Author: Jordan Bayes

FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD Fashionably Late Video Game Review

Square-Enix hit an undeniable rough path for several years. Starting with FINAL FANTASY XIII, each FINAL FANTASY title they released seemed to fall somewhere between passable and downright bad. Two sequels to a game that not a lot of people were enamored with Square had dug themselves into a rather large hole. With FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD, they’re doing their best to climb their way back out. FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD is not a perfect game. It is not Square’s savior in harsh times. It is however a completely competent FINAL FANTASY title that focuses on the harsh realities...

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FINAL FANTASY XIV: A REALM REBORN Fashionably Late Video Game Review

I can assuredly say that I have never heard of a company releasing a game of such poor quality before pulling a complete reversal to rerelease it as one of the best games in its genre. It seems absurd quite frankly. When FINAL FANTASY XIV originally released on PC, it was an absolute nightmare. Overly complicated combat, dull, repetitive environments throughout, and a development that sounds like utter hell; all of these are things associated with the original FINAL FANTASY XIV. “A REALM REBORN” has none of these issues. It is a shining example of how to take a...

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SUPER SMASH BROS. Wii U Fashionably Late Video Game Review (pre DLC)

When SUPER SMASH BROS. released on the 3DS I told everyone how fantastic I felt it was. The variety, the wealth of content and the nostalgia induced by the beloved characters as well as the SMASH BROS. franchise itself left me in a fit of total joy. “What could possibly top it,” I thought to myself. Apparently the answer to that question is simple. Only SUPER SMASH BROS. for the Wii U can top SUPER SMASH BROS. for the 3DS. Similar to the SMASH BROS. on 3DS, the Wii U version does away with the story mode of SUPER...

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THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA’S MASK 3D Fashionably Late Video Game Review

MAJORA’S MASK really sets itself apart from the rest of the ZELDA series right from the beginning. Finding Link exploring a spooky forest, only to be attacked by a stranger wearing the infamous Majora’s Mask itself, and almost immediately in a strange new body is disheartening. The entire world feels overbearing and creepy, and there is good reason for that. MAJORA’S MASK 3D is an experience greatly removed from franchise conventions, lending it an originality that will leave a lasting impression on the player, long after completing the game. MAJORA’S MASK’s story is one unlike any other game in...

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ATTACK ON TITAN Anime Series Review

Every decade or so there is an anime released that bridges the gap between hardcore anime viewers and people who don’t typically associate themselves with anime. It is an anime that becomes a breakout hit not just in Japan but in America as well. DRAGON BALL and SAILOR MOON did this in the 90’s. NARUTO and BLEACH did it in the 2000’s. As of 2014, it seems like that decade defining anime is going to be ATTACK ON TITAN. With fantastic visuals, animation quality that puts many shows to shame, and a plot that just begs you to dig...

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E3 2015: Square Enix Press Conference Impressions

Wrapping up a full couple of days of press conferences, Square Enix came out and had a pretty good showing with some big reveals. They kicked their show off with a new trailer full of gameplay for JUST CAUSE 3. The game looks to continue the absurd action that made the previous two games in the series stand out. Environments look massive and using the grappling hook to seamlessly leap from the ground to the air seems thrilling. The game will be launching on December 1, 2015 for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. Next up came an impressive...

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E3 2015: Sony Press Conference Impressions

After a day of long press conferences from most of the other major game publishers, Sony finished the day off with a bang. They didn’t start their presser off with just any game. They started things off with THE LAST GUARDIAN. Yeah, it actually exists and appeared in a lengthy demo. It appears to be a visually stylish puzzle/platformer where you’re co-navigating the terrain as both a young boy and the large bird/dog/cat creature. Puzzles seem to task you with knowing where to send the creature that can allow the boy to cross large areas while the boy has...

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HYRULE WARRIORS Video Game Review

When I think of video game series’ that are promoted to a rank above the rest, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA is one of the first to come to mind. The sense of wonder and adventure that it has instilled in the minds of millions is beyond what most games dream to achieve. With this in mind, the announcement of HYRULE WARRIORS was one of the most bizarre pieces of information I had ever heard. Combining THE LEGEND OF ZELDA with DYNASTY WARRIORS? It sounded like utter madness and not a game I would be interested in playing. Having finished...

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SUPER SMASH BROS. 3DS Review

  SMASH BROS. really is something special. It’s one of those games that has so much variety within a single mode that you can easily never touch the rest of the content and still feel entirely fulfilled. Many people have very fond memories of SMASH BROS. from their childhoods. It was something they would play late into the night trying to finally perfect their Pikachu game so they could show their friends just how good they were the next day. I can confirm that SUPER SMASH BROS. for the 3DS is an absolute blast to play and lives up...

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THE LAST OF US REMASTERED Video Game Review

From the first plucks of the guitar strings in the hauntingly beautiful score, you know THE LAST OF US is going to be something special. Going into THE LAST OF US REMASTERED having already completed the game on the PS3 I knew exactly what I was in for. This in no way, shape or form hindered my enjoyment of the game. In fact, it enhanced my enjoyment knowing to look for certain clues ahead of time to where the story would go. THE LAST OF US REMASTERED is a more beautiful version of the already nearly perfect experience you...

