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3.56 stars 3.56/5 Stars Average score of 64 user reviews spread across 0 releases and 0 DLC

Great ideas, shaky execution 0

One of the game's main villains. There are several.NOTE: Some of the screenshots used in my review may not be from the 3DS version of the game.Xenoblade Chronicles 3D takes place in a world where all life lives on two giant beings: the Bionis and the Mechonis. The inhabitants of these two beings (the Homs and Mechon, respectively) are in constant conflict, trying to destroy each other in hopes of ending the ceaseless fighting and attaining peace. The Homs are outmatched but have one ace-in-the-...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An absolute blast 3

The game's cutscenes are done in this comic book-theme style.HarmoKnight puts players into the role of Tempo, a young boy who is training in combat with his rabbit friend when a meteor falls out of the sky and crashes to the ground. This is no ordinary meteor; it contains an evil villain named Gargan and an army of his Noizoid minions. Amidst the chaos that follows, Tempo finds himself in possession of a mysterious staff in the shape of a note. The staff is actually an important part of legend, ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Fascinating story and characters, frustrating voice recognition 0

The opening is practically flagrant with its resemblance to The Matrix.NOTE: During my writing of this review, Iridium Studios was forced to change the name of their original release, Sequence, to Before the Echo due to copyright claims. The original text of my review still uses the name Sequence, since I feel more people would potentially recognize this name, but just know that I am actually talking about a game that is now called Before the Echo.There Came an Echo takes place in a never-define...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Engaging relationships and thrilling combat - A winning combo 0

Ludger and Elle, one of my new favorite duos in gaming.After the events of the original Xillia, the world of Tales of Xillia 2 is in disarray. The magical barrier keeping the continents of Elympios and Rieze Maxia separate is no longer in place, allowing the two nations to coexist with each other. Due to the vast differences between each nation, political strife and general uneasiness permeate any interaction between the two. You play as Ludger, a resident of Elympios. After Ludger fails to join...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Remarkably endearing and a whole lot of fun 0

There are some breathtaking moments to witness.A Story About My Uncle takes place entirely in flashback. A father is recounting a story about his youth to his young daughter as he tucks her into bed, narrating the tale as the player lives through the events firsthand. He tells her about the time when he went in search of his headstrong, adventuring uncle after he went missing for a lengthy period of time. Upon searching the uncle’s workshop, he found a strange suit and a launch pad that ca...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A few good ideas don't make this zombie nightmare any less boring 2

This isn't an actual screenshot, but it looks pretty cool, right?NOTE: I did not engage with the multiplayer--both competitive and co-op--while playing Dying Light, so those elements are not included in the review.I actively disliked Techland’s previous zombie release, Dead Island. Even as a huge fan of RPG systems and that gameplay style (á la Borderlands), it just rubbed me the wrong way. It felt janky, didn’t offer a compelling story or setting, and was unbearably tedious ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Not a great gameplay experience, but one of the best casts of RPG characters to date 0

A look at my adorably goofy-looking elven Inquisition, Lyra.I was pretty skeptical about Dragon Age: Inquisition before it came out. Dragon Age II’s poor development hadn’t shaken my faith in Bioware like most people, as I thought DAII still had a story and cast of characters that made it worth playing at least once. Instead, my fears for Inquisition stemmed from the new big-budget nature of the project. EA was obviously putting a lot of faith and money into development, making me wo...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A fantastic visual and auditory experience that is unlike any other 1

Harsh angles and strange geometry are key to NaissanceE's look.I feel extremely lucky to live in an era where games largely developed by one person can exist. Unlike those AAA titles made by teams of over a hundred people with individual tastes and ideas, single-person projects allow a window into the mind and soul of its creator. This leads to a cohesive vision that I feel brings about some of the most unique and insightful experiences of the modern gaming era. NaissanceE joins my list of these...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Get lost in the beautifully crazy, yet humdrum, world of Akihabara 0

Nana is easily my favorite character, despite her penchant for terrible bro-amalgamations.Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed, like many Japanese anime-styled games, doesn’t take itself too seriously. You dress your character in crazy gender-bending outfits, strip the clothes from your foes to defeat them, and explore a part of Japan that is known for its eccentric style and frenetic energy. Thanks to developer Acquire (and localization team XSEED), players of Akiba’s Trip are g...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A slightly inferior, but still really fun, sequel 0

A typical shot from the rhythm game.NOTE: This review is regarding the Vita version of the game. I’m sure the PS3 version is much the same, but I haven’t actually played that version to make comparisons.If you’ve gotten to this point, reading a user review for a Japanese rhythm game, you likely already know whether or not this game is for you. After all, not everyone is appealed by Vocaloid music or the leering nature of many Japanese games. If you know that you’re a fan ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Shockingly thin but not without merit 0

