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Fountain City Con 2023

I made an article a few years back that is now buried away, but it was about Fountain City Con. I couldn’t tell you what year that was, but I’m guessing it was their first year. Instead of pulling it up and drawing comparisons to FCC’s old self, I’ll keep it fresh. I’ll instead do what I did with my MoGameCon coverage and just tell you what we did across the day and the vibes we got! So you know that if you’re local to Kansas City, what you can expect to feel while at their event next time.

Elliott is the photographer I’ve been having with me at the last few events. He and I decided to ride together since we live near enough to one another. But honestly, the location of where Fountain City Con happened was only within 30 minutes of either of our houses, so we could’ve driven separately. I think that anything within 30 minutes of where someone lives is a good location and not cause for complaining of distance. This is especially true for when the event can be an all-day excursion of stuff to do (more on that soon). It’s even more true for collectors. Why complain about distance when the event focuses on selling things you collect all in one place and saves you from driving around looking for the stuff? Anyway, I digress, I liked the placement of the event.

We decided to eat at a nearby sandwich shop (Goodscents, for those who are nosey) before heading into the event. We made the assumption that there wouldn’t be food in the event space. We ended up being wrong, but more on that soon enough. Our time finding parking on the Sunday at 12:30 proved to be difficult in terms of finding one up close. The parking lot was also under construction so this meant backing up to get out of a lane with no parking. But once we found one, that was the end of our woes for the day!

Upon entering New Century Fieldhouse, we were greeted with the smell of a gymnasium. Rubber, plastic, deodorizing cleaner; but honestly, it wasn’t overwhelming and shortly we got used to the aroma. We walked up to a table laden with Fountain City Con merch which was all sensible items like cups and mugs, nothing that tickled my fancy though. After finally obtaining our press passes we were in and to our surprise there were a lot of booths and interactive setups.

Our first goal before talking with vendors and artists was photographing and recording the event space. That compiled video is down below at the bottom of this page. There were plenty of attendees on this Sunday afternoon, but it wasn’t stuffed elbow to elbow. Nothing was more abundant than time and space. After recording we went to the booths that interested us the most. I bought some art, collected business cards of people I wanted to follow online, and Elliott got some game pickups. Those are in the video as well, if you’re wanting to see what he snagged. Surprisingly, with the sheer amount of comic vendors, we didn’t buy a single comic!

We saw that there was indeed an entire concessions area and they even had food and drink named nerdy stuff. That was definitely a nice touch, even Planet Comicon doesn’t have concessions with custom-named food! There were plenty of tables to eat at. Up above the concessions was another floor. This was designated as a space for anyone who needed to not feel overstimulated, but it was also a nice view of the goings on below. I wish we’d taken a picture from up high! Maybe we’ll remember and do so next year.

Besides reseller vendors, artists, and authors there were also three different podcast tables that were set up. It was intriguing to see podcasts out at events promoting their work in person. I suppose it makes sense, but why don’t you see more of them? There was a stage for panels on the far wall about 50 feet from the concessions. There were plenty of places to sit and listen in. Adjacent to that were tables designated for tabletop gaming, hosted by Brute Force Gaming. But we didn’t happen to see any of it in our time there, it could’ve been that we missed it all.

To wrap this up, I wanted to also focus on the video gaming available. Since our site is heavily gaming-focused, it only makes sense. Along another wall, KC Game On hosted gaming sessions of various titles. We witnessed people playing Smash Bros and they looked like they were heavily entrenched in the game. Nobody ever glanced away for even a second! KC Game On brought several screens so there was everything they needed to accommodate lots of players. Finally, there were four arcade machines in another corner of the space. Honestly, 5 probably would’ve been a better number. The machines seemed to be busy the entire time we were there and we didn’t get a chance to play. There was space for more, so we’d like to see an additional machine next time.

We left and hit up some thrift stores too. I’ll have those pickups in my pickups video later on. But it was great that so many thrift stores were in the area, which is a roundabout way of saying I hope Fountain City Con stays in its location for the years to come. There’s lots of room to grow in that space and it’s clean! 

Fountain City Con 2023!

