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Fire Emblem Engage Review: Rebuilding the Foundations

Three days ago, Nintendo and Intelligent System released the seventeenth entry in their ever popular Fire Emblem franchise: Fire Emblem Engage. I had fallen off of Fire Emblem years ago as my interest in the franchise began to wane with the release of games like Three Houses, however something about Engage grabbed my interest so…

‘Skinamarink’: New Era of Nightmares

You watch enough horror movies and it becomes increasingly difficult to be scared or disturbed. After all, this is coming from the same writer who didn’t even flinch at torture porn such as Martyrs, or finds the current output of horror films to be tame and generic or just fun popcorn cinema at best. Indeed,…

The English Sakura Wars Community Is Going Through a Renaissance

Tell me if you’ve heard this story before. A franchise becomes super popular in its home country and is beloved by fans there for years. However despite this popularity there the rest of the world only gets a few scraps translated here and there. Despite this though the franchise gains a small worldwide fanbase who…

Every Survivor Season Ranked

I’ve always been a fan of shows like Survivor. There’s not a lot of content out there that fits into the bubble of “social strategy seasonal reality competition” shows, so when I can find one, I usually tend to enjoy it quite a lot. Despite this, it actually wasn’t until very recently that I decided…

What is the Worst Possible Sakura Wars GB Playthrough?

Sakura Wars GB is one of the most unique spinoffs in the entire Sakura Wars franchise. Not only did it release on the handheld of Sega’s rival, Nintendo, in an era where Sega was still producing consoles but it’s also the only game in the franchise where you play as a self-inserted character interacting with…

Best Movies of 2022

What can be said about 2022? Well, lots, actually, because this was a damn fine year for movies. Not to repeat myself, but every year is a great year for movies if you know where to look; in fact, 2022 was the best year we’ve had for movies since before a certain world-altering pandemic. We’ve…

A Deep Dive Into Every Yakuza Minigame

Two years ago I embarked on a quest to platinum every single Sega game available on PS4 (and now PS5). Anyone who would undergo this task knows the biggest roadblock in doing that: The Yakuza franchise. The Yakuza games are known for having some of the best side content in gaming and having an absolute…

The Wonder of Fire Emblem Heroes’ First Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a…scantily clad festive Tharja masquerading as an armored unit? Fire Emblem Heroes is no stranger to seasonal celebrations and alts. Let it be brides in springtime or (curiously) pirates in the twilight days of summer, the game has…

What Fighting Game has the best story mode? It’s DoA5

Fighting games aren’t exactly known for having the best stories. Sure there are people out there who can talk about the lore and arcade mode endings of their favorite characters for ages, but when one of these games gets a story mode very rarely do people praise it. In fact, most of the time these…

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Evolution of Yakuza Mechanics: Inventory

Hello and welcome back to the Story Arc. Three weeks ago I began an adventure where every other day in December of 2022 I examine a minor mechanic in the Yakuza franchise and look at how it has evolved game by game. In the previous articles I looked over how super small mechanics like locker…

Sega Has a Monopoly on Christmas Games

Merry almost Christmas everyone! It’s almost time for people around the world to celebrate the holiday’s most common tradition: Sitting home during a snowstorm and playing a video game! But what video game should you play? Well, why not celebrate the season even more by playing a game with a Christmas aesthetic?Ever since the medium…

Yakuza Mystery: Kamulop’s Real Identity

In Yakuza 6 RGG Studios introduced Oni Michio, a cute mascot character for the small town of Onomichi. This character was an instant success and as such RGG began to put him in every game from Kiwami 2 to Like a Dragon. However, an instant issue began to arise with including Ono Michio in every…

‘Avatar: Way of Water’ – Beautifully Flawed

Much like its predecessor, Avatar: The Way of Water will be the subject of long-running debate and criticism. Some will see it as a true-to-form cinematic marvel in a time when original stories in Hollywood seem far-fetched; others will look past the stunning and lifelike imagery to bring down the movie’s characters and story For…

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