7th Sector

Ever since I was a child I’ve loved puzzles. Whether, they came in a traditional physical like format such as jigsaws, and those interlocking blocks, or virtual like video games and logic puzzles. I have fond memories of an old PC furiously going through scribbled notes to solve the next area in Myst, or figuring…

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.…

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

Symphony of the Night was the game that had everything. Quick combat, exploration, aesthetic style, RPG elements without merciless grind, and a variety of combat styles to tinker with. It is rightfully remembered as one half of the games that have an entire genre named after them, to the degree where even if you haven’t…

Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times

Sometimes, keeping it simple is best. And nothing is more simple than a turn based strategy game without strategy. Perhaps that’s being a little harsh on Warhammer Quest 2, but it’s not being inaccurate. The concept is incredibly simple- you go into dungeons, you open rooms which have enemies, you kill those enemies and then…

Gunlord X

Do you want bullets? How about a lot of bullets? Why not all the bullets available? Done, they will cover the screen almost the entire time but that should not come as a big surprise considering it’s a game called Gunlord X. Originally released in 2012 for the Neo Geo and Dreamcast, it’s been granted…

Borderlands 3

Attention vault hunters! The 3rd iteration of the borderlands series is here, or is it the 5th? Well aside from the amazing story from Tales from the Borderlands it’s not a looter-shooter like the main series and we’re just going to ignore the pre-sequal and it’s horrible Oxygen meter system. So? 3rd? Makes sense it…

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…

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…