MoGameCon 2023

Not *every* year, but most years me and friends try to make our 4 hour exodus to MoGameCon. This year was the first time in a long while that we did so. Unfortunately, we had to leave early. But we do have pictures and footage of our time in St.Louis and at MoGameCon. It looks like we got out of there just in time!

We left from Kansas City on Friday at 4 PM. We drove straight through to St.Louis and ate at a local spot called Culpepper’s. We were trying to meet up with friends, but it just didn’t happen! So we head back to our AirBnB. We were playing some Switch and watched ‘Invaders from Mars’ while enjoying some delicious popcorn. The movie ended and we crashed. Before heading to the convention, we had time to get some grub. So we went and had breakfast at Blondies, and it was absolutely delicious. Finally, we got to MoGameCon at 10 AM when they were letting in press and VIPs. We stayed until 1 PM and got as much footage and pictures as we could. We also tried to buy some stuff in between because we knew the good stuff might get gone once the crowd came in at 11 AM.

When we were there, we were searching for different things and took different pictures and videos of what we saw. Elliott was on the search for someone that would take a trade for a wireless controller he had in exchange for a PS1 Ascii One-Handed controller. His one desire in this world is playing an RPG with one hand and a beer in the other! Unfortunately, he never found anyone who would do that trade with him or maybe he just never found the controller he was looking for so he saved his item for the one day he’d find someone willing to trade. His pickups photo is just below:

Myself, I went to the convention with a different idea in mind. Usually I take a fair amount of Magic the Gathering cards with me to sell/trade off. Then I leave with stuff I didn’t have to pay for. Unfortunately, they didn’t bite this time around. They suggested that I wait for another person to come to their booth that might be interested. I didn’t bother returning because I would miss out on my other goal. My friend has been asking how best to play emulators and PS1 games. I told her the PSP would and that she would have the added benefit of the PSP games too. So I was looking for an affordable one. Finally, I told myself if I saw a Gameboy Camera, I would buy it.

Since I didn’t dwell on the Magic cards and put my nose to the grindstone, I lucked out on both fronts. I stopped by the booth of the Video Game Dads (they have a podcast, look it up). They’re also from Kansas City and so when I saw they had a PSP for sale, I laughed. I said something to the effect that I traveled 4 hours to buy something I could’ve bought from them back home! Anyhow, we worked out a deal since the UMD drive was kind of grindy. I told him it’s going to be for mods anyway and he was happy it was going to a good home. You’ll see in the video below just how clean and scratch-free it is!

The Gameboy Camera doesn’t have a fun story with it. But I did only see one at the place on first glance and to me, at $30, I just bought the dang thing! It felt like a good price and I thought that if I didn’t jump on it, someone else would’ve. And then I went over to Retro Tony’s booth (he has a YouTube channel, look it up), he had a ton of stuff on his table. But I’m someone who looks for deals and common games down below. Tony happened to have a box of freebies full of movies. I looked and found that I had most movies or they were on DVD which was a bummer. I did find one of the Harry Potter films on Bluray that I didn’t yet own. I said YES PLEASE and was happy to be one movie closer to the fully HP movie set.

Once we left the vendor hall, we went into the secondary room that had YouTube personalities (John Riggs and more). There was also a local wrestler, game tournaments, and some other activities happening in that room. I’ve met those people before so I just steered clear on the off chance that people would flood the room. Heck, they had the Sega Pluto prototype there (again) and I’ve even played that before. So I certainly wasn’t much for that room this year. But I did happen into the panel room in time for a Jeopardy-like trivia game about gaming. They had already chosen the teams but the audience all got raffle tickets and were able to win prizes as the game went on. This was put on by Game and Browse (they’re a YouTube channel, look it up!). It went very well and I won an audience prize of a Pokemon tabletop game!

You might be wondering why we left at 1 PM that day as I sort of mentioned before. Well, here’s the video of our time in St.Louis and MoGameCon. Wait until the end and you’ll see!

St.Louis & MoGameCon 2023!