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Hidden Gems: BERSERK: GOLDEN AGE ARC TRILOGY

BERSERK, the dark fantasy epic by creator Kentaro Miura has been a masterfully crafted work since its conception in 1990. Published bi-weekly in Young Animal magazine in Japan, Miura has created a world and characters that are rife with complexity and diversity. When the GOLDEN AGE films were announced back in 2010 it is an understatement to say that I was ecstatic though also wary. BERSERK is far and away my favorite piece of entertainment ever created so there was a lot to live up to. I can confirm that I am definitely happy with how the films turned...

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WATCH DOGS Video Game Review

When WATCH DOGS was initially revealed at E3 2012 it was hailed as a new, innovative open-world game that was an indicator of what the next generation of video game consoles were possible of. Little did people know at the time that the end result would look considerably less flashy and end up not being quite as spectacular as they had thought. WATCH DOGS is a genuinely fun open-world game that remains entertaining while not living up to its lofty potential. WATCH DOGS is the story of Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker that suffers a loss in his family....

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JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: ALL-STAR BATTLE Video Game Review

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is a manga powerhouse in Japan. It has been published continuously since the 80’s, has over 100 volumes, and has led to two anime series, one of which is currently airing its second season. Its colorful cast of characters, distinct art style and, well, bizarre adventures have made it one of the more interesting series to never really catch on in America. That is until recently anyway. The currently airing anime has caught on to the degree in America where volumes of the manga are getting reprints, the rest of the series is going to start...

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E3 2014: SONY Press Conference Round-Up

Sony brought out its big guns this year during its E3 press conference and did so with confidence. Following a strong showing last year with the crowd on their side after bad decisions from Microsoft, Sony had to keep people on their side this year and make people feel like they were smart for believing in them the year before. PS4s have sold much more quickly than Xbox Ones, but does the software coming  justify those early purchases? All signs from the press conference point to yes… though they aren’t necessarily coming soon. Sony started off its conference this...

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DANGANRONPA: TRIGGER HAPPY HAVOC Video Game Review

I went into DANGANRONPA mostly unaware of what I had in store for myself. I had started watched the anime based on the game but stopped in the first episode because I wanted to experience everything first when I played the game. Boy was it the right choice. DANGANRONPA ended up being one of the most interesting murder mystery stories I have ever enjoyed and is a must buy for Vita owners. DANGANRONPA stars Makoto Naegi, an average teenager who has been invited to join Hope’s Peak Academy, the high school for the best of the best in every...

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FINAL FANTASY X & X-2 HD Collection Review

FINAL FANTASY X seemed like a new beginning for the FINAL FANTASY series when it released in 2001. Everything about it mesmerized me when I first laid eyes on it. The worn heroes gathered around a fire in a wasteland, the amazing score playing, setting the mood perfectly, the outstanding visuals with life-like characters, and for the first time in the series, voice acting. It was spellbinding and enough to draw in even gamers that weren’t fond of RPGs. After 13 years, FINAL FANTASY X and to a lesser degree it’s sequel FINAL FANTASY X-2 are just as glorious...

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METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES Video Game Review

The METAL GEAR series follows a long and complicated timeline. Beginning in 1964 and ending in 2018, understanding the complicated histories of the characters and the motivations behind all of these sneaking missions can be quite difficult. With METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES, Konami adds even more depth to the long-winded series with a tale of betrayal, brutality, and the beginnings of revenge. GROUND ZEROES tells another tale of Big Boss, the father of sorts to Solid, Liquid, and Solidus Snake, as well as the protagonist of METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER. Big Boss is sent on...

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ASSASSIN’S CREED IV Video Game Review

I can honestly say that I felt quite negative going into ASSASSIN’S CREED IV. I have been a huge fan of the series since the original cover story in Game Informer, but after playing through the mildly disappointing ASSASSIN’S CREED III, I wasn’t looking forward to an entire game based around its sailing mechanic. Having played through all of ASSASSIN’S CREED IV, I can now say with confidence that this swashbuckling adventure on the high seas is as good an entry as any the series has seen with a great story, deep characters, and a step forward in the...

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CONTRAST Video Game Review

I didn’t have high hopes for CONTRAST going into the game. I didn’t particularly think it looked like a fantastic adventure that must be bought. CONTRAST ended up being a good deal more fun and far more interesting than I thought it was going to be. This is a game that is full of surprises and knows that very well. CONTRAST is the story of a young girl, Didi, in a messed up family. Her deadbeat father is looking for his next big idea to get him in good with his estranged wife who is a cabaret singer. All...

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KNACK Video Game Review

The golden age of platformers ended a long time ago. No longer do we have CRASH BANDICOOT and SPYRO roaming across our consoles. Today we make do with a small selection of great series that still carry on the tradition like MARIO and RAYMAN. Mark Cerny, who helped create the CRASH and SPYRO series’ is aiming to bring platformers back with a new mascot type character for the Playstation 4 launch. KNACK does a pretty good job of giving you a fun time, though it does stumble in a few ways. KNACK is a story of humans fighting against...

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