As an up-front qualifier to the rest of what I'm about to say, I absolutely adore the Kingdom Hearts series and (most of) its associated games. But here's the rub: I have serious doubts that I would start playing the Kingdom Hearts series if I heard about it for the first time today.
One of those elements that instantly makes a setting feel fleshed-out and well-realized to me is the presence of conlang, or constructed languages. It's dead impressive that the invented "chaos language" in NieR: Automata is custom-made just to deepen the series' often-haunting and sometimes-thrilling soundtrack.
By any objective measure, Robot Alchemic Drive is a garbage game. Yet I love this rough little clunker so very very much.
Yesterday, it was announced that The Last Remnant would be discontinued for PC in a week and some change. For sales/support reasons? Some issue with licensing? Who knows! Point is, no new players on those games. This isn't even the first time this has happened by a long shot.
Back in the college days, Saints Row 2 was our vice of choice. Yet even with our inbuilt good faith in in the series, I've barely spent a third of the time in Saints' Row The Third as I have its predecessor. So what happened here?
I love me a good JRPG. I have for about two-thirds of my life now. But here's the thing - I can only really play a very limited number of them.
The Yakuza series of games has been gaining a lot of traction recently in the West . Like with S.T.A.L.K.E.R.’s sparse inventory space, its unwillingness to let the player off the proverbial leash works in its favor.