Reviews by James Galizio

Fantasian Review
Fantasian Review

Fantasian is a wonderful JRPG, even though the difficulty feels out of pace with the rest of the experience.

review by James Galizio on 28 August, 2021

Death's Door Review
Death's Door Review

Death's Door's blend of excellent pacing, an engaging combat system, and a haunting aesthetic help elevate it among its peers.

review by James Galizio on 06 August, 2021

Fuga: Melodies of Steel Review
Fuga: Melodies of Steel Review

CyberConnect2's first self-published work delivers, hopefully setting the tone for a bright new future for the company.

review by James Galizio on 28 July, 2021

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Review
The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Review

The Great Ace Attorney is the series at its very best, elevating the series to new heights.

review by James Galizio on 26 July, 2021

Monster Hunter Stories 2 Review
Monster Hunter Stories 2 Review

Monster Hunter Stories 2 manages to improve upon nearly every aspect of the original game, though some lingering issues continue to hold the series back from true greatness.

review by James Galizio on 07 July, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dragon Marked for Death (Steam) Review
Dragon Marked for Death (Steam) Review

Over a year since our initial review, Dragon Marked for Death makes the jump to PC alongside all of its updates. How does the game stack up on PC?

review by James Galizio on 20 May, 2020

Hero must die. again Review
Hero must die. again Review

Pyramid and G-Modes deconstruction of the JRPG genre offers a unique take on a fantasy world after a demon threat has been reduced, and manages to stick the landing with its unique mechanics.

review by James Galizio on 26 February, 2020

Arc of Alchemist Review
Arc of Alchemist Review

Idea Factory's latest release stretches the limits of what can be called a playable videogame.

review by James Galizio on 01 February, 2020

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception/Mask of Truth (Steam) Review
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception/Mask of Truth (Steam) Review

Utawarerumono finally returns to PC, with ports of the titles previously published by Atlus on PS4 and Vita. How do the ports stack up?

review by James Galizio on 22 January, 2020

Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Steam) Review
Dragon Quest Builders 2 (Steam) Review

Square Enix have delivered a mostly solid port for the fantastic Dragon Quest Builders 2.

review by James Galizio on 05 January, 2020

SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions Review
SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions Review

Akitoshi Kawazu and Square Enix have crafted one of the most innovative RPGs in years, and players owe it to themselves to check it out.

review by James Galizio on 12 December, 2019

Pokemon Sword & Shield Review
Pokemon Sword & Shield Review

Pokemon Sword and Shield gives us but a glimpse of what a proper home console Pokemon could look like, and not much more.

review by James Galizio on 19 November, 2019

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