Not only is CrossCode a fun game, but it engages skillfully with how technology can both improve our lives or be misused by cruel actors.
Fire Emblem Vision Quest Has a Surprisingly Political First Act
Mainline Fire Emblem titles rarely acknowledge their own political messages, but Vision Quest explores these themes with nuance.
Compared to Super Mario 3D World, Bowser’s Fury is Much More My Speed
Super Mario 3D World disappointed me by playing too safe. Bowser's Fury may be the injection of something experimental I needed.
CrossCode Works Best When You Engage All Its Systems in Good Faith
When I dismissed core elements of CrossCode on the basis that I wasn't enjoying how they worked at the time, I created a situation in which I gave myself a worse experience by refusing to engage the game as intended.
My First Impressions of Vision Quest, a Fire Emblem Fan Game
Vision Quest is a neat game built from familiar building blocks but with some new tools added to give an experience that feels fresh.
Super Mario 3D World Isn’t Bad but Doesn’t Do Much to Advance the Series
It felt like a majority of 3D World was dedicated to retreading old ground.
CrossCode’s First Dungeon Sold Me on the Mechanics, but I Hope the Quests Don’t Ruin It
I share additional impressions about CrossCode, both good and bad, after making it to the game's first major dungeon.
Unpacking is a Great Example of Using Setting and Mechanics to Tell a Story
Unpacking is a compelling demonstration of how video games can use their setting and mechanics to communicate an essentially wordless story.
Super Mario 3D World Keeps Catching Me By Surprise
Super Mario 3D World is a blend of 2D and 3D Mario that serves as an interesting and experimental middle ground for what a Mario platformer can be like.
CrossCode Might be an MMO that Doesn’t Suck (by Not Actually Being an MMO)
CrossCode's simple puzzles and quick-paced battles work together with the light-hearted atmosphere and gaming in-jokes to create an experience that feels like a love letter to RPGs.