Author Archives: John-Charles Holmes
Known most recently for his work doing design and promotional art for Bravely Default, longtime artist at Square, Akhiko Yoshida is leaving the company. Yoshida made the announcement in a Bravely Default artbook released in Japan today. It’s not entirely clear what’s next for Yoshida in the future, but he has confirmed that he will continue his relationship with Square Enix working on the Bravely Default games for the time being. It’s always sad to hear about artists moving from their jobs, especially when [...]
In a recent interview with Siliconera, Reggie “The Regginator” Fils-Aime discussed a number of topics; the impact of petition on getting games released stateside (which is to say minimal) and even the future of many of Nintendo’s business plans in America moving forward. However, one bombshell of a question was dropped during the discussion. Eagle eyed Nintendo fans might have noticed that 2013 was not officially declared the Year of Luigi until February of this year. Siliconera asked if this [...]
Valve has been showing the alternative OS, Linux, a lot of love recently. Not only have many games available through Steam begun to offer Linux versions along side PC and Mac, but the recently unveiled Steam Machines were announced to run on a custom version of Linux as well. Now, Valve has just announced that they’ve joined a coalition known as the Linux Foundation, a group dedicated towards encouraging the growth of the Linux platform. Mike Sartain of Valve commented [...]
There are fighting games for all sorts of audiences. The hardcore crowd has found their niche with the recent wave of games initiated by Street Fighter IV at the head of the previous generation. Unfortunately, these games aren’t for everyone, as some players demand high reward—both gameplay and visual—with little input. And that’s where games like Saint Seiya: Brave Soliders come into play.
In the year 2013, the Year of Luigi, is the idea of the gaming mascot dead? Not necessarily. Sony still has a hand in the pot with their perennial franchise Ratchet & Clank, which saw a major overhaul on the Playstation 3 with the aptly named Future series. With a new focus on cinematic scale, crazy mechanics, and giving tiny robot Clank a bigger spotlight, the series has come a far way from their PS2 incarnations. Developer Insomniac Games hopes [...]
A tiny heroine. A mysterious world. A gigantic world. This is the combination that makes up the amazing world of Knytt Underground, a Metroid-style adventure platformer which recently found its way to the PC after a brief stint on the Playstation 3 and PS Vita. Is this epoch of microscopic proportions worth a second look on a new platform, or is just small enough to ignore?
Swashbuckling action, singing pirates, and a whale… with a mustache… on trial for murder? Yup, somehow this is all possible in the new DLC for Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies, titled Turnabout Reclaimed. The DLC is out today on the 3DS and Capcom has put out this bizarre and jolly trailer to ring in the occasion. I don’t think even Phoenix Wright fans are prepared for how straight up bananas things look like they’re gonna get in this DLC. If you picked up Dual Destinies and you want [...]
If you haven’t been keeping up with ShiftyLook’s upcoming dating sim, Namco High. You need to fix this immediately. The game is being penned by Homestuck auteur Andrew Hussey and has a wide variety of artists providing visuals for all the datable characters in the game, which takes place in a fictional school where a variety of Namco characters go to learn and love. In the past week or so, ShiftyLook has actually announced some more prospective students including the indomitable Mr. Driller, [...]
A Spelunky a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, at least it does when the cave is constantly respawning you every time you die. For some time now, gamers of the PC version of indie-hit Spelunky have been enjoying a unique feature called Daily Challenges. What this does is randomly generate one specific cave layout that all players will have one shot of playing each day, just to see how far they can get and stack it up against other fellow spelunkers. This [...]
The jock, the hip girl, the nerd, the creepy kid who’s obsessed with guns… Sounds like the setup for some modern day The Breakfast Club II, but in reality it’s the setup for Final Exam, the crazy retro-styled beat-em-up platformer that centers around a group of friends reconvening for a high school reunion. Wait, did I mention there were these zombie monsters that crash the party? Because there are. So with this recipe for success, one has to ask, does [...]