Reviews by Josh Torres

Valkyrie Elysium Review
Valkyrie Elysium Review

While the combat to this Valkyrie Profile action RPG spin-off is top notch, the rest of the game ranges from mediocre to merely serviceable.

review by Josh Torres on 28 September, 2022

Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness Review
Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness Review

Although it has some interesting ideas as a survival action RPG, Binary Star Falling into Darkness will primarily appeal to hardcore Made in Abyss fans and offer very little to newcomers.

review by Josh Torres on 07 September, 2022

SD Gundam Battle Alliance Review
SD Gundam Battle Alliance Review

Artdink's first Gundam game in a decade is surprisingly a challenge as a purely solo experience, and playing with others may make this action RPG shine despite its handful of flaws.

review by Josh Torres on 24 August, 2022

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review
Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Review

Between an exceptionally well-written cast, a deeply satisfying combat system, and an amazing adventure that remarkably earns its very long run time, Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is a JRPG masterpiece.

review by Josh Torres on 26 July, 2022

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story Review
The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story Review

This high-budget FMV Japanese mystery adventure is an exceptional game in almost every way, but its tedious "gameplay" sections are its largest Achilles' heel.

review by Josh Torres on 14 May, 2022

Lost Judgment: The Kaito Files Story Expansion DLC Review
Lost Judgment: The Kaito Files Story Expansion DLC Review

Kaito's solo adventure is a thrilling side story to Lost Judgment and explores a new side to Yagami's sidekick with a new, compelling storyline.

review by Josh Torres on 31 March, 2022

Relayer Review
Relayer Review

With a compelling ensemble and intriguing world to build off of, Relayer has the building blocks of a promising new IP, but too many key flaws hold it back from being truly great.

review by Josh Torres on 21 March, 2022

Super Robot Wars 30 Review
Super Robot Wars 30 Review

It only took 30 years, but a brand-new mainline SRW with a nice handful of recognizable anime IPs got an official worldwide simultaneous release and, it's pretty damn good.

review by Josh Torres on 21 December, 2021

Lost Judgment Review
Lost Judgment Review

Detective Yagami's second adventure in RGG Studio's Yakuza spin-off series is a fantastic improvement over its predecessor in nearly every single way, positioning itself as one of the strongest games from them yet.

review by Josh Torres on 16 September, 2021

Dodgeball Academia Review
Dodgeball Academia Review

Brazilian indie studio Pocket Trap captures the creative spirit of 90's cartoons in this odd marriage between the sport of dodgeball and traditional RPGs.

review by Josh Torres on 19 August, 2021

Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster Review
Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster Review

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne is a fantastic RPG, but its remaster does the bare minimum to get a passing grade compared to other modern remasters of classics.

review by Josh Torres on 18 May, 2021

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

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