Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim Review

Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim Review

May 2, 2015

Ys’ red-haired swordsman returns in rare form   While beloved in Japan since its inception on the PC Engine, Nihon Falcom’s Ys series has often struggled to find relevancy in the western market. With Nintendo’s phenomenally successful The Legend of Zelda series claiming the action-adventure throne, the Ys series has largely gone unnoticed...

Sayonara UmiharaKawase + Review – Grappling the Future

Sayonara UmiharaKawase + Review – Grappling the Future

May 1, 2015

An Old Japanese Classic Sees New Life on Vita Overseas Sayonara UmiharaKawase + is definitely an oddball title. Premiering back in 1994 on the Super Famicom, the unique platformer jumped and boinged its way into the hearts of many Japanese gamers. Since then the series has only seen three main releases with several updated versions and rereleases. The core of...

Book Review – Apocalypse Now Now

Book Review – Apocalypse Now Now

Apr 29, 2015

School is a difficult time in any youngsters life. Social cliques. Gangs. Peer Pressure. And lots and lots of creature porn. Wait, what? The Setup   School life is hard. There are academic expectations, new and awkward social interactions, bullies, cliques, gangs, great unknowns, and porn. Lots and lots of porn. Or at least it is if you’re attending...

Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Review

Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown Review

Apr 27, 2015

Ich bin ein Shadowrunnah!   When I first played Shadowrun as a tabletop game, I didn’t much like it. The fusion of fantasy and cyberpunk seemed like pizza and ice cream to me – good apart, but not together. Then I played the rather wonderful Shadowrun for the SNES and it blew my repressive notions of genre segregation away – sucking me into a...

Unplugged – Firewall (Eclipse Phase)

Unplugged – Firewall (Eclipse Phase)

Apr 24, 2015

Firewall: transhumanity’s hidden saviors, fighting existential threats to the species The Eclipse Phase roleplaying game takes place in a future world in which subverted artificial intelligences – the TITANs – nearly wiped out the transhuman species. While the manipulations of the TITANs were subtle at first, there were those who saw the...

Mortal Kombat X Review

Mortal Kombat X Review

Apr 23, 2015

A near-flawless victory  The Mortal Kombat series has been painting the fighting game landscape red for over two decades, often with mixed results. While the series rose to stratospheric heights of success and infamy in the early ’90s, NetherRealm’s bloodied one-on-one brawler has often stumbled like one of the series’ humbled Kombatants as...