What if Square joined forces with Sega?

Keep in mind that this is only one out of many possible scenarios. As you all know, JRPG developer Square was in their prime during the late 1980s and pretty much all of the 90s. Back when they supported Nintendo, they put out great games such as Final Fantasy 1-6, Chrono Trigger, Front Mission, Secret …

Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars review

alex9234’s Sunday Review Ah, it’s that time once again. Time for another Sunday Review, the segment where I review games that are unique and a fresh change of pace from the same old. Today we’re going to look at one of the most obscure and underrated games in the Game Boy Advance’s library. I’d be …

C’s ware – An Obscure and Forgotten Japanese Visual Novel Developer

*AGE WARNING: This discussion contains links to some NSFW images, so take note if you are under the age of 18 so you can avoid these links.* This is a discussion that I had wanted to do for almost 2 years now, as over the past 4 years, I was building up my collection of …

Why is the Japanese RPG Genre Declining?

The Japanese RPG genre has been in a sticky spot for almost a decade now. The popularity of the genre has been declining as of late, and if people aren’t playing them these days then the genre is bound to disappear down the road. Though Nintendo, Atlus, NIS and MonolithSoft has been doing their best …

The War on Gaming

This is something that I have wanted to write about for a long time now. I’ve wanted to write this since before I started visiting Playeressence and before this site was even created. This is something that I know that I know I’m going to get shit on for endlessly, so if you disagree with …

Sleeping Dogs review

alex9234’s Sunday Review Ah yes, I’s been quite some time since I did one of these. Time for yet another game review, and today we’re looking at one of the most underrated sleeper hits of the 7th generation of gaming. This is considered to be the spiritual successor to the True Crime series, and is …

Tales of Phantasia review

alex9234’s Sunday Review Back with another review, and have decided to review a game from a system that I haven’t covered for a while – the Super Nintendo! Time to review the game that indirectly gave birth to TWO major game franchises – Tales and Star Ocean. Due to internal conflicts between Wolfteam (this game’s …

The Hiroshi Yamauchi Rebuttal

“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get it’s pants on.” – Winston Churchill After taking inspiration from a Razorfist video on Michael Jackson, I decided to write this article. Back on Disqus, I wrote an article on why I believed that former Nintendo President and CEO Hiroshi …

Phil Spencer: Gaming Revolutionary In The Making?

E3 2018 changed my perspective on Microsoft a little bit. I was impressed with the number of games they have put out for the Xbox One, had reasonable praise for their online service, and praised Phil Spencer’s work on turning the Xbox brand around. Like many of you, I am still cautiously optimistic about Microsoft, …

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