Langrisser I & II

Simple and strategy generally aren’t two things I expect to find together, but I can’t think of another way to describe the sort of RPG that Langrisser is. The strategic breadth of the game can be figured out within a battle or two, and ganging up foes to their death works in almost every scenario.…

Sparklite

Sparklite is a top-down, action adventure title by Red Blue Games. Straight away, it is easy to notice the inspirations from the 16-bit era of gaming. The classic, SNES style graphics are packed with charm, detail, and whimsy. Sparklite begins with the protagonist, Ada, losing control of her airship and crashing into the land of…

Encased

Did you like Fallout 2? It was my introduction to both CRPGs and non-fantasy RPGs and I still go back and play it every once in a while. Encased is a game that owes a lot to Fallout 2 and the isometric, turn-based games of the time. While still in early access, this game is…

Trails of Cold Steel III

Contrary to popular belief with jrpg developers, pacing is important, doubly so in the first five hours of any game. I have to give them credit though, they stuffed about as much anime cliché into those first five hours as the lovechild of Naruto and Gundamball Z. Upon first impressions, I was inclined to call…

Sin Slayers

There are few combinations of words that whet my appetite more than grimdark roguelike RPG. Sin Slayers, developed by Goonswarm, claims to be such a game so I decided to take it for a run and see if the title is as advertised. The game reminds me a lot of Darkest Dungeon, but has enough…

Super Neptunia RPG

Parody is one of the easiest forms of comedy to understand. You take an existing cliché, trope or caricature and make a satiric mockery of it. With the amount of redundancy in the video game industry, the Neptunia series has lots of material to work with, which leads me to the question of why it…

Fade to Silence

Fade to Silence is a survival-RPG developed by Black Forest Games. It immerses gamers into a post-apocalyptic frozen tundra where resources are scarce, and horror awaits. The journey begins with Ash: The Leader. You can consider Ash to be somewhat of a Rick Grimes from AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead.” It’s simple, the camp…