Author: Josh Tolentino

Josh Tolentino’s Highs, Lows, and WTFs of 2019

2019 has certainly been a year, and while it’s had its ups and downs, I’d like to think it’s been a pretty strong one for games — in part because the expected crop of sequels, franchise entries, and long-anticipated debuts fell surprisingly flat, clearing the field for new and unusual titles to have time in the spotlight.


Dragon Quest Builders 2 Review

It Makes A Village

HIGH Expanded scope leans into building communities than structures.

LOW Combat’s worse, new focus may not satisfy involved builders.

WTF DQB2 feels like a spoiler minefield for 1987’s Dragon Quest 2.


Fate/Extella Link Review

A Link To The Future

HIGH Refined systems, upgraded graphics, and the same sense of speed.

LOW Perfunctory multiplayer and poorer performance on Switch.

WTF What future Fate games will be colonized by Fate/Grand Order?


Steins;Gate Elite Review

Walking the World Line

HIGH A brilliant sci-fi story backed by high-quality visuals…

LOW …at times undermined by minor technical quibbles

WTF This looks good, but I do miss the old art style.


428: Shibuya Scramble Review

Living for the City

HIGH Solid writing and intricate ensemble plotting

LOW Fiddly controls for something that could be played on a Kindle…

WTF They made a great adventure game out of meme-worthy stock photos!


Punch Line Review

Neat (Ghost) Trick

HIGH A wild and wacky anime-tinged adventure awaits….

LOW …If you can put up with the constant padding and awkward-as-heck structure

WTF Of all things, why a Punch Line game in 2018?