Author: Erroll Maas

New Games to Cool You Off This Summer: Summer in Mara

For this edition of New Games to Cool You Off This Summer, we’re coming up and out from the ocean and on to some tropical islands in developer Chibig’s new title: Summer in Mara, enjoying everything that comes with a relaxing island life. Summer in Mara is a life sim in the vein of Animal […]

New Games To Help Cool You Off This Summer Part 1: Beyond Blue

Summer is known for its warm weather, vacationing, and beach time fun, but maybe something is preventing you from enjoying everything this joyous season brings with it. Whether you’re stuck because there’s still a global pandemic going on, because you live in an area without those Summer staples, or just because you may not be […]

The Kaiju Influence in Pokémon

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield have been consistently mentioned in video game-related news as of late. Between the Pokémon Company and Niantic both coming out in support of Black Lives Matter and donating a substantial amount of money, the announcement  that 2019 was the Pokémon Company’s second-biggest year in terms of profit with a 14.8 […]

The Origins of Hideki Kamiya’s “Hero Trilogy” (and Where to Watch Them)

Known for making a handful of great games, Hideki Kamiya has become a well-known name among the gaming world. From Resident Evil 2 to Devil May Cry, Okami, Bayonetta, and more; when Kamiya is on staff, you know you’re in for a good time. Hideki Kamiya has also created what he calls the “Hero Trilogy,” […]

Dark Clouds Ahead?: A Level-5 Retrospective Part 3

This is the third and final part of my retrospective on Japanese game developer Level-5, which I hope is now the most detailed history of the developer available in English. Make sure to read part 1 and part 2 if you haven’t yet. Level-5 Helps Publish A Collection of Smaller Titles on Nintendo 3DS In […]

Dark Clouds Ahead?: A Level-5 Retrospective Part 2

This is the second part of my three-part retrospective series on Japanese game developer Level-5. You can go back and read the first part where I cover the founding of the studio and the first games they worked on here. Professor Layton, Level-5’s First Independent Project In the mid-2000s, after the release of the Nintendo […]

Dark Clouds Ahead? A Level-5 Retrospective Part 1

Level-5, the developer behind a ton of games since the turn of the millennium, has seemingly been in a weird spot in the past few years. Having reached its 20th anniversary in 2018, with characters appearing in other games, and still releasing new games in popular series like Ni no Kuni and Professor Layton, and […]

We Should Be Excited for the Return of Apricorns in Pokémon Sword & Shield

Recently, GameFreak announced that Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be receiving two DLC expansions in 2020 including two new areas of the Galar region. These will include new Pokémon, new Gigantamax and Galarian forms, and over 200 Pokémon from past generations previously not included in the eighth generation games. One feature for these expansions […]

The Campaign in the New Yu-Gi-Oh! Game is Missing Some Things

As a big fan of Yu-Gi-Oh! Ever since the anime and card game first came to North America in 2002, I was overjoyed when I found out that Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution would be getting a western release as well as the first physical release in eight years. I was even lucky […]

My Journey for Portable Dragon Quest

Now that it’s time for both old and new fans alike to get their hands on Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition, I thought I’d share more about how the original game increased my enjoyment of the main series. I’ve managed to become quite a big fan of the series […]