Author: Josh Tolentino

Starpoint Gemini Warlords Review

 Second Star To The Right, Straight On To My Space Station

HIGH It splits the difference between Freelancer and Masters of Orion

LOW …by building one game and grafting it onto the spine of the other.

WTF Awkward mouse and keyboard controls for a PC exclusive.


Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Review

Final Fanservicey

HIGH When players finally wrap their heads around the game’s intricacies

LOW That the task of comprehending the systems is so onerous to begin with

WTF Why is the Cup Noodle DLC the Royal Raiment for Noctis and *not* his Cup Noodle helmet?!


Iconoclasts Review

One Concern-Ed Citizen

HIGH Creativity and inspiration suffuse every aspect of the game…

LOW …though players will need to chew on the writing to get its full flavor out.

WTF It is utterly bonkers that all this was developed by one person!


This Is Not A Review – Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star (Switch)

Welcome to This Is Not A Review. In these articles we discuss general impressions, ideas and thoughts on any given game, but as the title implies, it’s not a review. Instead, it’s an exercise in offering a quick recommendation (or dismissal) after spending enough time to grasp the ideas and gameplay of a thing without necessarily playing it from A to Z. The subject of this installment: Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star, developed and published by Marvelous and played on Nintendo Switch.


VA-11 HALL-A Review

Make It One For My Waifu (And One More For The Road)

HIGH A killer faux-retro aesthetic…

LOW …that sometimes gets in the way of playing the game.

WTF “Is there a chance I *won’t* be serving talking dogs this weekend?”


Galaxy of Pen & Paper Review

 Space…The Weekend Frontier

HIGH Depth in both mechanics and narrative…

LOW …But not enough to escape shallow first impressions.

WTF So they’re playing a tabletop RPG on a PC in the ’90s. How are they talking to each other?