Tokyo Xanadu EX+ Deserves to be Noticed

Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is a great action RPG from Nihon Falcom.

I don’t know why I waited so long to play this game. Tokyo Xanadu eX+ is a Japanese role-playing title that has some similarities to the latest Persona games but does more than enough to establish its own identity as a terrific game. Developed and published by the same company (Nihon Falcom) behind The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and Y’s series, I finally jumped into this game during the summer not knowing what to expect. I had read both glowing and uncomplimentary reviews on Tokyo Xanadu eX+ but just decided to take a chance on it because it seemed it would be something up my alley. When it comes to gaming, my instincts are typically spot on. Continue Reading

A Mistake Some Gamers Make

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Warcraft III: Reforged left a bad taste in the mouths of many Warcraft fans.

Not every game that we’re interested in is made for you or me. I believe that this is a reality we must accept to spend more time enjoying the games that we love and less time fuming over what we want games to be. There is a difference between games that are so bad that they are unplayable versus games that are not our preference. It’s important to understand this difference so that we don’t get trapped in an endless cycle of negativity that takes away the fun of what gaming is supposed to be. One of the biggest examples I’ve seen where anticipation leads to great disappointment is when a beloved game receives the “Remaster” or “Remake” treatment. Continue Reading

Building Towards Something Better

With it being a slower gaming news week, I thought it would be a great opportunity to give an update on the progress with the TVGA website and also the TVGA YouTube Channel. If you have followed this blog throughout the year, you’ll remember that I took a month off in August. That choice had ramifications both for the blog and YouTube channel, but it was a choice that I do not regret. My weekly viewership for this blog took a significant hit due to the lack of content. But I am thankful that I’ve still been able to maintain my followers (89). Even now in October, I have not been able to get back to the amount of views that I had in July. Yet YouTube has been an entirely different story.  Continue Reading

Updates, Updates, and More Updates

Almost every time I log into Steam, I’m greeted by update prompts for multiple games.

There are a lot of things I overlook when it comes to video gaming. But two of the things that I still find myself annoyed with, even though I know they aren’t going to change, are game patches and system updates. I went through the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, SEGA Saturn, SEGA Dreamcast, and PlayStation 2 before I hit 25 years old. And the great thing about all of those systems was that no downloads were necessary. No system updates. No game updates. When you bought a game and came home, you were able to play it right away. And then online gaming came to consoles which then brought with it many of the same things that were already happening in PC gaming. Continue Reading

Tales of Arise Impressions From a First-Time “Tales” Player

Tales of Arise has been a most pleasant surprise for me in 2021.

It has not been my normal practice in 2021 to buy games so close to their release date. Of all the games I’ve purchased throughout the year, there have been few exceptions, the most recent one being Far Cry 6. Last month, another exception was Tales of Arise. A few months prior, the game wasn’t even on my radar. But its name kept coming up in YouTube searches and I decided to watch gameplay videos of the demo. The day the game was released, I read the reviews on Steam indicating that there were no game-breaking or game-detracting bugs. One day later, I bought Tales of Arise. And I am so glad that I did. Continue Reading