, such as platforming, puzzles, obtaining new skills and weapons and backtracking to previous areas after getting the upgrade needed to access new places. Backtracking is also not made as tiring with the addition of some teleporters, but some of the items, powers and upgrades - such as all the attack-based special powers - can end up feeling not as useful, as they consume much more magic without offering much of a damage reward. The controls from the first game are greatly improved...
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  • Persona 5 Strikers
    Persona 5 StrikersPlayStation 4

    When you think of a Persona spinoff you would think of something like a dancing game or a fighting game, not a muso. This was a gamble that was taken, and it was done well. Story: Following the story of Persona 5 vanilla (sadly not Royal), the gang gets together for summer vacation, which unholds is an adventure that is packed with fun. The story of this game is simple though it works so perfectly, due to it being summer vacation. It feels like the story went y in a breeze, and that was the point of summer for all of us tend to go by in a breeze. The story delivered perfectly. Gameplay: Now this being a muso I will state this, I never tend to play these types of games but did that tender my enjoyment of the gameplay, no it did not. I feel like the gameplay...
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  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
    Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac AgePlayStation 4

    I had a funny feeling whenever I got around to this game that I would enjoy the updated version more than the PS2 version. Story: The best way to describe the story of FF12 (other than obvious Star Wars jokes), is a political determination. This FF is the most politically driven story told in a game. It can be slow at points but is it gets captivating when it gets to a point it captivating. Gameplay: This is best described as a single-player MMO, and at first when i tried to play this many years ago is that I did not click with me however the ZA changes a lot to where this gameplay is not so bad like it was. The new class system makes it so every character has their own role and they stick to it, and it makes swapping out characters all the more useful and...
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  • Super Mario All-Stars
    Super Mario All-StarsNintendo Super NES

    One of the best remakes in history. All Super Mario Bros Nes games remade for the SNES. I confess that this analysis is somewhat obstructed by nostalgia, this was one of the games that I have the greatest affective memory, as I played a lot in my childhood. I'll talk briefly about the four games in the compilation. The classic Super Mario Bros. it's simple and faithful to the nes version, only with improved graphics, decorating Bowser's castles (which were just gray on the NES) and making the Toad's joke at the end of each world funnier and with better sounds throughout the game, obviously. The game has 32 stages plus a second mission, a little more difficult, but not that much. Super Mario Lost Levels (Super Mario Bros 2. Japanese) is like the first one,...
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  • Devil May Cry 5
    Devil May Cry 5PC

    This game is a huge tonal shift from the others in the series, and has a bunch of new characters in it that it doesn't really take the time to introduce to the player, so much as act like they've been there all along. This is not necessarily bad, just something to keep in mind to help decide if you yourself might like it. The controls feel less smooth/intuitive than they did in previous games of the series, making it less enjoyable and sometimes even a bit of a chore to play. I've spoken to a few friends to compare notes on this, and most of them agree it feels off. A few said they didn't mind or didn't notice though, so this is not a guaranteed negative. This game takes that jump into the more hyperrealistic art direction that so many newer games do, that often get a lot of praise, but I...
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  • AI: The Somnium Files
    AI: The Somnium FilesPC

    At the time of writing this I just finished Ota's route and wow. Recently I've played through the good ending of OMORI and I never thought I'd have tears well up in my eyes like that from a game again. The final Sync (of Ota's Route) was just so heartfelt and hit very close to home. Overall the game has a very interesting and well done way of telling a story. The writing is impeccable. The investigations can be slow at times if you're missing one thing to click on. Interrogations are great and remind me of Danganronpa trials in the way you do evidence selection. The Syncs though are just incredible and very unique, they having branching paths good lore/world building give valuable information to solve and ongoing serial killer case, have hilarious character moments without trampling on the other things listed. I haven't laughed this much at a...
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  • Pokémon Platinum Version
    Pokémon Platinum VersionNintendo DS

    Pok?mon Platinum, despite being released over 12 years ago, definitely still stands among one of the greatest Pok?mon titles of all time. Let's start off with the story, which I think is great. It starts off like any ordinary Pok?mon title, where the player obtains a starter Pok?mon, then they are given a Pok?dex to register every Pok?mon in the region, and so on. But, the thing that makes Pok?mon Platinum stand out among all the others is the characters. When you obtain your starter Pok?mon, the professor is one of the first in the entire series, and I believe the only one in the entire series as of Gen 8, to consider whether it is really right to give someone who takes such risks (before you and Barry are about to run through the tall grass, which, as you can see, would not be a great idea) a Pok?mon....
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  • Bloodborne
    BloodbornePlayStation 4

