5 Exciting Independent Games from PlayStation Experience 2016

PlayStation Experience has to personally be my favorite event of the year. Don’t get me wrong – I have been going to E3 since 2011 and have loved my time there as well, but for different reasons.

A lot of it has to do with meeting up with the rest of the staff and industry people that I’ve interacted with online and in person. It’s being able to attend these amazing press conferences that are excited to be a part of in person. But that week is mostly dedicated to the big dogs in the business. I have been attending PlayStation Experience since its inception back in 2014. Continue reading

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Yomawari: Night Alone Review

My face turned completely pale. I wasn’t even two minutes into the game and I witnessed one of the most shocking moments I have seen in a long time. I cursed under my breath as I silently continued on; my expectations thrown out the window as I was captivated with what I may have to deal with next.

This is the type of experience Yomawari: Night Alone delivers shortly into its main story. The nameless protagonist, a young girl, takes her dog Poro for a walk one night. However, the girl suddenly loses sight of him.

Soon after, she comes across her older sister in the nearby park, who promises to help find their companion. She goes off in search of Poro and tells the young girl to close her eyes and hide behind a nearby bush. But after a few hours of waiting, the innocent girl notices she is once again all alone. Continue reading

God Eater 2: Rage Burst Review

God Eater 2 traveled a similar trajectory that its prequel followed. It started as a game for the PlayStation Portable, received an enhanced release (this time ported to the PlayStation Vita), before finally making its way to the console. While fans in the West received the superior version of the original release with Gods Eater Burst, they were left grasping for air when every form of God Eater 2 came and went in Japan years ago.

In a single season, Bandai Namco has seen fit to release both God Eater Resurrection and God Eater 2: Rage Burst on the Western shores. In my review, I said Resurrection held plenty of content for the low financial entry it commands. But does the sequel justify its full price tag? Continue reading

I Am Setsuna Review

The main story opens with a lone mercenary traveling through the snowy banks of a desolate land, his legs carving a path through the mounds of soft powder. The masked man takes on different tasks in order to survive this harsh arctic environment, seeing them through to completion no matter how arduous they may be.

Approached by an unknown figure after completing a job, he is told to visit a small village on a tiny isle off the coast of the mainland. In that village, once every ten years, a ceremony is held where a sacrifice is chosen. That person must set out on a journey to the Last Lands to fulfill their prophecy. There resides a young girl there who is about to reach the target age, and he is ordered to eliminate her. Continue reading

Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru Review

Idol Magical Girl Chiru Chiru Michiru serves as a spin-off to the Grisaia series, which are arguably among some of the best modern visual novels around. Taking a hard left turn from the school life that perpetuated in those games, here we find one of the main protagonists in a standalone experience.

While many of the important characters from Grisaia make an appearance, you won’t need to have played any of those titles to enjoy your time here. They take on completely different roles during the story (other than Sachi, who still acts as a maid to Michiru and is still a consistent source of silly one-liners). Continue reading

Machina of the Planet Tree: Planet Ruler Review

While Sekai Project has made a real name for itself in localizing visual novels,Machina of the Planet Tree: Planet Ruler marks the first time the publisher has made a stab at the traditional RPG space.

Developed by Japanese indie studio Denneko Yuuki and built on the RPG Maker engine, Planet Ruler attempts to stand high above its peers, but only manages to fall flat on its face in the process. Continue reading

Celestian Tales: Old North Review

Celestian Tales: Old North takes place in a heavily theocratic society in an old-fashioned land, where law breakers are met with swift persecution. Six individuals from different backgrounds all yearn to become knights for different reasons, like helping the poor or proving their worth in the eyes of another.

While going through their squire training, they must face the ever present threat of the World Enders, an invading barbaric tribe from the north that seek to wipe out the human populace. Separate in their endeavors, a key event unites them to face this lurking malevolence. Continue reading