• I Really Miss the Glory Days of Japanese RPGs

    Sometimes when you are writing something you have this gut feeling that people are going to disagree with you in a pretty hardcore way or...

    Sometimes when you are writing something you have this gut feeling that people are going to disagree with you in a pretty hardcore way or they are going to agree with you. It is hard to settle on which one it will be, but you keep moving forward anyway. I feel like this topic is...
  • Kickstarter Focus: Anima – Gate of Memories

    Stemming from the intensely popular Anima tabletop game, Anima: Gate of Memories is an artistic action RPG that draws from many inspirations such as Kingdom...

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    Stemming from the intensely popular Anima tabletop game, Anima: Gate of Memories is an artistic action RPG that draws from many inspirations such as Kingdom Hearts and God of War. Their goal is to animate the complex world that the original games have crafted in such detail and create an RPG world that gamers can...
  • 5 Games That Redefined Their Genres

    A game doesn’t have to be first at something in order to succeed—it just has to take an old element and find a way to...

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    A game doesn’t have to be first at something in order to succeed—it just has to take an old element and find a way to make it new and enjoyable. These five games did just that: they took everything good about their genre, added in their own unique ideas, and delivered a new archetype that...
  • EA Has No Grounds to Sue Zynga

    While it’s true that Zynga definitely doesn’t come up with original games, I would like to provide a counterpoint to all of the negativity surrounding...

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    While it’s true that Zynga definitely doesn’t come up with original games, I would like to provide a counterpoint to all of the negativity surrounding the company: it’s doing nothing new, it’s doing nothing illegal, and it won’t be found guilty in EA’s claims because of this. And, while creativity is the much preferred method...
  • Kickstarter Focus: Arakion

    Arakion looks very similar to Bastion, except it is rendered in 3D and has more traditional RPG elements (a party system, complex skills and character...

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    Arakion looks very similar to Bastion, except it is rendered in 3D and has more traditional RPG elements (a party system, complex skills and character customization, and so on) that make it unique. The game itself is a story-driven first-person RPG that focuses on character customization and town building. However, it does differ from typical...
  • Kickstarter Focus: Deozoa

    Deozoa will be a monster-catching game released for iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux, and—most interestingly—the Ouya. Although it pitches itself as a game in the...

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    Deozoa will be a monster-catching game released for iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Linux, and—most interestingly—the Ouya. Although it pitches itself as a game in the same genre as Pokémon, you only pair one creature per character, and the battles are not one-on-one combat. It resembles a more typical RPG, although its battles seem to be...
  • Rusty Hearts: Reborn

    Rusty Hearts: Reborn is the first major expansion of the popular Rusty Hearts MMORPG. This was my first time downloading and playing the game, but...

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    Rusty Hearts: Reborn is the first major expansion of the popular Rusty Hearts MMORPG. This was my first time downloading and playing the game, but it left me pleasantly surprised. It actually takes the supernatural, Transylvanian atmosphere and turns it into a unique setting. The gameplay was very fluid, the navigation was excellent, and it’s...

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