Bantross promised us something different for this disc, and as soon as I picked up Eldorado Gate Vol.3's case it was obvious we really were going to get it. The cover shows Kanan front and centre - the girl whose life (as well as her sight, hearing, and voice) was ruined by another's desire to obtain the … Continue reading Old friends, new friends
1995 was an exciting time for video game fans. Optical storage media felt like it was the first step into a laser-based future, every 2D game was made by people with years of experience in the craft, and every 3D game seemed to be bursting with enthusiasm for this underexplored frontier. The future really was … Continue reading Wow, what a start!
Sorcerian Original is the Windows 98/95 compatible remake of the... well, the original Sorcerian, a game first released on the PC-88 back in 1987. As remakes go Original's a fascinating case of the very old meeting what was at one point in time the very new. The graphics for example have been completely overhauled, many environments now boasting … Continue reading There’s only one Original
[We can all see my camera's not exactly great, so please consider these photos more generally illustrative than an accurate reflection of the in-hand experience] I've always been fond of the Nomad, Sega's US-only portable Genesis. It's a pleasantly chunky machine with a great screen for its time (that'll be 1995 - the same year … Continue reading Review: 16Bit Pocket MD Plus
Underdog Detective is a brand new live action FMV game charting the adventures of Du Xun, an amateur detective and antique dealer of charmingly questionable repute. He's spent his whole life in Underdog Dwelling, Shendu's (now Luoyang's) 7th Century human rubbish dump, a place where the unlucky or unfavoured wash up against their will and … Continue reading Review: Underdog Detective
Eldorado Gate's second volume is so keen on getting started Bantross, our suspiciously inscrutable combination of host, party leader, and know-it-all rolled into one, can't even make it through his introductory speech without getting interrupted; the game content to cut him short and throw a single line's worth of description for each of the first disc's three … Continue reading Free from filler, fetch quests, and flabby storytelling
Berwick Saga, Tear Ring Saga's 2005 PlayStation 2 follow-up, managed to annoy me before I'd even opened the box. The reason is down to the subtitle, "Lazberia Chronicle Chapter 174", a rather grandiose label that at first blush appears to imply Shouzou Kaga, the game's creative lead and strategy-loving force behind Nintendo's Fire Emblem series, had 173 … Continue reading New tricks
[Just so you know: everything said below is based on the launch 2009 v1.00 PC disc patched up to v1.04a, which I believe is the final version of the original doujin release. If you're reading this after the game's welcome Switch/Steam debut: 1) Hi! 2) Some minor details have definitely changed] A Touhou/Castlevania crossover sounds … Continue reading Symphony of the [Gensokyo] night
TwinBee RPG is the straightforward name of a straightforward game; one where you, the player, are sucked through your TV during the intro sequence to help out the cast of your favourite show (spoilers: It's TwinBee) after things suddenly take a turn for the worse for Light, Pastel, and Mint. As with any other playable self-insert experience your … Continue reading Pop’n RPG!
Eldorado Gate, Capcom's Dreamcast exclusive RPG series, is in many ways a creation that should have never got off the drawing board. This was a brand new RPG saga with no famous name to fall back on, released on what was definitely the "wrong" format for the genre at the time (Final Fantasy IX, Vagrant Story, … Continue reading The beginning of an epic adventure