    First off it is important for me to say how insanely happy I am that I one day went to the store and made the rather spontaneous decision to buy this game. I only ever heard that this game was hard, good and the score was incredible. I had never played a Souls-Like game before so this really was the first experience I ever had and oh boy am I glad this all happened. There is so much praise I want to give this game but I think I need to start with the bosses! The lovecraftian style in which most bosses are designed is mindblowing. They look authentic in the world that has been set up and it really feels like these things exist in that world. Secondly, I know that this was the thought behind the design of the bosses, but it feels so incredibly good to beat a...
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  • Final Fantasy III
    Final Fantasy IIIPC

    Final Fantasy III is the first game of the reknowned saga that I dare to play and complete. I haven't finished it just yet, but it seemed imperative for me to let the community know about it. It is an *extremely pleasant* game, even if it has its pros and cons. I'd like to highlight the developers work in terms of class variety (called 'Jobs' in the game), the different languages availability and last but not least, the main characters' enriched personalities. I'll add an spoiler as a tip at the end of the review regarding this. Thinking about the time when it was released, I also found admirable the graphics, sound effects and soundtrack of the game. It is a caress to the classic gamer, who will undoubtedly enjoy this game. As for the story, it's fairly simple and linear, but you might find yourself lost without proper directions nor a log/journal to...
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  • Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny
    Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of DestinyPlayStation 2

    Atelier Iris is a very old series - so much so that if you play the current Atelier series, you'll feel like they were made by different company. Like Final Fantasy, the names of various spells and items carry over from game to game. Atelier Iris 2 is the second game in a trio of Atelier games in which you follow a pair of alchemists, Felt and Viese, in their journey to learn more about the ancient mysteries of alchemy. Along their way, they meet a sword known as the Azure Azorth and with it, learn more and take an adventure, further than they originally planned. While the basis of the story isn't anything special, the deeper you go into this game, the more realize how many pockets to the story actually exist. It is beautifully written and, while it's a tad long for it's era,...
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  • Final Fantasy V
    Final Fantasy VPC

    So you ever just fall in love with a game for its mechanics alone? Where the facets of the gameplay just click and all is right. For the past week now I have been obsessed and absorbed by this retro title and I want to share just why I now love this game. Gameplay - 9 This is the bread and butter to Final Fantasy V. Where, as a series most known for its story, instead this game is a small detour into a complex web of character building. A blank tapestry in which you weave your own party into something amazing. Yes I am referring to the famous job system. To give a brief rundown on what the job system is to the uninitiated. You have four characters each getting to choose a "job" or class in other games. Each job has innate skills that,...
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  • Etrian Odyssey Nexus
    Etrian Odyssey NexusNintendo 3DS

    Etrian Odyssey Nexus wraps up the Etrian Odyssey series that ran five games long (not inlcuding remakes) between the DS and 3DS handheld game systems and that's exactly how they treated this game - the ultimate finisher. For those that aren't familiar with the story, you're essentially tasked with creating a team of five heroes to explore the world, roam dungeons, create maps and solve tasks. All this, to get to, or solve, the mysteries of the Yggdrasil tree. This game takes content from previous games and meshes them together. And oh boy, did they ever. In fact, I only played Etrian Odyssey IV and V and I could tell what they pulled from each game. This goes anywhere from character classes, dungeons, music and avatars. This is essentially Super Smash Brothers Ultimate, but for the Etrian Odyssey games. They do introduce a new...
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  • Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland
    Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of ArlandPlayStation 3

    Atelier Totori is a game I wanted to like. It was my first Atelier game since finished the Atelier Iris series, which I absolutely loved. NIS, the publisher, has had some obvious changes over the Atelier series implemented, but I picked this game up, without any hesitation and without looking up any reviews. The start is somewhat slow because they have to teach you the alchemy basics and, if you're not an Atelier beginner, this can get old very quickly. Granted, I still learned a few things, but this was a slog for even me. The story itself is interesting enough in that you're trying to find a lost person, but the way you go about recruiting your team and finally starting your journey feels forced. The biggest downfall of the story is that you are given a limited number of in-game days to finish the...
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  • The Whispered World
    The Whispered WorldPC

