Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea Review: All the right ingredients

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea Price: System(s): Playstation 3 Release Date: March 10, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Koei Tecmo (Gust) ESRB Rating: “Everyone 10+” for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, and Use of Tobacco Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is both the latest entry and my first foray in the more »

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim alights on Western PCs

I’ve mentioned before that Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim was my introduction to the Ys series and its perennial protagonist, Adol Christin. I played it on the PlayStation 2, though, where it had fully polygonal visuals and had been rebalanced from the Japanese, PC original. XSEED announced today, though, that they’re bringing the game to western PCs, more »

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is taking over Six Flags’ Goliath coaster on March 28

It seems 3DS and New 3DS weren’t enough for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Now the game is coming to Los Angeles, California to take over Six Flags Magic Mountain, and with it, the massive Goliath coaster. Beginning Saturday, March 28, the game will descend upon the park to, among other things, turn the Goliath into the famous MH4U boss, more »

How Republique Remastered and DmC got me hooked

I’ve been reviewing unusually brilliant games lately. I know that sounds cynical, but you have to understand that being assigned two A-quality games in a row is something of a unicorn in this industry, at least for me. Still, there’s no doubt I enjoyed playing and critiquing Camouflaj’s Republique: Remastered and Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry Definitive more »

Final Fantasy XV preview: Episode Duscae has something to prove

There’s probably more at stake with Final Fantasy XV than we know. I have no doubt in my mind that getting playable proof of this game not being a disaster was priority number one for Square Enix as soon as Tetsuya Nomura was off the project, and slapping that demo onto a bizarre, but almost more »

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Review: Become a dungeon master

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Price: System(s): PS3 Release Date: March 17, 2015 Publisher (Developer): NIS America, Inc. (Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.) ESRB Rating: Teen for fantasy violence, language, mild blood, mild suggestive themes For all those naysayers that think the PS3 is an outdated console, might I provide exhibit “A?” A for Awakened Fate Ultimatum that more »

Some instant noodles with your The Awakened Fate Ultimatum?

When playing The Awakened Fate Ultimatum you are given the choice to stay in a room with one of the two female leads. Jupiel is an angel, and is the player character’s “exclusively assigned angel”. Essentially she’s a glorified assistant/battle partner. The other lead is Ariael, a devil scientist who is being held captive by more »

5 (10?) Games you must (should?) buy from Sony’s Under-A-Buck PSN Flash Sale

Happy Spring, folks! Unless you’re living in the southern hemisphere and are busy welcoming in Autumn instead. Or reside in the north-eastern United States and are celebrating your vernal equinox with (yet another) out-pouring of powder. In any case, celebrate your respective seasonal situation with Sony, who has been gracious enough to kick off a more »

Temporarily free Etrian Mystery Dungeon DLC sweetens the deal

It’s always great to find out a little something about a new game that suddenly makes it seem a more attractive prospect. I mean, Atlus’ Etrian Mystery Dungeon already seemed rather appealing. It’s a Spike Chunsoft roguelike, after all, and we know from the Shiren the Wanderer series that they have the genre down pat. more »

The Awakened Fate Ultimatum has a Christian Bale Batman issue

While playing The Awakened Fate Ultimatum, I couldn’t help but think that it was lacking a bit in the voice acting department. The three lead characters had pretty constant, monotonous voices, consequently making story moments feel rather dull. At least the protagonist, Shin Kamikaze, spoke in a relaxed, “normal” manner. The two female leads, Jupiel more »


Why is Skyrim updating all of a sudden?

As I think anyone who’s been reading this website for any length of time knows, I play a huge amount of Skyrim. I play it so often that I actually sometimes think an airplane flying over head is, in fact, a giant dragon that I might have to fight. I may have problems. In any more »

Sing to save the day in Omega Quintet this April

There’s a little game coming out next month for the PS4 that I’m so excited about. I’m not sure if you’ve heard of it, but it’s called Omega Quintet. It’s really unique, as it combines the JRPG experience with that of a lite idol simulation. You know, a save the world with the power of more »