The story jumps between characters, but the focus isn't really on any of them.This review follows my second completed playthrough of Final Fantasy XIII. My first attempt at finishing it came in the time around its release, but I didn’t make it more than a few hours in. I just couldn’t get into it and felt annoyed at how much it restrained my options. My gut reaction at that point was that FFXIII sucked and wasn’t worth playing. A year or so later, I decided to give it another c...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A popcorn game without the action 0

One of the more ridiculously designed party members.Bound by Flame takes place in Vertiel, a world slowly falling to the evil of the Ice Lords. Humankind and elfkind are both on the brink of extinction, with the last members of each race joining together to form a very rough, slipshod resistance (made up of elven royal guard, a mercenary group called the Free Blades, and a sect of mages with ulterior motives) in an attempt to fight back. Every day, their numbers shrink and the undead armies of t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

An empty but engaging taste of what's to come 1

Snake/Big Boss himself.Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes takes place just a few months after the events of Peace Walker, the last previously released game in the series. Two characters prevalent in that game’s events, Paz (presumed dead) and Chico, have been captured and taken to an off-the-books American prison site called Camp Omega. Snake (really Big Boss, since this takes place in the older fiction) receives a distress call from Chico and plans to infiltrate the base, determined to res...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Clever combat, a great female protagonist, and just a little jank 0

Parasite Eve's heroine, Aya Brea.Parasite Eve takes place in New York City, circa-1997. NYPD officer Aya Brea decides to visit the opera on Christmas Eve, pulled there by some desire she can’t explain. Partway through the show, everyone in the theater begins to spontaneously combust--save for Aya and the lead actress. Aya chases after the mysterious woman, now calling herself Eve, and watches in terror as she changes before her eyes. Eve speaks of mitochondria, a part of human biology that...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Wholly unique characters and story only slightly marred by mediocre gameplay 0

"I kill my sisters. I take their men."NOTE: Instead of the usual captions for my images, I decided to include some Zero quotes with each picture. They were too good not to share!Drakengard 3 takes place in a conflicted world, a land ruled by five separate warlords who each despotically govern their territories. After many wars between the nations, these men were finally brought down by the five mysterious Intoners, sisters with the power of magical song. Because of their heroism, each sister is...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A satisfying conclusion to the series but still a clunky mess of gameplay 2

The heroes (?) of the story.Legacy of Kain: Defiance completely ignores the events of Blood Omen 2 and instead picks up just after Soul Reaver 2 via a time paradox. Raziel has been sent back to the Spectral Realm after being absorbed by the Soul Reaver, while Kain searches for Moebius in the Physical Realm to track down his former minion. The two, each on their own, work to learn the truth about the prophecy that seems to regard them and the true history of where they came from. Only by finding ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Nothing but tedium... 0

Kain, the game's antihero. I greatly prefer this character model to the one in the Soul Reaver games.Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen places players back into the role of Kain, the vampire bent on conquering the world. In what seems to be some sort of separate timeline, Kain has not yet attained control of the realm of Nosgoth. His forces battle the Sarafan, a fanatical group dedicated to wiping out the vampire race forever, led by the mysterious Sarafan Lord. Somehow, this being manages to best Kain...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

If you're willing to work for it, Transistor's engaging world will reward you immensely 4

The playable character, Red.Transistor takes place in the city of Cloudbank, a futuristic utopia that is ever-changing due to the whims of its people. Each person has a say in everything from future public works to the color of the sky--and of course, popular opinion rules the day. For most residents, this is the perfect life, one where the city takes care of all their needs and everything is decided for them. For others, it is an eternal hell devoid of individuality. This group believes the old...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A creative concept with just a few clunky elements 0

The journal, a crucial tool in your quest for a cure.The story of Miasmata is quite thin. You play as Robert Hughes, a scientist who has found himself stranded on the island of Eden. As he wakes up, he finds that he has been stricken with a devastating plague, a plague that he will die from if he doesn’t find a cure. Lucky for him, the island he finds himself on was at one point home to a research team trying to find such a cure. The player must explore the island and find the necessary el...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A much improved but shallow entry in the franchise 0

Raziel, the main character.Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 picks up immediately after the events of the original game. Raziel, the player character, has chased his old master Kain through a time portal and finds himself in the distant past of Nosgoth, in a time before Kain’s actions doomed the land in the original Blood Omen. As Raziel continues his quest to enact his vengeance on Kain, he learns more about his heritage and the many intricate details that make up Nosgoth. Through his actions...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A dated game that just doesn't work by modern standards 1