Limited Run Games 2023 Rundown

Here we are again, another week featuring game announcements. This time it’s from developer/publisher Limited Run Games. So just like every other time, I have the list of games for you with just their trailers. You know you’d rather just watch trailers for what you want to know about and not all of the other needless talking and trailers that don’t appeal to you. Let’s go!

Castlevania Advance Collection Physical

Castlevania Advance Collection – Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch

Rise of the Triad Ludicrous Edition Physical

Rise of the Triad: LUDICROUS EDITION - Release Date Announcement

Scarlet Symphony Physical

Nintendo Switch "Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony" Official Launch Trailer

Tiger Heli/Twin Cobra Remake Physical

Kyukyoku Tiger Heli on Nintendo Switch is AWESOME [SHOREVIEWKEN!]

Karateka Physical

The Making of Karateka - Announcement Trailer

TMNT Soundtrack Collection (9 Games on Vinyl, CD, Cassette)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Soundtrack Selection

Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 Remastered Physical

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition Launch Trailer

El Shaddai HD Physical

El Shaddai ASCENSION OF THE METATRON Steam Trailer 2021 HD

Dungeons of Aether Physical

Dungeons of Aether - Official Release Date Trailer

Shantae Risky Revolution

Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution | LRG3 Reveal Trailer

Chicory-A Colorful Tale Physical

Chicory: A Colorful Tale - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

Odencat’s Paradise Collection

Odencat's Paradise Collection | Bear's Restaurant + Fishing Paradiso | LRG3 Trailer

Arzette The Jewel of Paramore

Arzette | LRG3 Reveal Trailer

This Way Madness Lies

This Way Madness Lies | LRG3 Trailer

Midnight Fight Express Physical

Midnight Fight Express: Combat Overview Trailer

Colossal Cave Physical

Colossal Cave - Exclusive Official Nintendo Switch Announcement Trailer

Another Crusade

Another Crusade | LRG3 Trailer

Rose and Camellia Collection

Rose & Camellia Collection | LRG3 Reveal Trailer

Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties (finally)

Plumbers Don't Wear Ties: Definitive Edition | LRG3 Release Date Trailer

Gargoyles Remastered

(No trailer, just a logo)

Double Shake

Double Shake | LRG3 Trailer

Clock Tower HD

Clock Tower | LRG3 Reveal Trailer

Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection

Jurassic Park: Classic Games Collection | LRG3 Reveal Trailer

Tomba (TBD)

Tomba! | LRG3 Reveal Trailer

Gex Trilogy

Gex Trilogy | LRG3 Reveal

Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie

After many trials and tribulations, from the Azure Tree to the Great Twilight, Crossbell is finally on its path to independence for good. However, things are not all they seem on the surface or behind the scenes in Crossbell. Will this impede the progress, or will independence finally be earned? Let’s look at our final journey into Crossbell in our review of The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie!

  • Game: The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie
  • Platform(s): 
  • Nintendo Switch (Reviewed), PS4™, PS5 (Reviewed), PC (Retail & Digital) 
  • Release Date(s): July 7, 2023 (NA – retail, digital); July 7, 2023 (EU – retail, digital); July 14, 2023 (ANZ – retail, digital) 
  • Genre: RPG 
  • Publisher: NIS America, Inc. 
  • Developer: Nihon Falcom 
  • Audio Languages: English, Japanese 
  • Text Languages: English 

*Special thanks to NIS America for Providing a Nintendo Switch and Playstation 5 review Key*


From the press release:

Three destinies are about to collide! Use the Trails to Walk system to switch between Rean Schwarzer, Lloyd Bannings, and the masked figure “C,” and determine the fates of key characters and locations within Zemuria. Dive into refined tactical combat with new features such as United Front, and discover new allies and challenges within the halls of the True Reverie Corridor! 

A Trio of Trails: Experience three different story arcs and switch between them any time with the Trails to Walk system. Plus, discover side episodes to fully flesh out the characters and world of Zemuria.

Reverie into Reality: Enter the True Reverie Corridor, which allows you to encounter and recruit new characters from across Zemuria, enter randomly generated dungeons to test your mettle, and play a variety of mini games. 

Paragons of Combat: Utilize Arts, Brave Orders, and cunning tactics to prevail in battle. Master the new United Front system and harness the power of your entire team to decimate enemies while empowering yourself. 

