Articles by James Galizio

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

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

Sakura Wars Preview
Sakura Wars Preview

Sakura Wars returns to the west, and we had the chance to sit down and check it out.

preview by James Galizio on 23 March, 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

Langrisser I & II (Nintendo Switch) Preview
Langrisser I & II (Nintendo Switch) Preview

The classic Tactial RPG duology's remake releases just next month, and we had the chance to sit down and give it a whirl.

preview by James Galizio on 15 February, 2020

Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta Test Impressions
Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta Test Impressions

The MMO that the west never got is finally coming over, 8 years later - but is it looking worth the wait?

preview by James Galizio on 11 February, 2020

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Nintendo Switch) Preview
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (Nintendo Switch) Preview

NIS America have ported Trails of Cold Steel III to Nintendo Switch, and we recently got the chance to sit down and play the new port.

preview by James Galizio on 07 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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