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Penny-Punching Princess review

April 15th, 2018 No comments

I tend to be pretty excited when the main NIS team actually makes a game. They made the great Disgaea series, La Pucelle Tactics, Rhapsody, Phantom Brave, Makai Kingdom, the Prinny series, ZHP and a bunch of other things. Overall generally very good at designing games. So them making an action RPG with wacky mechanics seemed like a home run right away.

It looked very fun, so what did I end up thinking of it? Read on and see!

Note: I did not actually complete this game, I’m a chapter away, but I’ve played enough for a proper review at least 5 chapters ago TBH, and I’m not playing anymore of it

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The Longest Five Minutes review

April 7th, 2018 No comments

The Longest Five Minutes
I don’t really have much to say for an intro here. It looked interesting, it’s developed by NIS, it’s a pixelated-style oldschool-style RPG, and it has a pretty interesting premise. So I checked it out.

Read on and see if it’s good!

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Why so few save points in RPGs? – A rant + A micro-review for the latest Atelier game

April 1st, 2018 No comments

So once again I made the classic mistake. I was playing an RPG for a while, didn’t save a lot, something happened (in this case, my Switch crashed… I’ll speak about this quickly), and I lost HOURS of gameplay and am thus giving up on the game.

The game in question is Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings, an RPG by Gust in a long-running series (since the PS1) which has been getting near-yearly releases since 2001. But it’s really not a problem exclusive to that game, I’ve encountered it many many times before.

So I’m making a post to complain about the lack of save points in RPGs nowadays. I don’t rant a lot, but this is something I’ve complained about too much not to do a fuller post about.

Let’s go!

(no this isn’t an april fools’ thing, this is a legit post about the game mechanic of saving your progress in an RPG… I have no life)

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Games coming out in April 2018

March 30th, 2018 No comments

So another month with not lots of posts. Just not too many noteworthy games coming out this year, the few that people seem to like so far this year either suck, and there’s like one or two I particularly care about but they seem pretty good. However I do have a review coming for Ni no Kuni 2, and I’ll be starting up my first Atelier game in years after that, and there’s a few things coming in April I might talk about. I wish I could actually get some content out on more frequently but it’s just not happening.

So in the meantime here’s the monthly list of upcoming games!

So this month there’s: a PC game, 4 multiplats, 4 Switch things (technically 5 but whatever) and 2 PS4 games.

Usual disclaimer: This includes either games I’m interested in, games that may be/become popular and random stuff in-between… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), and I’m not gonna dig through the hundreds of trash indie games that come out on Steam every day to find the one or 2 okay ones that pop up occasionally. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.

Also I’m skipping a bunch of indie stuff (usually ports) on Switch, and maybe some other stuff, I dunno (it seems like Ys VIII is getting a PC release this month but I can’t find a date… I only care about the Switch release TBH).

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Kirby Star Allies review

March 19th, 2018 No comments

Kirby’s mainline games have always been good. While the series peaked at Super Star on the SNES, subsequent games were still solid, and still brought new ideas forward so, despite not being as good as Super Star, still gave us really good experiences.

Kirby Star Allies is the latest one, and it’s one I avoided information for as much as possible before release, outside of the reveal trailer I didn’t really pay attention to it. I knew it was a 4-player game, or at least let you get up to 3 followers at once if you played alone. It sounded interesting, but the few small clips I got a glimpse at made it look kinda weird to me.

Let’s go!
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Games coming out in March 2018

February 22nd, 2018 No comments

Man the game industry needs to ramp it up this year. There’s not much of note coming out recently, and the rest of the year is looking pretty empty so far looking at the schedule. I’ve just been watching a load of anime instead of playing games recently. What are game companies doing? Fill that calendar up a bit, come on. March has a couple cool things, but I can’t say anything here is huge and industry-shaking.

I do need to get back to Iconoclasts and maybe review that soon… Or find something else to talk aboot.

So this month I’m counting: 1 Switch game, 3 PS4 games, 10 multiplats and 2 3DS games. Nothing really huge here. There’s 3 games I’m getting for sure and a bunch of maybes. We’ll see.

Usual disclaimer: This includes either games I’m interested in, games that may be/become popular and random stuff in-between… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), and I’m not gonna dig through the hundreds of trash indie games that come out on Steam every day to find the one or 2 okay ones that pop up occasionally. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.

Also I’m skipping the indie game ports and third-party ports on Switch that will probably come out, there’s usually a big random bunch. Also skipping FFXV on PC because… who gives a crap about FFXV? As someone who finished it I can say without a doubt, it’s not very good.

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Games I won’t review – Dragon Quest Builders

February 21st, 2018 No comments

Dragon Quest Builders

I skipped this game when it came out previously on Vita and PS4 because I don’t buy console versions of games that are also on handhelds, and the Vita version didn’t get a physical release. So getting it on Switch appeased both issues at once!

So I make it no secret that I don’t like Minecraft. It’s boring and pointless and the whole “creativity” thing just means nothing to me. I play games for the game design and challenge. So putting a Dragon Quest skin on Minecraft and adding a storyline and quests and stuff? Alright you got my attention.

And yet here I am, not reviewing it. Why am I not reviewing Dragon Quest Builders? Well read on and you’ll see!

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Celeste review

February 11th, 2018 No comments


I’m actually really having trouble to even figure out what to say about this game. I finished it over a week ago and I’m not quite sure what to write in a review. Not because it’s bad, that’s very much not the case. But at the same time it’s so… straightforward. So it took me a while to get into writing this review.

There’s not much to say about it pre-release, I saw some videos and thought it looked pretty good. It looked pretty similar to something like Super Meat Boy. So I grabbed it.

Read on! (This will be a fairly short review)

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Games coming out in February 2018

January 28th, 2018 No comments

Well January was pretty quiet gaming-wise, but it does seem like things will speed up a bit soon.

So this month I’m counting: 14 multiplats, 2 PS4 releases, 2 Switch releases and a 3DS release. Nothing really huge here. There’s 2 games I’m getting for sure and a bunch of maybes. We’ll see.

Usual disclaimer: This includes either games I’m interested in, games that may be/become popular and random stuff in-between… Basically anything I feel bears mentioning for any reason. Probably missing stuff because game companies are shit about announcing release dates nowadays (and good at delaying games near release), and I’m not gonna dig through the hundreds of trash indie games that come out on Steam every day to find the one or 2 okay ones that pop up occasionally. So if there’s no/few indie games here, it’s pretty normal.

Also I’m skipping the boatload of indie game ports and third-party ports on Switch that will probably come out. I guess the more noteworthy ones this month would be… Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 Plus and Payday 2? Pac-Man CE2 sucks though.
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Games I won’t review – Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory

January 27th, 2018 No comments

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker's Memory
So 2 years ago Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth came out. It was a pretty fun JRPG where you’d train up Digimon and investigate the mysterious “Eater” creatures that have been messing up the world and mixing up the digital world and the real world.

It wasn’t perfect, I played on normal difficulty and it was too easy most of the time (except literally the final boss, which makes sense) and it was a lot of going through menus to go to different places. But overall a fun game.

So I figured I’d get this new one, I figured it would fix some small things and hey, it’s more Digimon Story, which will always be more interesting than Digimon World (after I made the mistake of buying that one last year).

So instead I’m just not gonna review it, after buying it. Read on and see why!

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