Review: Blade Strangers on Switch

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: Reviews, Switch

It feels like the Switch is getting new fighting games fairly regularly, usually in the form in re-released classics or spinoffs of existing franchises. Nothing new had cropped up and caught my eye, until out of nowhere during E3 2017 when Nicalis started showing off this unheard of fighting game…

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Review: The Messenger

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: Reviews, Switch

Regardless of what types of games I played growing up, sprites are always going to define “video game” for me in a visual sense. There’s something so pure to the medium about pixels coming together — you can even guess when a game was created based on how it looks…

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Review: Dead Cells on Switch

Categories: Reviews, Switch

It’s no secret that I’ve been a huge fan of both Metroidvanias and roguelikes ever since I was a old enough to coddle a controller. Like peanut butter and chocolate I’d always imagined the two could go together smoothly, despite their conflicting concepts around general progression and character growth. Games…

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Review: Little Dragons Café

Categories: Reviews, Switch

The joy of simulation games comes not from blood-pumping action, but laid back passivity. Whether it’s farming, management, or whatever the heck you do in Animal Crossing (debt payments?), a good simulation game can entice you with simple core gameplay loops and relaxed atmospheres. However, the line between lax and…

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Review: WarioWare Gold

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: 3DS, Reviews

A lot of work goes into starting a business. You have to have standards, goals, something the people want, and the support of colleagues and customers alike. Against all odds, Wario’s managed to get all of these within his grasp and for 15 years has been selling us microgames under…

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Review: Ōkami HD

Categories: Reviews, Switch

The ultimate judge of any property, whether it be a movie, book, or TV show, is time. Popular works that are lauded in their day may be forgotten within a year. Nostalgic favorites may be revisited later, only to have aged poorly in the interim. This is especially true for…

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Review: Overcooked! 2

Categories: Reviews, Switch

Monopoly and Mario Party are some of the most frustratingly fun games I’ve ever had the (dis)pleasure of playing. To this day my family can’t finish a round of either without rage quits, hissyfits, and idle threats to the winner’s physical and mental wellbeing. To an outsider we look crazy,…

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Review: Iconoclasts on Switch

Categories: Reviews, Switch

Video games are one of the most complex forms of entertainment to create, whether done with a handful of people or a company of hundreds. As you can imagine, this simple observation is especially true when tackling a project solo — a commendable accolade only a revered few can claim….

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Review: Code of Princess EX

Author: Ricky Berg
Categories: Reviews, Switch

Some of my favorite arcade memories date back to side-scrolling beat ‘em ups. Games like Final Fight, The Simpsons, Golden Axe, and more always struck a chord both for their great challenge curves and their multiplayer potential. As a genre it struggled to persist once the industry shifted to home…

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Review: The Banner Saga 3

Categories: Reviews, Switch

While today it’s just a mildly fancy synonym for “story,” the term “saga” originally denoted specific histories — Nordic and Germanic yarns of the past, grand tales of journeys, feuds, and heroes that shaped the present day. And while many a fantasy series or book has utilized the term for…

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