All posts by RChristoph

Only…a Nidhogg 2 Review

“Rend with cowardice.”

Nidhogg tells a tale of nebulous honor. It provides all of the framing of a professional duel, tainted, smeared over with the blood of many colorful, fighting fanatics. No swing too abrupt, no boot too dirty. Prepare for a hail of flickering blades, as warriors tumble in droves after every misstep, or after every twist of the wrist. Let’s not beat around the Hogg here, such duels were never fair. Armed or unarmed, fight or flight, whatever it took to reach the end of the hallowed corridor. It’s a series full of rousing airborne kicks, flighty fencer’s blades, roughneck spinal severing…and anything else you might find commonplace at a particularly churlish Renaissance faire. Continue reading Only…a Nidhogg 2 Review

Only…a Night in the Woods Review

“Everything sucks forever.”

Don’t be mistaken by its delightful presentation, Night in the Woods is a game whose aesthetic frequently contradicts its tone. It’s a story about reminiscing on unfulfilled dreams and the reality of disparate circumstances. It’s about the exploration of identity through past friendships, and the monumental gaps between generational ideologies. It’s about other stuff too. Weird, creepy, not altogether lucid, stuff.

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Only…a Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero Review

“Ragazza del mostro Paradiso”

Admittedly, I had never played a Shantae game before. I had heard vague, hot whispers of WayForward’s purple-haired woman and her veneration among a larger cult following; but in earlier years the series seemed to exist in obscurity, and it wasn’t until Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse that I began to hear more about the games and their critical acclaim. Thus, the genie and I had never formally met. Delayed by a couple of years, we fast forward to Shantae: ½ Genie Hero, a game of many firsts. First in the series to be funded via Kickstarter, the first to implement 3D environments, and the first entry I’d be introduced to. It’s certainly a strong opener. Continue reading Only…a Shantae: 1/2 Genie Hero Review

Public Service Gunnouncement

The weekend is a magical time. The weekend can be a savior, a breath of fresh air to keep your sanity in check, and a refuge from the monotony of the week at regular. The weekend can also be a harsh, crushing reality, as your shackles remain fastened to the inevitability of work-in-progress. I wish the former for all of you out there.

Either way you’ll hopefully have a little time set aside for yourself this weekend, because we may be experiencing a golden age of free gaming opportunities. There are a slew of games that have just been made playable to everyone for a short time; so if you can tear yourself away from Dark Souls 3 for a few minutes, and you’re a fan of the shoot-bangs, get ready to siphon the bandwidth away from any other chumps you live with. Continue reading Public Service Gunnouncement

Dark Souls 3 Japanese Launch Trailer

In a perfect world there would be no console wars, Nintendo might actually know how to do business, and localization would be simultaneous across the globe. But since I still don’t know what the hell Amiibo are for, I suppose it’s not a perfect world, and I suppose it’s fair that Japan get a head start on FromSoftware’s final entry in the venerable Souls series. At least considering that they built the thing. Continue reading Dark Souls 3 Japanese Launch Trailer

Only Darkest Dungeon


You ask me why I am afraid of those shadowed corridors; why I cower more than others upon seeing a torch burn slowly to its end, and become physically repulsed when a stack of tomes or sack of rough burlap lies curiously near. There are those who say that I respond to the creak of wood the same as a foul stench, and I am the last to refute those claims. What I will do is explain to you the circumstances that surround my curious condition, and leave up to you to decide if this game provides a suitable reason for my oddity. You should know why I become deranged with fear, yet so manic in my eagerness to return to…the Darkest Dungeon. Continue reading Only Darkest Dungeon

“Where’s The Fair Use?”

I’m willing to bet that a majority of you watch YouTube. It’s a form of entertainment so ingrained into our culture that it’s difficult to find anyone, young or old, who hasn’t professed to use it some casual capacity. It’s a great site for creative minds to produce content essentially free for everyone to view; it’s a digital marvel in breadth and accessibility. That’s why you should support your content creators in fighting against the unjust fair use practices that have plagued the platform since its inception. Continue reading “Where’s The Fair Use?”