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

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

If You Skip the Madoka Magica Vita Game, You Won't Be Missing Much

Madoka Magica is one of the best anime of the past decade. It deconstructs the magical girl genre and builds an emotional narrative filled with memorable characters. Unfortunately, the new Vita game, Madoka Magica: The Battle Pentagram, does little more than ride on the anime's coattails. » 1/14/14 6:00am 1/14/14 6:00am

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

Super Danganronpa 2 Reload Improves on the Original in Every Way

Back in August, I played Danganronpa on the PSP. While eager to play the sequel, I decided hold back and wait a month for the Vita re-release of the second game before I played it. But whether it’s on the PSP or the Vita, Super Danganronpa 2 is a game that improves on the original in every way. » 10/25/13 5:00am 10/25/13 5:00am

Arcadias no Ikusahime is Pretty, Light-Hearted, and Fun to Play

The past week or so, I've had a lot to say about Arcadias no Ikusahime (The Warrior Princess of Arcadias). I've praised the art style and music, and have taken an in-depth look at the gameplay. But even after all that, there's still much more to say about a game that is just so enjoyable to play. » 10/15/13 7:10am 10/15/13 7:10am

The JoJo Fighting Game is Plagued With Problems But Still Fun to Play

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is one of Japan's longest-running and popular weekly manga. The new PlayStation 3 fighting game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is a love letter to the manga that any fan will enjoy. Sadly, while it is quite fun, it has several glaring problems. » 9/13/13 7:45am 9/13/13 7:45am

The Witch and the Hundred Knight Is Fun, yet Flawed

Summoned by the swamp witch Metallica to take down her witchy foes, you take control of the Hundred Knight and hack n' slash your way across the land. If that sounds like fun, great. It is. But that's not to say there aren't more than a few flaws in The Witch and the Hundred Knight. » 9/03/13 7:00am 9/03/13 7:00am

Gundam Breaker Lets You Build and Pilot the Gundam of Your Dreams

Over the years there have been some great (and terrible) Gundam games. But while many games let you pilot a Gundam, Gundam Breaker takes it one step further and lets you build your own dream Gundam as well. » 8/16/13 7:30am 8/16/13 7:30am

If You Like the Ace Attorney Series, You'll Like Dual Destinies

Just over a week ago, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, the first main series Ace Attorney game in over five years, was released in Japan. And while real time has passed, not much has changed in the world of Ace Attorney. It is still filled with excellent mysteries, crazy characters, and over-the-top courtroom drama. » 8/02/13 7:00am 8/02/13 7:00am

Pikmin 3 Is a True Pikmin Game (For Better or Worse)

Pikmin and its sequel were two of the GameCube’s most beloved titles. But over the lifespan of the Wii, no new games were released in the series. Now, after nine years of anxious waiting, the cute plant-creatures are back and on the Wii U. And while it’s a little rough around the edges, it is indeed a true Pikmin game. » 7/19/13 8:00am 7/19/13 8:00am

Neptunia PP is an Amusing Parody of iDOLM@STER

It’s looking to be a big summer for game industry parody series Neptunia—despite the worrisome event from a few weeks back. Not only is it getting its own anime and a remake of the original game on the Vita, but it also recently got a new spin-off game: God Dimension Idol Neptunia PP. » 7/05/13 6:00am 7/05/13 6:00am

Princess Crown is an Interesting Piece of Gaming History

With Dragon Crown’s upcoming Japanese release only a few scant weeks away, I decided to take a look back at one of its spiritual predecessors—the similarly titled Princess Crown. And while it is by no means a perfect game, it was a trail blazer for some of the most beautiful and beloved games of the past decade. » 6/28/13 4:00am 6/28/13 4:00am

Shin Megami Tensei IV Is as Deep and Interesting as It Is Hard

In recent years, the Shin Megami Tensei series has found new life in the West thanks to the popularity of spinoff titles Persona 3 and Persona 4. But now, after a decade since the release of the third game in the core series, comes Shin Megami Tensei IV. » 6/11/13 8:00am 6/11/13 8:00am

Project Diva F on the PS3 is Even Better Than the Vita Version

Let’s be clear right from the start. Project Diva f on the Vita is an enjoyable music game. It has great music, stunning visuals, and a staggering amount of unlockable items to customize how you play. But as good as it is, the PlayStation 3 version, Project Diva F (now with a capital “F”), is even better. » 5/31/13 7:50am 5/31/13 7:50am