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Quiet Mountains 0

(Played on PC through Steam with controller in Japanese, both text and voice-over)Playing through Death Stranding is not unlike climbing a mountain. It’s a uphill battle at first, with even basic movement being an adversary to player moving more cargo. Then near the mountaintop, with fatigue turned into euphoria, figuratively fresher air and literally better views, the game started to feel magical. Finally, on the downhill trip, the game became all about its not great story and even worse ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Good Coda of An Excellent Trilogy 0

(Played on PC through Epic in English with an Xbox One controller)The third and final installments of trilogies are quite uneven in my experience during the last decade of video game. 2011 alone has Gears of War 3 and Uncharted 3, the supposed finality of both undone by their arguably better sequels on new hardware. 2012 sees the flaws of Mass Effect 3 blown out of proportion by its user base. Then, there are 2013’s Dead Space 3, 2015’s Batman Arkham Knight and 2018’s Shadow o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

identity crisis 0

Id Software is a developer who often let its success go to its head and nothing marks those moments more clearly than DOOM sequels in the 21st century so far. DOOM Eternal proves that even without the 2 Johns id’s personality can be too much for its good. DOOM 3, the first polygonal entry in the series, is id doing an experiment at the expense of most players’ enjoyment.In the end, I found DOOM 3 to be a serviceable and sometimes satisfying FPS experience. But the bumpers on the roa...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Valuating the Oldest House and fixing its basement 0

(Played with Xbox One gamepad.)The announcement of Control at E3 2018 was the rare moments I felt seen. I was about to finish reading Authority by Jeff Vandermeer back then and Remedy’s new game’s premise sounded awfully a lot like that paranoia inducing New Weird novel. I felt as if the universe was pulling my leg.14 months later, I played the game on Epic Game Launcher and it became my favorite action game of 2019 after 2 long summer months with no good fun high octane action to b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Time inconsistency 0

I plan to write a review for the “Game of the year edition” of Control by the time all its DLC has hit the digital shelf. Somehow, it would not be fair to review Control without a look at Remedy’s previous game, Quantum Break. So, I bought and played that game on Steam. What was intended as tipping my toe into the pond soon turned into an Achievement hunt. After 20 hours of play time, I unlocked all 42 Steam Achievements of Quantum Break through 2 full playthroughs and some re...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Sinful Gear 0

The first time I got my hands on an id Software game was playing Quake III Arena in an Apple store. It was around the time PS2 launched in Japan. Back in those days, Apple stores are showcasing the hardware power of the Mac computers by letting people playing so-called resource intense games on those machines. In that same store, there was also a 3D mascot game starring a purple ladybug, which I did not catch the name of. Those games can be seen as the 2 two polar opposites of the 3D action gam...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Showbiz Guardians 0

(Game played with Japanese text.)I imported Tokyo Mirage Sessions # FE Wii U bundle from Japan at the tail end of 2015. Not a wise purchase choice by any mean. In terms of the industry, while the Wii U exclusive Super Mario Maker was winning Game of the Year 2015 from at least Giantbomb and Usgamer, it was clear that Nintendo’s struggling console had entered into its twilight year. In terms of personal experience, TMS#FE’s mandated dual screen set-up had always been in the way of me...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A relic stuck between generations 0

I recently purchased and played two movie games from gog.com, Midway’s Stranglehold and Westwood’s Blade Runner. I would have loved to call them a “Good Old Double Feature”, but this first half is not appealing to me at all. Here is my review of John Woo Presents Stranglehold. 2007 was a great year for video game. More importantly, it was a big year for debuts in the sense of “Best Debut”, that Giantbomb Game of the Year category I miss so dearly. Bioshock us...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Scratch my Mass Effect itch while make me appreciate those Three Houses more. 2

(Reviewed with Shin Sakura Taisen copy released in Japan)During the Autumn of 1996 I as a 6-year-old saw Mighty Morph Power Ranger for the first time. Therefore, I got in touch with a particular type of ensemble cast, combatants in color coded uniforms who would fight for their friendship as hard as they fight against their adversary. Unknown to the boy back then, Japan in that same year witness the birth of a “Power Ranger dating sim” titled Sakura Taisen. To double down on the Powe...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.