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Splatoon Review: Stuck on squids

Splatoon Price: $59.99 System(s): Wii U Release Date: May 29, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Nintendo (Nintendo) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Cartoon Violence I didn’t care about Splatoon at E3 2014. I saw colleagues line up to play the game and rave about their time flinging ink. Despite it being a rare release for a console more »

Watch a war of the words in Last Word

Do you know what game I just can’t get over? Twelve Tiles’ Last Word. It’s this fantastic investigative adventure with RPG elements that I keep coming back to. Even though I’ve mastered the game, with a 98% completion rate, it continues to pull me in. I’ve come to the conclusion that the brilliant battle system more »

Nom Nom Galaxy Review: Stew-pidly tedious

Nom Nom Galaxy Price: $14.99 System(s): PS4 Release Date: May 12, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Double Eleven (Q Games) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Fantasy Violence Games are supposed to take us away from the weight of the world. Someone plays to enter a fantasy world where anything is possible and everything is designed to entertain. more »

Ingredients of Shovel Knight: cooking experiment

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my cooking show. I’ve just had the pleasure of playing through the recent Vita release of Shovel Knight, and I found it to be a savory, wholesome experience. It was evident that a lot of hard work went into this dish, and it featured several hints of familiar ingredients from more »

Shovel Knight Review: Retro perfection

Shovel Knight Price: $14.99 System(s): Vita (also available on PS3 and PS4) Release Date: April 21, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Yacht Club Games (Yacht Club Games) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Mild Fantasy Violence I’ve been eager to see how Shovel Knight came together ever since the game saw its initial release in 2014. Now that the more »

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim Review: A quick jaunt into stormy seas

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim Price: $19.99 System(s): PC Release Date: April 28, 2015 Publisher (Developer): XSEED (Nihon Falcom) ESRB Rating: N/A The Ys series is as old a PC-gaming series as series can get, though we’re speaking in terms of the NEC PC-8801 rather than anything with which modern-day gamers might actually be more »

Sailor Moon cast reminisces at ACEN 2015

She is the one, Sailor Moon. Or, rather, in the case of Anime Central 2015’s press interview session with part of the cast of the Sailor Moon redub and Sailor Moon Crystal, they are five strong, capable women who are voicing iconic characters that have made a lasting impact on multiple generations of anime fans. more »

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Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed Review: Knockout

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed Price: System(s): Vita Release Date: May 19, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Idea Factory International (Tamsoft) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Partial Nudity and Suggestive Themes Now that Hyperdimension Neptunia has proved itself to be quite the success for Idea Factory, the company is capitalizing on it by seeing more »

Trine 3: Artifacts of Power Preview: Arguing with myself

What does it take to make an environmental puzzler? In spite of how easy the question is—you need an environment and you need puzzles—developer Frozenbyte has been one of the few studios to continue answering it. They’ve done so with their Trine series, which is now coming up on its third installment, Artifacts of Power. But while the more »

Last Word Review: Loquacious logophiles

Last Word Price: $9.99 System(s): Windows Release Date: May 8, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Degica (Twelve Tiles) ESRB Rating: N/A You develop certain expectations from games made with RPG Maker XP. Titles with unimaginative menus and stock images, which never attempt to push the engine. So many of these indie games play it safe that when more »

Hyperdimension Neptunia U Preview: Battle goddesses

What happens when a console goddess, an anthropomorphic representation of a video game system, finds herself lounging around Gamindustri with no metaphorical battles against piracy to fight? Well, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed shows us that they still take on random quests to help the people of their world and boost their reputations. When it’s more »

Chroma Squad Review: Programming power

Chroma Squad: Inspired by Saban’s Power Rangers Price: $14.99 System(s): PC Release Date: April 30, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Behold Studios (Behold Studios) ESRB Rating: Not Rated You’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t familiar with the Power Rangers. Though tokusatsu and Sentai are a decidedly Japanese creation, the concept is known around the more »