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A work in progress

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong THE NAMES Nihon Falcom and NIS America carry a lot of weight in the gaming industry. Both companies...

Definitive Final Fantasy needs powerful computer

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong FINAL FANTASY XV proved to be a surprise for quite a few quarters when it was first...

Gameplay flourishes where the story languishes

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong NIPPON ICHI Software distinguishes itself from other developers by the style of its games. Displaying its strengths...

Lindsay Lohan loses Grand Theft Auto appeal

NEW YORK — New York State’s highest court on Thursday rejected Lindsay Lohan’s appeal accusing the maker of Grand Theft Auto V of invading...

Noir on steroids

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong AS THE BRAINS behind such groundbreaking titles as Killer7, Killer is Dead, and No More Heroes, video game...

A lot better than its ancestry

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong IT ISN’T HARD to think badly of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet (SAO) just from saying the...

Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong THERE are a slew of popular free-to-play online card games currently out to tickle the fancy of...

Well worth its price

NIHON FALCOM is no stranger to Japanese role-playing games. Having been behind the successful Legend Of Heroes, Dragon Slayer, and Ys series, it was...

For a few hours of distraction

By Alexander O. Cuaycong BY WAY of background for the uninitiated: Project Shrine Maiden is a collection of manic-shooter video games published by Team Shanghai...

Last Recode: definitely worth its price tag

By Alexander O. Cuaycong IT’S difficult to pinpoint exactly how influential .hack (stylized in lower case and pronounced “dot hack”) has been as a series....

Recommended for first-timers

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong AT FIRST GLANCE, it’s not wrong to think of L.A. Noire as a spin-off of Rockstar Games’...

With exasperation comes satisfaction

By Alexander O. Cuaycong BEFORE anything else, a disclaimer: Nioh is brutally difficult. The Koei Tecmo action RPG adventure game is heavily inspired by Dark...

For Mask of Truth, story is both its greatest asset and...

By Alexander O. Cuaycong FOR THE REVIEW of the prequel Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, please refer to this link: https://goo.gl/zmGgHu Released in Japan in September 2016...

An interesting, yet annoying combination

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong FOR LONGTIME GAMERS, a new release with the Fire Emblem badge invariably means yet another foray in...

World’s hottest PC game could get locked out of China

THE WORLD’s hottest video game is set to be shut out of the biggest market. A Chinese gaming association said in an announcement posted online...

A game to try again, and again, and again

By Anthony L. Cuaycong WHEN BLAZING STAR was introduced in the late ’90s, arcades were already replete with shoot-em-ups. In fact, it could be reasonably...

Dangerous high school

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong IT’S TO SPIKE CHUNSOFT’s credit that Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony manages to bring uniqueness and originality out...

A game to sink your teeth into

By Alexander O. Cuaycong Total War: Warhammer II, the second offering in the Warhammer Trilogy of Creative Assembly and published by Sega, takes its lore...

Koei’s fan service

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong BACK in 1997, Dynasty Warriors was released on the PlayStation to much fanfare. Known for developing titles...

Value for money proposition

By Anthony L. Cuaycong CONSIDERING the thematic foundations of Oceanhorn: Monster of the Uncharted Seas, you wouldn’t be wrong to argue that it harks closely...

A game for both brains and brawn

VIDEO GAME REVIEW Yakuza Kiwami PlayStation 4 By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong EVEN FOR THOSE familiar with the Yakuza franchise, Yakuza Kiwami can come as a...

A party game

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong Life can sometimes feel short — especially, they say, when you’re having fun. If so, then nothing...

Chinese studio rivaling Nintendo rethinks games for the West

CHANCES ARE few outside of China have heard of NetEase, Inc., though it makes more money from games than Nintendo Co. Now it wants...

Advertised as a beat-em-up,Fate/Extella does just that and nothing else

VIDEO GAME REVIEW Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star Nintendo Switch By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong The Fate series has always had its foot half in and...

Indie games on sale offer great value for money

By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong Game Review Darkest Dungeon Cooking Witch Death Road to Canada PC via Steam IT’S STEAM’S SUMMER SALE! Held every year during summer,...

Moral choices lead to unexpected ends

Video Game Review PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness PC (via Steam) By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong At first glance, PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness does very little to distinguish...

Moral choices lead to unexpected ends

Video Game Review PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness PC (via Steam) By Alexander O. Cuaycong and Anthony L. Cuaycong At first glance, PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness does very little to distinguish itself...

Attempting to use Pokemon GO in the Philippines

By Zsarlene B. Chua FOR PEOPLE who grew up in the 1990s, Pokemon was a fixture in their lives. Our generation played with the cards...