Category Archives: Games

The First Tree is Something Truly Special

The First Tree is an interesting sort of game that I have to approach a bit differently than I would my usual game reviews.  The big difference here is…The First Tree is not really a video game.  It is, but it’s not.  It’s more like an interactive story than anything else.  So if it’s a traditional game you’re after, you might want to pass this one up.  But if you’re interested in something a bit different, then by all means, read on. Continue reading The First Tree is Something Truly Special

Playing as a Two-Year Old in Among the Sleep

Going into Among the Sleep, I had no idea what to expect.  In fact, I was not even aware the game existed until I was searching for the release date for Little Nightmares 2.  Though my search was in vain, I was recommended several horror games, the most intriguing being Among the Sleep, which I held onto for many months in anticipation of recording the game for our Virtual Bastion YouTube channel (shameless advertising is shameless, I know…but the playlist can be found here).  I had heard good things about the game, but ultimately, I had no idea what to expect aside from one simple detail.  The game is played entirely from the perspective of a two-year old. Continue reading Playing as a Two-Year Old in Among the Sleep

Inmost Is As Beautiful As It Is Eerie

I first became aware of Inmost thanks to a trailer on YouTube.  I don’t recall even finishing the trailer because the first few moments had already piqued my interest.  The game’s surprisingly beautiful pixel art style and eerie atmosphere was what hooked me.  Oftentimes, it is unwise to judge a game based solely on such shallow details, but I am happy to say that Inmost was one poorly-researched game that paid off.  Having recently published my playthrough of the game over on our Virtual Bastion YouTube channel, I thought it was about time I wrote a review so you, my dear readers, can decide for yourself if Inmost is worth your time. Continue reading Inmost Is As Beautiful As It Is Eerie

Child of Light: An Excellent RPG for Those Pressed for Time

More often than not, a game with an interesting art style is a surefire way to grab my attention.  While this is most certainly not the only criteria one should consider when perusing their gaming options, it has also led me to such interesting titles as Okami, GRIS, and Cuphead, all of which are excellent games in their own right.  Another such game was Child of Light, whose pink-haired protagonist immediately caught my notice.  Interest piqued, I originally passed this game up on the Wii U because of the console’s limited hard drive space, only to end up buying it for the slightly more spacious Switch. Continue reading Child of Light: An Excellent RPG for Those Pressed for Time

Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Review

For the last ten years, Kirby’s Dream Land 3 and I have kept passing each other by, with no more than mere glances in the other’s direction before ultimately going our separate ways.  Whether in the form of a physical SNES cartridge or a quick download vie the Wii U Virtual Console, I have had multiple opportunities to play the game, but have always chosen to spend my money on the highly praised Kirby Super Star instead.  Finally, with the release of the SNES collection provided by the Switch Online service, I hadn’t any reason to ignore this game any longer.  And now, in this post, I answer the question: do I regret taking so long to play this game?  Well…yes and no. Continue reading Kirby’s Dream Land 3 Review

The Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition Has Arrived!

As you may remember, I recently attempted my very first auction on eBay in an effort to purchase the Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition at an affordable price.  Long story short, I lost the auction, but ended up getting a similar item for about the same price.  The only difference is I got the European version (more specifically, the German version) instead of the North American one, so I missed out on a few extra goodies.  Fortunately, nothing of any real importance is missing, and now that it has finally arrived, it’s about time I talked about it. Continue reading The Ni no Kuni Wizard’s Edition Has Arrived!

Crushing Defeat at the Duck’s First Auction

The very first auction I ever participated in involved fake money in elementary school.  We earned this money throughout the year and had several auctions.  But I saved up all of my money for the very last auction, allowing me to obtain highly coveted items no one else had the money for.  I think I got a fair number of things, namely a large box of colored pencils that I still have to this day. Continue reading Crushing Defeat at the Duck’s First Auction

Ni no Kuni and Why Swaine is the Best Character: A Random Rambling

In recent times, I have decided to replay Ni no Kuni, a game that has become near and dear to my heart.  It is due to the fact that I’m living in a rental with limited items unpacked that I returned to the game so soon, as when I enjoy a game, I will often try to spend longer between playthroughs to keep it fresh.  So often in the past, I would replay my favorite games until I couldn’t stand the sight of them.  Not so anymore.  It’s ironic that I intentionally avoid my favorite games, but it keeps them fun, so it’s worth it in the end. Continue reading Ni no Kuni and Why Swaine is the Best Character: A Random Rambling

Singing with Animals in Fe

Despite my stubborn love of physical games over digital, I have started to amass a small collection of digital games on the Switch (“amass” meaning about five games, which accounts for about 50% of my entire Switch collection, so…it’s all relative, I suppose).  This all started when I was perusing the Switch eShop out of curiosity and saw a whole bunch of games on sale for $10 or less.  The very first game that caught my eye was Fe, an indie game that was being sold for $5!  With a price tag like that, how could I possibly pass it up?  Fe was, what I’d like to call, an experimental game.  I bought it out of curiosity and because I wanted something unique to add to our YouTube channel.  I have most certainly accomplished that goal, but is it an actually good game?  And furthermore, would I recommend buying it for its full price of $20? Continue reading Singing with Animals in Fe

A Duck and an Octopus Visit Disneyland: A Quirky Dream

As the Fourth of July fireworks began to fade into the background and my mind, at long last, drifted off into slumber, I had a dream.  A silly dream.  A dream where I went to Disneyland with Zucker the octopus from Animal Crossing. Continue reading A Duck and an Octopus Visit Disneyland: A Quirky Dream