Trails into Reverie is billed as the final game in the first three ARCs of the Legend of Heroes games. That is the Liberl, Erebonia, and Crossbell arcs. However, as one plays the game, they are quick to realize this game is more the conclusion that the Crossbell Arc deserved. Each path of the game dives into the mystery of what happens during the game and the fight for the independence of Crossbell.

Every Playable character from the previous games is playable in this game. While there are three different game paths, there is also the Reverie Corridor which every character is playable in this mode. This mode also has several minigames and modes to play outside of the main story. It is where about half of the game will take place. The other half will take place in Crossbell.

As a huge fan, I found the story in Trails into Reverie to be the best-paced story to date, but that serves a purpose. That purpose is to tie up the loose ends of the Crossbell saga once and for all and close the stories of the three arcs that have taken place already. I can say it does that job very well. The game sets out to accomplish this task and does it.


Gameplay in Trails into Reverie is the same as every game previous to it. This game is not a standalone game. Once again it serves to close the arc of the three series before it, so do not think you can play it alone and get the gist of the story. Catch up to some degree before jumping in.

Load times on PS5 are next to non-existent. On Nintendo Switch, they are on par with previous Switch titles. The gameplay, as stated, is the same as previous games. There is a tutorial for every mechanic introduced, even the minigames get tutorials. The player should never find themselves lost at all as to how to play.

If you are a fan of the Trails game, this game will be no exception to it with the amount of content that is put into it.

Audio and Visual:

Audio-wise, every almost voice actor from the previous games returns in this game. They all reprise their original roles, except for one or two roles (which have wonderful replacements as well). This is for the English voice acting, which is what we played the game with. The Japanese voice acting was experienced as well and done well too.

Hajimari no Kiseki OST - C Route Battle Theme (Wind-up Yesterday!)

It is wonderful to see how Rean’s voice actor, Sean Chiplock, has come so far from voicing Rean In Trails of Cold Steel 1 to this game. You can see the growth from the years of voicing Rean and it is easily his best role for Rean to date. The same can be said for several voice actors throughout the years. They all easily put their hearts into their roles in this game and it brings these characters from over so many years brought to life once again in Trails into Reverie, especially if you played each game.

Visually, the game is on par with every previous Trails game, so its nothing really out of the ordinary. It is done really well here.

The music in this game is on par with previous games, which is they are good. Each path has its battle theme as well which is fantastic. Also, the weird audio compression that was on the Nintendo Switch for previous titles is nowhere in this game.


Trails into Reverie is the conclusion that Crossbell deserves, as well as fans of the three previous sagas deserve. It does well to wrap up the story in a way that fans will love. This is with a well-paced story, fan service (not in a lewd way) approach, plus overall love put into the game. Fans of the franchise will adore this game. After 70ish hours, I find myself wanting to get back into it.

– Until Next time, Mgs2master2 out!

*Special Thanks to NIS America for providing a Nintendo Switch and Playstation 5 review key*

Game Review-Layers of Fear (2023)

What lurks around the corner? What creeps inside the back of your mind? What souls are damned to this place? How do wretched creatures hunt? There are tons of terrifying questions that one could feel consumed by in their life. Layers of Fear set out to introduce even more horrific questions into your mind that you can’t ignore. Take my hand as I list out what makes this “remake” great…and not so great.


Today, Bloober Team and Anshar Studios are proud to announce the global release of Layers of Fear (2023), the crowning achievement of the celebrated Layers of Fear series, out now on Windows PC, Apple (Silicon) Mac, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. As one of the first horror games built from the ground up using Unreal Engine 5, Layers of Fear (2023) is the definitive way to experience the critically acclaimed franchise, featuring the original Layers of Fear, Layers of Fear 2, and all DLC’s, including a brand new chapter exploring the story of The Writer, whose tale ties together the overarching narrative of the series.


The Ultimate Layers of Fear Experience-The series’ crowning work casts an overarching narrative over the entire franchise.

Horror Reimagined-Everything in the Layers of Fear series melds together into a single experience, including all DLCs, so players can find all the answers they seek.

