Author: Josh Tolentino

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?


Dark Rose Valkyrie Review

By Any Other Name

HIGH A great art style and intriguing fiction…

LOW …undone by an absurd amount of filler and unnecessary mechanical complication

WTF An elite military monster-hunting unit that ends up fighting in its skivvies a third of the time? Buy some armor, kids!


This Is Not A Review: Bot Colony

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: Bot Colony, developed and published by North Side and tested on PC.