Eric Kelly

Eric is one of the co-hosts of the RPGrinders podcast, as well as a freelance video game writer. You can follow him on Twitter @EricRPG .

Kara no Shojo was a great adult horror detective story that also had a prequel with Catagra. The last story ended with the disappearance of Toko, who became important to Reiji. While this game is technically a sequel, it has a story that's largely disconnected from resolving that plotline. It might possibly be due to the fact that answering that question wouldn't take long, and the writers needed a large enough story to draw readers in. Which is why the the story’s focus is on how awful traditions can turn people who devote themselves into monsters, and enchain those who are caught in the middle. Thankfully the story is still good enough on it's own to justify it's existence. Even if there are pacing issues.

Review by - 2/5/2017 5:38 PM Comments (0)

I got the opportunity to play the demo of Blossom Tales: The Sleeping King. It's a Zelda clone action-RPG, but with loads of cuteness attached to it. While most games like this have a modern aesthetic, this games is definitely going for the retro look.

Preview by - 11/17/2016 6:11 PM Comments (0)

While the West never got Grand Knight's History for the PSP due to Vanillaware not having the manpower to devote resources to it, Spike Chunsoft has a development team based on some of the staff from the production of that game working on this new game. Grand Kingdom is very much something of a successor to that game, and luckily NISA has localized it. And it's a pretty good experience for the RP gamer.

Review by - 9/9/2016 8:36 AM Comments (0)

While the rest of the world waits for Season Three of The Walking Dead game series, Telltale Games wanted to do an experiment with a three episode mini-series featuring Michonne from the comic series. The end result tries to give the player insight to this character, but its does very little with the limited amount of time it has to do so. This ultimately makes for a weaker experience.

Review by - 6/3/2016 8:06 AM Comments (0)

While Atlus and Sega have their own visual novel character fighting game, It was only a matter of time before Nitroplus characters would get their own. Much like those other games, it also proves that you don't need to know these properties to give someone a beat down and have a good time.

Review by - 3/31/2016 9:22 AM Comments (0)

While Rodea was originally planned as a Wii game, numerous delays almost saw the project canceled. Years later the game finally released on the 3DS and Wii U, but it had undergone many changes, many of which were either negative or just plain unnecessary. Chalk up another title to those that become worse due to publisher meddling, because Rodea the Sky Soldier is one such game, with the 3DS version being the worst of it.

Review by - 1/10/2016 5:04 PM Comments (0)

Sekai Project has expanded the number of genres it's covering with this RPG release. Made with RPG Maker, the game uses scripts to enhance the experience to make for a more interesting game. But the limitations of the base engine reveal themselves, as the game has some shortcomings.

Review by - 11/22/2015 4:17 PM Comments (0)

In the visual novel boom that's taken root on steam of late, one sub-genre of the medium still has yet to make a larger presence. But A Kiss for the Petals: Remembering How We Met might be one of the first yuri(lesbian) visual novels to grace Steam. Despite not being an eroge like the rest of the series, it could be only the introduction before we see more. But on it's own it's a cute story.

Review by - 10/27/2015 8:07 AM Comments (0)

About a year ago, XBLAZE Code: Embryo released for the PS3 and PS Vita. It was a visual novel that took place in the Blazblue universe. The story was set 150 years before those events however, so it's connection to the source material was tenuous at best. The true canonical ending did end on a cliffhanger, which is where Lost: Memories takes place. Well, it sort of does, as it's more of a fan-disc. But the content of the game is a bit lacking, and the conclusion to the storyline is lacking as well.

Review by - 10/4/2015 4:48 PM Comments (0)

If you've seen any visual novel made in the last 10 years, you'll likely have noticed that their appearance is low-budget. You get streams of text, and a background with images of character's, overlayed on top of the background, occasionally switching to a CG image displaying a scene when something important happens. That's not what Overflow decided to do. They took a route most developers avoid these days. Instead you are treated to an interactive anime where you make decisions to influence the outcome of the story. While the visual novel does a good job, there are a few issues that keep it down.

Review by - 9/27/2015 4:25 PM Comments (0)