Shocking New Looks-Enhanced with Unreal Engine 5’s improved technology. This version offers a more immersive horror experience with the addition of Ray Tracing, HDR, 4K resolution, and the Lumen system.

Psychological Horror-A grim but gripping first-person psychedelic horror game focused on tense exploration, puzzle-solving, and immersive storytelling. Discover what lies in the depths of the human psyche with this mature, cathartic game.

New Tricks-New brand-new core mechanics that will be introduced to Layers of Fear and its sequel, as well as additional features, so all the chapters and stories will blend seamlessly.

Horror Through the Many Lenses of Art–Explore the depths of obsession with three different stories of craft-obsessed protagonists (The Painter, The Actor and The Writer) which are interwoven to create a truly immersive experience and gripping storyline

Classical, Ominous Soundtrack-Hauntingly beautiful soundtrack composed by the highly-acclaimed musician Arek Reikowski. He has composed a hypnotic score that adds an extra layer of tension to the game and will leave you on the edge of your seat.


Layers of Fear - Editions Reveal

Story Pros:

  • Bloober team has combined their main Layers of Fear games and DLC into one complete package, providing a more immersive and cohesive narrative experience.
  • The writer’s story is built directly into the game, offering a unique and captivating format for storytelling.
  • Layers of Fear feels like a horror anthology with individual stories sharing a universe, making it fresh and engaging for players.
  • Optional mini-campaigns revolving around the painter’s daughter and wife add depth to the plot.
  • Layers of Fear offers subtle changes and improvements to keep the terror fresh, subverting expectations.
  • Players can expect ample replayability with four distinct stories and multiple endings.
  • Layers of Fear 2 has done more with its setting and story than the rest of the series combined.

Graphics Pros:

  • Enhancements to textures and lighting are remarkable, creating an impressive level of realism on modern consoles and PC.
  • The game utilizes clever perspective tricks to increase suspense and unsettle players.
  • The use of Unreal Engine 5 elevates the title’s photorealistic horror to a new level.

Gameplay Pros:

  • The new flashlight adds stimulating gameplay elements like discovering ghostly echoes or animating mannequins.
  • Players can use the flashlight to stun stalker enemies or solve puzzles in certain situations, making for a more interactive experience.
  • The game’s horror is thematically appropriate, adding to the engagement and intrigue.
  • The game includes accessibility options and quality-of-life additions to enhance the player’s experience.
  • Light combat elements have been added to address past complaints, improving the interaction within the game.
  • Layers of Fear 2’s cruise ship setting creates a unique and unforgettable experience.
  • The narration by Tony Todd adds to the tenor of the game.


  • The balance of tension and release in the game needs improvement.
  • At times, the flashlight tips the balance of power toward the player, making the enemies less scary.
  • Experienced survival horror fans may find the puzzles in Layers of Fear too easy.
  • The constant use of geometry-jumbling techniques and predictable jump scares can feel repetitive.
  • Some parts are retreaded from the previous releases, so it may not be as engaging if you have already played them.
  • Confusing puzzles affect the overall experience of the Inheritance DLC.
  • The gameplay largely consists of walking and opening doors, lacking diversity and balance.
  • The game lacks true threats, relying solely on “smoke and mirrors,” potentially making it less engaging and scary. This may affect the upcoming Silent Hill 2 game.

Final Points:

  • At a price tag of $30 Layers of Fear represents a great value for its quality and length. This means that you’re not needing to pay for all of the previous games and their DLC anymore. We recommend not bothering if you’ve already played everything unless you care about the one new chapter.
  • The delivery of the game’s story is compelling, providing a unique experience within the horror genre. It could just stand to give the enemies more bite and mix up the overall formula to keep it fresh.
  • This new edition is built on Unreal Engine 5 enabling the game series to have visual bells and whistles that their titles didn’t previously have.

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Game Review-Amnesia: The Bunker

I love spooky, eerie, terrifying games. Some of them I can’t put down and others, I can’t pick up! The best terrifying games give you just enough challenge to not “scare” you off but also feature the right amount of dread and atmosphere. Today, we’ll be discussing the good and bad of Amnesia: The Bunker (Frictional Games, $24.99) on console. Is it worth your cash? Let’s talk about it.


