A little while back, HAL Laboratory – the team behind the charming Kirby games – delivered with a unique property known as BoxBoy, combining puzzle solving with simple black-and-white design, creating a unique 3DS experience as a result. Now, the team is back with a whole new follow-up, and, surprise, it stacks up just as well.
Ah, Dragon Quest or Dragon Warior as it was called in the US for a while, one of the most popular RPGs of all time in Japan to the point that I’ve always heard that any entry in the series cannot be released on a work day. Even at an early age, I stumbled upon this delightful series with its now iconic set of characters, sound effects, and music. Initially, I played Dragon Warrior 1 & 2 on the...[Read More]
I originally played Dear Esther back in 2012. The promise of a narrative driven game about someone that has been in a car accident called out to me. I played it. I finished it. I got incredibly sad after playing the game. While I’m not saying that’s a bad thing it’s something new. Later that year I was in a severe car accident myself and I consider myself lucky that I am alive today. Somehow I man...[Read More]
For the most part, a lot of fans may have experienced Transformers through probably the worst way possible – Michael Bay’s quartet of over-produced, under-written CGI-laden adventures. But, of course, true fans know that the experience began in the 80’s with the animated series, as well as the animated film that made its way into cineplexes in 1986. It didn’t generate millions of...[Read More]
As a retro gamer, there is a lot of history to take in that all began with the simplest concept of the video game. Pioneers in bringing these games to home televisions, Coleco is a name many know to be around during the age of Atari and woodgrained consoles. Coleco – The Official Book, written by Antoine Clerc-Renaud and co-written by Jean-François Dupuis, is a chronicling of the often unsun...[Read More]
Back on the PlayStation 2, we couldn’t get enough of adventurous platforming games, ones that defined what adventure could be introduced with the right development team. Even stuff that didn’t quite measure up to, say, Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon, like Vexx and Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil, did its part in fulfilling different journeys for players looking for them.
As fun as NHL 15 was a couple of years ago, it was a painful example of what happens when you try to rush a game to the finish line. While the core game had its moments, a number of features that made the series strong over the past few years were notably absent for some time, before being added via patch.
I love a development team that’s willing to try new ideas, especially when they harken back to the classic side of gaming. For instance, you can literally feel the team at Thunder Lotus Games beckon the call of Legend of Zelda – but in its own special way – with Jotun: Valhalla Edition, a game that’s more about a wondrous journey into the afterlife, rather than the bloodthirsty quest t...[Read More]
When the Jackbox Party Pack came out a few years ago, I assumed everyone would be flocking to it for the newest entry of You Don’t Know Jack. But the developers at Jackbox Games are full of surprises. Not only did it generate a great party game with Fibbage, but it also introduced Drawful, a hilarious take on the classic Pictionary where friends could draw images to complement a suggestion, ...[Read More]
I want to level with everyone. I try to be open minded. When I look at games that I am going to review, I try to pick games that I have an interest in the topic. What good does it do if I pick a game I know I’m going to hate, just to say I don’t enjoy this game. Well, folks, I decided to step out of my comfort zone, for better or for worst. It has taken me a couple weeks to find the words to adequ...[Read More]
Phoenix Wright is a character that has earned his place in gaming, coming out of nowhere to be a unique character that has found his way into the expanded works of Capcom. Many may know him for his signature finger-pointing while shouting “Objection!”, but behind this rather simplistic lawyer is a standout series of games that take the visual novel genre and apply logical decision-maki...[Read More]
Ah, the 80’s – a time when a guy could control a small town with a number of thugs and a whole lot of persuasion. No, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara), a ne’er-do-well that has no trouble ruling a small Missouri city with an iron fist. Little does he know, however, that Swayze’s James Dalton just strolled into town…