Articles by Cullen Black

Unicorn Overlord Review
Unicorn Overlord Review

Unicorn Overlord seems allergic to risk-taking, and it makes for a safe and enjoyable product that fails to introduce anything new. So when I was given just a passable game, I couldn’t help but be let down.

review by Cullen Black on 02 April, 2024

Dragon's Dogma 2: Finding Malcolm in The Heel of History, and How this resolves The Caged Magistrate
Dragon's Dogma 2: Finding Malcolm in The Heel of History, and How this resolves The Caged Magistrate

In the main quest of Dragon's Dogma 2 you'll need to find a place of knowledge during the quest The Caged Magistrate. We'll point you in the direction of the quest that helps you resolve this.

guide by Cullen Black on 30 March, 2024

PSA: You can't hide helmet in Dragon's Dogma 2, but you can raise the visor
PSA: You can't hide helmet in Dragon's Dogma 2, but you can raise the visor

Frustrated with a helmet covering your character's face in Dragon's Dogma 2? We can help. Sort of.

guide by Cullen Black on 23 March, 2024

Dragon's Dogma 2: Where to find Rodge in Prey for the Pack
Dragon's Dogma 2: Where to find Rodge in Prey for the Pack

The timed side quest Prey for the Pack involves tracking down a lost boy before he becomes wolf chow. As long as you know where the Putrid Cave is, you'll find him just fine.

guide by Cullen Black on 22 March, 2024

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Review
Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Review

The Dragon Quest Monsters series makes a great return on Nintendo Switch, but in regards to its story it does very little to properly honor the legacy of the game it takes inspiration from.

review by Cullen Black on 01 February, 2024

Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth has me feeling like a tourist - Preview
Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth has me feeling like a tourist - Preview

Late last year, we got the chance to play an extended demo of Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth during a Sega-coordinated preview event.

preview by Cullen Black on 04 January, 2024

Final Fantasy XVI: Echoes of the Fallen offers a compelling reason to return to Valisthea
Final Fantasy XVI: Echoes of the Fallen offers a compelling reason to return to Valisthea

The first of two DLC packs for the game lets players face off against Omega in a combat-focused side chapter of the story.

feature by Cullen Black on 12 December, 2023

Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Interview - Talking Monsters and More with Kento Yokota
Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Interview - Talking Monsters and More with Kento Yokota

We were able to ask producer Kento Yokota a few questions about the revived Dragon Quest sub-series.

interview by Adam Vitale and Cullen Black on 07 December, 2023

Final Fantasy XVI Review
Final Fantasy XVI Review

Final Fantasy XVI is a confident game with amazing combat, an earnest narrative, and unbridled spectacle. Faults in pacing, RPG depth, quest design, and all those other nagging criticisms be damned - this game is special.?

review by Cullen Black on 21 June, 2023

Loop8: Summer of Gods Review
Loop8: Summer of Gods Review

Loop8 is a game full of great ideas that never come together.

review by Cullen Black on 01 June, 2023

The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are not perfect, but I'm thrilled to be playing them on Nintendo Switch
The Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are not perfect, but I'm thrilled to be playing them on Nintendo Switch

Square's latest attempt to bring six classic Final Fantasy games is admirable, even with their faults.

feature by Cullen Black on 19 April, 2023

Octopath Traveler II Review
Octopath Traveler II Review

Octopath Traveler II is the rare sequel that manages to improve on the original without changing too much, finding success by expanding and polishing.

review by Cullen Black on 21 February, 2023

Harvestella Review
Harvestella Review

Harvestella is Square Enix's endearing first attempt at a farming sim RPG, only slightly held back by its budget.

review by Cullen Black on 07 February, 2023

Persona 4 Golden has finally come out on a Portable System - Switch Impressions
Persona 4 Golden has finally come out on a Portable System - Switch Impressions

(It's a joke, sorry. Persona 4 Golden is now available for Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation consoles.)

feature by Cullen Black on 17 January, 2023

I played One Piece Odyssey on a boat
I played One Piece Odyssey on a boat

One Piece's latest video game offering is quite a departure, one that has potential.

preview by Cullen Black on 12 December, 2022

Persona 5 Royal: How do the Switch, Xbox, and PC versions stack up?
Persona 5 Royal: How do the Switch, Xbox, and PC versions stack up?

We check in on just how good the new Xbox, PC, and Switch versions of Persona 5 Royal in this port report.

feature by James Galizio and Cullen Black on 17 October, 2022

Nier Automata for Switch is a miracle port
Nier Automata for Switch is a miracle port

Nier Automata on Switch feels like it shouldn't exist. But it does - and it not only works, it works well.

feature by Cullen Black on 30 September, 2022

AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative Review
AI: The Somnium Files - nirvanA Initiative Review

As a follow-up to a 2019 cult classic adventure game, this surprise sequel is full of heart and blows past expectations.

review by Cullen Black on 22 June, 2022

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is the full package - Preview
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is the full package - Preview

With a likeable new character and interesting twist on Three Houses, this spinoff is shaping up to be promising.

preview by Cullen Black on 08 June, 2022

No surprise, the .hack//G.U. Last Recode Switch port is pretty great
No surprise, the .hack//G.U. Last Recode Switch port is pretty great

Bandai Namco has another solid re-release on Switch.

feature by Cullen Black on 03 May, 2022

How Chrono Cross connects to Trigger: What happened to the CT cast and how the games are related
How Chrono Cross connects to Trigger: What happened to the CT cast and how the games are related

Chrono Cross is a sequel - but only loosely. Dig in, however, and you can find deep connections to Chrono Trigger - and the fate of its beloved cast.

feature by Alex Donaldson and Cullen Black on 06 April, 2022

Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition Review
Chrono Cross: The Radical Dreamers Edition Review

The Radical Dreamers Edition brings back two classics for the first time since their debut, but the Switch version leaves a lot to be desired.

review by Cullen Black on 05 April, 2022

Chocobo GP Review
Chocobo GP Review

While the racing itself is solid enough, limitations on multiplayer and strange monetization gimmicks hold this cart racer back.

review by Cullen Black on 17 March, 2022

Triangle Strategy Review
Triangle Strategy Review

While its tactical combat is wonderful, issues with the branching narrative and morality systems hold Triangle Strategy back from true greatness.

review by Cullen Black on 03 March, 2022

Kingdom Hearts' Cloud Ports on Switch: Far from an "Integrum Masterpiece"
Kingdom Hearts' Cloud Ports on Switch: Far from an "Integrum Masterpiece"

The Kingdom Hearts series has made its way to Switch, but not as expected.

feature by Cullen Black on 16 February, 2022

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