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XCOM: The Arcade Police Edition 2

I love XCOM 2 especially with the War of the Chosen add-on. The game is fantastically complex and nuanced with hundreds of hours of potential gameplay. If it were not for the extraordinary levels of “XCOM jank” specifically in vanilla XCOM 2, it would easily be in my top 10 games of all time. My expectations for XCOM: Chimera Squad were wildly unrealistic. I wanted the game to capture the same highs I experienced in XCOM 2 for the first time again. I’m sad to report that XCOM: ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A Japanese take on the modern Telltale game 0

I admit I’m ignorant of the Japanese indie scene. Basically whenever I think of a Japanese indie game, I think of either a game made with RPG Maker, a Visual Novel or a game made by a ridiculously talented person like Pixel with Cave Story. To my delight, Tokyo Dark is none of those things. Tokyo Dark is a psychological horror adventure game by Japanese indie team CherryMochi. It is a game based on the likes of a modern Telltale game but with an Anime aesthetic. Like the Telltale games, To...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An amazing strategic masterpiece if you can tolerate the numerous bugs 1

Reviewing XCOM 2 almost 5 years after its release is both a blessing and a curse. It’s great to play XCOM 2 at its greatest potential with all of the DLCs including the War of the Chosen add-on. XCOM 2 is a complex, challenging strategic game with potentially hundreds of hours of enjoyable gameplay. It’s unfortunate to report that even with XCOM 2 at its apex, the game is horrendously buggy, especially when playing vanilla XCOM 2 (without the War of the Chosen add-on). The previous g...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Falcom and Trails at their absolute best 0

Disclaimer: This review is based on the Geofront Fan Translation patch on a Japanese PC copy of Zero no Kiseki. There is no official western release for this game.The Legend of Heroes:Trails games are an underrated series of JRPGs known for having excellent world building, sharp witty dialog and meaningful NPC interactions. The series is also famous for having a middle chapter, the Crossbell Arc that was never released outside of Japan. While die-hard Western players could resort to fan translat...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

A companion piece to a time travel classic 0

The original Steins;Gate is not only a great VN game, it is an excellent piece of fiction. Steins;Gate is the best time travel story I have ever experienced. It features a phenomenal cast, wonderful chemistry between its eccentric characters and rigorously sticks with its time travel logic. The story is detailed and complex, yet comprehensible at the same time. The game does a great job explaining how wordlines and time travel work in its mythos. The True End of Steins;Gate is a brilliant conclu...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Light hearted, saccharine and colorful JRPG 0

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore or TMS for short, is a goofy, fun and lighthearted JRPG. The game is a collaboration between ATLUS and Nintendo and was planned to be a merger of the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem franchises. Unfortunately fans of either series will be disappointed to learn that neither franchise is properly represented in TMS. The game is best described as a Persona game with heavy J-Pop themes. The Fire Emblem elements that are there are barely noticeable such as: sound ef...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Misses the spark of the original 0

The Fall was a cleverly designed adventure game about an AI facing the conundrum of violating protocols in order to save its human occupant. The Fall Part 2: Unbound is a direct sequel and takes place directly after the ending of The Fall. If you haven’t played The Fall yet, do not play this game. The only way to talk more about this game is to explicitly spoil the ending of part one, you have been warned!The Fall Part 2: Unbound follows up with our protagonist AI, ARID in the process of b...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Padded quest design, Bad Combat and bland presentation. Nothing shines in Ikenfell 0

On paper, Ikenfell sounds amazing. It’s a 16-bit RPG with gameplay inspired by the Paper Mario series and a setting reminiscent of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books. I wanted to find something to like in this game, but there are numerous elements to the game that didn’t work for me. The story is a wild goose chase. The gameplay is punishingly difficult. The presentation is bland. There are some really odd-ball soundtracks that I found unfitting, grating and annoying. And the queer m...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Only worth it if you plan to playthrough the game multiple times 0

Did I play the same game as everybody else? Maybe it's because this is my first DMC game, but this game is so poorly paced and juvenile.On the first playthrough, you constantly learn new skills even at the endgame so it's impossible to master any of the late game weapons/skills before credits roll. The fact that blood orbs are shared among Nero, V and Dante also doesn't help. You barely play as V and spending blood orbs on his skills feel like a waste. The game benefits on subsequent playthrough...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Space Exploration at its finest 0

Finished the game last night and contemplated writing a full review but ultimately decided I better not because it will inadvertently spoil something.Outer Wilds is an ambitious game with a full dynamic and realized solar system. While the game lacks enemies to fight, the space and planets themselves are more than dangerous enough as it is. This game will not hold your hand, give you a nice big objective marker and tell you exactly what to do. Part of the fun is discovering and learning about th...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A riveting, sad and grounded story 0

