Author: Josh Tolentino

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?


Little Witch Academia: Chamber Of Time Review

Life’s A Witch And Then You Retry

HIGH A perfect capture of Little Witch Academia‘s breezy atmosphere and aesthetics…

LOW …that is absolutely not reflected in the gameplay or structure.

WTF Is it really a good idea to make Little Witch Academia fans work this hard for their fanservice?


Earthlock Review

As The World Turns

HIGH It feels so much like a JRPG from the PS2 era.

LOW Sometimes I want to send it back to the PS2 era.

WTF “Hogbunny” doesn’t sound like the kind of name a species would give itself…


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!