Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition (2019) [Switch]

Read my review of Pillars of Eternity on Nintendo Switch, spoilers, it’s freaking amazing. It released on the 8th and has a ton of added content due to the highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Take a minute to see why all the hype is definitely warranted.

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“Trust in dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.”
-Khalil Gibran



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What’s up, everybody? I’ve had the honor of playing Pillars of Eternity for the Switch before the public release to give you a better idea of how this port has turned out. I didn’t play the original so I won’t be able to let you know how it stacks up against those versions. I will, however, be giving a detailed look at this very in-depth game and how I’m enjoying playing it on my Switch. Of course, I’d like to thank Paradox Interactive for providing the review key; it’s the early key I’ve gotten I’m most proud to be doing.


This port was brought to fruition by nearly 74,000 backers on Kickstarter, who rightfully believed this was a cause…

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Fallout 76 (2018) [PC]

Check out my review of Fallout 76 on TWRM, I would love to hear your feedback on this highly divisive game and see what you think about my opinions.

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A friend is a gift you give yourself.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

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In what was likely the most polarizing game of 2018, Bethesda released this beautiful and terrible masterpiece of unfulfilled potential. I personally have mostly fond memories from the game, but I understand the problems and I would like to take this time to highlight what went well and what went wrong in this blockbuster game that many of us believed might never have existed before the sudden announcement at E3.

I can not remember a game that has been more hated and loved while being ripped to shreds by the majority of the internet since the release of No Man’s Sky, which was met with such an incredible backlash you might have thought the developers were better off not releasing the game at all. I…

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‘Salem’s Lot (1975)

Read my thoughts on the spine-tingling classic tale, ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. king actually considers this to be his favorite of his own stories which is really saying something for such an accomplished author. I have to agree that it is one of his finest, but you can follow the link and decide for yourself!

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Sometimes dead is better.
-Stephen King, Pet Sematary

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I will be reviewing the novel ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King in this post. ‘Salem’s Lot is short for Jerusalem’s Lot in case the initial apostrophe was throwing anybody off or had you wondering. I actually was able to read the book and watch the first movie as well and I really enjoyed both of them. The book has been mentioned by King on more than one occasion as his favorite story that he has written, and it is with good reason that he would say that. King does a wonderful job portraying a small town setting and really making the character’s relatable. You cannot help but get sucked into the story and feel close to many of the people within the town. My personal favorite character was the teacher Matt…

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Reviews of July (2018): “Hey, Listen!”

Head on over to The Well-Red Mage and check out the reviews of July including my review of Tricky Towers, a fun take on Tetris that is great to play with a friend.

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After an explosive month in June, by which I refer to its dynamism and not to its destructive power, July seemed much cooler by comparison, even if the weather didn’t follow that pattern. Keeping up a post a day is tough work but we did our best and put out what I think is some great content this month. Further, we hit some Patreon goals and are about to move into a new region of content altogether! Our heart as ever remains in the critiques and here they are for July:

abxy1The ABXY Mage (@ABXY_Reviews) formed the bookends of July with an opening and a closing review. First, he re-examined the original Metroidthrough the lens of Zero Missionon his crusade to review the entire Metroid series, and then he brought us a finale in the form of a deconstructivist take on the iconic Tomb Raider

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Tricky Towers (2016) [Steam]

Check out my review on Tricky Towers and move quickly so that you can enter in for your chance to win the giveaway! Follow the link for details on how you can win your very own copy of Tricky Towers on Steam, and see what I have to say about the game while you are at it.

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Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
-Lewis Carroll

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I would like to start off by thanking The Well-Red Mage, Game-Drive, and the developers WeirdBeard for providing a review copy of this game. This is a very special occasion, however! They have also provided the means for us to give away a copy of the game coinciding with this review. Stay tuned and we will let you know how you can get yourself entered for a chance to win a code for Tricky Towers on Steam!

