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  • the logo for Garden story, featuring many chibi characters including a frog and the main character concord the grape holding a hammer

    Garden Story First Impressions: A Fruitful, Adorable Adventure

    When I say I’ve been waiting years for this game–I mean it. The first time I saw Garden Story was late 2019 when developer Picogram announced they’d be partnering with Rose City Games, who would publish the title. I’m a massive fan of these types of games that combine the action-adventure of Legend of Zelda with the foraging […] More

  • The New Pokemon Snap logo in front of a nature path

    New Pokémon Snap: Point, Click, Share!

    It’s been 22 years since the original Pokémon Snap released on the Nintendo 64. Fans (myself included!) have been asking for a sequel for just as long. New Pokémon Snap is now out for Nintendo Switch, and after a few hours with it, I have some thoughts. The basic mechanics from the original are the […] More

  • Art for Monster Hunter Rise shows two hunters and their animal companions facing off against a giant creature

    Monster Hunter Rise Is a Welcome Victory Lap From Capcom

    Considering the fact that Monster Hunter World was Capcom’s highest selling video game ever, I think it’s safe to say that the once obscure franchise has become a legitimate phenomenon. It’s not difficult to see why, either. The series’ emphasis on combat, the outstanding creature design, and its whimsical sense of fun and humor make […] More

  • A picture of the main characters of Persona 5: Strikers

    Persona 5 Strikers

    The Phantom Thieves are back to steal my heart again in Persona 5: Strikers! I haven’t been chummy with the Phantom Thief crew since the release of Persona 5 in 2016.  I simply haven’t had the time to invest in another massive RPG, much less one that I’ve sort of already played through. Thankfully, I […] More

  • Cyberpunk 2077 title

    Cyberpunk 2077: A Futuristic Setting That Can’t Escape The Past

    There’s no way Cyberpunk 2077 could have lived up to the hype. It was touted by both fans online and the game’s aggressive marketing strategy as the RPG that would change gaming forever. Unfortunately, amongst a buggy launch, a lack of RPG elements, inconsistent storytelling, and a general lack of interesting gameplay, Cyberpunk is suffering […] More

  • Melody of Memory artwork showing the varios characters from the series

    Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory

    Kingdom Hearts is a game series that holds a special place in my soul. The characters are memorable, and the storylines are emotional.  They create a mix of child-like joy and melancholic sadness.  The series’ soundtracks, composed by Yoko Shimomura, capture these moods perfectly.  It’s exciting that we now have Melody of Memory, a game which […] More

  • Mortal Shell, duelling with the boss of the frozen Crypt area

    Mortal Shell: A Pared Back and Janky Souls-Like

    From Software’s Dark Souls series slowly established itself as one of the most influential, and best, intellectual properties of its generation, setting a new standard in the fantasy action RPG genre for worldbuilding, lore, atmosphere, combat and—of course—most infamously, difficulty. It’s been four years since the last entry in the series however, with the creators […] More

  • Cloudpunk's title screen, featuring a flying taxi and a HOVA

    Cloudpunk Review

    Cloudpunk is a frustrating game. Not because it’s bad, not because it plays poorly, not because it’s a buggy mess, but because it is so close to greatness. Every time the game grabbed my attention with a clever story beat or a neat narrative trick, it would pull the rug out from another one. It […] More

  • Cloud stands before the reactor in Final Fantasy VII Remake

    Final Fantasy VII Remake: Day 1 Review

    Final Fantasy VII was the first game I bought for my original Playstation. In fact, it was the reason I bought the console. Like so many others, it was my initial exposure to the Final Fantasy series and to the JRPG genre as a whole and I instantly fell in love with both. There’s an […] More

  • An Animal Crossing villager sits on a bench with the AC logo next to him

    Animal Crossing: New Horizons Review – A Welcome Escape

    This week I: Was let go from my day job, my primary source of income Began my quarantine Struggled with anxiety and depression But also: Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out. It was a pretty alright week. I begin this review with my struggle-filled week, not as a cry for pity or concern, but to […] More

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    Day 1 Review: Doom Eternal

    Doom 2016 was, without a doubt, the absolute best AAA shooter released last decade, although there were some indie titles that were just as good. Bringing back the frantic run and gun gameplay of the old classics and doing away with notions of cover and aiming down sights, it was a refinement of everything that […] More

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