I’ve been mulling over Uncharted 4’s ending these past few days. Initially, I didn’t know what to think and though I’m still not entirely sure how to feel about some things, I’m coming to terms with it.
Around this time every year, the airwaves start up a war that will last a few months, to determine which song can claim the title of “Summer Jam”. It’s the most requested and played song, seared into brains via ear-worms which define memories of that Summer—at the club, on the beach, in the car. Video games have…
You know why I have mixed feelings about Final Fantasy XIII? It’s not just the long corridor I recall running along in for hours. Or my dark secret that I don’t despise Hope. No. It’s that Final Fantasy XIII destroyed my 80 GB PS3. Person of Interest’s season 5 premiere just had to remind me about my long-dead console.
In an unsurprising twist, I’m having slight anxiety playing Danganronpa 2.
It’s been a long while since I’ve found myself humming a song with an Old Western influence. But ever since I finished Bastion a few weeks ago, and the Calamity came and wiped almost all of humanity away, every so often I’ll start vocalizing a sorrowful tune about building walls and awaiting their fall.
For her birthday one year, I came up with a brilliant plan to pay off my sister’s housing loan. All it took was a lot of love, and a gift of a common house cockroach.
There’s a battle-ready mecha gracing the cover of Peter Tieryas’ latest novel. Despite this, United States of Japan is probably not quite what you imagine it to be.
After a shaky first year of life, we’re pleased an early time of death didn’t have to be called on the Nintendo 3DS. Otherwise, this five year anniversary would have been a lot more depressing.
We meet again, Ben & Jerry’s “core” ice-cream. And this time, you’ve taken the confusing form of coconuts masked with caramel.
There’s nothing quite as wonderful as JRPGs’ common practice of utilizing sweeping compositions to accompany equally vast journeys. Trails of Cold Steel is not much different. But what’s even more striking about the latest installment in The Legend of Heroes’ series, is when its soundtrack deviates from this norm.
Whenever I wander into houses or businesses in The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, I marvel at a specific detail—the chests which are perched on cluttered, or organized shelves. They’re parts of the scenery of an enriched world, in which sprites’ homes feel lived-in and cozy. These chests are also out of…
The biggest and best mystery on TV ended months ago when Dipper and Mabel Pines discovered the identity of the author of the Journals that chronicled the town of Gravity Falls’ anomalies and bizarre encounters. But the fight to keep the normalcy of weirdness ended when the final episode of Gravity Falls aired tonight.
In their 2D and 3D platforming adventures, Mario and Luigi have personalities as thin as paper. Thank goodness for their RPG games, in which Nintendo’s iconic brothers get deeper stories to be heroes of, and personalities that shine. The box art of Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam continues a trend in showing that blessing.
One day robots will rule the world, not because they will harvest our organs or terminate human existence, but because they will be able to survive any environmental disaster through perpetual memory dumps until the memory of Earth will be the footnote of a footnote on some obscure drive somewhere. Not that an AI…
By many accounts, I shouldn’t enjoy Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival. Nintendo’s latest ‘board game’ outing is far from exciting—lacking the tense moments of cut throat, stressful mini-games and competitive play as with their other familiar game concept in the Mario Party series. That’s probably exactly why I like it.…
I’ll admit—initially The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel annoyed me. A vapid interaction framing tension between the male and female leads over an accidental bust-to-face encounter, made my eyes roll. Fortunately, first impressions aren’t always set in stone, and Cold Steel deftly dismissed my reservations.
Mobile games should all implement Neko Atsume’s criteria: full of adorable cats you can buy toys for—for their entertainment and yours. But just like real life, not all things can be purrfect. Not even my new-found furry mobile friends. That’s why ranking all 53 of them—from worst to best—seems a logical thing to do.
Truthfully, I don’t love you, Wii U. It’s not that you didn’t try. Super Mario 3D World and Mario Maker still make me smile. But mostly, my experiences have felt underwhelming. It’s why I feel torn, as you’ve given me one of the greatest moments of my gaming life. It’s the one I witnessed at the end of Splatoon.
Greetings Secret Santa! Greetings everyone else who just came by to look at the pretty picture. I said pretty but I meant... scary. I took it last Christmas Eve in the quiet hours of the morning around Rockefeller Center. I’ve had nightmares ever since, but I digress.
Written by N. Ho Sang (Zarnyx) and J. Acosta (Nach). Published on November 4, 2015 on Talk Amongst Yourselves.