Features by James Galizio

Strangers of Paradise's DLC is a lesson for how not to design DLC for your game
Strangers of Paradise's DLC is a lesson for how not to design DLC for your game

Trials of the Dragon King offers a frustrating experience for anyone not already accustomed to the game's higher difficulties

feature by James Galizio on 07 August, 2022

 Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak's endgame stumbles at the finish line
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak's endgame stumbles at the finish line

Despite how great Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is, it trips itself up at the end

feature by James Galizio on 19 July, 2022

Espinas coming to Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is a major deal, and here's why
Espinas coming to Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is a major deal, and here's why

With the first Monster Hunter: Frontier monster added to the mainline series since the PSP, Espinas could be the first of many new monsters to come

feature by James Galizio on 17 June, 2022

Final Fantasy XIV's Housing situation is (still) a depressing mess, and it deserves better
Final Fantasy XIV's Housing situation is (still) a depressing mess, and it deserves better

Player Housing continues to be a blemish on Final Fantasy XIV, and everyone deserves better

feature by James Galizio on 07 June, 2022

The best mods for Monster Hunter Rise on PC
The best mods for Monster Hunter Rise on PC

Monster Hunter Rise's PC port is already fantastic, but modders have spent the last several months improving it even further.

feature by James Galizio on 31 May, 2022

The Best RPGs Playable on Steam Deck
The Best RPGs Playable on Steam Deck

Valve's new PC handheld is a wonderful way to play a large variety of Steam's RPGs, and we're here to highlight some of the best.

feature by James Galizio on 14 June, 2022

Monochrome Mobius’ Worldwide Release is a dream come true, yet console players are left in a nightmare
Monochrome Mobius’ Worldwide Release is a dream come true, yet console players are left in a nightmare

As great as it is that Utawarerumono fans will be able to play the game in English day-and-date on PC, it's impossible to ignore the elephant in the room

feature by James Galizio on 10 May, 2022

Stranger of Paradise's Jack Garland is more than an angry man - he's one of the series' best protagonists
Stranger of Paradise's Jack Garland is more than an angry man - he's one of the series' best protagonists

Memes aside, Final Fantasy Origin's Jack Garland offers far more than just a short temper

feature by James Galizio on 24 April, 2022

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 feels like more than a simple update
Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.1 feels like more than a simple update

The critically-acclaimed MMO's latest patch brings a host of additions and changes to the game, and we're all here for it

feature by James Galizio on 21 April, 2022

Getting to battle Arceus in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is a childhood dream fulfilled
Getting to battle Arceus in Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is a childhood dream fulfilled

After so many years, the Azure Flute event has finally been realized - and with it, a part of James' childhood.

feature by James Galizio on 29 March, 2022

Branching Path: James Galizio's Top 10 Games of 2021
Branching Path: James Galizio's Top 10 Games of 2021

2021 was perhaps a slower year for AAA game releases, but James still had plenty of games to engage with.

feature by James Galizio on 01 January, 2022

Kuro no Kiseki ushers in a new dawn for the Trails series
Kuro no Kiseki ushers in a new dawn for the Trails series

The Republic of Calvard sets the stage for a fresh and new arc for The Legend of Heroes

feature by James Galizio on 11 November, 2021

Hajimari no Kiseki is the steadying step forward that Trails needed
Hajimari no Kiseki is the steadying step forward that Trails needed

Hajimari no Kiseki doesn't right the issues I had with Trails of Cold Steel IV, but it reignited my excitement for the series' future.

feature by James Galizio on 25 September, 2021

New Pokémon Snap's Free Update makes me long for the game we could've had
New Pokémon Snap's Free Update makes me long for the game we could've had

New Pokémon Snap was a good game with a whole host of issues, and the free update has only solidified my thoughts on how the game could've been better.

feature by James Galizio on 16 August, 2021

Casual Mode: Fuga - Melodies of Steel
Casual Mode: Fuga - Melodies of Steel

The latest entry in CyberConnect2's Little Tail Bronx series.

feature by James Galizio on 28 July, 2021

Soul Sacrifice was the best new Sony IP of the last generation, and it deserved better
Soul Sacrifice was the best new Sony IP of the last generation, and it deserved better

Not every game gets its day in the sun, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be remembered

feature by James Galizio on 18 July, 2021

Final Fantasy V's Job System is Amazing, But its Story and Worldbuilding are its Soul
Final Fantasy V's Job System is Amazing, But its Story and Worldbuilding are its Soul

Final Fantasy V's story and characters are underrated, and James tells us why.

feature by James Galizio on 18 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

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

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

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

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

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

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