Articles by James Galizio

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is Nioh for Final Fantasy Fans, and I Think That's Great
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is Nioh for Final Fantasy Fans, and I Think That's Great

Team Ninja's Nioh-infused Final Fantasy spinoff is finally playable with its limited-time trial, but how does it stack up?

preview by James Galizio on 16 June, 2021

What exactly is the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Series? Here's what we've managed to find out
What exactly is the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Series? Here's what we've managed to find out

Square Enix announced new versions for Final Fantasy I through VI - but what are these versions based off of, or are they entirely new? We've analyzed the trailer to figure out what we can.

feature by James Galizio on 14 June, 2021

New Pokemon Snap Review
New Pokemon Snap Review

New Pokemon Snap is (almost) just more of the same, but it's those small changes that hold it back from true greatness.

review by James Galizio on 14 May, 2021

Famicom Detective Club (2021) Review
Famicom Detective Club (2021) Review

Over 3 decades after the Famicom Disk System original's release, the west has finally received Famicom Detective Club and its sequel. How do the remakes hold up in 2021?

review by James Galizio on 12 May, 2021

Kingdom Hearts III (PC) Review
Kingdom Hearts III (PC) Review

Kingdom Hearts has finally made its way to PC, courtesy of the Epic Games Store. Here's how the latest RPG in the series manages the transition to the platform.

review by James Galizio on 07 May, 2021

Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth Review
Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth Review

Team Ladybug's latest title is still worth your time, but pales in comparison to their earlier works.

review by James Galizio on 06 April, 2021

Koei Tecmo announces Blue Reflection: Second Light for PS4, Switch, and PC; Blue Reflection: Sun for mobile & PC
Koei Tecmo announces Blue Reflection: Second Light for PS4, Switch, and PC; Blue Reflection: Sun for mobile & PC

Part of a cross-media project with the upcoming Blue Reflection Ray anime series.

news by Adam Vitale and James Galizio on 28 March, 2021

Monster Hunter Rise Review
Monster Hunter Rise Review

Monster Hunter Rise proves that Monster Hunter World's success wasn't merely a fluke, but the circumstances surrounding its development are clear.

review by James Galizio on 23 March, 2021

I Hate That I Can't Talk About Why I Love Labyrinth of Galleria
I Hate That I Can't Talk About Why I Love Labyrinth of Galleria

One of games storytelling's greatest strengths can also be its greatest curse; James extols about these complicated feelings with Labyrinth of Galleria.

feature by James Galizio on 09 February, 2021

Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen (Steam) Review
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen (Steam) Review

Shiravune have followed up on 2020's Steam releases for Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception/Truth, completing the trilogy on PC.

review by James Galizio on 25 January, 2021

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

Atelier Ryza 2 expands upon the first games formula in some smart ways, and improves upon nearly every aspect of its design.

review by James Galizio on 26 January, 2021

If you want to play the original Final Fantasy today, you should do it on NES
If you want to play the original Final Fantasy today, you should do it on NES

While later releases of the game have ironed out many of its faults, some of the changes to the PSP/Mobile release actively hamper the original game design.

feature by James Galizio on 15 January, 2021

Branching Path: James Galizio's Top 10 Games of 2020
Branching Path: James Galizio's Top 10 Games of 2020

James played a little bit of everything this year.

feature by James Galizio on 31 December, 2020

Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack Review
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack Review

The latest Taiko no Tatsujin delivers what it sells on the tin, but little else.

review by James Galizio on 12 December, 2020

Branching Path - 10 Minutes of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2's Adventure Mode
Branching Path - 10 Minutes of Puyo Puyo Tetris 2's Adventure Mode

SEGA's latest cross-over of blobs and blocks sports an RPG-like progression system for its new Skill Battles mode, and we've had a sneak peek of what to expect.

feature by James Galizio on 16 November, 2020

Pokemon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass (Isle of Armor/The Crown Tundra) Review
Pokemon Sword & Shield Expansion Pass (Isle of Armor/The Crown Tundra) Review

Although it may come at an additional cost, Pokemon Sword & Shield's Expansion Pass has salvaged the games for this fan.

review by James Galizio on 01 November, 2020

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Review
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Review

Cold Steel IV finally ends the "Phantasmal Blaze Plan" arc for the series after nearly a decade, for better or worse.

review by James Galizio on 23 October, 2020

Romancing SaGa Re;Universe Impressions
Romancing SaGa Re;Universe Impressions

Romancing SaGa Re;Universe offers a compelling mobile SaGa experience, but it's impossible to ignore Square Enix's track record when it comes to mobile game releases.

preview by James Galizio on 12 October, 2020

Robotics;Notes Elite Review
Robotics;Notes Elite Review

Tanegashima offers a more relaxed adventure in the Science Adventure universe and is more than worth your time reading.

review by James Galizio on 06 October, 2020

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town PC Port Impressions
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town PC Port Impressions

After 17 years, the original Friends of Mineral Town has seen a remake - alongside a brand-new PC port for the western release.

feature by James Galizio on 08 July, 2020

Higurashi: When They Cry Review
Higurashi: When They Cry Review

After over half a decade of waiting, the Higurashi re-translation has finished - but how does the VN hold up?

review by James Galizio on 26 June, 2020

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Isle of Armor Impressions
Pokemon Sword and Shield - Isle of Armor Impressions

Breaking new ground, Pokemon eschews the traditional re-release for expansion DLC. But how did the first half of the expansion pass end up?

feature by James Galizio on 19 June, 2020

Xenoblade Chronicles X Deserves a Second Chance
Xenoblade Chronicles X Deserves a Second Chance

Xenoblade Chronicles X is the Wii U's last remaining RPG, and it's more than time for it to get a second chance on the Switch.

feature by James Galizio on 19 June, 2020

Vita Means Life - Looking Back on the PlayStation Vita
Vita Means Life - Looking Back on the PlayStation Vita

With NIS America's release of Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen, we have seen what might well be the last new PlayStation Vita RPG to release - we look back on the little handheld that could.

feature by James Galizio on 29 May, 2020

Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen Review
Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen Review

The entire Utawarerumono trilogy has now been localized, and NIS America has done the rest of the series' translations justice.

review by James Galizio on 22 May, 2020

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