What’s this? A ‘Top 5 Games Beaten In 2017’ List in March 2018?

This post has been a long time coming. 4+ months, in fact. Anyways, 2017 was THE year of gaming for me – Between all the different platforms I owned, the frantic clearing of the backlog, and writing for Siliconera, it felt like I was constantly under the influence of video games. So here’s a look… Continue reading What’s this? A ‘Top 5 Games Beaten In 2017’ List in March 2018?

Sonic Mania Impressions: Ups & Downs & Well-rounded Levels

The first 2D Sonic game that comes to my mind would probably be Sonic Advance 1 or Sonic Rush. Growing up with the two Sonic Adventure games, I’ve always been more of a ‘Modern’ Sonic fan, favoring the talkative, smart-mouthing hedgehog with a multitude of friends, rather than the straightforward level-to-level gameplay of the Classic… Continue reading Sonic Mania Impressions: Ups & Downs & Well-rounded Levels

The Alliance Alive Impressions – The Essential 90’s RPG, Alive Again.

It was a while back that I translated the developer interview regarding The Alliance Alive. True to the producer-director’s words, there have been no extra DLC announcements, and save for a patch that fixed some bugs, and the release of the official soundtrack, the game stands alone as a complete package, for better or worse.… Continue reading The Alliance Alive Impressions – The Essential 90’s RPG, Alive Again.

My Impression of Fire Emblem Echoes – Not just a Shadow of Former Glory

Story spoilers for Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will appear – you have been warned! I’ve got to be frank here – Fire Emblem Echoes didn’t exactly sound attractive to me during its first reveal. Being a 3D remake of an NES game (with all the warts that it entails) that was being released… Continue reading My Impression of Fire Emblem Echoes – Not just a Shadow of Former Glory

Small worlds aren’t bad – an analysis of why I loved Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Link’s Awakening DX.

Warning – Spoilers for Link’s Awakening DX appear in this blog post! Recently I completed The Legend of Zelda – Link’s Awakening DX for the first time, becoming the 5th Zelda game I have beaten, after Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, Ocarina of Time 3D, and Majora’s Mask 3D. Despite this being the internet era, I had somehow managed… Continue reading Small worlds aren’t bad – an analysis of why I loved Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Link’s Awakening DX.

[Translation] Interview with The Alliance Alive Producer and Director, Matsuura Masataka

This is what I’ve gone silent for the past two weeks for. I’ve been looking forward to the release of a 3DS title named The Alliance Alive – I loved Legend of Legacy’s somewhat refreshing battle system and it’s uniquely ambient atmosphere. However, it seems that The Alliance Alive is going for a bit of… Continue reading [Translation] Interview with The Alliance Alive Producer and Director, Matsuura Masataka