    I don't have much experience with adventure games, but after going through my first point and click game - Deponia - I decided I wanted to go a little bit deeper into similar titles. Whispered World came to me thanks to the code contained in one of the CD-Action issues - a polish videogame newspaper - and thanks to that I found out about the existence of another title released by the creators of the aforementioned Deponia - Daedalic Entertainment. Both games, although they come from the same creator, are like fire and water, where one is a very comedic representation of a dirty sci-fi world and the other presents a rather mysterious and pretty dark fantasy world, but still in quite a cartoonish style. The theme of Whispered World spoke to me much more though and the game intrigued me immediately. And although the title itself is not very...
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  • PowerSlave

    (PSX version played via the "Powerslave EX" port) When people think of 90s first person shooters, some things that come to mind are fast paced, balls to the walls action, and while that is still somewhat true for the old titles such as the DOOM franchise for its intricately designed combat, Duke Nukem 3D for its, at the time, groundbreaking level design or Quake, for its incredible multiplayer, which is still played even to this day. However, one aspect of all these games that goes underappreciated is the element of exploration, roaming these huge levels, remembering key card specific doors and certain locked areas. But, one little title that was released on the SEGA Saturn and the Playstation 1 stands the test of time in this regard, with the few people that know of it loving its metroidvania elements. Exhumed was released on the Playstation 1 on March 1st 1997 for...
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  • Super Mario 3D All-Stars
    Super Mario 3D All-StarsNintendo Switch

    In short : ++ Being able to play 3D Mario games in a portable console ++ Revisiting/discovering those 3 incredible games that shaped the video game industry + The OST collection -- Quasi-straight ports, missed potential on quality of life improvements. ? The limited-time availability ? Super Mario 3D All Stars brings Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy back to the Nintendo Switch. It's a real pleasure and a blast to be able to play once again these games on the Nintendo Switch, in the absence of a virtual console. You can now have your Isle Delfino in your bus, or listen to Jolly Roger Bay music while in the park. This collection allows younger audience to finaly discover those classic games while giving back nostalgic experiences to old-time fans. Moreover, it's the first time Sunshine and Galaxy are brought over from their original consoles. In addition, you can also enjoy a nice...
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  • Paper Mario: The Origami King
    Paper Mario: The Origami KingNintendo Switch

    In short: ++ Beautiful game, art and level design ++ Great adventure + Olivia best sidekick +/- Battle gameplay at least a bit improved from the last two entries +/- The collectathon have great puzzles to solve, but some hidden collectibles are way too random - Main antagonist motivations fall flat, missed potential - Half of bosses' designs are "meh" Paper Mario: The Origami King is the next entry in the Paper Mario series and follow the last two very controversial Sticker Star and Color Splash. There were a lot of expectations on this game from die-hard fans to once again hold the olympic flame of the Paper Mario series. To begin with, Origami King is a very beautiful game. The graphics are polished, the look-and-feel of the whole game is well constructed, immersive and the paper/origami theme is skillfully exploited. In addition, your adventure takes you to great landscapes, to goofy characters and to puzzling secrets while your...
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  • The Sims 2
    The Sims 2Nintendo Gameboy Advance

    I adore this game and I adore Strangetown. The combination of: The OST, which is both fitting and memorable (It was remastered 2 years ago by the composer); The visuals, amazingly atmospheric; The characters, which are an assortment of stereotypes both human and not written in a way I enjoyed and of course each episode's stories themselves are the four things that make it what it is: weird. Great, but weird. While as a story-based game the gameplay itself isn't anything too exciting, the minigames are actually fun. Although the cola minigame is undoubtedly the most iconic, my favourites are Bigfoot Love Chickens (a money machine) and Keelhaulin' Cards. With the exception of Canyon Jumping they're all integrated into the world nicely. Even then the exception can be forgiven, because Strangetown is indeed strange. I've heard complaints of excessive grind and while it's a good idea to level up the social moves...
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  • Ys Book I & II
    Ys Book I & IITurboGrafx CD

