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Posted on Nov 29th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, RPG, Falcom, Xseed


I've written previously about the Trails in the Sky games, which is a series that has become near and dear to me over the last couple of years. After finishing the main trilogy that was localized and released in North America, the logical next step was to dive into the Trails of Cold Steel games, which are set in the same world and time period. I started the first Trails of Cold Steel title during the summer of 2018, and it took me roughly a year to finish it with many ups and downs along the way.


Continue reading The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel



Posted on Oct 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Xbox, PC, Game Pass, Horror, Adventure


While I certainly remember the hype behind The Blair Witch Project and the marketing campaign that led many to believe the film was found footage of real events, I never watched the movie back in the day and truthfully have still never seen it. However, as a huge fan of the survival-horror genre, I couldn't help but feel intrigued when the trailer for a new Blair Witch game was first shown last summer. Thanks to the game being easily available to play, I didn't wait long after its release to give it a try, and I was pleasantly surprised overall.


Continue reading Blair Witch



Posted on Sep 30th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Jaleco, Survival horror, Action, Adventure


When it was brought to my attention that September 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Sega Dreamcast in North America, I felt compelled to actually play something on Sega's short-lived final console, which is something I rarely do. Since the Dreamcast has a handful of exclusive survival-horror titles that have never been ported or re-released on other consoles, it only seemed fitting that I would check out one of these titles and see how it holds up. Being a huge fan of the Resident Evil series, I decided to go with an unabashed Resident Evil knockoff known as Carrier.

Carrier is a Sega Dreamcast exclusive survival-horror title that was developed and published by Jaleco. Released in North America, Japan, and Europe on January 31, 2000, February 24, 2000, and July 5, 2001 respectively, it was met with mostly mixed criticism. A sequel was planned to be released for the PlayStation 2 but was ultimately canceled. Carrier has since faded into relative obscurity as it was likely overshadowed by the much more popular Resident Evil CODE: Veronica which released only a month later in North America.


Continue reading Carrier



Posted on Aug 31st 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Sega, Yakuza, Ryu Ga Gotoku, RGG Studio, Action, Adventure, RPG


Judgment is a game that intrigued me as soon as I first heard of it. There are the obvious similarities to the Yakuza series which, as I have stated here many times, is one of my favorite video game franchises, as well as the new additions to the familiar formula. Playing the part of a former lawyer, many were quick to label the game as "Yakuza meets Phoenix Wright," and while this isn't a completely inaccurate assessment of the game, I still think that it can give the wrong impression as to what this game actually is. Given the similarities to Yakuza, I knew going into Judgment that I would enjoy it to some extent, but the new investigation features felt like a wild card that could go either way.


Continue reading Judgment



Posted on Jul 24th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Contra, Metal Slug, JoyMasher, The Arcade Crew, Indie, Run n Gun, Shooter, Action


Blazing Chrome is a game that I became aware of and have been following on social media for quite some time. It immediately invokes shades of the 16-bit Contra titles, a similarity that it wears proudly on its sleeve, and it immediately captured my attention as a big fan of these classics. With its recent release and immediate availability via Xbox Game Pass, I was finally able to try the game for myself. Is it a worthy successor to the classic run 'n guns we all grew up with?


Continue reading Blazing Chrome



Posted on Jun 28th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Igarashi, Castlevania, Metroidvania, Action, Adventure, RPG


The wait is finally over! It has been four years since the runaway Kickstarter success Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night obliterated its funding goal and became the most successful video game Kickstarter project, at least until Shenmue III came along and surpassed it shortly after. Spearheaded by former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, hopes were high that an experience like Symphony of the Night would be delivered to longtime fans of the series, but after numerous delays and other highly anticipated Kickstarter games failing to live up to expectations, fans started to become skeptical. Does Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night live up to its lofty expectations, or is it just another Kickstarter disappointment?


Continue reading Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night



Posted on May 22nd 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Capcom, Nintendo, NES, Action, Platformer, Metroidvania, RPG


Thanks in no small part to the ongoing RFGeneration 2019 NES Challenge, I have been working through dozens of NES games that I have never played before. While I have logged most of these toward the site challenge, I have also been going back and playing some of the titles that were claimed and completed by others just to satisfy my own curiosity. One such title is Strider, which was a completely random pick and one that I was fairly unfamiliar with. Upon starting it, it didn't take long for me to become engrossed, and I now consider it to be one of my favorite titles for the system.


Continue reading Strider - NES



Posted on Apr 30th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Konami, ReBirth, Castlevania, Contra, Gradius, Wii, WiiWare


Back in the late 2000s, three games were released as digital exclusives for the Nintendo Wii. Developed by M2 and published by Konami, these three titles consisted of remakes and entirely new entries in Konami's long-running Gradius, Contra, and Castlevania series. While these games were met with fairly positive criticism, their limited availability has left them in relative obscurity, and the recent closure of the Wii online store has eliminated any legal means of obtaining them. This is a shame because these games are quite good and are among the last original entries in their respective series.


