Jacob Semmes

Autism Dad. Ex-Professor. Semmes has a deep love for Final Fantasy XV and still considers Xenogears to be one of the best storytelling RPGs of old.

A Quick Look at Epic Tavern: The August Update

I returned to the Groggy Wench, piqued by the prospect of newly upgraded shinies, and not sure what to expect as I stared at the rarely cleaned wooden entrance. Gosh, my tavern was a dump. Renowned for its BBQed rate and questionable water quality. I’d be damned if I wouldn’t revisit my tavern dreams in Epic Tavern. So return I did, sauntering in to my dimly lit, wretched hive of scum and villainy...[Read More]

Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection Review

The opening scene of Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection is fairly fantastic and is deliberately stylized to look like a PS2 game’s CGI opening scene. Rocking music introduces our protagonist, Ragna, with fiery red hair that matches the color of his steampunk aeroplane. A dragon rider engages, attempting to knock the mechanical contraption from the sky. But Ragna is an ace pilot, and a dragon vs aeropla...[Read More]

Wargaming and Creative Assembly Want Total War to Go Full On Competitive

While at the Wargaming office in San Francisco, I met with Creative Assembly’s Developer Communications Joshua Williams to get some insight behind Total War’s first free-to-play PvP title: Total War Arena. Total War Arena is being developed by Creative Assembly and being published by Wargaming as part of the Wargaming Alliance, which helps publish free-to-play games. The game is currently in close...[Read More]

Total War Arena is looking like the perfect blend of competitive gaming and mass warfare

While at the Wargaming offices in San Francisco, the Wargaming Alliance team gave me an exclusive look at the next Roman commander in Total War Arena, Sulla. We also had the chance to play a bunch of games together and get absolutely stomped. I had been playing the game before our giveaway and a few weeks ahead of visiting their offices. Even before meeting the passionate team, even before intervi...[Read More]

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Good

Culdcept Revolt Review

The Culdcept series has been around for a bit, as far back 1997 on the Sega Saturn. It has since released games on almost all Playstations except the PS4 as well as the Xbox 360, and this newest edition on the Nintendo 3DS. I loaded into Culdcept Revolt completely naive to the series and it came highly recommended as a blend of Monopoly and Magic: The Gathering. This is apparently the most common ...[Read More]

8.5

Great

Mystik Belle Review

Mystik Belle was released in 2015 on pretty much every available console, including the Ouya, if the Ouya really counts. Every console except the Xbox One, that is. But the Belle McFae and the Hagmore School of Magic have finally landed on the Xbox with all their original beautifully nostalgia induced charm and retro-inspired gameplay. Mystik Belle is a gem of an indie game from Last Dimension, a ...[Read More]

Epic Tavern Early Access Impressions

Epic Tavern is partly a mix of sim management and part RPG adventure being developed by Hyperkinetic Studios. On one hand, you’re the owner of a fledgling tavern. On the other, you’re a mercenary contractor who sends brave (and by brave I mean gullible) adventures on quests for gold, loot, and reputation. If you’ve always wanted to have a living breathing tavern a la Dungeons and Dragons, then Epi...[Read More]

Tyranny: The Bastard’s Wound Review

Tyranny: the game you play when you are tired of everyone’s bullshit. Patience goes from zero to corpse-ified in exactly on mouse click. I once sent a message from the top of a spire to the bottom by throwing a person off with a note strapped to them. Email. I told the people below I was tired of their bullshit. In Tyranny, you don’t have to deal with anyone’s bullshit and in its first DLC, The Ba...[Read More]

Our Necrosphere Review

Fireballs. All. The. Fireballs. If you don’t enjoy dying ad nauseam to floating pixelated fireballs, then Necrosphere is not the game for you. Even if you do like dying to pixelated fireballs, Necrosphere still might not be the game for you. Necrosphere touts itself as being a frustratingly difficult Metroidvania in which players can only use two keys. That’s right: two keys. Four generations of c...[Read More]

Ken Follet’s The Pillars of Earth Review

The Pillars of Earth is an immersive reminder that 1135 England was quite possibly the worst place on Earth. Do you like dying in childbirth in a forest in the middle of winter because your husband is too prideful to take a great job? Check. Abandoning babies to die in the freezing forest on a whim because you’re quite possibly the worst father ever? Check.Committing suicide because the devil was ...[Read More]

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