Articles by Cullen Black

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on Switch goes even further beyond... expectations
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot on Switch goes even further beyond... expectations

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot is one of the rare Switch ports that blows expectations out of the water, nearly stacking up to original console versions.

feature by Cullen Black on 23 September, 2021

Ni no Kuni 2 on Switch: Comfortable, fun, and surprisingly solid
Ni no Kuni 2 on Switch: Comfortable, fun, and surprisingly solid

The second entry in the Ni No Kuni series makes its way to the Nintendo Switch in this quite an ambitious port.

feature by Cullen Black on 18 September, 2021

NEO: The World Ends With You Review
NEO: The World Ends With You Review

NEO: The World Ends With You does a wonderful job recapturing what made this formula work so well on the DS, but in a more approachable way.

review by Cullen Black on 26 July, 2021

Scarlet Nexus Review
Scarlet Nexus Review

Scarlet Nexus contains just about everything you’d want to see from a new game IP. Clear ambition, innovative gameplay, gorgeous visuals, and room to improve. A lot of room to improve, but it's still a commendable effort.

review by Cullen Black on 23 June, 2021

NEO: The World Ends With You - Hands-on Video Preview
NEO: The World Ends With You - Hands-on Video Preview

We got a chance to play two hours of the upcoming long-awaited sequel to The World Ends With You.

preview by Cullen Black on 03 June, 2021

Judgment's PlayStation 5 remaster brings a much-needed performance boost at the expense of its unique visual identity
Judgment's PlayStation 5 remaster brings a much-needed performance boost at the expense of its unique visual identity

Judgment's remaster on modern consoles brings some greatly appreciated performance updates, although a noticeable change in the lighting style may not always land well.

feature by Cullen Black on 23 April, 2021

Bravely Default II Review
Bravely Default II Review

Its flaws are plain to see, and your mileage will vary depending on what you value in RPGs. But if you're willing to spend time looking for the best of Bravely Default II, you'll find a great, rewarding experience.

review by Cullen Black on 25 February, 2021

Bravely Default II Hands-on Preview - Five Things I Love and Two Things I'm Unsure About
Persona 5 Strikers Hands-off Preview
Persona 5 Strikers Hands-off Preview

We got a chance to see the English build in action.

preview by Cullen Black on 11 December, 2020

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Review
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Review

If you enjoyed Breath of the Wild’s story and characters, and like musou games, this is a great combination of the two that’s worth checking out.

review by Cullen Black on 09 December, 2020

Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition - PlayStation 4 Review
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition - PlayStation 4 Review

Dragon Quest XI S is a near unrivaled masterpiece, one I wish I could erase my memory of and re-experience for the first time.

review by Cullen Black on 01 December, 2020

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy Interview - Talking Growth and Reflection with Junzo Hosoi
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy Interview - Talking Growth and Reflection with Junzo Hosoi

Ahead of the game's release, we had a chance to speak with Gust's Brand Manager about the series growing popularity worldwide.

interview by Cullen Black on 01 December, 2020

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy Preview
Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends and the Secret Fairy Preview

We had a chance to check out an early build of the upcoming game.

preview by Cullen Black on 01 December, 2020

moon Review
moon Review

After 23 years the cult classic "anti-RPG" moon is finally leaving Japan. Does it live up to it's legacy?

review by Cullen Black on 09 September, 2020

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Switch Review
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Switch Review

The Trails series makes an exciting return to portable consoles.

review by Cullen Black on 26 June, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Review
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Review

A modern classic reborn on Nintendo Switch, this is the best version of the best game from Monolith Soft.

review by Cullen Black on 27 May, 2020

War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Preview
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Preview

War of the Visions leaves a good impression, but its staying power is uncertain.

preview by Cullen Black on 20 March, 2020

Persona 5 Royal Review
Persona 5 Royal Review

Persona 5 Royal isn’t just my favorite Atlus re-release, it might just be my new favorite Atlus game of all time.

review by Cullen Black on 17 March, 2020

Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack Review
Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack Review

The best way to play the best Atelier games to date, now on a system you actually own!

review by Cullen Black on 12 February, 2020

Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace Review
Steins;Gate: My Darling's Embrace Review

This light-hearted spin-off of Steins;Gate offers fans something they never knew they wanted.

review by Cullen Black on 11 February, 2020

Hands-On with the Steins;Gate 0 on Nintendo Switch
Hands-On with the Steins;Gate 0 on Nintendo Switch

Steins;Gate's divisive sequel finally hits the switch, but this port didn't make the transition entirely unscathed.

feature by Cullen Black on 11 February, 2020

YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World Review
YU-NO: A Girl Who Chants Love at the Bound of this World Review

The remake of the incredibly innovative 1996 classic has finally come west, but sadly doesn't live up to its tremendous legacy.

review by Cullen Black on 03 February, 2020

Decade Memoir #4: Cullen Black - NieR
Decade Memoir #4: Cullen Black - NieR

Expectations were subverted time and time again these past 10 years, but few did it as well as Yoko Taro with NieR, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.

feature by Cullen Black on 28 December, 2019

Conception PLUS: Maidens of the Twelve Stars Review
Conception PLUS: Maidens of the Twelve Stars Review

Spike Chunsoft's latest revival of their old PSP dungeon crawler/dating sim hybrid unfortunately ends up unmemorable despite it's incredibly outrageous premise.

review by Cullen Black on 19 November, 2019

Disgaea 4 Complete + Review
Disgaea 4 Complete + Review

Another great and content-packed SPRG lands on modern platforms.

review by Cullen Black on 25 October, 2019

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