Skyflower Preview – Crunchy Pixel Bullet Hell

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In a saturated genre like bullet hells, it’s hard to stand out and make your game seem much different from others.  Skyflower attempts that by using procedurally generated dungeons with a cavernous, magic atmosphere as opposed to the “space and starships” style frequented in this genre.  It also presents an unusually harsh difficulty curve by inserting the roguelike element of only having ... Read More »

To The Green – Rogue Invader

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It has come to this at the end of the great war. Humanity can only send down one ship, with one man and that is you. Prepare to face a horde of aliens in this rogue-like monochrome sidescrolling shooter, where you invade an alien planet alone. Rogue Invader is the creation of new indie studio Squishy Games, which wants to ... Read More »

E3 2015 – Strike Vector EX Preview


Strike Vector was a game that was in an interesting position; Inspired by games such as Quake and Unreal Tournament, it took the arguably dead Arena Shooter genre to the air. In a game with a skill ceiling so high, it was hard for newcomers to hop in when the player-base began to dip. I don’t think that this was ... Read More »

To The Green – Walkerman

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As E3 coverage is all winding down, it’s a chance to get back to the schedule of normality, and I’ve now been able to get the chance to return to To The Green  by cowriting it with Alex Santa Maria. We’ll be alternating weeks and focusing on different things at times, but we both pay a lot of attention to ... Read More »

E3 2015 – Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight Preview


2013’s Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl was a first for Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey series; although the series has always had stories to some degree in the past, they’ve never really had any pre-determined party. And although Etrian Odyssey‘s difficulty has many fans (including myself!), many of the older titles—Etrian Odyssey II, especially—suffered from a nearly impenetrable beginning dungeon, leaving ... Read More »

E3 2015 – Persona 4: Dancing All Night Preview


It would be an understatement to say that no one expected Persona 4: Dancing All Night when it was revealed—a rhythm game spin-off of Persona 4 that’s exclusive to the Vita? The idea is nearly impalpable. That being said, Atlus was really pushing the title hard this year on the show floor, and we had our fair share of time to ... Read More »

E3 2015 – Return to PopoloCrois: A STORY OF SEASONS Fairytale Preview


PopoloCrois is a long running franchise, dating back to the original Playstation and spanning various mediums, including a manga, an anime and of course the video games. Called a heartwarming JRPG series by some of it’s biggest fans, Return to PopoloCrois is the first game in the series to come west in a decade—this time by way of XSEED Games. ... Read More »

E3 2015 – The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Preview


For anyone that’s been a fan of Nihon-Falcom Corporation in the west during the last few years, you’ve probably become familiar with XSEED Games. The publisher has been a strong western partner for years now, to the point where they’ve been trusted with the source code for updating some of the company’s PC games for a western PC release. For ... Read More »

E3 2015 – Ratchet & Clank (PS4) Preview


At Sony’s E3 2015 booth, they showcased two separate demos for the upcoming Ratchet & Clank remake for PS4. Based off of the movie adaption of the same name, we managed to spend some time getting a feel for the title, and how the series will play on PS4. One thing that was noticeable throughout our times in both demos ... Read More »

E3 2015 – Dark Souls III First Impressions


Note: the only demo available for Dark Souls III was an off-TV presentation that a Bandai Namco representative walked us through. As such, this article will be split into two parts – what I saw and what I thought. What I Saw: Dark Souls III definitely looks closer to Dark Souls thematically, though there are some aspects similar to Dark ... Read More »