Features by James Galizio

How the Monster Hunter community gaslit itself for over a decade
How the Monster Hunter community gaslit itself for over a decade

Deviljho has always been known for being able to eat its own tail - but then the community tried to verify it.

feature by James Galizio on 13 November, 2022

The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails is 2023's JRPG that should be on everyone's radar
The Legend of Nayuta: Boundless Trails is 2023's JRPG that should be on everyone's radar

Nihon Falcom's PSP classic finally sees release in the west next year, and players have a lot to look forward to

feature by James Galizio on 03 November, 2022

Final Fantasy XIV's new Variant Dungeons are the best new content Endwalker has added yet
Final Fantasy XIV's new Variant Dungeons are the best new content Endwalker has added yet

The game's newest 4-player content feels fresh in all the right ways

feature by James Galizio on 01 November, 2022

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

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak's Title Update 2 doesn't shatter any expectations, but that's okay
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak's Title Update 2 doesn't shatter any expectations, but that's okay

Title Update 2 doesn't add as much to the game as the first one in August, yet it's still a welcome addition to the game.

feature by James Galizio on 02 October, 2022

15 years later, Distant Worlds still delivers the passion behind Final Fantasy's iconic music
15 years later, Distant Worlds still delivers the passion behind Final Fantasy's iconic music

Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy Coral continues the series' long line of world-class orchestral concerts, with the passion still in tow

feature by James Galizio on 01 October, 2022

Choosing which version of Trails from Zero to buy is an overcomplicated mess
Choosing which version of Trails from Zero to buy is an overcomplicated mess

What should be a simple decision for Trails fans is anything but, thanks to some curious version differences

feature by James Galizio on 06 September, 2022

Final Fantasy XIV 6.2 has been the best patch to be a raider
Final Fantasy XIV 6.2 has been the best patch to be a raider

For those of us tackling hardcore raids, Final Fantasy XIV patch 6.2 has been a godsend for actually being able to enjoy the game

feature by James Galizio on 01 September, 2022

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak's 1st Title Update Fixes (almost) all of its Endgame issues
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak's 1st Title Update Fixes (almost) all of its Endgame issues

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak's first major update lays an excellent foundation for the support to come.

feature by James Galizio on 30 August, 2022

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 08 November, 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

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