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14 Aug 2014

Review: Surgeon Simulator Anniversary Edition

Over a million copies of Bossa Studio’s Surgeon Simulator 2013 have been sold. If that’s not impressive enough, there are also over 2.3 million videos of it uploaded to YouTube, showing off it’s very special type of humor. This week, Surgeon Simulator Anniversary Edition was released. Now, console gamers can sit back on their couch,
11 Aug 2014

Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

Reluctant Work In past reviews, I have touched on a bit of the history of Nihon Falcom’s games. The big one, of course, is the Ys series. Out of Falcom’s repertoire, Ys is the most well known in the West. Its major boon to popularity here was its addicting easy-to-pick-up gameplay. Its ease of translation may have also helped, as more
19 Jul 2014

Review: Abyss Odyssey

Trying Something Different Among indie game developers recently, a fad has developed for the Roguelike genre. Procedurally-generated levels, difficult enemies, and repeated runs through a game are all staples of this kind of genre. Perhaps its due to the genre’s inherent difficulty (which seems to be all the rage among gamers right now) or the
29 Jun 2014

Classic Review: The Witcher

The Hype Machine Out of the massive amount of news and announcements from this year’s E3, one of the most anticipated upcoming games comes not from a major developer or publisher, but from a small company in Poland. CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher series has become a surprise hit, based off a series of books little known outside
30 Apr 2014

Review: Ys: Memories of Celceta

Weaving a Story In 1993, Nihon Falcom had hit a bit of a wall in the Ys series. After the drastically different direction they took Ys III: Wanderers from Ys, changing it from a top-down perspective to a side-scroller a la Zelda 2, the popularity of the series waned. Around the same time, a number of staff had quit
20 Mar 2014

Review: Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster

I can still remember the first time I was introduced to Final Fantasy X. I didn’t have a PlayStation 2 yet and a friend had brought his over to show me the game. Immediately I was floored by the great visuals and even more so by the voice acting. A couple years later, Final Fantasy
11 Feb 2014

Review: Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

  It has been eight years since the world was first introduced to Lightning, a character that would lead Final Fantasy into the console generation and be the new poster child for Square Enix. Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and now Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII make up the Lightning Saga: three games revolving
5 Feb 2014

Review: Insurgency

Back to Basics The First Person Shooter genre is probably the most popular genre of video games in current times. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that, as you are likely aware of that already. The FPS genre dominates sales charts and the big names (Call of Duty, Battlefield, etc) command high
2 Feb 2014

Review: Tales of Phantasia [iOS]

Left Behind Until recently, the Tales series has had a spotty history of Western localization. On average, one in three Tales games has yet to reach American shores, and even less for European regions. Namco Bandai is starting to change this, with two Western Tales releases scheduled for 2014, and a simultaneous worldwide release for
23 Jan 2014

Classic Review: Ys II

[NOTE: It is difficult to discuss the story of Ys II without mentioning plot points of the first game. This review will have spoilers for the end of Ys I] Halves of a Whole Direct story continuation across video games sequels is relatively uncommon. After all, most game creators want to be able to attract a
20 Jan 2014

Classic Review: Ys I

The Obscure Third In the 1980s, there were three big names in the JRPG genre. Two of them are well-known to just about every gamer in the West: Square, the company that rose to prominence with the release of Final Fantasy, and Enix, whose Dragon Quest series exploded in popularity in the East. The third pillar, while
19 Dec 2013

Classic Review: Tales of Destiny

The Next Big Genre Following the release and rave reviews of Final Fantasy VII in 1997, publishers went on a race to bring over as many JRPGs as they could to the West. Just about anything with an anime aesthetic and hit points was up for grabs. After all, JRPGs were becoming the “next big
27 May 2013

Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Classic games are called “classic” for a reason. The Donkey Kong Country series were some popular platformers on the Super Nintendo back in the mid to late 90s. They combined unique graphics technology with sharp platforming elements to create some seriously challenging experiences for gamers. Few players will forget the white-knuckle mine cart segments, or
23 May 2013

Review: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

The Last Action Hero What happened to the action hero? That impossibly buff, remarkably handsome, and completely badass, hardcore, ain’t-afraid-of-nothing, ice-cold mamma jamma has been curiously absent since the 80s and 90s. The new-age action hero is more concerned about his feelings and the ramifications of his actions when he really should be blowing stuff
14 May 2013

Review: Bioshock Infinite

Lets think back to 2007 for a moment. That one time you somehow survived a plane crash, finding a deserted lighthouse and using the submersible within to be wowed and slack-jawed to the underwater city of Rapture, only to be almost killed the minute you docked by a splicer. Bioshock: Infinite has been released and
7 Oct 2012

Review: Resident Evil 6

Resident Evil 6 was announced to the world with Leon S. Kennedy killing a zombified President of the United States. From that moment, we knew that the next entry in the series wasn’t going to hold anything back… or at least that’s what we assumed. Capcom’s latest installment to the Resident Evil franchise was created
17 Aug 2011

Review: Bastion

Supergiant Games Bastion was on my watch list from the second I saw its gorgeous art style. Since then, Ive been counting down the days till I could finally pick up this game and see what it was all about. Now that the game is out, I had the chance to download my pre-ordered copy