Reviews by Cullen Black

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AI: The Somnium Files Review
AI: The Somnium Files Review

AI: The Somnium Files is a surreal new murder mystery game by Kotaro Uchikoshi, and might just be his finest work yet.

review by Cullen Black on 18 September, 2019

Grandia HD Collection Review
Grandia HD Collection Review

The highly anticipated remaster of the first two Grandia games is finally out, but did it live up to expectations?

review by Cullen Black on 20 August, 2019