Review | Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland DX (NSW)

Being a huge fan for many years of JRPGs, I must admit that the Atelier series had passed me by simply because it was a little too anime for past me. Now that I’m older and more partial to big-eyed anime girls, the recent release of Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland DX for Nintendo Switch felt like a great time to jump in.

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Review | New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (NSW)

The gravy train of the Nintendo Switch just keeps on rolling, with a strong year ahead for Nintendo already, and that’s only the games confirmed at the moment. First out of the gate for the first party presence this year is New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, a collective port of both of the games in that franchise from the Wii U.

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Review | Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PS4)

This review was originally posted on Rice Digital on September 3rd 2018.

I love the Dragon Quest series, and have done for years, and so it is with great joy that I beheld the announcement of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, especially after the western absence of the MMORPG Dragon Quest X. But, after such a considerable wait for the West since 2010’s Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, how is the game and series faring? Continue reading “Review | Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age (PS4)”

Review | The Last Remnant: Remastered (PS4)

This review was originally posted on Rice Digital on December 31st 2018.

I have a soft spot for JRPGs, especially when they are trying to do something different with the genre. So, when I saw the large-scale battles and heavy fantasy anime aesthetic in The Last Remnant: Remastered, I was intrigued about how these would work and even more intrigued that I had no idea this game existed until the remaster was announced. Continue reading “Review | The Last Remnant: Remastered (PS4)”

Review | Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4)

This review was originally posted on Rice Digital on June 7th, 2018.

Street Fighter has been around for more that thirty years, let that sink in for a moment and let it make you feel really old. Starting in 1987, there have been a tremendous amount of games and spin-offs since the original arcade game. Capcom recently released, by means of a celebration, the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, a twelve game anthology of key titles from the series history in ‘arcade perfect’ forms with added online functionality. After fighting through the collection in a strange kind of fighting rite of passage, does the collection match the legacy? Continue reading “Review | Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (PS4)”

Review | 7’scarlet (PSV)

This review was originally posted on Rice Digital on June 4th, 2018.

I will happily admit that I’m not massively familiar with the otome genre of games, although now that I’ve discovered them, I have absolutely no idea why I haven’t jumped on this before. 7’scarlet is a visual novel otome game from Idea Factory, originally released in Japan in 2016 for Playstation Vita. Now, the wonderful folks over at Aksys have brought the game to the EU, but how is 7’scarlet to play? Continue reading “Review | 7’scarlet (PSV)”

Review | Dark Souls Remastered (PS4)

This review was originally posted on Rice Digital on May 25th, 2018.

It’s difficult where to begin with reviewing a remaster of any game. Do you focus on the differences between the original and the new fangled version? Do you treat the game as a totally fresh entity, or do you judge it in the light of its legacy? Speaking of which, Bandai Namco are soon to release Dark Souls Remastered, the remaster of the 2011 arguable modern classic. But how does the game stack up on modern hardware? Continue reading “Review | Dark Souls Remastered (PS4)”