A Boy and His Blob Review

20160521100132_1This year has not been marvelous in regards to the games I’ve played.  Most have been pretty average so, far, which is unfortunate since I try to curate my list of games to play to contain games that are generally well received.  I enjoy being able to deconstruct elements of a game and articulate what exactly I dislike about them, but I’d rather be releasing relentless praise upon games, joyful that I had the opportunity to play them.  …Unfortunately, I can’t do that here. Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (5/15-5/21) Press T Switch

Press SwitchSo after two years of anticipation, Press-Switch, a body swap and tg focused visual novel that is also one of my favorite games of all time, is about to get its first update in two years.  An update in the form of a single route that will effectively double the length of the game.  It’s still months away, but once it releases, I’ll probably drop everything I have before going through all routes and writing a praise heavy review for the game.  I could go on right now about how its characters are varied and memorable.  Its scenarios nuanced and engaging.  Its scope colossal and diverse.  Its tone delightfully dark and even deprived at times.  Along with how it influenced me as a writer.  But I am a patient person, and can wait another seventeen months, much less… however many it takes. Continue reading

Xenoblade Chronicles Review

00This is a review that has been looming over me for roughly four years now.  I originally bought Xenoblade at launch after the participating in Operation Rainfall, planned on reviewing it, but after seventy hours with the game my disc drive broke, and my interest in the game dissolved as complications delayed repairs.  So the game was dropped, and I always felt bad for not finishing it.  Now, four years later, I decided to replay the game using the Dolphin emulator and an HD texture pack.  About a hundred hours afterwards, I really wish I had cleared this game years ago, if only so I wouldn’t have spent the past few weeks rushing to finish it. Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (5/08-5/14) Sailor Sun and Mister Moon

Edge Family Ryuko Shadow Litten by Stocky6493“Hallo Natalie, wie geht’s?”  Why thank you for asking Maple-chan.  I just finished community college, completely failed at talking to another human being for about two hours after paying for their company, and am going to come out sometime next week.  “…Sometimes I wonder why I exist, and then I remember that it’s because some Aspie conjured me in their corrupted mind.”  Shut up Maple-chan, it’s time to talk about video games.  “Because people care so much about what you think about banal video game news.”  …I may decide to kill you off in your upcoming story, Maple Loves Senpai after that comment. Continue reading

Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX Review

YO“Natalie!  Natalie!  Why are you reviewing a game that came out 18 years ago?”  “‘Cos my backlog was cleared out when I played this game a month ago.  Also, I liked this game, wanted to replay it, and did so in order to reassess its quality.”  “But do you really have the knowledge and foresight to properly analyze games like this in the detail they are accustomed to?”  “…No.  I played it for twelve hours and wrote a two page thing about it.  Is that unacceptable, Maple-chan?”  “I guess it’s fine.  But I’m not gonna read it.”  “Yeah, nobody will.  Nobody ever reads anything I write…”  “Okay… I’ll leave you alone now.” Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (5/1-5/7) Don’t Look Into My Corrupted Mind; You Don’t Wanna

PM crime police evil wrong justice hero corruptLet’s see… how to fill up a loosely related introductory paragraph… Oh, I’m almost done with community college before I move onto a real university, which is going to suck since I’ll need to commute into the city, but whatever.  In the meantime, my summer is going to be pretty free, aside from the nonsense that will surely follow coming out to my parents; which I probably shouldn’t be talking about on a public blog, but I don’t really care if the mundane details of my life are detailed to other people.  They probably should not even care, because aside from my self loathing and stream of thoughts that can only be conjured by a corrupted mind, I’m quite boring. Continue reading

Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart Review

20160428170204_1This is the fifth Neptunia game I’m reviewing after going over the PC ports of Re;Birth1, Re;Birth2, Re;Birth3, and U, and my expectations for what these games will deliver have been set.  Serviceable gameplay, rampant recycling of the same assets, and a cheesy story peppered with enjoyable characters and a sense of humor that I can’t help but love on some level.  With this being an Strategy RPG spin-off I wasn’t expecting much, and those expectations were met. Continue reading