Corpse Party (3DS) Review stars

Corpse Party published by XSeed/Marvelous of America is a well-known cult classic for those that are into J-horror adventure games. Originally published in 1990 on the PC, there have been numerous remakes of this title with the most recent one on the Nintendo 3DS. With a dark a twisted plotline filled with child murder, cannibalism, and ominous undertones, Corpse Party brings about a mood of uncertainty as you lead a group of high schoolers to their ultimate fate.

World of Final Fantasy (PS4) Review stars

World of Final Fantasy certainly isn't the only Final Fantasy spin-off around, but it’s perhaps among the more successful one. There's a lot that series veterans will find familiar. New systems and approaches are combined with many traditional Final Fantasy staples to create a product that complements an already extensive catalog of many great RPG games to date.

PlayStation Experience: Impression stars

PlayStation Experience, also known as PSX, is an annual event for the video game industry presented by Sony Interactive Entertainment used to reveal and promote PlayStation games and game-related merchandise. The event is open to the public and features various panels and many unreleased games with playable demos on location.

Dragon Quest Builders (PS4) Review stars

Dragon Quest Builders is published by Square Enix and was released in North America October 11, 2016, for Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and Vita. For those who don’t know what this game is exactly, imagine if Dragon Quest and Minecraft got fused together. You still get a story with beloved characters from the Dragon Quest franchise but with a slight Minecraft twist. I had already previously tried out this game at PAX West 2016 in a short demo. For first impressions of the game, check out the article here.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival: Impression stars

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas came and gone and probably will not return until a year after the next expansion. This year at Fan Festival, the biggest announcement that all FFXIV fans have been waiting for was the official announcement of the next expansion – Stormblood. This was announced on the very first day of the festival and was followed by a teaser trailer showcasing a mysterious blonde female in a red dress. Almost immediately, social media and FFXIV sub-Reddit exploded with speculations of who this mysterious female could be and what the new job will be. The opening keynote was of course presented by the director and producer of FFXIV, Naoki Yoshida, with on stage translations by Christopher Koji Fox. There was no official announcement of what the new battle jobs will be, but in typical Naoki Yoshida fashion, he wore a shirt that hinted what one of the jobs may be. The presentation lasted an hour and was followed by the Development Panel featuring Masaki Nakagawa on the main stage. During this panel, Masaki Nakagawa talked about the battle development for one of the newer 24 man raids that he worked on.

Steins;Gate 0 (PS4/Vita) Review stars

Obvious: spoilers for the first Steins;Gate game ahead!

Having first reviewed JAST USA’s PC release of Steins;Gate in 2014, I had originally thought that this well-told time-travel story was complete and had nowhere left to go. Sure, I’d watched the movie Steins;Gate Fuka Ryōiki no Déjà vu but to me, the story of Okabe reaching the Steins Gate world line to save both Kurisu and Mayuri was complete though even that felt a bit superfluous. Now after hearing about, and having played, the “sequel/expansion pack” Steins;Gate 0 I’m glad I’ve never been so wrong.

Sharin no Kuni: The Girl Among the Sunflowers Localization Project Relaunching Soon stars

Frontwing Inc., in partnership with AKABEiSOFT2 and Tokyo Otaku Mode, are relaunching their crowdfunding project to localize "Sharin no Kuni: The Girl Among the Sunflowers" on Kickstarter, with the new title "Re: Sharin no Kuni Project". The campaign will officially begin on November 21 at 6PM PT with a goal of $80,000, and features a multitude of updates and revisions, basted on both feedback from fans as well as internal evaluation of the original campaign. The campaign can be accessed at the following URL: here.

GameStop Expo 2016 Impression stars

This year GameStop Expo 2016 was held on September 14th at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. I attended this one-day event to check out some of the games that we didn’t have time to play at E3 or PAX. As with E3 this year, the emphasis revolved around VR and there plenty of opportunities to try out VR at GameStop Expo. GameStop Expo has a different feel than any other gaming convention I’ve attended so far.

PAX West 2016 Impressions: Pit People stars

During PAX west we stopped in with our friends at The Behemoth, the same people who brought us Castle Crashers and got to play their new title, Pit People, an upcoming turn-based strategy game. Pit People takes a spin on what we have seen in other typical turn-based games with some unique changes that makes it stand out from the rest.

PAX West 2016 Impressions: NightCry stars

From the creator of the Clock Tower game series, director Hifumi Kono and the director of the Ju-on (The Grudge) Takashi Shimizu comes Project Scissors: NightCry from Japanese video game developers, Nude Maker and Playism. This year at PAX West, I got to play a quick demo of this game. The game plays like Resident Evil, but has the feel of a Japanese horror movie that will have you by the edge of your seat.