Raziel, after his transformation.NOTE: I would like to note that I did not play this game when it was originally released. As such, I decided to review this game as it stands today, for someone who doesn’t have any nostalgia for it. I ask fans of the original to remove their rose-tinted glasses and think about the game from my point-of-view.Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver places you into the role of Raziel, a former vampire who is forsaken by his master Kain at the beginning of the game. He is...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A great premise that does nothing but tease 2

Winter punching her uncooperative instructor, Cyrus.IMPORTANT NOTE: I wanted to add a note to this review informing potential buyers that this "series" has now been canceled. After a successful Kickstarter to secure the funds for further episodes, the team was unable to balance their spending and creation and had to quit production on the rest of the story. Odds are, it will never return. As such, I highly suggest saving your money and not buying Dysfunctional Systems: How to Manage Chaos; th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Some dated gameplay doesn't dull the unique vision 0

Trane "getting up" on a wall.Marc Ecko’s Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure features a young-blood named Trane, a graffiti artist who wants to get his name out there and become famous. After an early game beat-down, Trane rebuilds his image and forms the Stay Free Crew, a group dedicated to “getting up” (slang for painting graffiti) at any cost. The city is ruled by the CCK, a police force tasked with stopping taggers by any means necessary. Trane soon gets in over his head wi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A charming game nearly ruined by poor plot design 0

Exploring the overworld.Bravely Default takes place in the realm of Luxendarc, a fantasy world very typical of the JRPG genre The peace in the land is governed by four crystals, each watched over by a Vestal. For hundreds of years, the belief in Crystalism has been an accepted norm for most of the population. When the game starts, however, many forces are beginning to rebel against these ideas. Key among these forces is the Duchy of Eternia, lead by the shadowy Council of Six. Eternia seeks to e...

6 out of 7 found this review helpful.

An amazing idea that is completely wasted 0

Lucius and Daddy.Lucius features a plot that will seem very familiar if you’ve seen The Omen: a young boy, who turns out the be the Antichrist, uses his demonic powers to kill those around him to satisfy his father, Lucifer. You play as Lucius, awakening to your heritage on your sixth birthday (obviously) and starting your rampage. As you kill more and more people, a detective named McGuffin (I’m not shitting you) starts to get suspicious and investigates the “accidents” ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Visually striking, frustrating to play. 0

There is a plot intertwined amongst the levels in Hotline Miami, but it is a vague and bland one. You play as an unnamed man who receives messages on his answering machine, sending him to certain addresses to “take care” of the residents within. Upon reaching the location, your character puts on a mask and enters the building to brutally murder everyone he finds inside. In between these levels, you get small scenes that are meant to slowly add up to something. However, you must find ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

If you like rhythm games--and vocaloid music--this is the game for you! 0

Hatsune Miku, the (undeniable) star of the show.I love rhythm games. Few things give me as much of a thrill as nailing a section of particularly tough notes. That moment when a song hits the chorus and the note patterns pick up always sends shivers down my spine. I can’t get enough of this genre. Like most people, I fell in love with the Rock Band series, spending hours strumming a plastic guitar to a variety of tunes. However, I always wished that I didn’t need to pull out a giant e...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Should have taken a longer smoke break... 0

A look at the new protagonist, Delsin.inFamous: Second Son takes place around seven years after the events of the previous game. The Conduit gene has returned in the wake of those events, causing more and more people to become super-powered. This necessitates the establishment of the Department of Unified Protection (D.U.P.), a group led by a cold-hearted woman named Augustine, meant to track down any Conduits and imprison them for the safety of society. Second Son also ditches previous protagon...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Maybe not for everyone, but one of my favorite JRPGs this generation 1

The game's protagonist, Lightning.As you probably guessed from the name, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII returns the lead protagonist role to Claire “Lightning” Farron, a stoic yet tough woman who finds herself constantly embroiled in the matters of gods and the state of the world. This game takes place some 500 years after the events of XIII-2, when the Chaos was released and began to overrun the world. Everyone who survived found that they no longer aged and can only die from...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A poor Ys game but a great action-RPG for the Vita 0

Ys: Memories of Celceta is another game following the adventures of Adol Christian, a young man with a passion for exploring the world and seeing as much as he can. His previous exploits have won him fame and praise, but he continues to push as deep into the unexplored as possible. Upon visiting the Great Forest, he somehow manages to lose his memories. Through the help of those he meets on his journey, Adol must reclaim his memories and solve the mystery that caused him to lose them in the firs...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Fascinating characters and the best JRPG combat system to date marred by a confusing, unrewarding story 0

