Soulcalibur VI: A Beginner’s First Impressions

While RDR2 has essentially sucked up all of my free time, I did enjoy the week or so I had with the latest in the long-running Soulcalibur series. Although I had only played a little bit of the 4th entry, and I am generally inexperienced in 3D fighters, I was able to make the transition … Continue reading Soulcalibur VI: A Beginner’s First Impressions

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How Deltarune Chapter 1 Lives Up To The Legacy Of Undertale

Undertale is is an all time favorite of mine, so it should come as no surprise that Toby Fox's followup game Deltarune instantly drew my attention with its unexpected release a week and a half ago. And thankfully, it entirely lives up to this hype, continuing the Fox's tradition of creating quirky characters that force the … Continue reading How Deltarune Chapter 1 Lives Up To The Legacy Of Undertale

Telltale Games and the Legacy of Walking Dead Season 1

With the deflating news that Telltale Games has shut down, it seems as good a time as any to reflect on their defining title, The Walking Dead. Their episodic zombie tale combined a popular property with a narrative focused adventure, introducing many to the concept of story-focused games. While TWD Season 1 obviously isn't the … Continue reading Telltale Games and the Legacy of Walking Dead Season 1

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Review | War, Peace, And Anime

It's been roughly eight years since the last non-Japan only Valkyria Chronicles title was released, and while the turn based strategy genre has had significant popular titles like XCOM and several Fire Emblems, its nice to have the shooter strategy hybrid back. While its competitors do offer more complexity and depth, the winning combination of … Continue reading Valkyria Chronicles 4 Review | War, Peace, And Anime

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review: The Triumphant Return of the Dragon

My wild ride with the wonderfully bizarre world of the Yakuza series continues with Kiwami 2, a remake of the second game in the franchise. While Kiwami 1 was fairly disappointing, both in a narrative and gameplay sense, Kiwami 2 has the benefits of a much better script and has significant gameplay improvements due to … Continue reading Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review: The Triumphant Return of the Dragon

The Narrative Fetch Quest Problem

After playing through Yakuza Kiwami 1, and finding it fairly disappointing, I started thinking about why I enjoyed the story of Yakuza 0 so much more than that of its sequel. Among other things, one of the problems with Yiwami was its pacing, an issue brought to the forefront by video game contrivance which I'll … Continue reading The Narrative Fetch Quest Problem

Why Super Smash Bros Melee Is Still One Of The Most Unique And Rewarding Competitive Games Ever Made

Recently I had the pleasure of writing about one of my favorite games, Super Smash Bros Melee for the Nintendo GameCube. Melee is a exceptionally weird case of an amalgamation of many unintentional mechanics coalescing into a fighting game like no other. It's crazy fast, has endless depth due to its fluidity, and is immensely … Continue reading Why Super Smash Bros Melee Is Still One Of The Most Unique And Rewarding Competitive Games Ever Made