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Danganronpa: You’ll Only Despair That It’s Over

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a decidedly average young man is able to get into a prestigious high school. Once there, he meets up with a cast of colorful characters, struggles with fitting in and nasty teachers, and learns valuable lessons about friendship and not giving up. Danganronpa is basically that story, […]

Fire Emblem Awakening: A Flawless Victory

Fire Emblem is a game series that has long enjoyed significant popularity in Japan, but has had a relatively small following in the west. I’ve found this disappointing, as the series is an extremely high-quality turn-based strategy RPG, and every localized installment I have bought has been a lot of fun to play. The newest […]

Pokemon Conquest: Conquering Japan, Nintendo Style

The Pokemon franchise remains one of Nintendo?s most successful and longest-running game series from the 90?s to today. I?ve continued to follow the series on the same logic that I?ve invested in most of Nintendo?s long runners, that I?ll stop buying new installments when they make one I don?t enjoy. So far, I have not […]

Soul Calibur V: Mechanical Excellence Marred by Shallow Content

Soul Calibur is one of my favorite fighting game series, alongside Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. It’s always occupied a fairly unique niche in the genre, focusing on a wide variety of weapon-based fighting compared to the usual emphasis on martial arts and hand-to-hand combat and aiming to have a story that advances with each installment, […]

The Legend Of Zelda- Skyward Sword: Not the Best Zelda Ever, But I Forgive You

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo’s most iconic video game series, and for good reason. The series has been critically praised for consistently high quality, and some entries, such as Ocarina of Time, my introduction to video games, are considered some of the greatest games ever made. As such, I have never failed […]

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn- A Good Game, or at least Half of One

I’m not the hugest turn-based RPG player around. My dalliances with the Pokemon games aside, I tend to prefer turn-based strategy or action-adventure/puzzle games. However, I do occasionally enjoy a good RPG, and the Golden Sun series has been rather satisfying in that regard, including the latest installment, Dark Dawn. The Golden Sun games take […]

Spectral Force Genesis: Why Big Ideas Need Big Effort

Bargain-bin video games can often be a mixed bag; while typically inexpensive, you tend to get what you paid for. However, trying out cheaper, more obscure games can sometimes turn over an interesting title you might not have ever noticed otherwise. Spectral Force Genesis, a Japanese strategy RPG for the Nintendo DS (apparently titled by […]