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Posted on Feb 26th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Adventure, story, walking simulator, Campo Santo

My first experience with Firewatch was not a pleasant one.  I initially found the story and gameplay to be rather dull, the dialog felt unrealistic and forced, and navigation felt like a tedious chore.  After spending about an hour with the game, I promptly uninstalled it, declaring that it simply "wasn't for me."  However, after dwelling on it for a while, I decided that maybe I was a little hasty to dismiss the game so quickly.  I went through the trouble of downloading and installing the game again just so I could give it another shot, and I'm really glad I did.

Continue reading Firewatch

Posted on Jan 29th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, RPG, Zeboyd Games, PC, PS4, Chrono Trigger, Phantasy Star

I've made it no secret that I am a huge fan of JRPGs, and I have written quite a few articles covering some titles for this site.  While I love JRPGs from all eras of gaming, I will always have a soft spot for the titles released during the 16-bit era.  My first exposure to the genre was on the SNES with titles such as Chrono Trigger and the Final Fantasy series at a young age, so I have a lot of nostalgia for this style of games.  So when I heard about Cosmic Star Heroine, a new title that takes direct inspiration from these beloved titles from a bygone era, I couldn't help but feel intrigued.

Continue reading Cosmic Star Heroine

Posted on Dec 26th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Gaming, 2017, games, RPG, action, adventure, shooter, story

Late last year, once all of the annual 'Best of' lists started coming out for the games released in 2016, I lamented the fact that I had only played a paltry four new release titles from the year and thus had no opinion on many of the games that were being discussed.  So in 2017, I was determined to play more new release titles during the year in an effort to stay more up-to-date with all of the discussions going on for the latest and greatest games.  And just like with everything I do, I went insanely overboard and ended up playing nearly 30 new release titles this year.

Instead of doing a traditional Top 10 list of the games I played this year, I wanted to focus on a select few that I thought were particularly great but may unfortunately go unnoticed and slip under the radar of most people.  Most of these games really aren't what you would call obscure, but with the massive amount of great games released this year, it can be easy to forget about the ones that didn't get quite as much coverage.  These also aren't necessarily my favorite games of the year, as I am intentionally leaving out some of the more popular titles that were released.

Continue reading Disposed Hero's Games of 2017

Posted on Nov 30th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Ninja Theory, PS4, Steam, action, adventure, puzzles, horror, story

Despite trying to stay more up-to-date with new games this year, a little game known as Hellblade snuck out under my radar.  I remember eventually seeing the game's store page on Steam, but after quickly glossing over it, I dismissed Hellblade as a generic hack & slash game.  Once it went on sale, I gave the game another look, and noticed that it has more elements of psychological horror that definitely intrigued me.  I purchased the game and didn't wait long to start playing it, and I'm glad to say that my initial impression of 'generic hack & slash game' couldn't have been more wrong.

Continue reading Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Posted on Oct 27th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, NES, Famicom, Horror, RPG, Capcom, Japanese

The Japanese Famicom exclusive title Sweet Home has always intrigued me.  It is a hybrid of two of my favorite genres: turn-based RPGs and survival horror, and it is often regarded as a large inspiration for one of my favorite video game series, Resident Evil.  I have tried to play this game a couple of times in the past, but it can feel incredibly daunting to newcomers who are not familiar with its mechanics.  However, I have finally been able to experience this game in its entirety, and I found myself impressed with many of its unique and innovative ideas.

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Posted on Sep 25th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, RPG, Dragon Quest, Square Enix, PS2, 3DS

Despite being a huge fan of JRPGs for most of my life, I had never played a Dragon Quest game until earlier this year, with that game being Dragon Quest V on the DS.  While I did enjoy that game, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would based on all of the praise I had previously heard about it.  One thing that I can say about Dragon Quest V though, and I assume is true of every game in the series, is that it has a lot of charm, and that charm left me wanting to play more games in the series.  So with the recent release of an enhanced version of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King for the Nintendo 3DS, the time seemed right to jump into my next game in the series.