DONTNOD’s latest adventure game is about a pair of twin siblings Tyler and Alyson Ronan who are reuniting for the first time in ten years. Their reunion is bittersweet as the twins plan to sell their childhood home in fictional Delos Crossing, Alaska. After going through their own belongings, Tyler and Alyson enter their deceased mother’s room only to discover that their mother has been hiding more secrets than the twins previously suspected. While Alyson is content to leave the past...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

An unforgettable experience with some clear flaws 0

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a fantastic turn based strategy game with social sim mechanics. The series has been kicking along for more than two decades but hasn’t garnered much interest from the West until FE: Awakening. The FE games have mostly been iterative, making minor tweaks to each subsequent game. That paradigm changed with FE: Path of Radiance for the GameCube. It was Intelligent Systems’ most ambitious Fire Emblem release at that time: it was the first Fire Emblem game in ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Carrion makes you feel like a deadly intelligent unstoppable predator 0

Carrion is a monster power fantasy game. You play as a hideous tube-like monster escaping from an underground research facility. The game makes you feel like a terrifying, powerful predator by slinging tentacles at humans and devouring their limbs using one of its' many mouths. The more the monster eats, the more it grows. When the monster absorbs specific radioactive substances, it gains new skills such as possessing humans and developing meat encrusted armor. The humans aren't all pushovers th...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A solid shooter with a campaign that hasn't aged well 1

Played the Remastered Edition on Heroic DifficultyHalo: Combat Evolved proved that it is possible to create a competent shooter on consoles. Halo 2 is known as THE seminal console shooter, a system seller and the only reason the original XBox had a longer shelf life than it should have.I was not one of these players. I was a PC player that loved playing Counter Strike and going from Counter Strike to Halo 2, is no fair comparison. I want to be clear the shooting is solid. The Battle Rifle, Coven...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A game with a lot of beautiful art and interesting ideas, all hobbled together into a complete mess 0

Final Fantasy XV is a game of severe contrasts, lackluster combat and poor narrative pacing. The game features an open world and yet also features a staggering long set of linear corridors. The game features a diverse and large set of interesting characters, but you barely get a chance to learn about them. The game also features action combat that can get remarkably complicated, but the game never challenges players. The game boots up each time by boldly claiming to be a “Final Fantasy for...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Half space basketball, Half visual novel. A game that is strictly better as a visual novel. 0

Pyre is the 3rd game developed by indie-hit developer, Supergiant Games. Pyre is a strange game and can’t easily be categorized into a specific genre. Supergiant’s previous games: Bastion and Transistor both tread familiar grounds, with the first being an action game and the latter being an action strategy hybrid. Pyre, on the other hand, feels like a mad scientist’s experiment. Pyre is a mix between a sports game with a visual novel. Unfortunately while I admire Supergiant&rsq...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Hits the right tactical notes, but underwhelms at everything else 0

There is no question that XCOM: Enemy Unknown has reinvigorated the tactics genre. After Firaxis’s success with XCOM, many developers have tried to follow suit including Ubisoft and Nintendo. Unfortunately none of these tactics games have come close to the level of polish and complexity of the XCOM games. Gears Tactics is Microsoft Studios’ attempt to hop on the tactics train. The core tactical gameplay is an absolute joy to play but everything else about the game falters.Gears Tacti...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A charming successor, with minor blemishes in its’ new combat and story structure 0

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is the direct sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest. The game oozes with even better art, music and cutscenes compared to the original. Will of the Wisps is also longer than its predecessor. The new game is filled with side quests, time challenges and puzzles to solve. There are a few blemishes to Will of the Wisps such as its’ new combat system and story. It is also not a substantially different game than Blind Forest, so don’t expect something completely...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A complete letdown, inferior in every way to Until Dawn 0

I can’t put it in any kind words, Supermassive Games dropped the ball with Man of Medan. This game should have been a phenomenal successor to their critical sleeper hit, Until Dawn. On paper, everything sounds great. Man of Medan takes the same formula as Until Dawn with a more condensed narrative experience and an option for local and online co-op. In reality, almost nothing about the game from a narrative, graphical and even voice acting and motion capture perspective works as expected.M...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Deep, difficult and challenging. Easily the best Metroidvania inspired indie game of this generation 0

Hollow Knight perfectly encapsulates the feeling of isolation and discovery in a metroidvania. It entreats players to wander deeper and deeper in an elaborate maze filled with boss fights and secrets. It tells its story with the environments, whether it’s the sparsely populated town of Dirtmouth, the luscious botanical gardens of Greenpath or the remnants of a great civilization in the City of Tears.The game pulls no punches and requires players to master the art of combat, the platformin...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The ugly duckling of the SciAdv series. It’s not Steins;Gate, nor should you ever hope it would be 0

