Scott MacDonald

Scott MacDonald
He once wrote for oprainfall, but he now spends most of his time editing books. Like most editors, he has a tendency to hide in the shadows, watching for misplaced modifiers and things that dangle. In his free time, he inexplicably enjoys CrossFit. He mostly enjoys retro games. Some of his favorites include Tales of Symphonia, F-Zero GX, Persona 3, Fire Emblem, and most shmups.
Absolute Tactics

Absolute Tactics: Daughters of Mercy Review (Switch)

Absolute Tactics: Daughters of Mercy Review: Beggin’ For Mercy     Every great adventure begins with a first step. For Huxley, the protagonist in Absolute Tactics: Daughters of Mercy, his adventure begins when he finds a magical statue with a spirit that possesses him. While that might be disturbing…
Cursed to Golf

Cursed to Golf Review (Switch)

Cursed to Golf Review: More Like Blessed     At some point during my time with Cursed to Golf, I began to feel a burning sensation in my chest. I thought it odd, and a little concerning, until I realized that I had been holding my breath every time…

XEL Review (Switch)

XEL Review: Lost in Space     XEL did not make a good first impression. In the first half hour of my time with it, I rolled through a rope, clipped through a building, and got stuck. I restarted the game only to find out that somehow my save…
Spacewing War

Spacewing War Review (Switch)

Spacewing War Review: Just Shoot Everything     To my knowledge, there weren’t many shmups on the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. The standout titles are probably R-Type DX and Project S-11. Aside from those two, the shmup library mostly consisted of arcade ports. Perhaps designers couldn’t get…
Freezer Pops

Freezer Pops Review (Switch)

Freezer Pops Review: Of Dudes and Desserts     Freezer Pops markets itself as a “bara visual novel.” If you’re unfamiliar with the term—and I’m generalizing here—it’s essentially the beefed-up version of the boys’ love (BL) genre, but it’s created by and for gay men. As with any genre,…

Dungeons of Dreadrock Review (Switch)

Dungeons of Dreadrock Review: Mired in Mysteries     Dungeons of Dreadrock developer Prof. Dr. Christoph Minnameier wanted players to “relive memories of oldschool dungeon crawlers, like Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder,” when he created his game. While Dungeons of Dreadrock does have aspects in common with…

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