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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Is Almost Here

A promising journey of anxiety and psychosis - will "Independent AAA" finally be a reality?

| Categories: PC, PlayStation 4, SideArc, Video Games | 9 Comments »

Hellblade is finally almost here, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. That Ninja Theory decided to sell their latest game for a mere $30 – half the price of standard AAA titles – has me even more excited. Ninja Theory has made a name for themselves with well-crafted, highly-polished games over the past decade. They […]

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New Vanillaware Game – “13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim”

Prepare for another beautifully animated experience from the masters at Vanillaware

| Categories: SideArc, Video Games | 9 Comments »

Odin Sphere, Muramasa, Dragon’s Crown; between the beautiful, hand-drawn animation and rock-solid gameplay mechanics Vanillaware has made a name for themselves as a high-quality studio. While details are still light for this upcoming game, the animation already  looks to uphold this developer’s sterling legacy. All that’s known so far is this snippet taken from the […]

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5-Minute Reviews – Fire Emblem Heroes

Excellent mechanics weighed down by terrible Free-To-Play trappings

| Categories: Mobile, review, SideArc, Video Games | 5 Comments »

How do you keep the legacy and mechanics of a multi-decade series alive while catering to the casual mobile gaming market? If someone figures this out, please contact Nintendo immediately. While at its core Fire Emblem Heroes is actually a very well crafted game, decisions made to capitalize on the money-making market that is iOS […]

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How a Longtime Zelda Fan Sees the Season Pass

This could either go very well or very poorly - we just don't have enough information yet

| Categories: Nintendo Switch, SideArc, Video Games, Wii U | 16 Comments »

Let me get this out of the way – The Legend of Zelda series is one of my all-time favorites. On top of that, Breath of the Wild is one of my most-anticipated games ever. From the original game on the NES to the most recent handheld iterations I’ve played and beaten them all; many of them […]

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SideArc Reviews: “Yoshi’s Woolly World”

An adorable little yarn

| Categories: 3DS, Featured Posts, review, SideArc, Video Games, Wii U | 7 Comments »

“Yoshi’s Woolly World” is bar none the most adorable game I have ever played, and is a darn good platformer to boot. Released last year for the Wii U and receiving a re-release for the 3DS soon, this may not be a “system-seller” level game but anyone who has either of these systems should seriously […]

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My theory about what the Nintendo NX is going to be

Handheld? Home? Both?

| Categories: 3DS, NX, SideArc, Video Games, Wii U | 9 Comments »

Have you heard the rumor of the day? The known-to-exist-but-still-shrouded-in-secrecy Nintendo NX is going to be a hybrid handheld and home console in one! Well, that’s certainly the way it seems with the popular rumors going around. In fact, comments from Ubisoft and The Pokémon Company seem to corroborate the idea that the NX is […]

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Tackling My Backlog – Catching up Part 1/2

Still pushing through this mountain of games

| Categories: PlayStation 4, Retro, SideArc, Video Games, Wii U, Xbox One | 17 Comments »

As Jeff Goldblum said in “Jurassic Park,” “Life always finds a way to interfere with your plans to play more video games.” (OK, maybe I’m paraphrasing.) Though really, I’ve been playing games. I just haven’t had the chance to talk about them as I wanted. Starting today that changes! I have part 1 of 2 […]

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Persona 4 : Golden Review A Look Back At The Classic

Re-reviewing my love for a modern JRPG classic

| Categories: Anime, Featured Posts, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Retro, review, SideArc, Video Games | 26 Comments »

Welcome back In case you hadn’t heard, Persona 5 has had the best opening week for the series in Japan, and is coming out soon in the West. At least if you consider February to be soon. Even though this is a few months away for most of us, this seemed like a great time […]

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Tackling my Backlog – Gravity Rush

"It's not flying, it's falling with style!"

| Categories: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, SideArc, Video Games | 4 Comments »

Ahh, “Gravity Rush.” A well-loved game from the Playstation Vita’s launch that was originally a PS3 game re-worked to provide some needed support for a fledgling system – and which has since made its way onto the PS4. It was also one of the inaugural “free” titles when Sony expanded the PS+ service onto the […]

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Tackling My Backlog – “Resident Evil 4”

My first pensive steps into a classic horror game

| Categories: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Retro, SideArc, Video Games, Xbox 360, Xbox One | 17 Comments »

“Resident Evil 4.” A well-loved classic of the GameCube which has since been ported to more systems than any other game that I can remember. And yet somehow here I am, having never played it until just a short while ago. I spent about an hour trekking through its opening chapter and then slightly past, […]

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