Articles by Cullen Black

Persona 5 Royal: How do the Switch, Xbox, and PC versions stack up?
Persona 5 Royal: How do the Switch, Xbox, and PC versions stack up?

We check in on just how good the new Xbox, PC, and Switch versions of Persona 5 Royal in this port report.

feature by James Galizio and Cullen Black on 17 October, 2022

Nier Automata for Switch is a miracle port
Nier Automata for Switch is a miracle port

Nier Automata on Switch feels like it shouldn't exist. But it does - and it not only works, it works well.

feature by Cullen Black on 30 September, 2022

AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative Review
AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative Review

As a follow-up to a 2019 cult classic adventure game, this surprise sequel is full of heart and blows past expectations.

review by Cullen Black on 22 June, 2022

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is the full package - Preview
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is the full package - Preview

With a likeable new character and interesting twist on Three Houses, this spinoff is shaping up to be promising.

preview by Cullen Black on 08 June, 2022

No surprise, the .hack//G.U. Last Recode Switch port is pretty great
No surprise, the .hack//G.U. Last Recode Switch port is pretty great

Bandai Namco has another solid re-release on Switch.

feature by Cullen Black on 03 May, 2022

How Chrono Cross connects to Trigger: What happened to the CT cast and how the games are related
How Chrono Cross connects to Trigger: What happened to the CT cast and how the games are related

Chrono Cross is a sequel - but only loosely. Dig in, however, and you can find deep connections to Chrono Trigger - and the fate of its beloved cast.

feature by Alex Donaldson and Cullen Black on 06 April, 2022

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition Review
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition Review

The Radical Dreamers Edition brings back two classics for the first time since their debut, but the Switch version leaves a lot to be desired.

review by Cullen Black on 05 April, 2022

Chocobo GP Review
Chocobo GP Review

While the racing itself is solid enough, limitations on multiplayer and strange monetization gimmicks hold this cart racer back.

review by Cullen Black on 17 March, 2022

Triangle Strategy Review
Triangle Strategy Review

While its tactical combat is wonderful, issues with the branching narrative and morality systems hold Triangle Strategy back from true greatness.

review by Cullen Black on 03 March, 2022

Kingdom Hearts' Cloud Ports on Switch: Far from an "Integrum Masterpiece"
Kingdom Hearts' Cloud Ports on Switch: Far from an "Integrum Masterpiece"

The Kingdom Hearts series has made its way to Switch, but not as expected.

feature by Cullen Black on 16 February, 2022

The Good Life Review
The Good Life Review

Despite an interesting setting, tedious gameplay and poor performance makes The Good Life a disappointing outing for Swery.

review by Cullen Black on 11 January, 2022

NEO: The World Ends With You Interview - Discussing creation and localization with the team behind the revived cult classic
NEO: The World Ends With You Interview - Discussing creation and localization with the team behind the revived cult classic

We got a chance to ask some questions to both the development and localization staff for this unexpected sequel to a cult-classic

interview by Adam Vitale and Cullen Black on 16 December, 2021

Disco Elysium - The Final Cut on Switch: Existential brilliance on the go
Disco Elysium - The Final Cut on Switch: Existential brilliance on the go

ZA/UM's masterpiece finally goes portable, and it's quite impressive.

feature by Cullen Black on 11 October, 2021

Disco Elysium - The Final Cut releasing on Nintendo Switch October 12
Disco Elysium - The Final Cut releasing on Nintendo Switch October 12

The Final Cut of the critically acclaimed RPG finally goes portable.

news by Cullen Black on 24 September, 2021

Actraiser Renaissance now available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam, and Mobile
Actraiser Renaissance now available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Steam, and Mobile

The Quintent cult classic, Actraiser, made a surprise appearance in Nintendo's latest Direct.

news by Cullen Black on 24 September, 2021

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

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