Ranking Smash Ultimate’s First Wave of DLC Fighters

Normally I feel weird reviewing DLC, but I'll make an exception for Smash. It's been a while since I dissected something in this game, and I've had the itch to get out my video game scalpel. I need to come up with better metaphors. I gotta hand it to Sakurai, he always keeps us on … Continue reading Ranking Smash Ultimate’s First Wave of DLC Fighters

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Preview

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a remake of Blue Rescue Team, released on the Nintendo DS, and Red Rescue Team, released on the Game Boy Advance, both coming out in September of 2006. The remake will release on March 6, 2020, for $60, and will be a Nintendo Switch Exclusive. These are my … Continue reading Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Preview

Tales of Vesperia: The Loveable but Awkward Teenager of JRPGs

Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition is an Action JRPG developed by Namco Tales Studio and published by Bandai Namco. The original version released on the Xbox 360 in the west in 2008. The definitive edition released on January 11, 2019 for Xbox One, PS4, Steam, and Nintendo Switch. It costs $50. I played the Switch … Continue reading Tales of Vesperia: The Loveable but Awkward Teenager of JRPGs

4 Game Devs I’m Considering for a new Analysis Series

This past spring I had a lot of fun playing through Masahiro Sakurai's works and picking apart the elements of his design approach. It was certainly a highlight of the year. I figured why not do it again next year with another prominent game director? I already have a few devs that I'm thinking about: … Continue reading 4 Game Devs I’m Considering for a new Analysis Series

Livin’ the Vita Loca

Guys, there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for this. In 2019 I became interested in Sony consoles for the first time in decades. I've recently become much more engaged in the JRPG community, and they are constantly talking about the PS3, PS4, PSP, and Vita titles. Furthermore, I've caught the nostalgia bug for the original PS1, … Continue reading Livin’ the Vita Loca