I originally written this as a review and abandoned it due to lack of time and only now rediscovered my draft after planning to write a review for another game. It's been quite awhile since I last played Chaos;Child, so instead of trying to finish the draft, I'm going to list the bullet points from my draft of what I felt when I finished the game.Chaos;Child is the ugly duckling of the SciAdv series. It is a sequel to Chaos;Head which was never released outside of Japan.The basic premise of the ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An Advance Wars clone in the best way possible 0

Wargroove takes no shame in riffing Advance Wars. It completely copies the turn-based tactical formula that made Advance Wars such a hit on the GBA and DS. The game mimics even the minute details such as terrain bonuses and unit types. While I enjoyed my time playing Wargroove there was always a sense of deja-vu, as if I’m not playing a new game but rather a fantasy mod of Advance Wars.Wargroove has a few original ideas. The first of which is that the commander is a playable unit on the fi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A visual novel boasting real actors and actresses with a cartoonish, but intriguing story. 0

What immediately strikes you upon first playing 428: Shibuya Scramble is the use of live action photos and videos. This game is not a low budget FMV game with characters acting in front of a green screen but instead features numerous characters and extras on set, in Shibuya Tokyo. Scenes are incredibly varied taking place on the streets, in malls, on top of rooftops and more. The production quality of this game is genuinely impressive especially compared to other games of its’ genre.In 428...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An insufferable game that should be avoided even to those who are in the game’s target audience 0

Let’s be blunt, the only reason you should be remotely interested in Akiba’s Trip Undead & Undressed is if you want to look at anime girls in their underwear. There is no grand arching plot. There are no deep battle mechanics. And this is not the game that is “so bad that it’s good”. The whole game is designed around the mechanic of stripping girls (and boys) of their clothing.Vampire-like beings named Synthisters are draining the energy of the otaku. Like vampi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Excellent writing and plot buoy an otherwise stereotypical JRPG 0

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (TCS for short) is the 6th entry in the Trails franchise by Nihon Falcom. Similar to the long running Final Fantasy series, TCS can be enjoyed without playing its’ previous entries. TCS falls in that special realm of game between a AAA title and an indie game. There is a noticeable gap in graphical fidelity and production values in TCS compared to a AAA game but there is enough content there to not be relegated into indie territory. For what TCS l...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

As a Persona 4 Fan, I am disappointed. *SPOILERS* 0

===========================================================SPOILERS!!! This review will spoil character names and plot events in Persona 4 and Persona 5.===========================================================Persona 4 Golden (P4G) is my favorite JRPG to date, so I couldn’t wait to play Persona 5. But instead of immediately grabbing my hands on Persona 5 at release I was eagerly waiting for the improved edition of the game similar to what the Atlus team did with the last two core Person...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Best gameplay out of the series, but everything else is poorly done 0

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, (shortened to LR) is the last game in the beleaguered Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. The first game was an utter mess of hallways and handholdy tutorials. The sequel was a massive upgrade from the first game that took fan feedback to heart but had a nonsensical time travelling plot that goes nowhere. LR in the meanwhile is a completely different beast, sporting a new battle system, a time mechanic and only one playable character. Fans hoping for a great final ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A surprisingly good sequel to Final Fantasy XIII 0

Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the direct sequel to the hot garbage known as Final Fantasy XIII. I would have never guessed that I would have had so much fun with FFXIII-2 after my soul-draining experience with FFXIII. It is no exaggeration that Square Enix took fan feedback from the first game close to their hearts and did a thorough a 180° with this game. In fact, Square Enix made such drastic measures that they retconned the ending of FFXIII and pretty much wrote away most of the L’Cie, F...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Absolute garbage wrapped up in Final Fantasy packaging 0

Final Fantasy XIII is not a good game. The story is poorly delivered and makes little sense unless you refer to the Datalog. The characters constantly speak in non sequiturs. The first TWENTY hours is a series of hallways mixed with tutorials. Side characters are introduced, only to quickly disappear or reappear after dozens of hours. The CGI cutscenes feel out of place introducing gameplay ideas, settings and environments not found in the actual game. The item upgrade system is barely explained...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A fun D&D inspired rogue-like that is unfortunately buggy and has an unfairly difficult end game 0

Hand of Fate is a fantastic rogue-like that mimics the experience of going through a D&D campaign. The game differentiates itself by having the player choose what enemies to face, what events to see and what equipment will appear. It's an interesting twist on the typical randomly generated dungeon because you get to pick your fate *no pun intended*. Unfortunately even after two years of its' release, Hand of Fate is still mired by buggy framerate and an extremely difficult end game.Hand of F...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A jumbled mess of different genres turned into a magical high school anime story 0

