Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Review

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Review

Initial NA Release Date: August 7, 2013
Review Date: June 10, 2017
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, Xbox One, PS4, PC, iOS, Android, Windows Phone

An interesting take on the puzzle-platforming genre—Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has a unique feel to it, as it utilizes a different mechanical approach to both vertical and horizontal platforming. A narrative that manages to articulate itself without the use of a coherent language, the journey of two brothers is one that emerges much deeper than initially expected. Continue reading “Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Review”


Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review

Initial NA Release Date: September 2, 2014
Review Date: May 18, 2017
Reviewed on: PC
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, PSP, PC, MAC, Linux

If there is a blueprint on how to make a worthy sequel to an already beloved game, you would have to think that Spike Chunsoft are the owners of said blueprint after playing through Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (D2:GD)

In what was quite the roller coaster ride in the endearing visual novel adventure—Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, the sequel of the cult classic made sure to take everything that made the original ride fun, and not only replicate the experience, but improve on it so much, raising well above all expectations. Continue reading “Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Review”

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review

Initial NA Release Date: February 11, 2014
Review Date: February 9, 2017
Reviewed on: PC
Platforms: PC, MAC, Linux, iOS, Android, PSP, PS Vita, PS4

A visual novel styled adventure which makes an attempt at disguising its serious theme and dark undertones, with its cutesy art style and fun easygoing nature. The tight rope of hope and despair is walked by all students of Hope’s Peak Academy, much to the grin of Monokuma—the evil headmaster teddy bear.

Mysteries are often laid out with the usual questions of what, how, where, why, and in the case of murder—who? With the goal of escaping their newly found captivity, the students of Hope’s Peak Academy are subjected to solve heinous crimes done by no other than their own neighboring classmates. Continue reading “Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review”

Virginia Review

Virginia Review

Initial NA Release Date: September 22, 2016
Review Date: November 12, 2016
Reviewed on: PC
Platforms: PC, MAC, Xbox One, PS4

An interactive movie that attempts to tell a story without the use of words. Surrounded by mystery, Virginia is certainly an interesting experience, however as a game, Virginia fails to deliver in numerous areas. Continue reading “Virginia Review”

Catherine Review

Catherine Review

Initial NA Release Date: July 26, 2011
Review Date: November 9, 2016
Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360

A love-triangle, chattering sheep, mysterious deaths, and a lot of alcohol, it’s no wonder why Vincent Brooks; the protagonist of Catherine, can’t get a good night’s sleep. As Vince’s mind continues to ponder over his future, so do his decisions grow harder and dreams grow stranger. 

Adult narratives in games are not usually depicted too often without the overwhelming use of violence, and the matter of adultery is a rare concept that centers the plot of a game. However, Catherine manages to tell a mature story that focuses on the inner turmoil of the heart and how it affects everyday life relationships. Continue reading “Catherine Review”

Ultra Street Fighter IV Review

Ultra Street Fighter IV Review

Initial NA Release Date: (SFIV) February 17, 2009, (SSFIV) April 27, 2010, (SSFIV:AE) June 28, 2011, (SSFIV:AE 2012) December 13, 2011, (USFIV) June 3, 2014
Review Date: October 18, 2016
Reviewed on: Xbox 360, PC
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, PC

Street Fighter may not have been the first fighting game franchise, but there is no doubt that the series is the torchbearer when it comes to fighting games. A few new mechanics coupled with the traditional core feel of Street Fighter, the latest iteration of Street Fighter IV; Ultra Street Fighter IV (USFIV) is a fine addition that contributes to the franchise’s prowess and tradition.

With a plethora of characters to choose from, the style of play is really up to the player depending on how the character is used, going wild with El Fuerte, jumping off walls is an option or if searching for a more traditional fighter who sports a fireball and an uppercut, an array of shotos are available to pick from. Flexibility is a must have trait when playing USFIV as there are many styles to play with and adapt against. Continue reading “Ultra Street Fighter IV Review”

Broken Age Review

Broken Age Review

Initial NA Release Date: January 28, 2014 (Act 1), April 28, 2015 (Act 2)
Review Date: October 1, 2016
Reviewed on: PC
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, PC, MAC, Linux, iOS, Android, Ouya

A classic style point-and-click adventure game that tells the story of two complete different people with different lives. Broken Age leaves a bigger imprint with its art style and performances rather than its gameplay.

I’ve never been very good at solving puzzles, and that hasn’t changed with my experience with Broken Age, but the ability to go in-and-out of different stories whenever I got stuck was a refreshing trait to the point-and-click genre.

Shay—a young boy traveling through space with his overprotective computer and Vella—a young girl chosen as a sacrifice for her village who sports a fighting spirit and isn’t afraid of asking the tough questions. The two perfect strangers live out events that unbeknownst to them, are related. Continue reading “Broken Age Review”

To the Moon Review

To the Moon Review

Initial NA Release Date: November 1, 2011
Review Date: September 3, 2016
Reviewed on: PC
Platforms: PC, MAC, Linux

A bite-sized adventure game that has some pull, but unfortunately, it’s in the wrong direction.

With a title such as To the Moon, I didn’t know what to expect. A Space exploration narrative perhaps? Not exactly. The game, despite its title is very much on earth and grounded in a story of a man’s last dying wish; going to the moon. Continue reading “To the Moon Review”

Undertale Review

Undertale Review

Initial NA Release Date: September 15, 2015
Review Date: August 29, 2016
Reviewed on: PC
Platforms: PC, MAC, Linux

My initial impression of Undertale was that it was an RPG-Lite if you will. Featuring funny characters, clever writing and a unique battle system but with no real pull-in factor. Man was I wrong.

As soon as I finished my first playthrough, I completely reversed my stance; Undertale is one of the deepest RPG’s I’ve played in a narrative sense and cements itself as a must-play for not only RPG fans but video-game fans as a whole.

You know you’re in for something good when the game flips the script on you before you can even begin reading it, and it only gets better from there. The game constantly shows you bits and pieces of the its true narrative, but keeps holding back and reverts to its comedic ways, but just when you think you know what’s going on, you get set-up for another surprise and another twist. Continue reading “Undertale Review”

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