Continue reading Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Posted on Aug 30th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, RPG, PSP, PC, Steam, Adventure, Story

I have been hearing for years that The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is one of the finest JRPGs to be released in recent years.  As a huge RPG fan, this high praise obviously piqued my interest, and despite never giving the Sony PSP the attention it deserved, it put Trails in the Sky on my radar as a game I should play.  With the recent release of Trails in the Sky the 3rd in North America bringing the series to my attention once again, I have finally played the initial entry of this prestigious series!

Continue reading The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky

Posted on Jul 27th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, PS2, PlayStation 2, Sony, Survival Horror, Japanese, Action, Adventure, From Software, Agetech

Kuon is sort of a notorious game for gamers and collectors.  Known as one of the rarest and most valuable games on the PS2, finding a copy of the game for a reasonable price is easier said than done.  I was lucky enough to snag a copy a few years ago for a great price, but for most people, owning a copy of this elusive title means shelling out big bucks.  As I'm sure we have all experienced, a game's value on the secondary market usually isn't a reflection of how good that game actually is, and Kuon is really no exception.  In fact, prior to actually playing the game, I had heard from a few sources that Kuon was not a good game at all, as opinions typically ranged from mixed to negative.  After hearing so much negative criticism about the game, I finally decided to play it for myself, and I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

Continue reading Kuon

Posted on Jun 25th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Resident Evil, Survival horror, Capcom, Action

Most everyone knows by now that I am a huge fan of the Resident Evil series, beginning with the first game some 20 years ago.  Once the flagship franchise of the survival-horror genre, the series has seen some massive shifts in direction over the last several years, much to the chagrin of longtime fans.  Although I have played and enjoyed every main entry in the series, even the oft-derided fifth and sixth entries, I agreed with the consensus that said Capcom should bring Resident Evil back to its horror roots instead of continuing with its newfound action-oriented direction.  So with the surprise announcement of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard at E3 2016, a new game in the series that promised to emphasize survival horror over blistering action, I must have been stoked out of my mind, right?

Well, not exactly. 

Continue reading Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Posted on May 26th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Action, First person, shooter, sci fi, horror, Bethesda, Arkane

Back in 2006, a game known as Prey was released for the Xbox 360 and PC. While it was met with positive critical reception, it has been mostly forgotten about over the 10 years since its release.  Truth be told, I rented Prey back when it first came out, but I was very hasty to decide that I didn't like it and returned the game without investing much time into it.  I have always wanted to go back and give the game a proper try since it contains some unique gameplay mechanics, but I have never owned a copy and likely wouldn't have gotten around to it even if I did.

Fast forward to June 2016, a reboot of Prey was shown at E3, and I was immediately intrigued by the trailer.  It instantly reminded me of the original Half-Life, one of my all-time favorite games. It also contained glimpses of some very interesting gameplay mechanics that I was excited to experience for myself.  Since this new game is not a proper sequel to the original, I had no qualms about jumping right in without playing the original.  Make no mistake about it, this new Prey has virtually nothing in common with the original Prey from 2006, save for the name and a general sci-fi theme.

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Posted on Apr 28th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Horror, Story, Plot twist, Philosophical, Science fiction, Frictional Games

As some on this site know by now, I have been a huge survival horror fan for a long time.  I have even made it a point for the last several years to spend the month of October (and sometimes September also!) playing various titles from the genre as my own way of celebrating the Halloween season.  During this time, I always like to go back and play some of my old favorites from the genre, but I always like to attempt to expand my horizons and play something new and unfamiliar to me.  So when I obtained a copy of SOMA from the September 2016 Humble Monthly Bundle, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try a new horror title that I had heard many good things about.

Continue reading SOMA

Posted on Mar 26th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Action, Adventure, RPG, SquareSoft, HAL Laboratory, Satoru Iwata

Since buying a Retron 5 nearly two years ago, I have invested a great deal of time and money into acquiring many of the great Super Famicom exclusive titles that we were not fortunate enough to receive in North America.  Thanks to the Retron's ability to apply translation patches to the games (assuming that someone has gone through the trouble of translating the text and creating the patch for said game), not being able to understand text-heavy games because they are in Japanese is no longer an issue for those of us who don't speak the language. 

