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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Unravel Preview: Yarny is adorable, but Unravel is far from it

Yarny, the protagonist of Coldwood Interactive’s upcoming platformer Unravel, is an endearing little fellow made entirely of yarn. He lives in a world of moss and buttons and puddles, and looks just like the kind of plucky little guy who could lift your spirits. In Unravel, though, Yarny is put through the wringer, and so are your more »

Legend of Legacy Preview: Garnet goes “god” hunting

The 3DS has become quite a haven for RPG, and Legend of Legacy is another to bolster the library. With a presentation that compliments Square Enix’s Bravely Default, Atlus and FuRyu’s title fits right in. Think of it as another digital fairy tale, with subdued tones, fanciful characters and a world that springs to life more »

Virtuix Omni & TRAVR Preview: Natural movements allow deeper immersion

Not only did I get to test out some of the hottest virtual reality headsets coming up on the market at E3 2015, I also tried a peripheral for the virtual reality experience – the Virtuix Omni. It’s touted as a “first-of-its-kind” virtual reality gaming platform, and my hands on experience had me jumping on more »

Dungeon Travelers 2 immediately dumps fanservice on players

I know I’m not going to play Dungeon Travelers 2 after its released. As much as I love Atlus games and JRPGs, it doesn’t catch my interest. Still, I was at E3 2015, a playable demo was there, and it only seemed right that I give it a try. I expected a quick look through more »

Wattam Preview: Whatta wonderful world

Wattam begins with a monster that wanted to devour the Earth. It was huge, grotesque and had a head that was the shape of the King and Prince of the Cosmos. It wrapped its tongue around the planet, pulling her towards its mouth. But the Earth had other plans. She revealed a bomb on her more »