Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review, Part 1: A JRPG Magnum Opus

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a JRPG developed by Monolithsoft and published by Nintendo. It was released in July 2022 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. MSRB is $60. This is part 1 of my review and will only contain minimal early-game spoilers about gameplay and basic story elements similar to what was shown in Nintendo trailers. … Continue reading Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review, Part 1: A JRPG Magnum Opus

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Review – Just Shy of an S-Rank Video Game

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is an Action RPG developed by Koei Tecmo and published by Nintendo. It was released in July 2022 as a Nintendo Switch exclusive. MSRB is $60. Fire Emblem: Three Houses earned its spot as my #1 Switch JRPG thanks to its robust customization, fascinating lore, and emotionally rich cast of … Continue reading Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Review – Just Shy of an S-Rank Video Game

We Don’t Deserve Masahiro Sakurai

They always say you shouldn't meet your heroes, but I can't help but wish I could sit down with Masahiro Sakurai for lunch. During my time as a self-described "hobby freelancer video game journalist" I've researched many game developers, and I've learned that many of them turn out to be quite flawed and controversial people. … Continue reading We Don’t Deserve Masahiro Sakurai

Stray Review: Paw-sitively Adorable

Stray is a 3D Platformer game developed by BlueTwelve Studio and published by Annapurna Interactive. It was released in July 2022 for PlayStation and PC. MSRB is $30. I played the PC version. I've long envied my cat's dexterity. She could effortlessly strut on top of a fence. She could make any mistake look intentional. … Continue reading Stray Review: Paw-sitively Adorable

Pokémon Retrospective, Part 4: My Life As A Fan

From its very inception, Pokemon was designed for building a community. Satoshi Tajiri desired to convey his love for catching bugs to a new generation that grew up in a concrete-laden city. When he saw the Game Boy's link cable, he imagined creatures crawling across it. He wanted players to share the bugs they caught … Continue reading Pokémon Retrospective, Part 4: My Life As A Fan

Pokémon Retrospective, Part 3: Modern Poké-Problems

In 2012, I thought I'd outgrown Pokemon. I never bought a DS to play Pokemon Diamond and Pearl, and I didn't feel anything when I saw the remakes of Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver on store shelves. In fact, I felt like I'd outgrown video games in general. During this time I only casually played Super … Continue reading Pokémon Retrospective, Part 3: Modern Poké-Problems

Pokémon Retrospective, Part 2: Becoming Poké-Pals

Several weeks ago, our family cat passed away. Her official name was Isabel Allende (yes, we named her after the famous Latin American author), but we usually just called her Smudge. She was about 13 years old when she passed away. She went peacefully, and my family buried her near a lovely tree. We adopted … Continue reading Pokémon Retrospective, Part 2: Becoming Poké-Pals

Pokémon Retrospective, Part 1: Pokémon’s Magic Spell

Pokemon's 9th Generation is nearly upon us. With the franchise experiencing so much growth along with so much scrutiny, it's unclear what kind of legacy Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will leave behind once they come out in November. However, as we anticipate these new games, I want to look back at Pokemon's evolution throughout the … Continue reading Pokémon Retrospective, Part 1: Pokémon’s Magic Spell

[Update] I’m Going to Start Dividing Some of My Reviews Into Multiple Posts

So as I'm getting ready for the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, I've been re-reading my reviews of the previous Xenoblade games. To be honest, I'm not quite satisfied with how I've reviewed them. I try to lump together all of my thoughts into one post and it ends up being a novel long, and … Continue reading [Update] I’m Going to Start Dividing Some of My Reviews Into Multiple Posts