GOTY 2016 | Number 9 — Zero Time Dilemma

One of the most impres­sive things about my num­ber nine game of the year is that it almost didn’t hap­pen at all. One of my per­sonal favorite visual novel series, the Zero Escape series to be exact, left at a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of its sec­ond entry. Fran­ti­cally won­der­ing when I would get to know the con­clu­sion, I searched only to find that they may not have the fund­ing to release the finale. Thank­fully, with a com­bined effort from Aksys Games and Spike Chun­soft, Zero Time Dilemma was released this year and it was fan­tas­tic. Dou­bling down on the nar­ra­tive hooks that made Virtue’s Last Reward so inter­est­ing, this game had me hooked from start to finish.


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ESH | Until Dawn Brings the Branching Horror

When Until Dawn debuted sev­eral years ago at E3, it was billed as a PS-Move con­trolled hor­ror game set in a snowy cabin. With­out many more details, it was hard to get very excited about the game. Since then, it has been moved to the PS4 and the motion con­trols have been down­played. This year, I man­aged to get my hands on the game and as both a hor­ror and Heavy Rain fan, I feel like this game has been tai­lor made for me to love.


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ESH | Dangan Ronpa is a Winning Combination

When first pitched to me, Dan­gan Ronpa: Trig­ger Happy Havoc was described as a very odd mix­ture of sev­eral other games I had enjoyed. Truly, it was dif­fi­cult to imag­ine a game where Per­sona 4Ace Attor­ney and Virtue’s Last Reward could even be com­bined in any sort of mean­ing­ful way. When finally get­ting my hands on the game, I found that the asser­tions were true and that not only was it a com­bi­na­tion of the afore­men­tioned games, but a bril­liant one at that.


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Ramblings | Moving Day Distractions

Even with my move com­ing up this week­end, I’ve still man­aged to squeeze in some gam­ing over the few days. More specif­i­cally, let’s talk about what’s been going on for the last 24 hours or so. I’ve man­aged to be thor­oughly bested to my highly skilled spouse in iPhone game Threes, snuck in a lit­tle of inFA­MOUS: Sec­ond Son both on my PS4 and web browser and con­tinue my quest for a plat­inum tro­phy in Dan­gan Ronpa: Trig­ger Happy Havoc  on the Vita.


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Ramblings | My Top 10 Games of 2012

As the year draws to a close, I think back to this year in gam­ing.  It’s been a pretty inter­est­ing year and there have been some great games and a few bum­mer titles.  Stuff like indie Kick­starter fund­ing and the release of the Wii U con­tinue to drive the indus­try fur­ther and open up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for the future of the industry.

Ben's 2012 pic

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Ramblings | My Vita Games of November

One thing I’ve noticed lately has been quite a bit of doubt being cast towards Sony’s hand­held con­sole.  While the PlaySta­tion Vita really could be doing quite a bit bet­ter in terms of sales for the device, it’s been treat­ing me quite well.  Right now, I’m in the midst of play­ing not one, but two games for the portable con­sole that I have been very much enjoy­ing.  In this ses­sion, I’d like to ram­ble a bit about my impres­sions, so far, of the two Vita games that have me hooked. 

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