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Video game reviews - PC, Nintendo Switch, etc.

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    Harvest Moon isn’t the same game you grew up with.

    A lot has happened since Natsume split from original developer Marvelous Interactive to create their own games under the Harvest Moon moniker – it was a major turning point at the beginning of Harvest Moon‘s 20th Anniversary. In Japan, Marvelous held the license to what roughly translates from Bokujo Monogatari to “Ranch Story”. Natsume localized the Bokujo Monogatari games as Harvest Moon until 2014. Though the company retains the rights to the title, Marvelous has partnered with XSeed games to localize the franchise’s games instead. To make matters more confusing, in 2014 Marvelous announced that their in-house publisher XSeed games would be localizing and publishing the Bokujo Monogatari series in…

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    Sims 4: Discover University | Review + Features

    I had really high expectations for this pack, as did the rest of the Sims community. I think from the day of it’s initial image leak (September, 2019), I had a really good feeling about the release of this pack. I was prepared to feel disappointed but shocked to say that I wasn’t actually disappointed by this pack. There are definitely some issues that I am going to mention but overall I’d say it’s worth the $40. CAS/Build & Buy Items I think that every pack shows that the hair textures in particular are getting better and better. I generally feel like they moved from a more stylized look to…

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    You Should Be Playing Final Fantasy XIV – And Here’s Why

    Let it be known that Final Fantasy XIV bombed hard in its 2010 initial release. Not the game play itself, but everything else wrapped around the game was broken beyond recognition. Just to be clear, flowerpots weren’t the only cause of the server crashing; the developers failed adapt to changing trends in game design, opted to focus on graphics quality, and ultimately failed to realize in the process that their game would just not be fun to play. Their Beta testers knew about these issues for months, and they still released without fixing anything even slightly. Honestly the game play by itself was also broken. Your normal attack was an…

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    Fire Emblem: Three Houses | Hard Mode Clear

    Edelgard Hard Mode WARNING: This post may contain spoilers! At 59:16 hours of game play, I finally did it – I beat Edelgard’s story on hard mode classic in Fire Emblem Three Houses a month after the release. It took several tries (11, to be exact) but I managed to make it to the end without losing a single unit; recruits included. Note: let it be known that Nintendo quoted 80 hours of game play for each story! Overall, I learned a lot (I definitely should have recruited more while I had the chance.) I didn’t realize how important recruits were until it was too late. If you read a…

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    I purchased Fire Emblem: Three Houses (…and boy am I impressed!).

    WARNING: This post may contain spoilers! Fire Emblem: Three Houses has launched on Switch, and to the surprise of many, it’s pulling in very, very good reviews (with an OpenCritic score of 88), with many praising it as a big leap forward for the series. I’ve played since Fire Emblem was released on the GameBody (remember Eliwood, Lin, and Hector?) and I gotta say, this game has came a long way. I had just about lost hope when I picked up Fire Emblem: Awakening (Fates was awful, too) and several fans will agree that this is the best game thus far (well, besides the classics, anyway). First things first, I delved in to…