The Turing Test Review

It has occurred to me that I really have not ever really explained how I select the games I review.  Quite simply, I have a list of titles that I keep based off of games that I catch a glimpse of or hear about while perusing around my regular sources of game related news.  I collect these titles into a list that I then update once the game is released, setting a reservation price for myself to pay based on the often brief snippet of gameplay I played.  Once it reaches that reservation price, I then glance at its reception on Steam to quickly double check the game’s quality, and then buy it.  This is exactly what happened with The Turing Test.  Also known as a case that makes me want to rethink this process. Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (5/21-5/27) Cheap Cheap Cheap’s The Name Of My Soul

I have probably listened to the soundtracks for each of the Parappa games about eight times now, and find myself constantly humming and thinking of the lyrics whilst I do other things.  Also, I ended up making a recording of me trying to sing one of the songs despite the fact that I cannot sing worth a toss and know next to nothing about audio editing.  I hope my voice does not sound too atrocious. Continue reading

Life Is Strange Review

It has occurred to me how little I actually research the games I am going to review until I actually play them.  This is mostly because I enjoy going into a game blind and not have my expectations too heavily hued by trailers and speculation, but it’s getting to the point where I jump into games without even seeing 30 seconds worth of gameplay or more than five screenshots.  I’m not sure if that’s unusual, just like I’m unsure if playing most games several months or years after their initial release is unusual, but it’s something I’ve been doing lately, and something that applies to this title. Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (2/19-2/25) Murder Your Family For Maximum Power

captureYou know what?  Griffith from Berserk only did three wrong things.  One, care for Guts enough so that he was torn apart over his departure.  Two, rape the princess and steal away the virginity that the king hoped to steal with his musky old penis.  Three, let Guts and Casca live when he could have easily killed Guts and Casca was rendered mentally retarded due to all of the demon rape.  Everything involving him sacrificing his army and family for more power?  That was a rational and well formed decision.  It could be that I forgot some things, as it has been 5 years since I read the manga in full, but I don’t believe anyone who says they would not kill their family when they are unable to so much as lift a spoon to their mouth. Continue reading

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King Review

wvw69kedgxujd8jz2hA few months ago, I reviewed Dragon Quest VII, and after forty hours with the game, my thoughts could only be generously described as mixed.  It certainly made me question of affection towards the series and how I would feel about Dragon Quest VIII, but after playing it for only a short while, I realized that Dragon Quest VIII is something of an antithesis to its predecessor, and I’ve never been happier to use that word. Continue reading

Nigmabox Rundown (1/22-1/28) Natalie Is A Finicky Young Woman

obeySo, I listen to a lot of gaming related things in a given week.  I have my Super Best Friendcast, my Podquisition, and my Up At Noon.  I enjoy all of these shows quite a lot, but lately whenever any of the hosts say anything inaccurate, I tend to fidget about in frustration, as I am unable to correct a blatant mistake I noticed.  I’ve actually stopped watching certain episodes of these shows because of an off-handed inaccurate statement, like saying that the Wii version of Twilight Princess was better and more definitive than the GameCube version.  Which is objectively wrong and anyone who disagrees does not deserve to be listened to.   Continue reading

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past Review

wvw69jpzkz8gatdwcqDespite not being the biggest fan of the series, and only having played through five games prior to this one, I actually hold a special place for Dragon Quest.  It is a lighthearted and joyful RPG series with memorable scenarios, excellent designs, lovely music, and simple yet enjoyable gameplay.  So when a new one came out, under the guise that its success will dictate whether or not the series will continue undergoing the lengthy and difficult process of localization, I naturally picked it up, got my hopes up, and… well, I’m incredibly disappointed, let’s put it that way. Continue reading