Impressions Of Mana

I know I’m coming to this first impressions piece for the Trials Of Mana demo really late. Usually the whole point of these things are to talk about my initial feelings on a game or a demo so that I can say things while the game is still relevant. After all, I’m not a professional so I start playing games the same time everyone else does. But, despite downloading it the day if was added to the eShop, I just played it last night. Can you blame me? Between Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Doom Eternal, Resident Evil 3, and Final Fantasy VII Remake (all of which I hope to have reviews for in the near future) when was I supposed to have time to play this thing? Well, now I have and I have things to say about it. Continue reading

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore First Impressions

It feels a little weird writing a first impressions piece of a port of a game that I already wrote a twelve part series on. That being said, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE might be my favorite JRPG of all time, and I was super excited to get back in and see what new features were added. So far, I’ve played a little over eight hours of the game and I’ve only found a couple minimal new things, which is unfortunate, but I’m still having a really good time. Continue reading

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Demo Impressions

This is something I wasn’t expecting to be writing today. During today’s Pokemon Direct, Nintendo announced a remake of the first pair of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games, combining them into a single game with a release date of March 6. Not only was this a complete surprise, but they also put out a demo today, and you can even carry your save data from it into the full game. As someone who’s never played a Mystery Dungeon game, this seemed like a great opportunity to see what they’re all about. Continue reading

Ring Fit Adventure First Impressions

Nintendo has a decent history with fitness based games. Previously, they’ve put out multiple games in the Wii Fit series, targeting the more casual crowd that made the Wii the success that it was. I actually used the Wii Fit version, Wii Fit U, for a while. And while I think it was a very well made fitness game, it didn’t do much to keep me attached to it besides wanting to work out. With their newest attempt, Ring Fit Adventure, they’ve gone in a decidedly different direction. Continue reading

Turok First Impressions (Kind Of)

It feels a little weird writing a first impressions piece on a game that I obsessed over a couple decades ago, but here we are. Earlier today, the Nintendo 64 game Turok: Dinosaur Hunter released on Nintendo Switch, a port of last year’s Xbox One version, which was itself a port of a PC version from a few years earlier. But I didn’t play those versions. I did, however, spend a good chunk of my day with the Switch release. Continue reading

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Beta Impressions

I was not expecting to be playing the private beta for The Division 2. Beta entry was a preorder bonus, and I definitely didn’t preorder the game. I didn’t even play the first one or have any interest in the second. But what I did do was watch about ten minutes of Inside Xbox on Mixer a couple days ago to get an exclusive compass for Sea Of Thieves, and apparently that also earned me beta access. I’m probably the least qualified person to talk about this game, but hey, I played for an hour or so, so here’s what I thought. Continue reading

Resident Evil 2 One-Shot Demo Impressions

Ever since the Resident Evil 2 remake was announced in a YouTube video with Capcom Producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi wearing a shirt that said “WE DO IT” about three and a half years ago, I’ve been very excited to see how the game shapes up. The original version of the game is one of my favorite games in the series, and is arguably the best of the pre-RE4 games. When the game was finally shown at E3 this last year, it looked great, but it looked like it was Resident Evil 4 with 2’s story, which might be good for new fans, but could cost the original game some of its identity. Well, earlier today, Capcom released a thirty minute demo, giving us a taste of what we can expect. Continue reading

Nintendo Switch Online First Impressions

It feels a little weird writing about Nintendo Switch Online, considering we’ve been playing Nintendo Switch games online for like a year and a half. But, Nintendo finally launched their premium, paid online service, locking online pay behind a paywall. General reactions seem pretty negative, as you would expect from asking someone to pay for something that they’ve been getting for free, but is it really worth all the backlash? Continue reading

Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 First Impressions

I wasn’t planning on playing the new Shin Megami Tensei mobile game, Liberation Dx2. I hadn’t even really been paying that much attention to it, but I saw a Facebook post this morning that mentioned it was out now, so I figured, why not? It’s free and I’ve enjoyed  the few SMT games that I’ve played. So, I went to the Google Play Store and downloaded it. Continue reading

Kirby Star Allies Demo Impressions

A few days ago, Nintendo released a demo for Kirby Star Allies on the European eShop, but for us Americans who didn’t want to bother with making a European profile, it just came out today. I’ve always really liked Kirby, especially Kirby’s Adventure on the NES, so I’ve been really looking forward to the pink puffball’s debut on the Nintendo Switch. Now that the demo is out, we can get a pretty good idea of how the game is shaping up. Continue reading