Johnathan Irwin

A gamer to the bone almost as long as I've been alive, putting my passion for gaming to use through my writing.

Our Review of Children of Zodiarcs

We don’t see them around as much anymore, but tactical RPGs are still alive and well; just far fewer in number. Every couple years, I still go back and play Final Fantasy Tactics or the original Disgaea for a trip down memory lane, and every now and then a pleasant surprise pops up here in the present to scratch that itch. This year, that appears to be Children of Zodiarcs from Cardboard Uto...[Read More]

Our Serial Cleaner Review

You know, as much as I would love for it to be so, writing about video games is not my day job. It’s a volunteered labor of love, and I sink my heart and soul into it. But the fact is, the things that put bread and butter on my table is the thrilling life and times of an environmental service assistance for an elderly living center. In short, a housekeeper. In even shorter terms, a cleaner. ...[Read More]

Aven Colony is Much More Than SimCity in Space

People have been saying it for months, Aven Colony is SimCity but in space. While that is true, it’s also an unfair blanket statement. It makes it sound as though it is a clone with an extraterrestrial backdrop. In my short time with Aven Colony so far, this is not a game of balancing economic booms with woes and the occasional disaster. This is survival far away from home. More is at stake ...[Read More]

8

Great

Conarium Review

Lovecraftian style media is hard to pull off right. So many creators of books, movies, and most guilty of all video games tend to mistake the term “Lovecraftian” as horror with confusing routes and the occassional Great Old One/Cthulu based threats. Coming on the heels of another game that claimed to be Lovecraftian and disappointed me, comes Conarium from Zoetrope Interactive ammd Ice...[Read More]

7.5

Good

LEGO City Undercover Review

LEGO games normally aren’t my thing. They’re fun in short doses, but normally in my experience when I gave them a chance, I was quick to pass them onto my younger nieces and nephews. I’d yet to ever actually review one; until now. LEGO City Undercover is arguably the most kid-friendly alternative to the free roam formula that is so often presented in games rated for Teens or rate...[Read More]

7.5

Good

This is the Police Review

PC

This game isn’t a ‘feel good’ episode of COPS. It’s not an action packed walk in the shoes of a hardboiled Max Payne, nor is it the humor of Lethal Weapon’s Riggs and Murtaugh. This Is The Police, and this is our “This Is The Police” review. This Is The Police is a drama about a pill addled, booze hound of a police chief named Jack Boyd. A relic of yestery...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Beat Cop Review

PC

Brooklyn, New York. The 1986. Cocaine fell like snow, outfits were offensively vibrant, and the city’s underbelly would inspire drama, action, and romanticism of both police and criminals for years to come. It’s only fitting that after 3 decades, we’d finally get the game we deserve. A dash of Lethal Weapon, a pinch of TJ Hooker, and a sprinkle of comedy reflective of an era and ...[Read More]

7

Good

The Crow’s Eye Review

PC

I’m just going to put this out in the open. The Crow’s Eye has had teasers over the last few years that really seemed to be building towards what I was hoping to be the next big thing for the horror genre. Something that’d finally knock Amnesia: The Dark Descent off of the throne in the eyes of horror fans at large. The final product, after such promising teasers is… well, ...[Read More]

7.5

Good

88 Heroes Review

8/8/1988, 0808hrs, Dr H8 makes contact with the governments of the world with a single demand. $88 Octillion Dollars in 88 minutes, or he will annihilate the world. I can only presume he intends to blow it in an equal amount to his demand, 88 octillion pieces of debris hurling through space. Considering that’s an amount of money greater than any that has ever existed in reality or in fiction...[Read More]

Wii U We Hardly Knew You – A Retrospective on Nintendo’s Underappreciated Console

Despite being one of Nintendo’s harshest critics in recent years, I can also say without flinching that I’m also one of Nintendo’s biggest fans. When I turned four years old, my very first videogame console was given to me by my grandmother and helped set me on the path of the man I am today. I remember my eyes lighting up the first time I played Super Mario Bros. on the NES all ...[Read More]

7.5

Good

Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey Review

My initial thoughts on Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey lay entirely focused on that obnoxiously long title. Why? Just why? Developers out there take note, do not make your game something with a name that long. First impressions are key, and that includes title presentations. This is our Atelier Firis review. Getting passed that, I loaded up the game for the first time. A no...[Read More]

Our Hellion One Hour Review of Early Access

I’m not a person that suffers from anxiety chronically. I can usually be looked upon as a calm and collected person. So the first time I played Hellion, and was promptly sucked out of an airlock and into the void of space, with no way to save myself as I drifted further and further away until my oxygen ran out, I can admit to having a small panic attack. About twenty minutes of just trying t...[Read More]

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