***The Well-Red Mage is going to make an announcement on Twitter and select a winner at random, all you have to do is like his tweet and/or this article here on WordPress (you can double your chances that way), so follow him there and…

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Reviews of June (2018): All Systems Running

It was the biggest month ever over at TWRM, and I am very happy to have been a part of it with 3 different pieces. Click the link to see my reviews of Shadowrun: Hong Kong, The Lost Child, as well as my top 7 games for the Nintendo GameCube from the 30 Day Console Challenge!

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June is over and so is one epic month of content creating! Forty-seven posts in thirty days and this is what the editor in me felt like, mostly because I had to go so fast I kept making my own typos!


Haha I kid, of course!

Working with TWRM these past two years and some change has been a real work of love, a passion project, and sharing my baby with others has helped it grow into something I couldn’t predict. I simply could not have passed through June alone with the event we hosted but I did so hand in hand with (sometimes kicking and screaming and being dragged by) many awesome writers across the world!

Written media is dead? People still read out there and they responded for the biggest month we’ve ever had. I know because I’m one of those readers that enjoys reading, and I loved…

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The Lost Child (2018) [Switch]

My review of The Lost Child is up on The Well-Red Mage! It has released on Nintendo Switch and was a fun JRPG with some Lovecraftian shout outs which I loved.

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It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

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I always love getting the chance to review a game that I really enjoy. I would like to start by thanking Kadokawa Games, NIS America, and of course The Well-Red Mage for providing me with a review copy of the game. It is a bit surreal for me personally when I am able to play a game and review it before it is available to the general public, so thank you guys for making that a reality for me.

The Lost Child is a JRPG with animation in the art style of Japanese anime and it wears its Lovecraftian influence on its sleeve. You…

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong (2015) [PC]

Check out my review of Shadowrun: Hong Kong which marks my 20th review on The Well-Red Mage! It’s been a journey and I look forward to what is still to come. Oh yeah, and Shadowrun was AMAZING.

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Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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Today I have the pleasure of reviewing a game that I spent over 30 glorious hours with and enjoyed every bit. This was the first game that I have played in the long Shadowrun series and I feel like I couldn’t have started with a better one. When I mentioned the game to my cousin he told me that Shadowrun is actually his favorite tabletop game series as well, so there is a plethora of lore and options on how to play with this series.

My knowledge of Shadowrun as a whole is certainly very limited, but I hope to explain what made this specific game so incredible and…

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Reviews of May (2018): The Call

May is finished and things are heating up outside, but the reviews at The Well-Red Mage are always cool! *Crickets Chirp*…. Anyway! Check out all the fantastic reviews from last month including my review of Death Road to Canada!

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Hey so that’s another month for the history books! May is over and I’m already looking forward to June with incalculable anticipation. You know, the kind we used to live with when we were children in anticipation of the games we loved. That’s a feeling we could afford to have a bit more of, thank you.

Here’s what TWRM reviewed through the merry month of May:

Our amazing contributors had a strong showing this month with the ABXY Mage (aka ABXY Reviews) leading the way with a hard-eyed and honest look at the second Metroid game, Metroid II: Return of Samus for the Game Boy. The Moronic Cheese Mage (aka Mr. Wapojif) crafted a compelling review that convinced me I need to get around to playing indie-darling INSIDE, stat! The Sometimes Vaguely Philosophical Mage (of Overthinker Y) made his debut this month with a…

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Save The Ninja Clan (2018) [Switch]

My first release day review is live on The Well-Red Mage! It is for Save The Ninja Clan, which is a platformer in the vein of Super Meat Boy & releases on Nintendo Switch today.

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I may not look like much, but I’m an expert at trying to be a ninja.
-Darynda Jones, First Grave on the Right

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Save The Ninja Clan is releasing today for the Nintendo Switch. It marks the first game I have had the pleasure of playing and reviewing before its actual release date and I am very honored to be able to do so. It was a very challenging game for me personally, but I loved stepping up to that challenge and pushing through to the end.

Its play style is very reminiscent of Super Meat Boy in that you play as a 2D character with a very hand-drawn feel who moves similarly and feels alike, especially when jumping against walls to make it around the level. It is different in many ways as well, of course…

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