UnMetal

UnMetal by Fran Games is, at first glance, a Metal Gear parody. Released in 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Metal Gear was a pioneer of stealth/action gameplay. The series is celebrated to this day, and is one of my personal favourites. The basic premise involves starting off with no equipment, focusing on stealth to…

Xuan-Yuan Sword VII

It’s here, Xuan-Yuan Sword VII at long last, and thankfully you don’t need to have played the first six to know what’s going on. At its most basic, this is a fairly generic action RPG with linear storytelling and something adjacent to skill based combat. While Sword has plenty of mediocrity about it, it still…

Gleylancer

The original release of Gleylancer from 1992 only ever saw the light of day in Japan on the Sega Genesis. Then in 2008 a small portion of the state side gaming community had a chance to take it for a spin thanks to the Wii Virtual Console version. Fast forward to today and the 16-bit…

Crown Trick

Charming aesthetic and vibrantly cute monsters meet turn based roguelike with fairly punishing losses in Crown Trick. As with any game of its ilk, this is not for the easily frustrated, but there are many elements that combine to create an enjoyable experience. It’s quite easy to see and hear the surface value of Crown…

Cris Tales

Cris Tales, brought to us by Modus Games, promises an “indie love letter to classic JRPG” experiences. I learned about this game late in its development, but it had been scooping up accolades at various game tradeshows since 2019. Boasting beautiful hand drawn art, fantastical music, great voice work, and inventive time manipulation mechanics, Cris…

Within the Blade

Originally launched under the name “Pixel Shinobi: Nine Demons of Mamoru” as an early access Steam game in 2017, Ratalaika Games has ported and published “Within the Blade”  for console release on July 16, 2021. Boasting epic stealth, platforming, and RPG mechanics on their launch page, Within the Blade seemed to have all the components…

Metaloid: Origin

If someone played Retro Revolutions previous game Metagal, they will be happy to hear that with the sequel they have made improvements across the board. Unfortunately, improving every single facet of the game only brings Metaloid: Origins to the status of an alright video game. The first thing the player is met with when starting…

Empire of Angels IV

What is the purpose of Empire of Angels IV? As an overly average strategy game that accomplishes nothing and has no strategy, a fan service game that has no fan service, and an RPG where the story doesn’t match the tone; I’m still wondering that very question. In Empire of Angels IV, there is a…