All posts by Bryan Cebulski

Wild Arms XF

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Wild Arms

Wild Arms XF (“Crossfire”) is a competent and interesting strategy RPG. Though it’s the first non-turn-based entry, the jump to

Wild Arms 5

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Wild Arms

Wild Arms 5 is a streamlined culmination of all the series has to offer. Released on the ten-year anniversary of

Wild Arms 4

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Wild Arms

Wild Arms 4: The 4th Detonator takes the series in a new direction. Although series’ staples remain and while it

Wild Arms: Alter Code F

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Wild Arms

Wild Arms: Alter Code F is an enhanced remake of the original game. It adopts many of the gameplay mechanics

Wild Arms 3

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Wild Arms

Wild Arms 3 is a culmination of all the quintessentially “Wild Arms”-y elements introduced through the first two games. It

Wild Arms 2

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Wild Arms

Wild Arms 2 is the series’ black sheep. In some ways it doesn’t deserve to be—its plot is actually one

Wild Arms

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Wild Arms

Square and Enix were to the two juggernauts of Japanese RPGs in the 1990s, thanks to their Final Fantasy and

Donna: Avenger of Blood

You might not expect much from Donna: Avenger of Blood at first glance. A freeware Adventure Game Studios production with

Lunacy

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Mansion of Hidden Souls

If you’re going to dip your feet into any of the waters of the Mansion of Hidden Souls games, Lunacy is probably

Mansion of Hidden Souls (Sega CD)

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Mansion of Hidden Souls

FMV games carry an interesting legacy. Broadly defined, FMV games are simply games which incorporate video files in an interactive

Mansion of Hidden Souls, The (Saturn)

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Mansion of Hidden Souls

Released on the more powerful Sega Saturn, The Mansion of Hidden Souls doesn’t manage to capture the awkward charm of its

Kathy Rain

It’s been talked to death, but it bears mentioning that probably nothing will ever quite match the weirdness of Twin Peaks.

Blackwell Epiphany, The

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Blackwell

Epiphany finds the two heroes a few months after the events of Deception. Rosa is now unofficially working with detective Sam Durkin,

Blackwell Deception, The

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Blackwell

Deception is a tricky entry. In some respects it’s the best to date. But it also has the drawback of feeling

Blackwell Convergence, The

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Blackwell

Since both titles were originally planned to be parts of one game, The Blackwell Convergence concludes the arc set up in Unbound. This

Blackwell Unbound

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Blackwell

The content of Blackwell Unbound was originally conceived as a series of flashbacks to occur sporadically throughout Convergence, but Gilbert’s ambition proved too

Blackwell Legacy, The

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Blackwell

Wadjet Eye Games is one of the most reliable names in indie games, founded by Dave and Janet Gilbert in

Downfall

Sexuality and violence are the norm in popular current-gen video games, but the intention is commercial rather than artistic. Sillier

Cat Lady, The

The attachment formed between a player and a character in a narrative-driven video game is in some ways greater than

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