Tagged PlayStation

Soundtrack Sunday: Vagrant Story

Vagrant Story is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated video games to date. It was an action RPG released by SquareSoft (now Square Enix) in the spring of 2000, and there were a couple of remarkable things about it. First and foremost was the localization, specifically the dialogue: Vagrant Story takes place in a pseudomedieval setting, and the writing follows suit. Instead of being a straightforward translation from the original Japanese script, it was heavily and thoughtfully...

What’s New with Yakuza 0?

Yakuza 0 has finally arrived in North America, and it’s once again time to return to Kamurocho and join Kazuma Kiryu in the criminal underworld of Tokyo. This time around, it’s a little different, as Yakuza 0 has us going back in time. As the name might imply, it’s a prequel to all of the other games in the series, putting us with our lead character, Kiryu, when he is just 20 years old, and still fairly new to...

Let It Die Is “Probably the Greatest Game Ever”

Let It Die is a freemium Sony exclusive. Described as a “super action game,” it is, on the surface, a fairly straightforward hack-and-slash adventure. Then things get a bit, well, weird.  Luckily for you, a skateboarding skeleton in 3-D glasses who enthusiastically refers to you as senpai is willing to show you the ropes. Uncle Death, by the way, is pretty much Grim Fandango’s Manny Calavera—if Manny never caught the Number Nine and ended up in a desperate attempt to relive some alternative youth...

Trigger King Xcaliber Adjustable Triggers: A Great MN Idea with a Fatal Design Flaw

Being an avid gamer, I’m always looking for ways to enhance my gaming experiences and improve upon my skills. I’m not one to shy away from trying something new in the hopes of finding my own personal gaming nirvana. So, naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to try the Xcaliber PS4 Adjustable Triggers by Minnesota accessory company Trigger King. Let’s start off with the package and contents. The Xcaliber trigger set comes equipped with two adjustable triggers, a precision...

Sic Parvis Magna in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Nearly a decade has come and gone since we were first introduced to Nathan Drake—a character heavily inspired by Eidos Interactive’s Lara Croft of Tomb Raider who, in turn, helped inspire the reboot of the very character by which he was inspired. In that time we have discovered the treasures of El Dorado, the lost cities of Shambhala, and even the Iram of the Pillars. Now, in Nathan Drake’s fourth and final adventure, we see our hero on the hunt for the...

Dark Souls III Rekindles the Flame

I remember back in 2009 when I was first introduced to the world of Hidetaka Miyazaki and his PlayStation 3 exclusive, Demon’s Souls, from Atlus. It was a game that promised to be as punishing as it was rewarding, a game rich with lore and fraught with failure and death. It promised to be a game unlike any other I had ever played, especially in a time when few video games chose to take such calculated risks and punish...

Road Not Taken Is a Strange, Nihilistic Indie Treasure

And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. —Robert Frost “The Road Not Taken” Road Not Taken is a puzzle/logic game by indie developer Spry Fox that showed up quietly on my radar as a free game to PlayStationPlus members. The artwork was quirky enough that I downloaded it, and,...

From the Stands: High-Class Comics Is Just Getting Started

From the Stands is a series that profiles comic book stores around the Twin Cities and talks about their histories, their offerings, and the communities they serve. You can’t get your shoes fixed at High-Class Comics though people have asked. “This used to be a shoe shop for about 50 years,” says Bjorn Brosdahl, owner and operator of High-Class. “This was Bernie [Apple’s] old shoe repair store and still every day someone’s calling me up asking, ‘Do you think...

Onigiri: Mediocre Fun in Ancient Japan

The MMO genre is one that I’ve grown fond of over the years, though the only two I currently play much are The Elder Scrolls Online and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, after a rather lengthy hiatus following my departure from World of Warcraft. An MMO being released is generally a big deal—they’re often hard to miss, either from advertising or simple word of mouth. That, for me, is what made my discovery of Onigiri somewhat interesting. It...

Drinking and Gaming: The Force Is Strong with Star Wars: Battlefront

Welcome to another edition of Drinking and Gaming, where I play video games while drunk on local Minnesota craft beers and proceed to review them . . . also whilst drunk. For this installment, I wanted to do something special for the release of Star Wars Episode VII, so I decided to play Star Wars: Battlefront while trying out Bent Brewstillery’s barrel-aged Dark Fatha, an American “Emperial” stout aged in whiskey barrels with an ABV of 9.3 percent and an IBU...
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