05/08/2018 Act 70 Comments
RPGs, Video Games videogame, witcher 2, witcher 3
04/30/2018 Act 3 Comments
…in Sword of Destiny, Geralt and a side character have a conversation about how obvious it is women have the right to terminate pregnancies and it’s so weird anyone could ever have been against that.
In Time of Contempt, the pregnancy plotline involves a young woman wishing she had chosen to have an abortion earlier so she could continue on her journey.
In Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, there’s a questline that involves aborted and miscarried babies coming back as gremlins to brutally murder women because they never received the love they were due from their mothers.
And that should really tell you all you need to know about the Witcher video games as adaptations.
As wRPGs, both 2 and 3 are thoroughly mediocre.
Platformers, Recommendations, Video Games might and delight, pid, recommendations, videogame
10/16/2017 Farla 104 Comments
Pid (stylized ‘pid‘) is a really incredible little platformer by Might and Delight, the makers of Shelter. (more…)
Action, Horror, Video Games Shadow of Mordor, Single post review, videogame
10/03/2017 Farla Add Comment
Here’s the story of Shadow of Mordor – You are a ranger guy. Orcs kill your wife and son, then you, in a ritual designed to bind a dead elf’s spirit to your corpse. It works. You resurrect with bonus ghost powers, like ghost arrows and ghost teleporting between ghost buildings and ghost respawning after being killed so you can never really die, in a clever melding of videogame and story.
You proceed to gruesomely murder your way through your surroundings. (more…)
Horror, Video Games Little Nightmares, videogame
04/09/2017 illhousen 16 Comments
Little Nightmares is a gorgeously done game. You play as a barefoot, starving scrap of a child in a world that’s warped and wrong, and malevolent and crushingly empty by turns. But despite the meathooks and monsters, despite the all around horror setting, the game itself isn’t especially scary, which I found interesting. (more…)
RPGs, Video Games Single post review, Torment: Tides of Numenera, videogame
12/29/2016 Act 6 Comments
This game was advertised as a spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, made by the same people. Let’s see how it holds up.
Platformers, Recommendations, Video Games mimpi, platformer, videogame
11/07/2016 Act 45 Comments
I’m on vacation, but while I put off finishing the Higurashi conclusion, y’all should check out Mimpi, an absolutely adorable little platformer about a cute pupper trying to find their human. Everything about it is endearing, and it’s nice to see a game with a built-in hint system so all the puzzles are actually solvable. Check it out!
(Semi-related: is there any interest in a DQ Steam Curator account?)
Action, Video Games bastion, Single post review, videogame
10/23/2016 illhousen 5 Comments
Bastion is a hack-and-slash, button-mashy action RPG with very nice art and absolutely gorgeous music bogged down by mediocre gameplay and a story that ranges from boring to bizarre. And I don’t mean bizarre as in strange, I mean as in wtf were the writers thinking.
The final choice in the game is you deciding whether to wind time back a few weeks weeks to prevent the genocide of two peoples or destroying the undo machine and running away, and this is presented as some kind of extreme moral quandary.
Spoilers inside for Braid, of all things, which is an excellent game you should go play.
Adventure, Video Games minotaur, Moirai, Single post review, videogame
10/19/2016 illhousen 10 Comments
The game is free on Steam and takes about five minutes to play, so do so if you care about spoiler since I’m going to recap the whole thing under the cut.
RPGmaker, Video Games End Roll, Single post review, videogame
10/11/2016 illhousen 30 Comments
End Roll is a free RPGMaker horror game which can be found here. It’s… OK, I guess?
Adventure, Horror, Video Games Oxenfree, Single post review, videogame
09/18/2016 illhousen 14 Comments
Oxenfree is a neat little indie horror adventure game that I’ve bought on a sale for, like, two bucks. I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the full price, but as it is, it was enjoyable.
Video Games, Visual Novels Single post review, VA-11 Hall-A, videogame, visual novel
08/02/2016 illhousen 7 Comments
Time to get drunk and rant at you!
RPGmaker, Video Games Middens, Single post review, videogame
07/22/2016 Act 6 Comments
Middens is a freeware RPGMaker game that can be found here. If you like Yume Nikki and collage art, you’ll probably like it, so go get it now. I’ll wait.
Puzzle, Recommendations, Roguelike, Video Games road not taken, videogame
07/09/2016 Act 20 Comments
This was a super adorable roguelike/platformer combo that’s a great timekilling game. It has wonderful art. I wish there were stuffed animals of the people, they’re so damned cute. Its biggest sin is that it can feel reptitive, but I had a blast playing it in short spurts.
RPGs, Video Games child of light, videogame
I had such high hopes for this game — was really looking forward to it — and it was a disappointment in just about every way. Except the art, which was stunningly gorgeous. Everything else was a clusterfuck. (more…)