What is a JRPG? And Does It Matter?

"Japanese" is the obvious answer - but if that was the only answer, why would this article be here? Is "Japanese Role Playing Game" really all there is to it? Of course not! If you've lurked around any geek-occupied forum long enough - including our Discord, which you...

Cor Blimey! Why Dragon Quest Has the Best NPCs

Most video games are not about the NPCs. They're called non-playable characters for a reason. You aren't supposed to play as them, much less get attached to them. For the most part, you don't even have to talk to them. In a lot of video games, NPCs are set dressings....

Why I’m excited for Ring Fit Adventure

Fitness games have a reputation. They start out quirky and fun for a few days, maybe a week or even a month, but for many people they end up as expensive pieces of hardware collecting dust under the ottoman or in the closest. I stuck with Wii Fit U for a while last...

Founders’ Fortune (Video Game Review)

Guest post by Todd Sullivan Founders’ Fortune is a Colony Sim game that just came out of early access.  You start with two colonists on an island and start building a new little town.  If you’ve played Colony Sim games before this all sounds pretty...

Adventures in Astoltia (Part 1): Playing the Prologue in Dragon Quest X

Starting now, I'm going to try to chronicle my adventures in Astoltia, the world of Dragon Quest X. I began playing the game a couple of weeks ago. If you're interested in trying out the game for free yourself, then you can read last week's post on getting DQX to run...

Pokémon Sword and Shield – The Crown Tundra (Downloadable Content Review)

Quick View Release date: October 22, 2020Price: $29.99 in bundleRating: E (Everyone)Platform: Nintendo Switch (store page) What’s The Crown Tundra All About? It's 2020, and Nintendo has finally - kind of - caught up with how game expansions are...

Trials of Mana Remake Demo – Riesz’ Route (First Impressions)

The Trials of Mana Remake will be available on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Its demo is available on all three platforms right now. I've had the Collection of Mana off in the corner of my mind since it was released - it's a set of JRPGs from Squaresoft's...

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The Messenger: Too Much of a Good Thing?

The Messenger: Too Much of a Good Thing?

https://youtu.be/2vaYsgOHTlI 2018’s The Messenger was a game that I had anticipated like few others. Previews indicated a throwback to the 8-bit Ninja Gaiden series with an infusion of modern indie game design. Having been blown away by Yacht Club Games’ 2014 indie...

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The Messenger: Too Much of a Good Thing?

The Messenger: Too Much of a Good Thing?

https://youtu.be/2vaYsgOHTlI 2018’s The Messenger was a game that I had anticipated like few others. Previews indicated a throwback to the 8-bit Ninja Gaiden series with an infusion of modern indie game design. Having been blown away by Yacht Club Games’ 2014 indie...

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