Klaus Review Impressions

Imagine slowly drifting back into consciousness, faint red light flooding your closed eyelids. As you come to, you gradually realize you have no recollection of how you ended up in this place. In fact, now that you think of it, you can’t even recall your name. A glance down at your arm reveals a tattoo - “Klaus”. Unsure of what else to do, you set off further into the basement, still glowing in ominous, scarlet hues.

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Review

Mario and Luigi: Paper Jam is everything I expect in a Mario & Luigi game: it's a funny, inventive, beautifully crafted action RPG starring the brothers Mario and the entire Mushroom Kingdom. Like all games in the series, dating back to Super Mario RPG, the experience consists of 90% action-based battling, 5% gentle chuckling and 5% spewing expletives in frustration.

Sparse Landscapes: why are JRPGs so empty?

Critics often deplore the lack of narrative cohesion in games, but sometimes this is simply the result of not giving credit where it’s due. Attention to small details can be incredibly important, especially when some aspects of a game’s lore or setting are hidden in plain sight. That’s why it’s essential to ask questions, even if they might complicate or poke holes in a game. 

For instance: have you ever noticed how empty the worlds of Japanese roleplaying games seem to be?

Server Downtime - Friday 1/22/16 at 7:00AM PST

Roshen announced earlier this evening that all EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00AM Pacific for an update. Servers will be unavailable for approximately two hours.

Update notes appear below:


*** Highlights ***

- Addressed a zone stability issue.

*** Previously Updated ***

- Corrected the rewards given for TBS Champion achievements.


Deadly Tower of Monsters Review

The draw of B-movies, such as the ones shown on “Mystery Science Theater: 3000” isn’t the fact that the movies shown are stupid. That would be too simple. The fun part is the idea that somebody sat down and wrote a script for such a ridiculous concept. Then, somebody else decided that they should give it a lot of money so that a bunch of other people can act in it.

A Boy and His Blob Review

A Boy and His Blob is hopelessly saccharine in that classic 80s way. To some extent, that shouldn't be surprising as this is an "HD" remaster of a 1989 game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Even so, it takes a few too many nods from sci-fi oldies like ET: The Extra Terrestrial without the genuine bond that always closes out those sorts of films. In essence, it's a cute contrivance with lots of bits that work, but without a soul tying them all together.

Darkest Dungeon Review

Everything is great.

My four heroes look good going into this fight. Fresh from camping, their health is high and their stress is manageable. They’re playing off of each other well: my Hound Master makes short work of the enemy my Occulist debuffed, my Crusader’s blows are hitting hard, and my Vestal is unleashing crit heals like a champ. I rest on the laurels of my battle management, already fantasizing about how I’m going to use the loot from this dungeon to level up my buildings and roster of other heroes, waiting for us back in the hamlet.

Then everything is terrible.

The Bone Courtier enemy dodges an attack and lands his Tempting Goblet attack, which causes low physical damage but a lot of mental damage. The other Bone Courtier does the same, and suddenly my Crusader’s stress bar fills up and he develops an affliction: Abusive. My Occultist misses and the Crusader mocks him, pushing his stress to the brink. Enemy debuffs start stacking: their blows grow less accurate, their resistance to damage weakens. Suddenly my hardy little band of heroes is hemorrhaging HP and sanity. I try to retreat on my Hound Master’s turn but his stress has caused him to develop the Masochistic affliction, which makes him refuse. My Vestal hovers on death’s door; the next blow could kill her. The attack that takes her out leaves our party without a healer. It’s a cascade of bad luck, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.

The 3DS Games Worth Keeping an Eye on in 2016

Even though 2016 has just begun, it’s clear that the coming months are going to be a great time for games, especially if you’re a 3DS owner. 

The Nintendo handheld has plenty of promising exclusives scheduled to release this year and a bevy of multiplatform games bolstering its roster. With so many games dropping this year, spending 2016 hunched over the 3DS’ dual screens sounds like a smart decision.

Server Downtime

All EverQuest Live Servers will be brought offline on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 5:30AM Pacific for an update. Servers will be unavailable for approximately four hours.

Keep an eye on the EverQuest forums and social media for status updates and for news if additional downtime is needed

Patch Notes will be posted here when they become available.

Resident Evil 0 HD Review Impressions

Resident Evil 0 HD is a prettied-up version of the gamecube game from the early 2000s, back when the Resident Evil name meant cheesy adventure games with clunky combat and gloriously goofy characters. You could always count on a mix of zombies and freaky bad guys, gothic horror and semi-serious action movie tropes. It's an era I miss - stumbling around gruesomely beautiful environments, blasting the undead, and delighting in cheerfully terrible dialogue. At least, I miss it precisely until the clunkiness stops being charming and starts to be a pain.