ESH | Atelier Firis Review

Alchemy has always seemed like one of those con­cepts that trans­fers into the world of RPGs per­fectly. Gath­er­ing resources and turn­ing them into equip­ment, med­i­cine and other use­ful items is a per­fect fit for both the game­play and fan­tas­ti­cal set­tings of these games. The Ate­lier series has been around for quite a while prov­ing this con­cept with some fun and cre­ative JRPGs. I per­son­ally hadn’t played any of the pre­vi­ous entries in the series before, but as a player who has par­taken in many through the years, I was excited to give this series a try. Ate­lier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mys­te­ri­ous Jour­ney cer­tainly has a lot going on, with sev­eral very inter­est­ing qual­i­ties I haven’t seen else­where, but isn’t par­tic­u­larly friendly to new players.

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Wednesday Night Stream | Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey

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GOTY 2016 | Number 3 — Dark Souls III

Devel­op­ing some of the tough­est and most reward­ing games out there, From Soft­ware hit another one of out of the park with Dark Souls III. Using the same engine from Blood­borne, this game shines on both the PC and con­soles. This game ticked off every box I was look­ing for in a new Dark Souls game. Con­tain­ing a dark and gor­geous world filled with some of the tough­est bosses I’ve faced thus far, I’m look­ing at you Name­less King you bas­tard, this is eas­ily the game I sank the most time into this year.

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Wednesday Night Stream | Final Fantasy XV: Episode Duscae

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ESH | ‘Odin Sphere’ Returns from Valhalla

Port­ing clas­sic games has become some­thing of an epi­demic dur­ing this con­sole gen­er­a­tion. What’s worse is that, more often than not, these ports act as a reminder of just how far graph­ics in video games have come across the years. Rare excep­tions to this rule do occur and when treated with the proper care, some games shine on the newer plat­forms. If I hadn’t played it back on PS2, and you told me that Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir was a brand new game I would likely believe you. The upgrades they’ve made to this clas­sic action RPG were smart and the gor­geous graph­ics, a trade­mark of Vanillaware, looks as good today as they did back in 2007.

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GOTY 2015 | Number 7 — Fallout 4

Back in 2008, just months before I moved to the Wash­ing­ton DC area, a lit­tle game called Fall­out 3 came out. Not sure what to expect, I dove right in and ended up putting quite a bit of time into the game. Seven years later and they’ve finally released Fall­out 4 upon the world. Sport­ing mas­sively improved shoot­ing mechan­ics and far more inter­est­ing com­pan­ion char­ac­ters than before, Fall­out 4 looks to be a sta­ple in my PS4 for months to come.

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GOTY 2015 | Number 9 — Undertale

Shak­ing up an exist­ing genre is a risky move. You run the pos­si­bil­ity of both alien­at­ing the hard­core play­ers and fail­ing to attract new ones. This makes it all the more spe­cial when a game man­ages to suc­cess­fully turn an entire genre on its head and make you look at it from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive. Under­tale took RPGs and asked the player if killing all those mon­sters along the way was nec­es­sary or even right. Giv­ing you the choice and hav­ing the out­come change depend­ing on your choices made this a can’t miss game this year.

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