Amnesia: The Bunker is a first-person horror game from the makers of SOMA and Amnesia.

Left all alone in a desolate WW1 bunker with only one bullet remaining in the barrel, it’s up to you to face the oppressing terrors in the dark. Keep the lights on at all costs, persevere, and make your way out alive. A truly intense horror experience.

Rising tension

Immerse yourself in the multiple ways of tackling survival. In the shoes of the French soldier Henri Clément, you are armed with a revolver gun, a noisy dynamo flashlight, and other scarce supplies to scavenge and craft along the way. With randomization and unpredictable behavior, no play-through is the same.

Hunted by an ever-present threat reacting to your every move and sound, you must adapt your play style to face hell. Every decision will change the outcome of how the game responds. Actions bear consequences.

Escaping the nightmare

Solve things your own way in a semi-open world. You must explore and experiment to make your way out. Figure out what’s going on down here – what has happened to the other soldiers? Where have all the officers gone? What diabolical nightmare lurks underneath this hellscape? Unravel the mysteries of the Bunker and get to know the nooks and crannies of this cruel sandbox to up your odds of survival.


Amnesia: The Bunker - Announcement Trailer


Amnesia: The Bunker is a highly immersive horror game consisting of only the player, the monster, and a terrifying environment. The game features a randomized item placement system, which makes every venture outside the safe room unpredictable and unnerving. The game emphasizes careful exploration and strategic decision-making to survive, with actions like running, cranking your flashlight, or firing a weapon affecting the likelihood of the monster appearing. My hands are trembling just remembering the pressure I felt!

The game’s story is a haunting contraction that creates a devastating emotional impact when the pieces finally come together. Players gradually uncover the story through exploration using notes and diaries, more on that later. Waking up in an empty bunker and discovering the expansive cast of now-deceased French soldiers adds depth and intrigue to the experience. The game’s limited inventory system emphasizes the importance of managing scarce resources like fuel, healing consumables, and grenades. Again, lots of pressure.

I found that the title’s claustrophobic design maximizes atmospheric dread and tension, and requiring us to use a generator time and again created even more pressure for me. Thus increasing the thrill and dread-inducing fear in my gameplay experience. The memorable level design and superb sound design build a sense of unease and let’s not forget about those nasty jump scares. With a nonlinear, labyrinthine world and multiple routes to explore, the game challenges players to think strategically to survive, more on that later.

Amnesia: The Bunker is a departure from Frictional’s previous horror games, focusing on the horror of war and what humanity does to itself. I try to not to get too deep or heady in reviews, especially with topics you’re supposed to realize yourself. But the seeting of The Western Front being a battlefield creates a pulse-pounding terrifying hellscape. Best of all, the game’s immersive elements are described in detail, providing a clear picture of the game’s setting and atmosphere.


Amnesia: The Dark Descent was a landmark release which brought the survival horror genre back to its roots (at least in my opinion). The game relied on players’ imagination and fears rather than jump scares or brutality. That means to us horror fans, Amnesia: Rebirth had big shoes to fill. It definitely still delivers in many respects, but truth be told, it may not be for everyone. The game’s limited scope may feel restrictive or repetitive for some players. That’s not to say it’s boring, that’s to say that you’re going to be going back and forth a lot. And then some players may find the game’s pushing of note reading and investigation to be tedious or…boring.

The game’s horror elements, such as the monster, mutated rats, and traps, may be too intense or frightening for some players. If so, I recommend starting off with easy mode. That way you can just get the story and a touch of atmosphere. However, others might find that the entire experience doesn’t deliver compared to previous titles from the developer. This remains to be seen as more and more reviews and public opinion hit the internet. Additionally, the game’s emphasis on managing limited resources can feel frustrating or overwhelming at times, especially given the gameplay loop of dying and resetting at the safe room. Not all of the time, mind you, but sometimes I didn’t want to continue, as if I was stuck. Not to mention that dying time and again can take away from the game’s atmosphere.

