Reviews by James Galizio

Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Review
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Review

Beneath all the jank and technical disaster, there's a Pokemon game that deserved better.

review by James Galizio on 25 November, 2022

Little Noah: Scion of Paradise Review
Little Noah: Scion of Paradise Review

Cygames' roguelite action romp offers a compelling take on the genre, that's perfect for beginners to grit their teeth on.

review by James Galizio on 23 July, 2022

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Review
Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Review

While not quite perfect, Sunbreak confidently brings all of Monster Hunter Rise's best ideas to the next level.

review by James Galizio on 29 June, 2022

The Cruel King and the Great Hero review
The Cruel King and the Great Hero review

Despite all its charm, The Cruel King and the Great Hero is hard to recommend.

review by James Galizio on 29 March, 2022

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Review
Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Review

Endwalker concludes Final Fantasy XIV's decade-long story - and what a story it has been.

review by James Galizio on 06 January, 2022

Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi Review
Undernauts: Labyrinth of Yomi Review

Undernauts offers a nearly perfect entry point for folks looking to get into DRPGs.

review by James Galizio on 16 December, 2021

Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Review
Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl Review

Pokemon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl bring Generation IV to Switch, warts and all - along with a new set of strengths and weaknesses.

review by James Galizio on 29 November, 2021

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

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