This was something of a later title for the PSP, coming out in 2011 when I and probably everyone else was already all Monster Hunter'd out just from plain old Monster Hunter, making the endless parade of similar games of wildly varying quality that tried their own hand at this popular genre in the five … Continue reading Lord of Apocalypse
Seeing Sega games on what could be considered rival formats may have been nothing new even as far back as the year 2000, when this Sakura Taisen game released on Nintendo's unstoppable Game Boy Color, Sonic the Hedgehog had an excellent platformer on the Neo Geo Pocket Color, and Sega's own Dreamcast had players worldwide … Continue reading Sakura Taisen GB: Geki Hanagumi Nyuutai!
If you take a quick glance at the screenshots on this page of TGL's 1999 PC exclusive spin-off of their long-running Farland Story/Saga series(s) of SRPGs you could easily be forgiven for thinking that by the time Farland Odyssey came along they'd abandoned all pretence of internal creativity and gone down the dark road of Ys-y knockoff-dom instead, red-haired hero … Continue reading Farland Odyssey
Long-suffering Twitter followers will know I've been playing a lot Devil May Cry 5 recently, verging on "Hey, would Kimimi even notice if every other game she had went missing?" (For the record: I would, but the police report would have to wait until I decided to take a break from DMC5) levels of potentially unhealthy … Continue reading The Difficulty With Difficulty
This little old thing is the first of three HuCard-based strategy games by NCS for the PC Engine, but confusingly the second in its own fantasy trilogy that began with Elthlead (PC-88) and charts the struggles of the good King Sieghart against the dark forces of Böser. If any of those names sound familiar then … Continue reading Gaia no Monshou
"Unexpected horror" isn't really a specific category in gaming but between this and Ecco the Dolphin I think there's a very strong case for the sorta-genre's inclusion in the unwritten videogame canon. While Ecco's fears were based more in physical survival - those ancient fears of drowning, of being mercilessly torn apart by predators, of alien … Continue reading Sentinel Returns
You might be forgiven for thinking Guilty Gear Petit 2 looks more than a little familiar - a cute handheld version of a more serious-looking arcade fighter, you say? That's got Neo Geo Pocket written all over it, surely. Not this time! Guilty Gear Petit 2's 2001 release for the WonderSwan Color is entirely unrelated and just … Continue reading Guilty Gear Petit 2