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This War of Mine Review: War is Hell

This War of Mine Price: $19.99 System(s): PC Release Date: November 14, 2014 Publisher (Developer): 11 bit Studios (11 bit Studios) ESRB Rating: N/A One of the things I love about games these days is that they explore concepts and ideas beyond the gameplay. Games like The Stanley Parable and Gone Home explore the concept more »

Hoping for the best Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley DLC

There are a lot of things I’ve wanted and hoped for in Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley. I want my character to marry Gareth the wizard. I still wish I could visit Hillsville. As time goes on, I want more animals than the cow, chicken, dog, horse, and sheep that all eventually unlock. A pet more »

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You need to play Kemonomix+

It was the eating scene that got me. I always do the Nintendo eShop updates here, and this means I see everything small, indie, or unusual that pops on the 3DS and Wii U eShops. Last week, I was writing things up and Kemonomix+ caught my eye. It isn’t often you see a localized game more »

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This War Of Mine finally has a save feature

Not too long ago, I wrote about This War of Mine. It’s one of those artsy games that make you live as a civilian in a war zone, scavenging for goods and food during the night and building supplies you need during the day. I also talked at length about how it was a difficult more »

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Review: All farming, all the time

Title: Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley Price: System(s): 3DS Release Date: November 4, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Natsume (Natsume) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” I’m going to be brutally honest – Harvest Moon: The Lost Vallmiey is a pretty bleak game. It isn’t because the game’s introduction feels like a setup for the next Silent Hill. No, it’s more »

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Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley’s Gareth better marry my character

If there’s a wizard in a Harvest Moon game, I marry him. Granted, the only other opportunity to marry a magical character for women who play the game was Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, but still. Though there’s only one example, there is a precedent, which is why I better be able to shanghai Gareth into more »

Artisan: Going Home Again Review: A Palate Cleanser

Title: Artisan: Going Home Again Price: $9.99 System(s): Windows Release Date: November 1, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Unseen Kingdom (Unseen Kingdom) ESRB Rating: N/A, I’d say it’s appropriate for all ages. When October and November roll around, it’s “go” time for gamers. So many amazing, AAA games are released that it’s easy to overlook smaller titles. more »

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5 Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley flaws

I’ve invested quite a bit of time into Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley, Natsume’s first attempt at making in the series. Seeing as how I’m now past the 10 hour mark, there are a number of things that keep coming up. You know how it is with a game. Even if you’re enjoying yourself, you more »

Artisan: Going Home Again deserves some attention

When you get a reputation for playing visual novels, dating sims, and life sims, you’re bound to have people telling you about their indie games. After all, it isn’t as though there are many AAA titles about going through daily life, attempting to accomplish a goal, while also making friends and falling in love. This more »

Obsessing over Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley terraforming

When it comes to games like Terraria, Starbound and Minecraft, which allow me to customize my surroundings, I always tend to go overboard. I want my own little area to look right and perfectly fit my needs. That said, I came into expecting for the customization element to be rather minor. I didn’t think there more »

Extra Life Confessions: Bathroom gaming is a fact of life

“It’s me kids! Skeletiano, here to tell you all about-” Hey, dude! Way to rain on my parade! “What? I was just going to tell everyone more about your Extra Life adventure!” That’s my job! Go back to reading your book Skeletiano! Leave the storytelling to me today, okay? “Fine…” Sorry about that folks, he more »

Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley starts like a horror story

It’s the kind of scenario for which the term “ominous” was coined. A young man or woman is alone on a mountainside in the middle of a horrendous blizzard, clearly on the verge of collapsing and succumbing to the conditions. A voice invites the person into a conveniently placed shack, inside which are all the more »