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Sweet Fuse: At Your Side Review

My Heart Goes Boom, Boom, Boom

Sweet Fuse: At Your Side Screenshot

HIGH Character designs by Phoenix Wright artist, Tatsuro Iwamoto!

LOW Typos in a game that focuses on text.

WTF Wakasa's Japanese voice actor is the same person who voices Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan?!

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Review

Packing Heat from the Last Generation

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Screenshot

HIGH Mastering combat and getting through bosses untouched.

LOW The forest area kills the pace and drags on for way too long.

WTF What the heck is neblading?!?

Consoleation: The War on Used Games—Choose wisely

Consoleation: The War on Used Games—Choose wisely

When I was growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money. We didn't own a family console until my mom bought a Colecovision from a tag sale in 1987. Before that, my maternal grandmother's Atari VCS was sometimes available in 1979 onward when we visited or even lived there due to money troubles. I did get a VIC-20 for my birthday in 1984 and then a Commodore 64 for my middle school graduation in 1986 from my paternal grandmother, but those weren't so much game consoles as they were hybrid devices. I did own a few games for both systems, but not a significant amount.

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Review

You'll Wish This Was Just a Book

Corpse Party: Book of Shadows Screenshot

HIGH It's got some of the better writing out there.

LOW Replaying the same, long sequences after each bad ending.

WTF Only girls get extended torture scenes.

Consoleation: April 2013 NPD reaction—Spring swoon

Injustice: Gods Among Us Screenshot

Speaking candidly, I don't believe that anyone was ready for the numbers that we saw from NPD for the month of April... regardless of whether you're an armchair analyst like myself or whether you're a top-line professional in this business. Hardware sales numbers, in particular, were just painful to digest. It wasn't a total collapse, but when you drop by more than 40% from the past year—and when that April's comp targets weren't crazy to begin with—it just looks awful.

Consoleation: Pre-NPD—April 2013 projection comparison (versus Michael Pachter)

Nintendo Wii U Deluxe Image

In advance of this afternoon's release of NPD retail video game sales data for April, I wanted to compare my range projections with those of Michael Pachter from Wedbush Securities.

Consoleation: April 2013 NPD data pre-release speculation

Injustice: Gods Among Us Screenshot

NPD sales data for April is set to arrive tomorrow (May 16th). I don't expect many surprises nor many changes to the status quo when it comes to hardware sales rankings for the month.

Extra Credits: Differences in Scale vs Differences in Kind

Extra Credits looks at employing scale (i.e. more enemies) and tone to break up gameplay and maintain a player's interest level. Extra Credits' example of a game that got this right was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare—who knew that Call of Duty could be the game to actually teach us something?

Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi Review

No Love on This Battlefield

Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi Screenshot

HIGH More screen time for the Hakuoki hunks.

LOW The gameplay.

WTF The best thing I can say about the game is that it has nice character designs.

Black Rock Shooter, Hellraid and No Mo' Comix

Black Rock Shooter: The Game Screenshot

I've heard absolutely no one talking about Black Rock Shooter: The Game, but it was just released by NIS America and it's currently available on the PSN store for $20. (Designed for PSP, but compatible with Vita.) I just completed it yesterday, and I have to say, I had an absolute blast with it. It's a very small, focused game that feels perfect for playing on the go, and there are a lot of very smart design decisions on display.

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