Unfortunately, despite my ambitions of playing through all of these newly added imports in my collection, I have only played through a couple of these titles so far.  However, I plan on putting forth a more solid effort toward playing more of these games in the future, starting with what will hopefully be the first of many Japan exclusive titles that I will be reviewing for this site: Alcahest!

Continue reading Alcahest

Posted on Feb 26th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Nintendo, Intelligent Systems, Zelda, Links Awakening, Adventure, Game Boy

As a kid growing up in the early to mid-90s, videogames were a huge part of my childhood.  Like many kids from that time, I had a Game Boy and played it most often while away from home.  However, there was one game I owned for the Game Boy that kept me playing whether I was at home or on the go:  The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningLink's Awakening was an important game for me growing up, taking the formula of A Link to the Past, one of my all-time favorite games, and condensing it to Game Boy form meant it was an automatic hit in my book.  It also helped that a good friend of mine at that time was also playing the game, so we would often compare notes and help each other along throughout the game.

But wait!  This isn't an article about Link's Awakening, so why am I spending so much time talking about it?  Well, it has come to my attention recently that the topic of this article, a game by the name of For the Frog the Bell Tolls, and Link's Awakening have a lot in common.  Specifically, both games share the same engine, so the aesthetic as well as certain gameplay mechanics are nearly identical between these two games.  With Link's Awakening being a game that is so near and dear to me, I knew I had to check out For the Frog the Bell Tolls, so I bought an original Japanese Game Boy cartridge of the game and popped it into my Retron 5 complete with an English language translation patch so I could enjoy this adventure firsthand!

Continue reading For The Frog The Bell Tolls

Posted on Feb 4th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, PC, PS2, Xbox, Lost Heaven, Open World, Shooter

I have never considered myself to be primarily a PC gamer, but there was a time back in the late '90s and early 2000s when I did a considerable amount of gaming on the PC.  During this time, I played such revered classics as Half-Life, Max Payne, and Deus Ex, all of which I would consider to be among my all-time favorites.  Many excellent games were being released exclusively on PC, and when these titles were later ported to consoles, the results were often lackluster. 

One such game from this era that I have always remembered fondly is Mafia.  Releasing less than a year after the immensely popular Grand Theft Auto III, it may be easy to dismiss Mafia as a cheap knockoff.  While Mafia may resemble the Grand Theft Auto series at first glance, I have always felt that it was the "anti-GTA" game.  Although both games share similarities with their open-world environments, crime-based stories, and emphasis on driving and shooting gameplay mechanics, Mafia's more serious and less satirical tone, focus on realism, and larger emphasis on narrative rather than free roaming sandbox gameplay sets it apart from Rockstar's juggernaut.

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Posted on Jan 25th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Disposed Hero)
Posted under Review, Shooter, Action, id, Bethesda, First person

The original Doom that was released back in 1993 was an extremely important landmark title in gaming.  While not necessarily the first first-person-shooter to hit the market, it was definitely the game that popularized the genre.  I have fond memories of playing Doom sometime back in the mid-90s on PC when I was less than the age of 10, with its gameplay and (at the time) mature content being unlike anything I had ever experienced before.  Although the version I had only contained the first episode, I played through it multiple times, and it is still a game that I find myself going back to even today.  After the Wolfenstein series got a great new entry with MachineGames' excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order, I was confident that id's other classic franchise would receive the same treatment when a new game in the Doom series, simply titled Doom, was shown at E3 2015.  I was not disappointed.  In fact, even after playing other highly acclaimed games from 2016 such as Uncharted 4 and Final Fantasy XV, I still feel like I enjoyed Doom enough to call it my Game of the Year for 2016.

Continue reading My GOTY 2016: DOOM

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