Common Path (free version) ReviewDies irae ~Amantes amentes~ (i'll note as DI for short) has many problems, first of which comes with the name that roughly translates from Latin as: "The Day of Wrath Hymn: Lunatic Lovers". If you thought the title was incomprehensible, you are in for a treat. I have played through the common path storyline and found the game to be nonsensical from top to bottom.Combine WWII era Nazis, Latin verses, the French Revolution, Christianity, the Knights of the Round Ta...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An action game first and foremost with a frustratingly difficult non-lethal option 0

Dishonored by Arkane Studios is one of the many games that tries to chase after what made Deus Ex special and ultimately misses the mark. Dishonored is an action game first and foremost with a frustratingly difficult non-lethal option. The game has an impressive setting but doesn’t do much with it because of a stereotypical revenge tale.The game commits its’ first mistake early in the tutorial by informing the player that killing too many people will result in the bad ending. While I...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A simple yet powerful story of the need for hope in an ironically hopeless world 0

It's hard to recommend visual novels because of the negative stigma they receive. I wish it wasn't the case, but most visual novels deserve the harsh treatment. Too often visual novels are comprised of the usual formula of dating sim, underage looking girls and nudity. I’m not discounting the fact that there IS an audience for these kinds of games, but their overwhelming presence clouds the genre with the aforementioned stereotype. Fortunately there are a few outstanding gems in the genre ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A brief fun and challenging 2D puzzle platformer 0

I bought Out There Somewhere on a whim. It had good reviews on Steam, cost less than a dollar (was on sale for 49 cents) and was reported to be a short game. I didn’t have much to lose. Either I lose a few hours of my time or have a brief but enjoyable experience, fortunately it was the latter.Out There Somewhere is advertised as “inspired by Cave Story, Super Metroid and Portal”. Great! I love all three of those games and I would consider Super Metroid to be my top games of a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Looks amazing, but marred with clunky combat and technical issues 0

Move over God of War there is another game based on Greek mythology and it is Apotheon. Sure some Greek Gods show up as personas in Persona 3 or playable gods in Smite, but there aren’t many games entirely set in Greek mythology. With all that said, it is very unfortunate that Apotheon doesn’t do anything much with its’ story. The story is similar to that of God of War without the constant talk of being angry and yearning to have revenge. Zeus being a jerk that he is abandons h...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A well realized cyberpunk story wrapped in a standard point and click adventure game 0

Read Only Memories takes place in Neo San Francisco where robots are everywhere and cybernetic and genetic engineering are commonplace. Similar to the San Francisco of today, Neo San Francisco faces a similar crisis where the rich and elite are all in the tech industry. Also similar to current San Francisco is the openness concerning the LGBT characters. In fact in Neo San Francisco, no one bats an eye to see a man dressed as a woman or flinches when a woman says she’s in relations with an...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A memorable, relatable and believable story that would have never worked in a book or movie 0

It's June 7th, 1995. Kaitlin has come home after a year long trip in Europe. There's no one to greet her other than a note taped on the front door. The note is from Sam and tells Kaitlin not to go digging around to find out where he or she or it has gone. As you enter the house, the lights flicker on. The house appears to be deserted. Welcome to Gone Home. Gone Home is an exploration adventure game that tasks the player to wander around a house piecing together clues of what happened to its' occ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Generic and Time Consuming 0

Skies of Arcadia Legends is a port of the Dreamcast’s Skies of Arcadia with enhanced graphics and additional side quests. The game is mediocre, with a forgettable storyline, a cast of one-dimensional characters and has a broken item system. The game’s high points are the cinematic air battles and the traversable 3D environment, but everything else about the game is as generic as JRPGs get. Skies of Arcadia Legends is only recommended for fans of the genre. You play as Vyse, a young Blue Pirate r...

0 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A grind heavy SRPG that caters to hardcore completionists 0

Fans of the Disgaea franchise will undoubtedly pick this game up but players new to the Disgaea franchise will find the gameplay grind-heavy and a lot less forgiving than other games on the DS.  STORY Disgaea DS tells the story of Larharl, the prince of the Netherworld who wakes up from a two year slumber to find his domain in chaos and sets to defeat his enemies with his vassal sidekick Etna. What turns out to be an interesting opening premise of you playing the villain ends up becoming a typ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

An Antiquated RPG 0

“Revelations: Persona” is an antiquated RPG. Everything about the game, from its’ presentation to its’ game-play belong in a much older era. Similar to most retro RPGs “Revelations: Persona” has no tutorial, has many random encounters and has very few save points. That is to say “Revelations: Persona” has not aged well and should only be experienced by those who purchased it around the time it came out. For those adventurous enough to still give “Revelations: Persona” a shot, here is what you n...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.