Game Reviews
  • 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
    PowerSlavePC

    (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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  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DXNintendo Switch

    In short: ++ Beautiful love letter to the original games + Recruit 'Em All + Most recent evolution lines + mega-evolution +/- Boss battles - Friends areas removed - Story a bit short and simple -- Rogue exploration quickly becomes boring Consider picking up this game if: -> You loved the original games, or you are a veteran of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series -> You like dungeon crawling games, particularly the Mystery Dungeon subgenre -> You like the Pokemon universe and want to immerse yourself even more Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a rogue RPG game and the remaster on Nintendo Switch of two original GBA games Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Teams, key figures in shaping the Mystery Dungeon subgenre. It adds a fresh layer of paint to the formula and brings the original first games of the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series to the Nintendo Switch. Rescue Team DX is first and foremost a beautiful love letter to...
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  • Dynasty Warriors 9
    Dynasty Warriors 9PlayStation 4

    They resent the past. Dynasty Warriors revolves around warlords that rage against a dying kingdom. They're after independence, total freedom from the Han empire's repressive rules and regulations. It's a war of ideas, with leaders of the modern movement against the guardians of tradition. This war is eternal, repeating itself throughout the course of history. The same conflict that defined the Three Kingdoms era is still underway, within this franchise and its relationship with Dynasty Warriors 9. DW9 is groundbreaking. It's an entirely new adventure, bold and daring, especially compared to its predecessors. Dynasty Warriors has enacted change before, but only to a certain extent. Change arrived in assets. With each installment came a greater variety of features: more battles, more characters, more factions, more outfits, more weapons, more special attacks, and (best of all) more kickass songs. Other than these features, though, Dynasty Warriors wasn't too keen on adjustments. However,...
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition
    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive EditionNintendo Switch

    This story is very well written and well thought out, the only defect is that the characters have little development in it, leaving everything almost everything to heart to heart, but most are not very good. The lore of this world is very interesting. The beginning of the story is very good, but it could be a little slower. The fuse that makes Shulk start his adventure was really cool and well thought out, even generating a good plotwist later, but he "arrived" very quickly. The story was very loud until 15hrs (opinion). I thought that Shulk's visions spoil the story's unpredictability in some points (even if not entirely), that vision of the black tower I deliver 70% of what would happen at the end of the arc for the next 6 hours. There are some very unpredictable events. I was afraid of the graphics and the low resolution of this...
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  • Final Fantasy VIII
    Final Fantasy VIIIPlayStation 1

    After the worldwide and overwhelming success of Final Fantasy VII, many people realized the existence of RPGs. Thanks to this, the wait for another title in the saga was highly requested and also highly anticipated. When Final Fantasy VIII's release day came, many people were impressed as several were disappointed (the disappointed, for the most part, are those who only played FFVII and didn't know much about the franchise in general). The game gave a lot to talk about for several incredible amounts of game content. As I basically finished a couple of months ago and fell in love with Cloud's journey to stop Sephirot, today I will tell my views on the Squall and Rinoa story. To start I will only mention that Uematsu's work was impeccable as it always has been, it even gives the feeling that each time he surpasses himself. The theme "Eyes On Me" was a...
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  • Super Mario World
    Super Mario WorldNintendo Super NES

    After the huge good reviews that the Super Mario Bros trilogy received for the Nintendo NES, expectations for the plumber's video game for the future Super Nintendo were high. Just on the day of my birthday (although I wasn't born at the time, LOL), on August 13, 1991 the console was released along with the number four video game of the Nintendo mascot, and what to say that people had nothing to reproach the Japanese company. Most of the things that Super Mario Bros 3 did well were polished and improved in Super Mario World. In this review I will explain the reason for what I am saying and defend my position of why Super Mario World for Super Nintendo is a great title. For starters, the soundtrack took full advantage of the improved sound effects of the Super Nintendo. The music fits in with the environment and helps the player...
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  • Final Fantasy VII
    Final Fantasy VIIPlayStation 1

    Final Fantasy VII is, without a doubt, the most important tabletop console RPG in history, or at least to date. The game was hailed since its release as it is still hailed today. Although I was not even born, I know that people were amazed at the first video game in the 3D franchise, and it's not for nothing, people felt like the future with those sections that it owns. Final Fantasy VII marked in an important way to almost all RPGs to date, the reasons why and how it did we will analyze it in this review. Taking advantage of the fact that the game's remake came out recently (and that I don't have money to play it: P) I will review the game for Playstation. I will analyze each section objectively, in order to have a general note that will demonstrate the quality of the game. Starting strong, I will say...
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  • Song of Saya
    Song of SayaPC

    Song of Saya (Saya no Uta) is a visual novel, meaning there's not much in terms of 'gameplay', just clicking to continue. The story however is amazing, it focuses on Fuminori who has recently recovered from an experimental neurosurgery. Fuminori's perception of the world changes harshly, every he sees is a hellish landscape now. Even his friends appear to him as Lovecraftian horrors, until he meets Saya. An angel-like being who appears as human to Fuminori, from the very start when Saya is introduced you can tell there's something unnatural about her as the genius composers from Zizz Studio make her theme a very unsettling but beautiful piece I couldn't help but be unnerved by it. The game focuses on their relationship (even explicit aspects). Fuminori also cannot stomach his food anymore as his tastebuds are also affect by his 'curse', eventually he finds Saya eating something and joins her....
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  • Final Fantasy VII Remake
    Final Fantasy VII RemakePlayStation 4

    DisTorTion - Final Fantasy VII Remake Final Fantasy VII Remake was one of my most anticipated games of all time, when it was first announced in 2015. Throughout the waiting time for the game all the way up to it's release, I was expecting an exact remake of the original, akin to other Square Enix remakes. I was initially confused when this game was announced to be released as a series. But after this first instalment, I'm salivating at the chance to see the rest. Gameplay Final Fantasy VII Remake has one of the best combat systems I've seen in any modern RPG. The combat reminds me a lot of Kingdom Hearts, however the combat still is able to have a distinctive Final Fantasy VII feel with the Magic, ATB, and Limit systems, all of which blend together beautifully. Throughout my two play-throughs of the game, the combat never felt stale at any...
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