My Excitement for Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception & Mask of Truth

Cross-posted from my work at

On January 18th, Atlus announced they are localizing the Japanese Visual Novel/Strategy Role Playing games Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and its squeal, Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth, for the west this year. This news came after the discovery of Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception’s sudden ESRB rating popping up earlier in the month. Both games will be arriving for Playstation 4 and PS Vita with Mask of Deception hitting shelves this Spring. More information can be found from the announcement post by Atlus PR on the Official Playstation Blog. Now it’s pretty exciting news that these games are even making it over in English at all, but, honestly, for most people it brings up a big question: what is in the world is Utawarerumono? And better yet: why should I care about this niche anime game? Well folks, take a seat and let me tell you.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Review

Developer: Atlus, Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Wii U
Release Date: June 24, 2016
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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is a colorful, stylish Japanese role-playing game that attempts to blend the beloved Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei franchises in a unique experiment revolving around the Japanese entertainment industry.

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The NES Classic Edition: Let’s Get Retro

Update (8/2/16): This post has also been shared with (with some variations). What you are viewing here, on my blog, is the original version.

While we were all on the lookout for slight glimpses into Nintendo’s new console, code named “NX”, the company managed to catch us by surprise with the announcement of mini “console” hitting stores this fall. Without a single leak or vague announcement to stay tuned, Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition, a miniature Nintendo Entertainment System that comes loaded with 30 classic games. Much like those bootleg systems you see at flea markets or even sketchy mall kiosks, this Nintendo system is simple plug and play, emulating games straight to your TV. Since its announcement, there’s been a lot speculation, controversy, and excitement regarding this bite-sized retro gaming machine. So, I figured I’d give a quick analysis on my take of this the NES Classic Edition and highlight a few of the 30 games. So, without further ado, grab a seat and your 30 Anniversary Mario Amiibo because we’re about to get retro. Buckle up.

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A Console Owner’s Guide to Buying Games

Update (8/24/16): This post has also been shared with (with some variations). What you are viewing here, on my blog, is the original version.
Update (9/21/16): Added images.

As someone who is constantly buying games, a lifestyle that can be quite costly, I’ve taken multiple measures to make sure I’m saving money when I can. Being primarily a console gamer, we can’t rely on stellar Steam sales, Humble Bundles (or can we?), other less savory methods (hopefully not) for our gaming needs. In my travels, however, I’ve come across two main methods of buying physical games that beat out the rest.

I’ve also gathered some resources that keep you up-to-date on the latest sales that I would like to share with you to help you save, as well. To warn all readers, I am not endorsed by any of the companies I will be discussing in this post. I’m providing my personal opinion formed though experience buying games over the last few years to help provide you with possibly new insight. This is my Console Owner’s Guide to Buying Games, 2016 Edition.

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E3 2016 Highlights – Part 2

EA, Bethesda, and Ubisoft

Continuing the E3 extravaganza of games, I’ve reviewed each of the AAA 3rd party conferences and picked what I call my “Game of the Conference”. This chosen game exemplifies what I found most exciting, whether it be from in-depth gameplay shown or even a simple reveal trailer. As long as the game in question spoke louder to me than any other game shown, it received the honor as “Game of the Conference”. Sit back, grab your favorite amiibo, and let’s dive into the rest of the E3 2016 press conferences.

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E3 2016 Highlights – Part 1

 Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo

After another year of waiting, one of the biggest events in gaming is upon us. E3, Electronic Entertainment Expo, is an industry only event where game developers from around the world showcase their latest video games. This year’s E3 managed to give way to some of the best conference in years from both Microsoft and Sony. To highlight a few of the games shown, I’ve prepared a list of my Top 3 from each conference with a small description. This list is purely personal opinion and I had a extremely hard time choosing between the games for Sony and Microsoft this year. Feel free to leave your own lists in the comments for people to see but without further ado, here is E3 2016.

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