    Ys I is very likely the best action RPG of the 1980s. The game embodies everything great about that period; it tells a very light and brisk story of an adventurer searching for the lost land of Ys in the troubled nation of Esteria, but it never dwells on any one plot element for too long before ushering the player towards their next dungeon or boss battle. As one of the early CD-ROM video games, Ys is full of glimpses at what then-emergent technology could do: Redbook Audio music recorded from live instruments, voice acted cutscenes, and opening and ending sequences animated with the same turn-of-the-decade fantasy anime flair seen in Lodoss War and Arslan Senki. In part because the memory limitations of the time were still very real, these "glimpses" are never more than that--the voiced sequences are short and to the point, which can be a welcome shift coming...
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  • Kirby Star Allies
    Kirby Star AlliesNintendo Switch

    **WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD** "In a part of space far away from Planet Popstar, a priest named Hyness floats up to the altar of the Jamba Heart, which is trapped in a seal. Using his magic, he commences a ritual to break the seal and revive his religion's god. However, since he did not fully understand how to break the seal, the ritual went wrong, causing the Jamba Heart to shatter and send its shards flying throughout the galaxy. Many of these pieces fall down to Dream Land, where many residents watch in awe as the shards fall from the sky. The shards then corrupt and possess anyone they are fall near to. Kirby, however, is taking an afternoon nap and slept through the entire event. During Kirby’s nap, a pink shard, which was not dispersed by the Jamba Heart, but rather the Heart Spears containing it in its seal, lands and...
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  • Victoria II
    Victoria IIPC

    Victoria II: The most niche current gen Paradox game. The final one before CK2 popularized the art of the grand strategy map game. It often gets overlooked or dismissed as a relic of its time, but truth be told, this is one of my favorite games of all time and I just picked it up on-sale very late into 2019. Even without nostalgia goggles, Victoria II is a masterpiece. It takes a hefty time investment to learn, the UI is a bit dated, the two DLCs are NEEDED (Although, on-sale they're only like 20$) and there is some jank especially in vanilla. Despite this, the hours upon hours I put into learning the game don't feel wasted at all. If you are a fan of these kinds of games, if you like customization, depth, strategy, the idea of creating an empire, or role-playing; I beg you not to dismiss this game...
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  • Chrono Trigger
    Chrono TriggerNintendo Super NES

    DisTorTion - Chrono Trigger (As spoiler-free as possible. Grab some popcorn for this one) Chrono Trigger is easily one of my favourite RPG's, if not one of my favourite games of all time. I first completed this game years ago on the Wii Virtual Console, and several more times since then. But now, I'm going to attempt to do this absolute masterpiece justice with my own words for the first time, to try and discover for myself, what in my mind makes me put Chrono Trigger on a pedestal above all other 10/10 RPG's that I've played in my lifetime? But even after you read this review, I implore you to try this game for yourself, by emulating the original SNES version of the game or selling a kidney to buy a copy for the DS. Because as much as I'll try, I won't be able to do it justice...
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  • The Last of Us Part II
    The Last of Us Part IIPlayStation 4

    Note: I do not care about the (stupid) politics by the developers of the game, nor the outrage of some fans. This review is about the game itself, and there are some spoilers in this review. After a 7 year wait, we finally have the sequel to 2013's The Last of Us. And it was worth the wait. Part II is bigger in scale with a longer story (avg. 25 hrs to complete), bigger levels to explore, and a bigger cast of characters that all play a role in the story. Environments are gorgeous thanks to the mastery of the hardware of the PS4, and I can't imagine how beautiful this looks on the PS4 Pro in 4K UHD. Forests are absolutely gorgeous to look at with detailed trees, leaves, bushes, plants, and god rays shining through it all as you explore the area. The music is the same as the...
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  • Mega Man Zero 3
    Mega Man Zero 3Nintendo Gameboy Advance

    ***WARNING*** ***SPOILERS AHEAD*** "The legendary reploid Zero awoke from a long slumber... With Ciel's Resistance he defeated Copy X, the ruler of Neo Arcadia. The terror of the Neo Arcadian regime ended, but the energy shortage remained a constant problem. Ciel devoted herself to researching new forms of energy. And Elpizo became the newly appointed Resistance leader. However, overcome by his desire for power, Elpizo awakened the Dark Elf, whose magic had once nearly destroyed the world. Elpizo, thirsting for the power of the Dark Elf, lost sight of his true duty and was finally defeated after a fierce battle. However, the...
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