Reviews by Josh Torres

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... Review
NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... Review

Vastly enhanced visuals, a slicker battle system, new content, better performance, and other smart additions makes this the definitive version of what once was a diamond in the rough.

review by Josh Torres on 22 April, 2021

Gnosia Review
Gnosia Review

Petit Depotto's unconventional, social deduction RPG is outstanding; it encapsulates the best features of what time travel stories can offer by letting players fully experience the burden of a time traveler themselves.

review by Josh Torres on 13 March, 2021

Neptunia Virtual Stars Review
Neptunia Virtual Stars Review

Neptune and her friends return for yet another spin-off in the Neptunia series; their dive into the world of Vtubers is a dull and unremarkable experience unfortunately.

review by Josh Torres on 01 March, 2021

Persona 5 Strikers Review
Persona 5 Strikers Review

This spin-off from Koei Tecmo and Omega Force is easily several levels above the usual Musou-flavored licensed game and serves as a fantastic follow-up to Persona 5.

review by Josh Torres on 09 February, 2021

Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Review
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Review

Adol Christin's latest adventure stands out from the rest of the Ys games with a narratively darker tone and some of the best sidequests in the entire series yet.

review by Josh Torres on 29 January, 2021

Haven Review
Haven Review

Built for local co-op with a significant other in mind, Haven is a pleasant experience with some severe narrative downfalls.

review by Josh Torres on 05 December, 2020

Demon's Souls (2020) Review
Demon's Souls (2020) Review

Beautifully remade from the ground up, Bluepoint's visual reinterpretation of FromSoftware's 11-year-old classic is a powerful launch title that brings excitement into the generation to come.

review by Josh Torres on 23 November, 2020

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Review
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin Review

Japanese indie game developer Edelweiss has put a lot of heart into this long-awaited game, but some key flaws hinder this charming title.

review by Josh Torres on 09 November, 2020

Yakuza: Like A Dragon Review
Yakuza: Like A Dragon Review

With a new battle system and new main character, Yakuza: Like A Dragon aims to be a new entry point to Yakuza newcomers even though it is anything but that.

review by Josh Torres on 04 November, 2020

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Review
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim Review

Vanillaware's latest title is an utterly compelling journey and its unconventional structure is an astounding achievement for storytelling in video games that should be celebrated and commemorated.

review by Josh Torres on 15 September, 2020

Sakura Wars (2019) Review
Sakura Wars (2019) Review

The long dormant series returns with a brand-new cast and modern advancements to the Sakura Wars series formula that make for a promising reboot, despite some noteworthy missteps.

review by Josh Torres on 27 April, 2020

Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story Review
Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story Review

Way of the Samurai returns with a smaller, more restrained, spin-off title that's an interesting experiment of how it would fare as an isometric roguelite, yet it never manages to capitalize on its ambitious gameplay systems.

review by Josh Torres on 21 February, 2020

Little Town Hero Review
Little Town Hero Review

Game Freak's newest project is an adorable game that's marred by severe optimization and gameplay balance issues.

review by Josh Torres on 16 October, 2019

Indivisible Review
Indivisible Review

Lab Zero's crowdfunded Valkyrie Profile-inspired RPG has finally released and the result is a brilliant game filled with personality and heart.

review by Josh Torres on 07 October, 2019

Astral Chain Review
Astral Chain Review

The latest hit from PlatinumGames is an ambitious action adventure game that largely succeeds in many ways, though it's juggling so many aspects that some fall through the cracks.

review by Josh Torres on 29 August, 2019

Oninaki Review
Oninaki Review

Tokyo RPG Factory's newest game has a lot of great ideas on paper, but never manages to fully realize them.

review by Josh Torres on 21 August, 2019

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Review

It's been a hot minute since the Kickstarter for Koji Igarashi's new game wrapped up and Castlevania fans have a good reason to celebrate on how this turned out.

review by Josh Torres on 03 July, 2019

SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Review
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Review

Image & Form's latest SteamWorld entry dips its toes into the realm of RPGs as it delightfully integrates a deck-building card game into a turn-based RPG.

review by Josh Torres on 23 April, 2019

Fate/Extella Link Review
Fate/Extella Link Review

Despite a shorter campaign, Fate/Extella Link feels considerably better to play than Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star with some great gameplay improvements and smart quality-of-life features.

review by Josh Torres on 19 March, 2019

Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Review
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country Review

This return to the world of Alrest is an excellent supplement to an already incredible game that shines a light on the remaining mysteries in Xenoblade Chronicles 2.

review by Josh Torres on 14 September, 2018

428: Shibuya Scramble Review
428: Shibuya Scramble Review

Inventive, thrilling and brilliantly executed, 428: Shibuya Scramble is a masterpiece of the visual novel genre.

review by Josh Torres on 03 September, 2018

Death's Gambit Review
Death's Gambit Review

For all of its striking visuals and sophisticated animation work, Death's Gambit suffers a bit of an identity crisis among fundamental control flaws.

review by Josh Torres on 27 August, 2018

Octopath Traveler Review
Octopath Traveler Review

Octopath Traveler is an excellent game, but the elasticity of its structure proves to be the one unassailable hurdle between it and becoming a classic in its own right.

review by Josh Torres on 12 July, 2018

New Gundam Breaker Review
New Gundam Breaker Review

The weird need to reinvent itself onto a competitive format has damaged this newest Gundam game every step of the way.

review by Josh Torres on 25 June, 2018

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Review

Riddled with extremely tedious design decisions and frustrating technical hiccups, not even a believing heart can save this trainwreck.

review by Josh Torres on 02 June, 2018

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