Articles by Josh Torres

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

Astral Chain Hands-on: Seven Things I’m Loving in the First Seven Hours
Astral Chain Hands-on: Seven Things I’m Loving in the First Seven Hours

PlatinumGames's bizarre adventure has been a thrilling ride so far. Here are seven neat little touches I've been enjoying in the final build of the game.

preview by Josh Torres on 17 August, 2019

Cygames and Granblue Fantasy: Anime Expo 2019 Interview with the Producer and Director
Cygames and Granblue Fantasy: Anime Expo 2019 Interview with the Producer and Director

With a brand-new console RPG and a fighting game developed by Arc System Works, we learn more about Cygames's current and upcoming Granblue projects.

feature by Josh Torres on 06 July, 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

Fate/Grand Order USA Tour 2019: An Interview with Creative Producer Yosuke Shiokawa
Fate/Grand Order USA Tour 2019: An Interview with Creative Producer Yosuke Shiokawa

Shiokawa's thoughts on the FGO USA Tour kick-off and a brief bit on one of the big controversies in FGO's English release.

feature by Josh Torres on 26 February, 2019

Anthem post-campaign impressions: BioWare's looter shooter RPG has an identity crisis
Anthem post-campaign impressions: BioWare's looter shooter RPG has an identity crisis

BioWare dips their toes into the loot shooter genre and it makes a poor first impression in its "soft-launch" window.

feature by Josh Torres on 18 February, 2019

Branching Path: Josh Torres’s Top 10 Games of 2018
Branching Path: Josh Torres’s Top 10 Games of 2018

It's time to bid 2018 farewell, but I'll be taking its games with me.

feature by Josh Torres on 29 December, 2018

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

Fate/Grand Order: Anime Expo 2018 Interview with the Creative Producer and Voice Actors
Fate/Grand Order: Anime Expo 2018 Interview with the Creative Producer and Voice Actors

Some new insight, details, and information on Fate/Grand Order's English release as it celebrates its 1st anniversary this year.

interview by Josh Torres on 08 July, 2018

Octopath Traveler Hands-on Preview: A Stunning Return to a Bygone Era of RPGs
Octopath Traveler Hands-on Preview: A Stunning Return to a Bygone Era of RPGs

We spent several hours with Switch's next big JRPG and it's looking to be something incredibly special.

preview by Josh Torres on 06 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

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Interview - Developing the true sequel to the first Valkyria Chronicles
Valkyria Chronicles 4 Interview - Developing the true sequel to the first Valkyria Chronicles

We met up with Kei Mikami, Valkyria Chronicles 4's producer, at E3 2018 and had a lengthy chat about VC4's development, Steam version, and the future of the Valkyria series.

interview by Josh Torres on 18 June, 2018

Super Neptunia RPG Hands-On Impressions from E3 2018
Super Neptunia RPG Hands-On Impressions from E3 2018

An extensive hands-on at the first western-developed Neptunia game!

preview by Josh Torres on 15 June, 2018

Fate/Extella Link Hands-On Impressions from E3 2018
Fate/Extella Link Hands-On Impressions from E3 2018

A first-look at the sequel to Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star.

preview by Josh Torres on 13 June, 2018

Wander around the world with this new Octopath Traveler Trailer
Wander around the world with this new Octopath Traveler Trailer

Another glance at the Switch title before it releases in July.

news by Josh Torres on 11 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

Tetracast - Episode 107: No Siesta for this Sega Fiesta
Tetracast - Episode 107: No Siesta for this Sega Fiesta

Sakura-san~ Sakura-saaan~ ahahahaha~~

news by Josh Torres on 15 April, 2018

Tetracast - Episode 106: Cheat Engine, Set Loot Crate Slider to Zero
Tetracast - Episode 106: Cheat Engine, Set Loot Crate Slider to Zero

We've accepted that we'll never play a complete version of FFXV in our lifetimes.

news by Josh Torres on 08 April, 2018

Tetracast - Episode 105: Guard Stance Relationship Building
Tetracast - Episode 105: Guard Stance Relationship Building

The Alliance Alive blocks our path in this episode, so we make a detour into developing our social links with gunpla.

news by Josh Torres on 01 April, 2018

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