The Skyrim paid mods experiment on the Steam Workshop is done

Valve and Bethesda have made a lot of people very happy today. And, perhaps, a small number very sad. All of the Skyrim paid mods have been removed from the Steam Workshop. The “experiment” is done. Enough people spoke up, Bethesda and Valve talked it out, and decided it was best to remove them. Which more »

Omega Quintet Review: False idols

Omega Quintet Price: System(s): PS4 Release Date: April 28, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Idea Factory International (Compile Heart) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, and Use of Alcohol When I heard about Omega Quintet, there were expectations. It seemed to present itself as the sort of game that blended the worlds more »

The Catch 22 of paid Steam Workshop mods

On April 23, 2015, paid mods came to the Steam Workshop. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was made the poster child of the new business model and has already gained a small collection of buyable user-made content. Graphical augmentations are selling for $2.99 to $4.99, individual weapons are running $0.25 to $0.99, and equipment sets more »

The Spatials Review: Approachable sim for hours of fun

The Spatials Price: $12.99 System(s): PC Release Date: March 30, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Weird and Wry (Weird and Wry) ESRB Rating: Everyone I haven’t exactly kept it a secret that I’m not very good at simulations, and yet, I was super excited when The Spatials landed in my lap. Fires burn at lower temperatures in space, so the chances of more »

Important Importables: Let’s visit the Marl Kingdom

One of the greatest shames in gaming is that Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure never got its proper due. The first installment in NIS’ Marl Kingdom series, the premise was poised to be a perfect, campy hit. A young girl with a fairy friend uses an army of dolls she’s magically able to communicate with to more »


Omega Quintet Reactions: Can we drop that creepy breathing thing?

I’ve been spending a lot of time this month with Idea Factory and Compile Heart’s new PS4 RPG, Omega Quintet. The first game I ever played from Compile Heart was one of the Agarest War sequels. I remember very little about it, other than it being pretty boring, but one thing stood out – the breathing. Ugh, more »

Pillars of Eternity Review: Put it on a pedestal

Pillars of Eternity Price: System(s): PC Release Date: March 26, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Paradox Interactive (Obsidian Entertainment) ESRB Rating: Rated Mature for Blood, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, and Violence I have a real love/hate relationship with CRPGs. And by that, I mean that I always think I’ll love them, but I never do. The roots more »

Bloodborne patch 1.03 slashes loading times and squashes bugs

Bloodborne patch 1.03 released earlier today, bringing with it an end to the game’s notoriously lengthy loading times. The PlayStation Japan page confirms that loading has been reduced by five to 15 seconds depending on the areas loaded. Better still, as Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry found, Central Yharnam has had its loading times cut nearly in half. And more »

The PSP lives: Gaijinworks bringing Summon Night 5, Class of Heroes 3 to the West

Gaijinworks announced today that two PSP role-playing games, Summon Night 5 and Class of Heroes 3, will be localized and released in the West. Both will be released digitally for play on Vitas (or ), but once again the company’s planning on physical UMD releases for collectors if there’s enough demand. Summon Night 5, a 2013 more »

Omega Quintet’s always asking you to download movie files (update)

When you download a 13.5GB PS4 game, there are certain expectations. Once Omega Quintet was on my system, I thought that was that. I had the game, it was all installed, and I was ready to go. Except I obviously wasn’t, because I kept seeing this screen. In case for some reason you can’t see more »

Lord of Magna gets the XSEED treatment in June 2015

If you’re sad about Rune Factory ostensibly going away forever and Story of Seasons wasn’t enough for you, look forward to June. Lord of Magna, billed as another production overseen by Harvest Moon alum Yoshifumi Hashimoto, finally has a release date. XSEED announced its localization of the project a while back, but now we now the deets. June 2 is the day more »

Shades of Madoka in Omega Quintet

It isn’t uncommon for iconic characters to influence other creations. Especially within the realm of magical girl series. Without Princess Knight, we would have never seen series like Sailor Moon and Magic Knight Rayearth, and eventually even magical girl games like Hyperdimension Neptunia and Omega Quintet. Commonalities are bound to exist. However, with Omega Quintet, more »