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Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time We Got a Crash Game This Good

Though I was many years behind when it came to experiencing the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy (and even then, it was the N. Sane Trilogy on the PS4), I am pleased to say there is finally a Crash game that I got the opportunity to play not so very long after its release date.  Yes, I’m talking about Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, a game I really loved despite some mixed feelings concerning the difficulty level….

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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

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

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

I Finally Played Yoshi’s Island

The most I knew about Yoshi’s Island was the fact that most (if not all) people who play it find baby Mario’s crying extremely aggravating.  In fact, I knew there were several Yoshi games out there, and I didn’t even know which one it was that included such a…unique feature.  (I was mainly confused about the difference between Yoshi’s Island on the SNES and Yoshi’s Story on the N64.)  When the Switch Online provided us with a collection of SNES games, I knew it was time to finally play Yoshi’s Island, the cover art telling me right away that…oh, this is the game with baby Mario.  I see… Continue reading I Finally Played Yoshi’s Island

Cuphead: A Swell Time

When Cuphead was originally released in 2017, people just wouldn’t stop talking about it.  And based on the screenshots I had seen, the game looked cool enough with its 1930’s style graphics.  Nevertheless, I was never actually tempted to try it myself, but rather decided to watch a playthrough of the game on YouTube.  And at the time, I was confused.  The game appeared to be nothing but boss battles.  And while I quickly grew to appreciate the game’s aesthetic and unique, over-the-top animations for said bosses, I was left ultimately disappointed.  So this is the game everyone’s talking about, huh?  A bunch of battles with a few platforming stages thrown in.  Plus the game looked so difficult that I wasn’t sure how much fun it would even be. Continue reading Cuphead: A Swell Time

Hollow Knight Was an Unforgettable Experience

Having limited money to spend on games, the two main times when my gaming library is allowed to grow is my birthday and Christmas.  And so, by the time these special dates arrive, I have a selection of games already on my wish list.  I’ve been able to largely keep up with my gaming wants in this manner, but boy, does it make holidays pretty unsurprising.  Last Christmas, however, I found myself in a very special circumstance indeed.  I had no must-have games on my wish list.  For the first time in years, I actually got to visit the game store and just…browse. Continue reading Hollow Knight Was an Unforgettable Experience

A Newcomer’s MediEvil (PS4) Review

I want to start off this review by saying that, no, I have never played the original MediEvil game on the PS1, having been a Nintendo-only sort of gamer back in the 90’s.  In fact, my first exposure to the series, in any sort of form, was the inclusion of Sir Daniel in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, a Super Smash Bros-esque game for the PS3.  Among the characters with which I was unfamiliar, Sir Daniel stood out as a particularly charming example of a character I didn’t yet know, but wanted to get to know better.  And my chance came in the form of the MediEvil remake for the PS4. Continue reading A Newcomer’s MediEvil (PS4) Review