Secret Ponchos preview: A spaghetti western deathmatch

Iconic western movies peppered my childhood with romantic visions of the outlaw lifestyle, and yet, the genre is severely underrepresented in video games. and are the only two that immediately come to mind. The same thought must have crossed the minds of developers at Switchblade Moneys, and they remedied that by adding another game to more »

E3 2014 Preview: I Hunted Bugs in Flyhunter Origins

I didn’t get to spend as much time as I would have liked at Sony’s booth at E3 2014. When a show is only 3 days long, with oodles of games on display, and various meetings to attend, things are bound to be overlooked. However, one thing I didn’t want to miss was Flyhunter Origins, more »

Magic 2015: Duels of the Planeswalkers Preview: Bigger and Better

While it is the fate of many games to be played for a while and then forgotten, Magic: The Gathering (MTG) is no such game. The ultimate, genre-spawning, collectible card game, there are millions of players that have been faithfully playing (and buying cards!) for years. The electronic version of the card game, Duels of the Planeswalkers (Duels) gets an update every year, and has come a long way from early versions of the game. I recently had the pleasure of a hands-on demo with Wizards of the Coast reps, eager to show off the new features.

E3 2014 Preview: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy Gives Newcomers a Chance

It’s funny, but I’ve gotten to a point where when I attend E3, I expect to see a Phoenix Wright game at Capcom’s booth. It happened last year, with Phoenix Wright:Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and while I hoped this year’s installment would be Professor Layton VS Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, I wasn’t too disappointed to more »

E3 2014 Preview: Journeying through Elympios in Tales of Xillia 2

Sequels in the Tales series aren’t exactly commonplace. Tales of Symphonia was followed up by Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World and Tales of Destiny by Tales of Destiny 2, but each story tends to stand on its own, even if we wished there was some sort of follow up to detail what more »

Ozmafia Preview: We’re Off to Romance a Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man

Now, I know all of you otome game fans have been distracted by MangaGamer’s teasing about its Anime Expo 2014 announcement, and you may have missed something else good in the process. How good? Ozmafia good! Haven’t heard of it? You’re forgiven. All you really need to know is Ozmafia is Poni-Pachet’s dating sim inspired more »

E3 2014 Preview: Armored Warfare Venturing onto a New Path

Armored Warfare is by no means breaking new ground but it is taking strides towards refining a rather beaten path. For better or worse, Free-to-Play tank games are a dime a dozen these days so it takes a bit of ingenuity to stand out. Armored Warfare stands out. The demo I played at this year’s more »

E3 2014 Preview: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd Delighted Me

Sega’s Hatsune Miku music games are basically crack in video game form for me. They offer these incredibly addictive experiences in bite-sized or full meal presentations, and it’s just so easy to slip into a gameplay coma. I jump in, attempt to tackle every song on one difficulty level, then instead of walking away, start more »

E3 2014 Preview: I Couldn’t Walk Away from Long Take

I wanted to walk away from Long Take. Which is a horrible feeling to have when you’re a journalist at an event like E3 2014. I’m there to work, not indulge every passing fancy or desire. There’s a sense of duty. Almost everything must be experienced, and that includes the good, the bad, and the more »

E3 2014 Preview: My Sonic Boom Demo was Broken

When games come to E3 2014, they aren’t always ready for the show. It’s not uncommon to find bugs and glitches in the demos, or sometimes find yourself unable to even beat a level. It’s something you expect, especially from smaller titles, but I didn’t think it would happen to me when I played the more »

E3 2014 Preview: Nova 111 was My IndieCade Star

I never prepare for IndieCade at E3. I prefer to go in fresh, never expecting what I may see, and visiting it in between appointments as a sort of gaming palate cleanser. Which meant when I came upon Nova 111, I had no preconceived notions or expectations about the Funktronic Labs game. I don’t know more »

E3 2014 Preview: Yoshi’s Woolly World: The Amigurumi Adventures

The Yoshi’s Island series has always afforded Nintendo an opportunity to play around with its platforming formula. The green dinosaur’s tales are always more fanciful, which provide ample opportunity for experimentation. Which is why Yoshi’s Woolly World looks more like a sequel to Kirby’s Epic Yarn than an official Yoshi’s Island game. As expected from more »