Hyperdevotion Noire Review: Straw Houses

Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart Price: System(s): PS Vita Release Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Compile Heart, Idea Factory (Sting, Compile Heart) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Fantasy Violence, Language, Partial Nudity, and Sexual Themes Recall for a moment the predicament of the first of the Three Little Pigs. An innovative architect, this pig elected to more »

Hand of Fate Review: Hit me

Price: $24.99 System(s): PS4 (XOne, PC) Release Date: February 17, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Defiant Development (Defiant Development) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Violence and Blood A plaque reading “We’re all about making new, exciting games” may as well be prepackaged with every proprietary game engine or monitor-packed office space; any studio with an ounce of clout more »

Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires Review: Conquering Made Easy

Dynasty Warriors 8 Empires Price: System(s): PS4 (Also available for Xbox One, PC) Release Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Koei Tecmo (Omega Force) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Violence, Alcohol Reference, and Mild Suggestive Themes I honestly can’t remember the last time I played an Empires installment of a Dynasty Warriors game. My focus has more »

A Good Snowman is Hard to Build Review: Snow Much Fun

A Good Snowman is Hard to Build Price: $11.99 System(s): PC Release Date: Month Date, Year Publisher (Developer): Draknek (Alan Hazelden and Benjamin Davis) ESRB Rating: N/A, but I’d say it’s appropriate for all ages A Good Snowman is Hard to Build is the most fun I’ve ever had hugging a snowman. Think about it. more »

Jungle Rumble Review: Jungle Boogie

Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness, and Bananas Price: $4.99 System(s): Vita Release Date: Month Date, Year Publisher (Developer): Disco Pixel (Disco Pixel) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” Do you still find yourself singing, “Pon, pon, pata pon” under your breath at night? Is your Mii always wearing the Rhythm Heaven Fever monkey hat? If you answered yes to more »

Paranautical Activity Review: Sinking Ship

Paranautical Activity: Deluxe Atonement Edition Price: $9.99 System(s): PC Release Date: February 14, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Digerati Distribution ESRB Rating: N/A Paranautical Activity is the latest in what seems like a never-ending stream of smaller titles all clamoring to get a piece of a single, tasty pie. Familiar buzzwords “roguelike” and “procedurally-generated” are the stars more »

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary Review: Deadly Imprecision

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary Price: $19.99 System(s): Vita Release Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher (Developer): NIS America (NIS America) ESRB Rating: “Teen” for Blood and Fantasy Violence I am not the Invisible Woman. This means I’ve been forced to deal with an array of unpleasantness in my life that could have been solved by a more »


One Piece Treasure Cruise Review: Puzzle and Dragons, Minus Puzzles, Plus Punching

One Piece Treasure Cruise Price: Free (microtransactions) System(s): Mobile Release Date: February 4, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Namco Bandai ESRB Rating: N/A As a One Piece fan, from back at the tail end of the 4Kids days (shout-out to the folks from even before that), it’s still hard for me to process Bandai Namco’s recent streak of game localizations. For a more »


Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late Review: Born Premature

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late Price: $39.99 System(s): PS3 Release Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Aksys Games (French Bread) ESRB Rating: Rated “Teen” for Language, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, and Violence If the folks at Arc System Works and Aksys Games aren’t careful, they’re going to get type-cast. The two names most closely associated with more »

Aeternoblade Review: Test your Patience

Aeternoblade Price: $14.99 System(s): PS Vita (Nintendo 3DS) Release Date: February 11, 2015 (3DS Feb. 18) Publisher (Developer): Corecell Technology (Corecell Technology) ESRB Rating: “Everyone” for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language and Mild Suggestive Themes Through either personal experience or media, you’re probably familiar with the iconic “Strong Man” competitions that crop up at fairs and carnivals. Colorful carnies invite more »

The Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask 3D Review: Majora-proval

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D Price: $39.99 System(s): Nintendo 3DS Release Date: February 13, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Nintendo (Nintendo EAD, Grezzo) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, and Suggestive Themes History is rarely kind to younger siblings, and the original 2000 release of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was more »

Freaking Meatbags Review: Get Off my Lawn

Freaking Meatbags Price: $9.99 System(s): PC Release Date: February 4, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Plug In Digital (Wild Factor) ESRB Rating: Not Applicable I have a spurious suspicion that independent game developers secretly judge one another in some Holy Grail-like search for the project worthy of the title “Most Indie”. I gather that the criteria must be grueling; who can more »