Serah and Noel meeting for the first time.Final Fantasy XIII-2 drops you in the shoes of Serah, Lightning’s younger sister. She is having dreams about her sister, who was thought lost in the world-changing events of the previous game, locked in an endless battle with a shadowy man named Caius in some strange realm called Valhalla. Just when Serah thinks she is truly going crazy, a man she recognizes from her latest dream appears in her village saying he knows how to reach Lightning. This i...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Unique, deep RPG combat with a flat story and world 0

Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan tells a very simple story: you take control of a new group of explorers tasked with reaching the mythical Yggdrassil tree that towers in the distance. You meet a variety of characters to aid you in your quest, both in town at the various shops and guilds and out in the unexplored lands, who are often just a little too undeveloped to be interesting. Your missions come from the Count of Tharsis, the town where your journey begins, and slowly bring you throug...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A overly monotonous experience with a few interesting moments and ideas 1

Persona 2: Innocent Sin, as you might expect, sticks you with a group of high-school Persona users (with a few young adults in the mix this time) who, like all teenagers, are trying to figure out who they are and what they want out of life. The only real difference this time is that these kids already have the power of Persona and aren’t introduced to it in the story. A new fad is spreading around town called the Joker Game where players dial their own cell phone number in order to meet the myst...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Boring, repetitive gameplay saved by one of the most interesting stories of the generation 0

For me, RPGs are all about the story and the world/characters crafted by the developer. The best games bring a brand-new world to life, giving me a place to explore for hours on end--learning its history, meeting its residents, and delving into its secrets. I can enjoy a good RPG combat system (real-time or turn-based) as well, but combat isn’t what keeps me coming back to the genre again and again. In fact, there are plenty of games with great story I almost wish didn’t have gameplay whatsoever...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

If only it didn't have those supernatural elements... 0

Jodie Holmes isn’t your average woman. She has been tethered to a spiritual presence named Aiden since birth, a presence she has partial control over. That spirit can affect the world in a variety of ways: everything from moving objects to healing wounds and talking with the dead. For most of her formative years, she grows up in a military facility with very little interaction with people her own age. Her first job out of this facility is working with the CIA to fully utilize the unique strength...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Sliding further down the Bat-hole 0

SPOILER WARNING!!!: I do talk about something I would consider a spoiler for the game’s story, but it’s rather minor and not overly unpredictable. Use your best judgement.Batman: Arkham Origins features a much younger, inexperienced Batman than the first two Rocksteady-produced games in the series. In fact, it’s so early in his career as the Dark Knight that most people don’t believe he really exists, aside from the big bads who are smart enough to acknowledge him as a threat to their criminal o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Love's continued argument for the visual novel 2

How you choose your logsFor those of you who haven’t played Analogue: A Hate Story, the game that takes place just before Hate Plus, here’s a brief summary (although I suggest you go play it for yourself instead!). You were an investigator tasked with finding out what happened to the Mugunghwa, a derelict space station that went out of contact years ago. With the help of one, or both, of the station’s AIs, you were able to decrypt text logs from the various residents of the ship in the few years...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Abysmal gameplay hurts one of the most depressing stories I've ever seen 0

I didn’t really enjoy my time spent with Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, at least not in that usual sense of the word. As a game, it’s not great. Boring and frustrating combat, ponderous fetch quests, and a difficulty curve that resembles a seismic scale during a violent earthquake made it a hard game to love. Pair this gameplay with a story that weighed heavily on me with its dark scenes and crushing sense of hopelessness and you can maybe see why I had a hard time making my way thr...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A fantastic follow-up to one of the best games of 2011 (play it on PC!) 0

Saints Row IV hyped me in a way that few games do. About two weeks before the game came out, I started going nuts waiting to play it. The next several days featured several failed game sessions as I couldn’t sate my desire for the game I most wanted to play. I didn’t end up getting much done in those two weeks for this reason. On the night of its release, I eagerly sat up until it unlocked on Steam and played for several hours before collapsing in bed. The next two days were packed with nothing ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

It may have a few clunky edges, but Brothers is absolutely worth seeing through 0

Summer of Arcade has brought the gaming populace many great downloadable games over the last few years. It stands to reason that these games would still have existed in some form or another without the promotion, but Microsoft’s focus on getting the best of the best in its summer lineup of Arcade games has landed them some truly fantastic products and highlighted many superb games that absolutely deserved. Being the last year of Summer of Arcade before the new Xbox console, Microsoft really need...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.