Michael Riser

May 31, 2017
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Games That Changed Our Lives: ‘Secret of Mana’

Better known as 聖剣伝説2 (Seiken Densetsu 2) in its native country of Japan, Secret of Mana is a 1993 Super Nintendo release fondly remembered by many across the globe as a childhood staple.
January 15, 2017
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Region Free Nintendo Switch — the Best News of the Presentation

Nintendo delivered its Switch console presentation in Tokyo Thursday evening (Friday in Japan), and it's since become the subject of more than a little controversy.
December 30, 2016

Year in Review — The Best Indie Games of 2016

2016 may not have been the best year, all things considered. It was a year of social upheaval, political frustration, and environmental catastrophe. Of unchecked corporate irresponsibility and the prospect of worse. Of loss.
December 11, 2016

‘One Night Stand’—Worth More Than One Night

There are certainly some exceptions, such as cult Atlus favorite Catherine or largely unknown indie tale Cibele, and some that straddle the line a bit by being lighthearted but real-feeling, such as Emma Kidwell’s Well This is Awkward, but One Night Stand is one of the best representations of the maturation of sex in games to date.
November 13, 2016
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Behemoth Party—’Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack’ Review

Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack Developer(s): Paradox Development Studio Publisher(s): Paradox Interactive Platform(s): Windows, OS X, Linux Release Date(s): October 20 2016 (Requires Stellaris base game to play, available on Steam) Stellaris was a brilliant, if flawed, combination of 4X gameplay and grand strategy trappings from Paradox Interactive that released earlier […]
October 27, 2016

Darkest Dungeon — The Torch is Still Lit

Darkest Dungeon Developed and Published by Red Hook Studios Available on PC (GOG, Steam), Mac, PS4, and PS Vita Darkest Dungeon isn’t exactly new news at this point. The game was originally Kickstarted for the PC back in February of 2014, and it entered a long period of Early Access at […]
September 18, 2016

Project Highrise — Tall Aspirations

Project Highrise Developed by SomaSim Published by Kasedo Games Available on PC (Steam, GOG, Humble) Project Highrise is, in several ways, the fulfillment of a dream. If, like me, you’ve been waiting years for a true successor to Sim Tower and Yoot Tower, having a spiritual sequel is a dream […]
August 20, 2016

‘Branching Paths’ Explores Japan’s Indie Development Scene

Many of us grew up on Japanese video games. We remember fondly the colorful worlds brought to us via now-classic game consoles born from the East, and as developers of all stripes, we have long sought to recreate those nostalgic experiences. Certainly it would be a massive understatement to say […]
August 8, 2016

ABZÛ — Meditation and Water

ABZÛ Developed by Giant Squid Studios Published by 505 Games Available on Steam (reviewed), PS4 “Yes, as everyone knows, meditation and water are wedded forever.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Games can be many different things. Action-focused exercises in speed and combat are everywhere, as are darkly atmospheric nightmares from […]
July 28, 2016

The Future of Competitive ‘Catherine’: An Interview with “Dacidbro”

I had a chance to chat with competitive Catherine world champion David “Dacidbro” Broweleit about his involvement in the scene and the future of the game. It was a lengthy talk, but one worth putting to the page, especially for anyone interested in getting involved in the scene. MJR: Why […]
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