May 302012
 
Game of Thrones | Review (Xbox 360)

The view from my third floor Chicago apartment is far from spectacular. The windows overlook an alley, where the the only thing to see is a brick wall, a fire escape, and the occaisional “urban forrager” waist deep in the dumpsters, scouring its contents for a bit of treasure. However, there are rare occaisions when […]

Mar 282012
 
The Last Story | Review (Wii)

At least from the beginning, you’ll probably feel like you’ve heard this story before. A ragtag group of young adults has joined together as a group of mercenaries, fighting for fame and fortune around their homeland. Very quickly, their goals change as their world is plunged into the depths of a brutal war with an […]

Sep 092011
 
Xenoblade Chronicles | Review (Wii)

Just when gamers start crying that the JRPG genre is dead, Nintendo pulls a doozie like Xenoblade Chronicles out of their bag of many tricks. This game promised to be the complex, sprawling RPG that Wii owners had been begging for. Unfortunately, everyone got it except North Americans, much to the chagrin of those behind […]

Aug 262011
 
Xenoblade Chronicles | First Impressions (Wii)

For a few months, rabid Nintendo owners across the globe were petitioning the publisher to release a series of “hardcore” RPGs in the United States. Xenoblade Chronicles was one of the central titles in this effort known as “Operation Rainfall”, but it failed to influence Nintendo’s decision to exclude North America from this game’s release. […]

Apr 012011
 
Pokémon Black | Review (DS)

It’s hard for me to imagine my life without Pokémon. I’ve been collecting, battling, breeding, and training the adorable little buggers just about since they were released into the wild of North America, a little over thirteen years ago. Given the fact that I am nearly 30, that means I have been playing Pokémon for […]

Dec 162010
 
Golden Sun: Dark Dawn | Review (DS)

The Golden Sun games for GameBoy Advance were, in 2001 and 2003, two of the most beloved handheld RPGs of their time. Not only did they receive vast amounts of critical acclaim, but the titles collectively enjoyed high sales of almost 1.8 million copies worldwide. The buzz over the announcement of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn […]

Oct 112010
 
First Impressions | Final Fantasy: The Four Heroes of Light (DS)

Last week, Square Enix released yet another Final Fantasy game, this one being an exclusive for the Nintendo DS. Before you start groaning and punching yourself in the neck, you should know that Final Fantasy: The Four Heroes of Light could easily drop the part of its title before the colon and stand on its […]