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An Octave Higher Review: Musical novel

An Octave Higher Price: $11.99 System(s): PC Release Date: March 27, 2015 Publisher (Developer): AGM Playism (Kidalang) I count myself among the minority crying out for more narrative-driven games and for better narratives within them. The general quality of video game writing needs a serious shot in the arm, but I also want to see 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 »

How many Skyrim questlines can I finish before starting the game?

I’ve mentioned before the Alternate Start mod for Skyrim. If you don’t feel like going back to read the article, the gist of it is this. It’s a mod that allows you to start in a different location than the standard “you’re a prisoner going to be executed in Helgen” start. Instead, you wake up 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 »

Starbound’s ship-based pets aren’t too important yet

Starbound received a rather large update this month that does some things. Good things, on the whole, but also some that are rather, well, there. Adding the Ark as a location from the transportation gate is one. I don’t want to get into it, but basically it allows you to visit a temple, see some 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 »

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5 3DS games you should have played in April

April 2015 has been a good month for video games. In particular, it’s a fantastic month for the 3DS. A number of great 3DS games have been released, and they’re all titles you want to either have on your radar immediately, or save to some sort of wishlist to ensure you don’t miss out. I more »

Omega Quintet Preview: Verse Maiden magical girls

The darkness invades. Monsters consume. Only one thing can hold them back, and that’s the power of song. Sound a bit off? Well, logic doesn’t matter much in the world of video games. Omega Quintet doesn’t have to make sense. It just has to offer fanservice and hours of entertainment. Giving the heroines a plausible more »

Yahtzee with Buddies lets you pay to win

Oh mobile games, leave it to you to ruin any any board game we’ve loved since childhood. If you at ever point in your life ever enjoyed Yahtzee, then you aren’t going to want to see what Scopely did with Yahtzee with Buddies. I’ll give you a hint. You can pay to cheat your way more »

Bad games are better with friends

Ever hear the adage, “Misery loves company?” Well, it’s true. Especially when it comes to bad games. We’ve all experienced terrible titles. They’re unavoidable. And, with the line of work people like myself are in, sometimes we stumble across some real stinkers. There’s only one thing that makes these moments bearable, and that’s knowing we more »

5 comic book games more interesting than Batman v Superman

If you really want to, you can now watch the teaser trailer for the upcoming grimdark snoozefest, Batman v Superman. Watching it made me weep for humanity, so I wouldn’t recommend subjecting yourself to it. But you might be easier to please than I am. Who knows. I stopped caring halfway through this paragraph. I more »

Do view that Mewtwo that we do on Wii U so well

The first batch of DLC for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS has arrived! The biggest addition, of course, is Mewtwo, and since both Jenni and Graham had registered both games through Club Nintendo and have the character now rather than when it goes on sale to the public later more »