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 »


Butlers and maids will be your new favorite Fire Emblem Fates class

I wasn’t going to marry Joker, also known as Jakob in Fire Emblem Fates, in Fire Emblem If. To be honest, I wasn’t sure who I was going to make my princess marry in the game. I only began playing it on June 24, 2015, and figured I’d get a feel for characters as I more »

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance release date confirmed

The PS4 exclusive Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance now has an official U.S. release date. Strategy RPG fans can begin their quest for revenge on October 6, 2015. That’s pretty fast! Disgaea 5, the first in the series to appear on Sony’s current-gen system, features an Overlord named Void Dark conquering numerous Netherworlds. A demon more »


Fire Emblem Fates’ avatar customization is impressive

Fire Emblem Fates’ avatar customization is impressive Like Fire Emblem Awakening, Fire Emblem Fates allows a player to adjust their avatar to their liking. This time, however, it goes beyond two female options and two male options, though. Instead, Fates takes a cue from BioWare and Bethesda games, allowing people far more control over their more »

Digital versions of Fire Emblem Fates makes sure you choose the side you want

Fire Emblem Fates, released in Japan on June 25, 2015, is the first installment in the series to offer two sides of a story. Players can choose to ally with Nohr in a Conquest version, fighting alongside “siblings” they were raised with, or go with Hoshido in a Birthright installment where they side with their more »


Fire Emblem Fates will feature same-sex marriage

After the success of Fire Emblem Awakening, Nintendo’s newest entry in the series – Fire Emblem Fates – looks to take many of the existing features and give them a fresh coat of paint in the new entry. Most notably, the marriage system allows the main character to marry another character of the same gender. more »

Cosmonautica Preview: An average space sim

With a fancy name like Cosmonautica, I was expecting something pretty spectacular when I dove into this space trading simulation. The trailer promised a new kind of sim, set in a goofy universe, with some funky accompanying music. Goofy and funky I checked off the list pretty quickly, but it doesn’t seem to be a more »

E3 2015: The Feud is tactical strategy in the Wild West, ya varmint

If you love both and westerns, you and the gang at GPC Games are old pals whether you know it or not. Their strategy game The Feud: Wild West Tactics brings turn-based excitement to the era of cowboys, shootouts and showdowns. Mixed in with the cast of characters that GPC created are real historical figures from the more »

E3 2015: Total War: Warhammer takes miniature heroes to an epic scale

For 15 years, the Total War franchise has kept it real, focusing on battles in settings such as Ancient Rome or Napoleonic Europe. Why go to a fantasy setting as this point? Kerri West, Senior Brand Manager for Creative Assembly, called it the partnership between it and Games Workshop “a marriage made in gaming heaven.” After a more »

Swords & Soldiers II Review: Streamlined scrolling strategy sequel’s slick, silly

Swords & Soldiers II Price: $19.99 System: Wii U Release Date: May 21, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Ronimo (Ronimo) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Suggestive Themes, Mild Language and Use of Alcohol The original Swords & Soldiers was initially a WiiWare exclusive, so it’s not surprising that its sequel, Swords & Soldiers II, is willing to test the more »


Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven Review: Putting the “maid” in maiden

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven Price: System(s): 3DS Release Date: June 2, 2015 Publisher (Developer): XSEED Games (Marvelous Inc.) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Partial Nudity and Suggestive Themes I was worried about Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven. It’s a game I’ve had on my radar for a while, since I have more »