With Some Work, Freedom Wars Could Be The Vita's Next Big Game

In Freedom Wars, you are a prisoner living in a dystopian future where simply existing is a crime worth a million-year sentence. The game is basically another mission-based multiplayer hunting game, a la Monster Hunter, but it's got enough originality going for it that it still managed to catch my heart despite some… » 7/11/14 6:40am 7/11/14 6:40am

Persona Q is a Mixture of Old School Gameplay and Fanboy Joy

I love Persona 3 and Persona 4. They are easily among my favorite JRPGs. So a game that mixes together the characters of both games in an all new adventure seems right up my alley—which it is for the most part. But when it comes down to it, Persona Q lives or dies based on how much you enjoy being pandered to. » 6/24/14 8:00am 6/24/14 8:00am

The New Theatrhythm is Everything I Want in a Final Fantasy Music Game

I have already talked at length about how the music of Final Fantasy has affected me, so you can probably guess that I enjoyed the original Theatrhythm—though that's not to say it didn't have its problems. Luckily, the sequel, Theatrhythm: Curtain Call, has done a great job addressing these problems. » 6/06/14 7:40am 6/06/14 7:40am

The Sword Art Online Game Is a Boring Slog, Unless You Are a Fan

Sword Art Online is an anime about 10,000 gamers trapped in a VR MMORPG where if they die in the game, they die in real life. So of course it was only a matter of time before they made a game about it. Unfortunately, if you aren't already a fan, there is little in this game for you but boredom. » 5/20/14 4:00am 5/20/14 4:00am

Project Diva F 2nd is More of the Same (And That's Not a Bad Thing)

It's no exaggeration to say that Hatsune Miku is the most popular virtual idol in the world; so it's not surprising that a new iteration of Project Diva was recently released in Japan. And while Project Diva F 2nd isn't vastly different from its predecessors, it is a welcome addition for anyone who enjoys music games. » 4/22/14 8:00am 4/22/14 8:00am

Cowboy Bebop on the PS2 is a Bad 3D Brawler, But a Decent Episode

Over the past few weeks I have looked at both the series and movie of popular classic anime Cowboy Bebop. And as the PlayStation 2 game Cowboy Bebop: The Serenade of Reminiscence never left Japan, I just knew I had to play it as well. Unfortunately, it's a pretty terrible game—though its cutscenes make for a decent… » 3/25/14 7:50am 3/25/14 7:50am

Deception IV Will Make You into a Sadistic Monster

In Deception IV: Blood Ties, the latest game in the Deception series, you play as a demon princess whose castle is constantly being invaded by various groups of heroes. Fighting them off requires the careful placement of brutally violent traps that will have you feeling like a sadistic monster in no time flat. » 3/11/14 7:00am 3/11/14 7:00am

Puyo Puyo Tetris Blends Two Classics into One Awesome Game

I love Tetris. It’s one of the rare games I have played off and on for the past 20 years. But, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think it could use a little extra something to mix it up from time to time. And sure enough, mixing it with fellow puzzle classic Puyo Puyo (Puyo Pop in the West) makes for an exceedingly fun… » 2/28/14 6:40am 2/28/14 6:40am

Attack on Titan on the 3DS Is Equal Parts Awesome and Glitchy

The first time I saw the opening to Attack on Titan—with the cast swinging through the city and killing a titan—my first thought was, “this would make for one hell of a video game.” And while Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind does indeed make me feel awesome, it is a game that is far from polished. » 12/17/13 8:00am 12/17/13 8:00am

Lightning Returns Isn't Revolutionary, But It Is a Lot of Fun

Few sequels are as different as Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is from the other titles in the FFXIII series. It has a new world and a battle system so highly modified as to be nearly unrecognizable. But when it comes down to it, these changes are all for the good as they make for a game that is simply fun to… » 12/06/13 4:30am 12/06/13 4:30am

Vampire Stripping, Otaku, and Bland Combat Abound in Akiba’s Trip 2

Akiba’s Trip 2 is the story of a boy and his friends trying to keep Tokyo’s Akihabara safe—from vampires. The only way to beat the vampire menace? Strip them and expose them to the sun! …And that summary should be enough to tell you exactly what you are in for with Akiba’s Trip 2. » 11/22/13 5:30am 11/22/13 5:30am