"I know now, without a doubt, Kingdom Hearts...is bad!"
Take a measured approach to both combat and exploration and Hollow Knight's challenges begin to feel surmountable.
With a lovable cast and a tone that skillfully moves from lighthearted fun to the frightening consequences of shoving down our most difficult emotions, Ikenfell conveys a compelling narrative that establishes a believable magical world.
I picked up Kingdom Hearts III expecting to play it on my own. But when my child saw some familiar Disney faces, this game became a father/child project that's been a blast to experience as a team.
An hour or more in, I was worried that Ikenfell's combat was going to be too simple for my personal preferences, but once the game feels confident that you get the basic concepts it begins to ramp up the complexity in meaningful ways.
I expected to try out Pioneers of Olive Town and play another game that was clearly outclassed by Stardew Valley. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by a game that doesn't quite surpass what other farming sims are bringing to the table but at least catches up to them.
Voice of Cards attempts to capture the magic of tabletops, but feels like a flash game in its simplicity, both mechanically and narratively.
I experienced my first crush in middle school. The subject of my affections was a girl who sat next to me in band class. She was a real catch, let me tell you. She met my incredibly high standards immediately. One, she was cute. Two, she talked to me. I was smitten and I had... Continue Reading →
When I was a young teenager my sister and I were still playing imagination games, essentially live action roleplays with no defined rules. We'd pick whatever show or game we were excited about at the time and port those characters and worlds into our play. We lived apart, but on certain weekends I would travel... Continue Reading →
Last week I shared my first impressions of Dark Deity, a recently released indie title available on Steam that appeals to fans of classic Fire Emblem titles from the GBA era. I expected that my progress in the game would be slow - I had it downloaded on the computer that my partner and I... Continue Reading →