Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea Review: All the right ingredients

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea Price: System(s): Playstation 3 Release Date: March 10, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Koei Tecmo (Gust) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Use of Tobacco Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is both the latest entry and my first foray in the more »

Game of Thrones Episode 3: Sword in the Darkness review: Bland, but necessary

Game of Thrones Episode 3: Sword in the Darkness Price: $4.99 ( with the season pass) System(s): PS4 (Also available on PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices.) Release Date: March 24, 2015) Publisher (Developer): Telltale Games (Telltale Games) ESRB Rating: “Mature” for Blood and Gore, Strong Language, and Intense Violence You expect more »

Story of Seasons preview diary 3: Finding a routine

One of the most important things about any Bokujou Monogatari/Harvest Moon games is getting settled into a routine. It’s the key to success. Fortunately, my earliest experiences with Story of Seasons have shown that it’s easy to develop a comfortable rhythm with this installment. Within 3 days, I had a Story of Seasons pattern that more »

Warlocks preview: Character choice actually matters

I’m not a huge fan of beat ‘em up games, but I do like the occasional Turtles In Time. That said, one of the things I’m used to when it comes to beat ‘em ups is that the choice of character doesn’t really matter. Sure, different characters will sometimes have different attacks, but the gameplay more »

Story of Seasons preview diary 2: A Home of one’s own

In most Bokujou Monogatari/Harvest Moon games, players begin with a farm that’s a less than ideal living space. After all, you’re inheriting something that no one has manned for years or only starting a new life. Story of Seasons follows this trend, but there’s a significant difference. A player isn’t stuck with the worst lot more »

Story of Seasons preview diary 1: Welcome to the community

I didn’t inherit. I was chosen. My skills were judged, and I was found worthy. Oak Tree Town needs fresh blood. The town was growing, but reached a plateau. That’s why I’m here. Veronica, head of the local guild, sent out an alert. The goal? To invite in a prospective farmer with the most potential more »

Shelter 2 Review: What did I just play?

Shelter 2 Price: $14.99 System(s): PC Release Date: March 9, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Might and Delight ESRB Rating: Not Rated If you’re not familiar with arthouse movies, then allow me to explain what they are. Arthouse movies are essentially movies that are made in order to make some artistic point. They’re not movies in the more »

Three Fourths Home Extended Edition Review: Distracted driving

Three Fourths Home Extended Edition Price: $6.99 System(s): Windows, Mac Release Date: March 20, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Digerati Digital ([bracket]games) ESRB Rating: N/A. I’d say it players ages 13 and up would appreciate it most. There’s a sense of unease that comes with playing Three Fourths Home. Everyone knows the dangers of using cell phones more »


Bloodborne’s play time remains an irrelevant mystery

Souls fans round the world have begun their release rituals. Televisions are being encased in plexiglass, chairs are being bolted to floors, and shoulder buttons are being reinforced even as we speak. From Software is at it again: We’re just a week away from the next Souls game, Bloodborne, a decidedly Gothic turn for the franchise. Director more »

La-Mulana EX Review: Don’t lose your notes

La-Mulana EX Price: $19.99 System(s): Vita Release Date: March 3, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Rising Star Games (Pygmy Studio) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood and Suggestive Themes I don’t have a lot of time. Playing games for review can be a messy process. Sometimes, I have to rush through. Other times, I have to use more »

5 Best Pebble Watchfaces for gamers

Have a Pebble? Odds are, you’re one of many. Which means you’ll want to set your smartwatch apart with some unique Pebble Watchfaces. After all, they all otherwise look the same. And, with the Pebble Time Kickstarter running now, you may want to know if there’s the right look for you waiting in the device’s more »


Kana Okaeri Review: Little Sister Comes Home

Kana Okaeri Price: $24.95 System(s): PC Release Date: February 22, 2015 Publisher (Developer): JAST USA (D.O.) ESRB Rating: Adult Only The original Kana Imouto, also known as Kana Little Sister, is regarded as a milestone for visual novels and eroge. While many games pandered or followed well-trod paths for the genre, Kana Imouto presented a more »