Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4
One of the biggest issues with Final Fantasy XV was the inconsistent story and the huge lack of character development when it comes to the main four characters. Episode Gladiolus is an opportunity to expand on one of the characters. Does it accomplish this though?
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U
As I glide through the air, I land on an isolated island only to discover all of my gear non-functional. I’m tasked with finding three orbs and returning them to their homes on this seemingly deserted island. While exploring, I find that I’m not alone. There’s Mokoblins and other beasts on the island. I hunt for a weapon, finding some sticks on the ground, and summarily beating a Mokoblin over the head with it, only to be shot at by another with arrows. Dodging to the best of my ability, I pick up the arrows and a discarded bow and discover a towering Hinox as I flee from the coast, slumbering, with one of the orbs tied to his neck with a rope. Full of determination, I carefully take aim with my bow and cut the rope with arrows, waking him up. With no armor and all my weapons broken, I quickly grab the orb, running for my life as I’m being chased by the lumbering Hinox who is not even remotely happy about being woken up and losing his treasure. As I barely make it to the first orb pedestal and drop the orb in, I notice a large camp in the distance where the next orb is. I stare at it, adrenaline pumping, all gear broken, practically no life left, and completely determined to finish my task and get off the island with the treasure that will be rewarded to me for completing the challenge.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party Star Rush is the latest entry in the popular Mario Party franchise. Regardless of quality, it’s been a long running series that has helped to create frenetic and fun multiplayer sessions with friends. Star Rush is no different in that regard, for better and worse.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PS Vita, PC (via Steam)
Hi. I'm Nikki. I've never played a visual novel.
So why am I reviewing one? I thought it would be nice to show the perspective of someone who's familiar with the setting - I've seen the anime, Psycho Pass, that this game is based on - but has no idea how games like this work. I suspect that because the anime itself is popular, there will be more people like me than usual.
Note: This review is based on the new Steam version of the game.
Platforms: PC (via Steam)
Let's start off by saying that I completely fell in love with this games charm. Paca Plus is a visual novel by PacoProject and published by Sekai Project. Visual novels aren't really the type of thing im in to but this game managed to change my mind a bit of just how charming they can be. Plus it has an adorable alpaca that I will remember forever! A bit of a WARNING, I will go into SPOILER territory so you have been warned!
Platforms: PS Vita, PC (via Steam)
Since our first impressions of A Rose in the Twilight earlier in the month, we have delved deeper into the puzzle-platformer by NIS America - now available to purchase as of today. For those who have not heard of this game, the official site describes it as follows:
Atlus oftentimes kills it at the "collector's edition" game, putting most companies to shame without breaking the bank for consumers, and the Persona 5 US collector's edition upholds this tradition.
Platforms: PS Vita, PC (via Steam)
A Rose in the Twilight is an upcoming puzzle platformer by NIS America, to be released on April 11th for PS Vita and Steam. The story follows a girl named Rose and her Giant companion through an ancient castle where time is at a standstill, and there is no color. Rose utilizes her Thorn Power ability to control blood and time to travel through the castle, while the Giant’s super strength removes heavy obstacles in their way.