I sure am glad I’m not a game designer or developer, at least when I’m thinking of sandbox games while playing them. The thought occurred to me while playing a restricted sandbox, Deus Ex Mankind Divided, since you can do so much while given very little, causing a whole lot of ripples the game has to account for.
Perhaps you’ve never heard of the game series called Shin Megami Tensei? Would it surprise you if I told you it was considered one of the Japan’s biggest role-playing game franchises alongside the other greats such as Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest? Japan is well-known for its abundance of long running role-playing series with most of them easily recognizable by Westerners, but Shin Megami Tensei has fallen between the cracks for being a bit of an odd one out. Continue reading “Should YOU play Shin Megami Tensei?”
When adding to a game that worked so nicely on its own in the form of prequels and sequels, there is always a high risk of just fucking up a good thing. Maybe more so with prequels, as with those you have a big chance of over explaining things that didn’t need to be explained. Continue reading “Life is Strange: Before the Storm Impressions”
The greatly beloved and highly-anticipated Shenmue III brought its “The 1st Teaser” online yesterday. The fact that this game exists is not far from a miracle and fans should be overjoyed that finally the first proof of it being brought to life is here. The reactions so far have been a bit mixed – some have been enticed by its warm familiarity and nostalgic feel, while others found it rather terrible. Continue reading “The Problem with the First Shenmue III Teaser [Update]”
I was showcasing some of my old GameBoy Advance games to a friend this week and ended up getting sucked into the simple, yet captivating world of Monster Rancher Advance (known as Monster Farm Advance in Japan), a game I had loved when I was younger. Continue reading “Monster Rancher Advance and the Freedom of Discovery”