Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold Preview: Let’s go on a Picnic

The 3DS retellings of Etrian Odyssey are unique not only because they give a sense of structure in the form of a defined stories and precreated characters, but also because they take substantial steps to make the series more accessible to people who would find the games too punishing otherwise. Thus people too put off more »

Lego Jurassic World Review: Cashing in

Lego Jurassic World Price: System(s): PS4 (Also for 3DS, PS3, Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Vita, PC) Release Date: Month Date, Year Publisher (Developer): Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Traveller’s Tales) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Cartoon Violence and Crude Humor Given the 14 year gap between Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World, it’s more »

Shantae: Half Genie Hero Preview: Shantae shows her moves

Shantae Half Genie Hero appears to be coming along nicely. WayForward provided a preview build featuring three playable levels to early-access level Kickstarter backers. The demo is brief, and specifically adjusted to avoid any possible spoilers, but its contents are solid. Shantae Half Genie Hero will feature platforming action as the titular Shantae runs, jumps, more »

You Must Build a Boat Review: Wet, wild fun

You Must Build a Boat Price: $4.99 System(s): PC (Also available on Android and iOS) Release Date: Month Date, Year Publisher (Developer): EightyEightGames (EightyEightGames) ESRB Rating: N/A Match-3 games tend to be a guilty pleasure. The problem is, it’s difficult to find one that really stands apart. Distinctive endeavors are difficult to find, given how more »

Eitr Preview: Expect great things

I’m looking forward to Eitr, and you should be as well. I had the opportunity to sit down with Eitr’s indie developers during E3 2015. Their prior meeting ran late, as did mine, for reasons I would come to understand through meeting them. Eneme Entertainment is comprised of two people, artist and designer David Wright more »

Project X Zone 2 Interview: Kensuke Tsukanaka talked about the SRPG at E3

During E3 2015, I had the opportunity to sit down with Kensuke Tsukanaka, Production 2 Chief at Bandai Namco, about the upcoming release of Project X Zone 2 for the 3DS. Mr. Tsukanaka, who fielded my questions through a translator, gave me the scoop on the crossover game that combines a cast of characters from more »

Kill Strain could be the next Dead Nation, Helldivers

There’s a certain connotation that’s paired with free-to-play games. As promising as a title could be, one always has to wonder if there’ll be a catch, or if it will still be desirable when the hook fades and reality appears. After trying Kill Strain at E3 2015, I can’t help but wonder if its Dead more »


Undead Darlings Preview: Former NIS staff wants you to fall in love with zombies

There’s new Kickstarter online and, I must admit, I’ve been keeping a secret from you all. I’ve known about Mr. Tired Media’s Undead Darlings, from former NIS America staff Ryan Phillips and Nick Doerr, for about two weeks now. My apologies – I know secrets aren’t good for relationships, but I’m sure you understand. I more »

Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash doesn’t feel right

Have you ever seen a game, thought it was a good idea, tried it and then discovered something was amiss? You couldn’t put your finger on it exactly, but it didn’t exactly feel right. I had one of those experiences myself, earlier this month, upon playing Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash for the first time. I’m a more »

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser Review: Go Go! Vulkaiser!

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser Price: $4.99 System(s): PC Release Date: June 4, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Nyu Media (ASTRO PORT) ESRB Rating: Not Rated (Likely E for Everyone for mild cartoon violence) I’m about to give you a full review of this game in one sentence. Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is exactly what you think when you hear more »

King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember Preview: Eager for adventure

King’s Quest is poised to launch during July, 2015 with the first of five chapters, “A Knight to Remember.” I had the opportunity to see the latest build and ask questions of developers Bill Linn and Matt Korba during E3 2015, and what I saw has me excited to return to the fairytale kingdom of more »

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Preview: Positive reflections

All of my experiences with the original Mirror’s Edge went badly. It takes a lot to make me motion sick, but the first game and Super Mario Galaxy are the only two titles to make my stomach flop. I’d attempt parkour, thing I’d make the jumps, somehow fail and feel mentally and physically horrible as more »