No Refunds: “Monster Sanctuary”

I might be biased because of my love of all things platformer, especially those with gorgeous pixel art, but combining turn-based RPG combat, Pokemon-like monster collecting, and the so-called Metroidvania style turns out to work exceedingly well. The game essentially hooks you four different ways. First, there’s the exploration, with each monster type serving toContinue reading “No Refunds: “Monster Sanctuary””

One Life: Spider-Man: Miles Morales

I grew up in New York City, which is a blessing and curse when it comes to media. You always feel represented–New York is nothing if not ubiquitous–but you also never quite feel seen, because what you’re seeing reflected through the screen is a glossy, exaggerated mash-up of themes that are always in service toContinue reading “One Life: Spider-Man: Miles Morales”

No Refunds: “Unto the End”

A clangy cross between the gameplay of Dark Souls and the visual aesthetic of Flashback, the Viking-like Unto the End is a brooding, deliberate game that I have absolutely no interest in. This isn’t a bad game, but it’s a sparse and derivative one, with no real way to distinguish itself or draw any butContinue reading “No Refunds: “Unto the End””