The JRPG genre is famous for having more than its fair share of long-ass games. So the fact that, even amongst JRPGs, this game has a reputation for being a handful is should tell you all you need to know about Xenoblade Chronicles. Originally released on the Wii in 2010, it achieved unexpected critical and... Continue Reading →
So is Nexomon just a Pokémon rip-off, or what?
Love it or hate it, it's hard to deny that Pokémon is just as (if not more) culturally significant amongst millennials now than it was when we were actually its target audience. Everywhere you look these days, it's poké-this and poké-that, it gets pretty poké-nnoying after a while. But listen, I understand. Every once in... Continue Reading →
Greedfalls storytelling is at least as good, if not better, than the Witcher III.
The first RPG I ever played was Skyrim on my Dad's PC. It was so intoxicating and immersive and unlike anything I had played before that, in my mind, it doomed all other RPGs to mediocrity in comparison. I sunk 200 hours into that son of a bitch and still had to resort to modding... Continue Reading →
Introducing Shovel Knight, a retro platformer with character in spades.
I bet I surprised you with my super original title. I bet nobody talking about Shovel Knight has ever made that joke before /s Now that the obligatory shovel puns are out of the way, let's get serious for a second. Shovel Knight is an action-platformer that takes us back to a simpler time when... Continue Reading →
Gunfire Reborn is a great action roguelite, and it’s going to get so much better.
Gunfire Reborn is a co-op roguelite-FPS that's been consistently gaining traction online. I don't typically go in for first-person shooters, but I do go in for cute anthropomorphic animals in human clothes, so I figured I would give it a shot. I was pretty impressed by the quality of the game - the guns, the... Continue Reading →
A Castlevania megafan reviews the Netflix Castlevania series.
Boy, do I love Castlevania. But you know what I don't love? Crappy cash-in movies based off my favourite franchises. I don't trust Hollywood with any of my beloved IPs for a second, not after what they did to Warcraft and Monster Hunter. When I heard Netflix was adapting Castlevania into its own anime series,... Continue Reading →
Games that just didn’t tickle my pickle Jan-June 2021: Legend of Legacy, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Quest Builders.
Here on Videogames Make Me Happy, I try to offer a corner of the internet to celebrate every that's awesome about this amazing medium, unsullied by the general negativity and toxicity of 'gamer' culture. There is an understanding here that all games are subjectively 'good' to somebody - a lid for every pot and all... Continue Reading →
Let’s talk about Goblin Slayer, and its depiction of sexual violence.
So let me set the scene. I'm browsing my local HMV for a new anime series to watch (I'm old-fashioned so I like to own products outright instead of renting them from streaming services) when season one of Goblin Slayer catches my eye. Huh, Goblin Slayer, I thought. That's Funimation and Crunchyroll's little project. How... Continue Reading →
The True King of JRPGs Part Two – Dragon Quest VII-IX on 3DS and DS Lite
Welcome back to the second half of this Super Mega Series Review of Dragon Quest IV to Dragon Quest IX. You can find the first half of this review and some background on the Dragon Quest franchise, here. Dragon Quest VII Fragments of a Forgotten Past The year 2000 - dawn of a new millennia... Continue Reading →
The True King of JRPGs Part One – Dragon Quest IV-VI on DS Lite
Ah, Dragon Quest. The JRPG series that just refuses to die. The JRPG series that had the audacity to include the word 'Dragon' in its title despite featuring almost no actual dragons. Whereas other JRPGs like Final Fantasy and Pokémon have transformed themselves beyond recognition to appeal to modern audiences and remain relevant, Grandad Dragon... Continue Reading →