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12:14 AM on 10.28.2015

When Worlds Collide in Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment.

From the 38 hours I've played of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, it seems like the definition of an average game. The battles are simple, the structure is repetitive, the zones lack compelling designs and excessive enemy p...   read

8:59 PM on 05.24.2015

Freedom Wars Review

A bit of a forewarning, I didn't play any post game or online content for this game as an update error corrupted my game file. A good chunk of the Vita's Japanese library is made up of cooperative monster hunting games....   read

9:15 PM on 05.17.2015

Azure Striker Gunvolt: It's all for Speed

Fast-paced movement in a side-scroller is something I've never felt comfortable with. Sonic the Hedgehog comes to mind as the game expects a level of precision at high speeds, which can only be obtained through memoriza...   read

11:14 PM on 02.12.2015

Never-Ending Backlog: Mega Man Legends

Mega Man Legends is the series first foray into the 3D space. The title came out in a fascinating time as many developers were trying to get their bearings in a 3D world. Mega Man Legends fails in some areas, but also i...   read

12:41 PM on 01.07.2015

Mini Never-Ending Backlog: Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy IX, the final Final Fantasy for me to sink my teeth into. It’s the final release in Final Fantasy series on the original PlayStation, but encompasses everything the series had been to that point. Unf...   read

3:34 PM on 12.26.2014

Never-Ending Backlog: Shadow of Destiny (Shadow of Memories)

Shadow of Destiny, released on the PlayStation 2 by Konami in 2001, is an adventure featuring a time traveling protagonist who attempts to prevent his murder. Player must walk and talk his way to victory through cutscen...   read

1:36 PM on 12.23.2014

Never-Ending Backlog: Money Idol Exchanger (Money Puzzle Exchanger)

Money Idol Exchanger, also known as Money Puzzle Exchanger, is a 1997 puzzle series developed by Face for the Neo Geo MVS. The version reviewed here is the PlayStation release, which can be found on the PlayStation Stor...   read

3:27 PM on 08.14.2014

Yumi's Odd Odyssey

I have a weakness for cute anime things, especially if it looks like it's from the 80s or 90s. While I had heard of the Japanese Umihara Kawase series, I've never been too big into importing. All of the games have passed me...   read

8:45 PM on 08.10.2014

The Mysterious Murasame Castle

Nintendo has a weird interest in The Mysterious Murasame Castle. There's only been one game in the series, which was released for the Famicom Disk System in 1986. But it's a title that they keep referencing quite often in ...   read

1:11 PM on 06.07.2014

Onslaught Review

I've started panicking about the future of WiiWare's availability, so I'm turning around and purchasing WiiWare titles I've been dragging my feet on. Onslaught, a first person shooter on WiiWare, was one of these. Despite b...   read

5:00 PM on 06.04.2014

Drakengard 3 Review

I'm not really sure what I expected coming into Drakengard 3. I've never played a main entry in the Drakengard series, but I fell in love with the spin-off title NIER. While NIER was far from a  AAA polished experience,  wh...   read

4:45 AM on 05.21.2014

Losing the Future of Retro Downloadable Gaming Starting with WiiWare

Recently Nintendo's Wi-Fi functionality across their Wii and Nintendo DS platforms were shutdown. In-game online services and downloadable content are no longer available. Thanks to Nintendo half ignoring online gaming over...   read

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