Continue reading ReBirth: The Lost Konami Games



Posted on Mar 30th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Resident Evil, Capcom, Remake, Survival horror, Action


Resident Evil fans have been clamoring for a remake of the series' second entry ever since the excellent remake of the initial title. What seemed like a pipe dream for years was finally announced back in 2015, but many fans were skeptical at this point due to the direction the series had been going around this time. Although the positive response to Resident Evil 7 help assuage fears, early footage of the Resident Evil 2 remake still resembled the 'action-horror' titles that are oft maligned. I am glad to say that any fears were unfounded, and Capcom delivered what I feel is the best remake of their survival horror classic that they could have possibly made.

** Note: In an attempt to discuss all relevant gameplay mechanics, some mild story spoilers may be included. **


Continue reading Resident Evil 2



Posted on Feb 26th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Dragon Quest, PS4, PC, Switch, Square Enix, RPG


While the JRPG has been my favorite genre of videogames ever since I was old enough to read, my experience with the Dragon Quest series is admittedly limited. After having played the DS remake of Dragon Quest V a couple of years ago and playing the 3DS remake of Dragon Quest VIII shortly after, I felt like I had already experienced the best this series has to offer (at least according to most people) and decided that I should move on to other things if it was all downhill from there. Once Dragon Quest XI was released and garnered rave reviews, many claiming it to be the best in the series, I was immediately intrigued and didn't wait long to start playing it.


Continue reading Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age



Posted on Jan 25th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Onimusha, Capcom, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox, Remaster, HD


The Onimusha series has strangely slipped under my radar throughout the years. I played the first three back when they were originally released on the PlayStation 2, but I don't recall having any particular fondness for them and have mostly forgotten about them over the years. Last Spring, while looking for a shorter game to play, I pulled the original title in the series off my shelf and decided to revisit it. I was absolutely blown away by how much I enjoyed it. Now, with the recent remaster of Onimusha: Warlords, the time is right to give my thoughts on this classic.


Continue reading Onimusha: Warlords



Posted on Dec 30th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, 2018, GOTY, action, adventure, RPG, shooter, story


While I really didn't intend on playing so many new titles this year and instead wanted to focus more on my backlog, I ended up falling into the trap of acquiring and playing as many new releases as I could just like I did in 2017. However, many of these games were great, so I certainly don't regret spending my time with them. Now that the year is over, I wanted to share my overall thoughts on the games I played. Instead of just focusing on a top 10, I decided to rank all the games I played that were released this year. If any noteworthy titles are missing from this list, the reason is simple: I didn't get around to playing them!


Continue reading Disposed Hero's Games of the Year 2018



Posted on Nov 30th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, Christmas, Holidays, Santa


During Halloween, it is very easy to find games to play to celebrate the season. Any title with a spooky theme is fair game, and there are certainly no shortage of those these days. But what about the Christmas season? There aren't many games that carry an explicit Christmas theme, so finding an enjoyable title to ring in the holidays isn't always an easy task. Now that the holiday season is upon us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some games that many may not know are set during the Christmas season to put us in the holiday spirit. Bear in mind that most of these titles have very little to do with Christmas, but don't let that stop you from giving them a try!


Continue reading Games for the Holiday Season!



Posted on Oct 31st 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Silent Hill, Konami, Survival horror


While I have always been a huge fan of the survival horror genre, when it comes to the Silent Hill series, I have generally played it safe and stuck to the first three titles which are almost unanimously praised. Although many of the later Silent Hill games are almost universally disliked by fans, the fourth entry is probably the most divisive title in the series, with a seemingly equal number of people who either love or hate the game. After playing it for myself, it is easy to see why opinions are so mixed, as I too had a sort of love/hate relationship with it. Good or bad, it is definitely one of the most interesting games I have played in a long time.

** Note: Due to the nature of the game, it is impossible to discuss all pertinent gameplay mechanics without giving away some mid-game spoilers, although I will try to keep things as vague as possible. **


Continue reading Silent Hill 4: The Room



Posted on Sep 29th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Yakuza, Sega, Ryu ga Gotoku, Japan


My first exposure to the Yakuza series was back in 2010 with Yakuza 3. I enjoyed the game so much that I have made it a point to play each new title as they release, and after several years and several new titles, I can confidently say that Yakuza is one of my favorite series in all of gaming. However, I missed out on the original two PS2 titles when they were released, and I have never gotten around to playing them over the years. Thanks to Sega's release of Yakuza Kiwami last year, a remake of the original Yakuza game for the PS2, I was finally able to experience the series' origin firsthand. With the recent release of Yakuza Kiwami 2, a remake of the second game in the series, I have now been able to experience an updated remake of what some consider the best game in the series.


Continue reading Yakuza Kiwami 2


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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