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 »


Jet Set Radio tags its 15th anniversary

Jet Set Radio is a game remembered fondly by many a Sega fan for its slick artstyle, gameplay and futuristic setting. It’s no surprise, that fifteen years after the game’s release, fans of JSR’s composer, Hideki Naganuma, praise him daily on Twitter. Crossover fanart with games as recent as Splatoon can be found easily, and 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 »

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 »

F-Zero’s simple design rejects complex solutions

I don’t have a lot of experience with F-Zero. I’ve only played F-Zero X and F-Zero GX, and of those, I only own F-Zero X. What I enjoy most about the game is the fast pace and simple mechanics: you can speed up at the cost of your vehicle’s health from lap two and on, 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 »

This week on the PlayStation Store, June 23, 2015

  Big week on the PlayStation Store. Lots of Batman, lots of games. But especially Batman. If any readers out there somehow hasn’t had Batman shoved down their throats in the past several months, I truly envy you, and I love Batman. Besides the Dark Knight, expect a whole bunch of new stuff, and a more »