And the story is given via diaries, notes, and photographs, which I found a bit slow going and kept me out of the actual gaming for longer. I wish they had built a system where I could’ve experienced it through radio or quick writings on a wall, etc.

Speaking of gameplay, the cramped level layout and bottlenecks between different sections can be restrictive. This may further hamper your natural feeling of exploration and investigation. The gameplay mechanics overall didn’t quite give me enough information to keep me interested in the game’s story or characters. It was all about the scares in the long run and trying to get that pulse-pounding rush.

Final Thoughts:

In my opinion, I don’t believe this installment quite reaches the heights of The Dark Descent. Having said that, it is still a worthwhile purchase. Amnesia: The Bunker offers unique gameplay elements and, at its reasonable price of $25, it is a no-risk purchase. Moreover, the game’s replay value is a plus factor since even if you play it to experience the story on easy mode (no big scares) there are additional difficulties that allow you to play upon secondary playthroughs. While it is not a new game plus, the more you play the game, the more rewards you will receive.

Personally, the game provided me with an enjoyable and thrilling experience, and this was only after playing a limited amount due to the embargo. There are still areas of the game I am yet to explore, and I am only two hours into the game! The game is not only fun but also challenging, with some truly terrifying moments.

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Ubisoft Forward Rundown

Ready to see just the trailers you want to see without the droning on of people “setting the scene” or just talking non-sense? Welcome to the Ubisoft Forward 2023 of just *trailers*.

Avatar Frontiers of Pandora

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora – Official World Premiere Trailer | Ubisoft Forward


XDefiant: Community Reactions Recap | Ubisoft Forward

Prince of Persia The Lost Crown

Prince of Persia The Lost Crown - Reveal Animated Trailer | Ubisoft Forward

Captain Laserhawk a Blood Dragon Remix (Netflix Show)

Captain Laserhawk: A Blood Dragon Remix | Official Teaser | Netflix | Ubisoft Forward

The Crew Motorfest

The Crew Motorfest: Gameplay Premiere Trailer | Ubisoft Forward

Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR

Assassin's Creed Nexus VR - Official Announcement Trailer | Ubisoft Forward 2023

Assassin’s Creed Codename Jade

Assassin's Creed Codename Jade - Teaser Trailer | Ubisoft Forward 2023

Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Assassin's Creed Mirage: Story Trailer | Ubisoft Forward

Star Wars Outlaws

Star Wars Outlaws - Official Gameplay Trailer | Ubisoft Forward 2023

Capcom Showcase Rundown

Here we are again, with the trailers that you need with none of the fluff. So we’ll follow our own mantra of just shutting up and commence with the trailers!

Kunitsu-Gami Path of the Goddess

Kunitsu-Gami: Path of the Goddess - Reveal Trailer

Mega Man X DIVE Offline

"MEGA MAN X DiVE Offline" Announcement Trailer


Resident Evil 4 VR Mode - Teaser Trailer | PS VR2 Games


Pragmata - Official Gameplay Teaser Trailer | Capcom Showcase 2023

Ghost Trick Phantom Detective

Ghost Trick - Demo and Demonstration Trailer

Ace Attorney Apollo Justice Trilogy

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney - Official Trilogy Reveal Trailer | Capcom Showcase 2023

Capcom Town

Capcom Town | Summer Game Fest 2023 Trailer

Exoprimal (Gameplay Trailer)

Exoprimal - Gameplay Overview | Xbox Extended Showcase 2023

Dragon’s Dogma II (Gameplay Trailer)

Dragon's Dogma II Full Presentation | Capcom Showcase 2023

Summer Game Fest 2023 Rundown

Do you dislike listening to hosts talk and banter between trailers? Don’t want to be able to hear an audience reaction over trailers? Maybe you hate random Samsung ads. We understand and got you.

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown 1/18/2024

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Mortal Kombat 1 Gameplay Trailer 9/19/2023

Mortal Kombat 1 - Official Gameplay Debut Trailer

Path of Exile 2-TBA

Path of Exile 2 Gameplay Teaser Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Street Fighter 6 x ExoPrimal Fall 2023

Exoprimal x Street Fighter 6 Collaboration Teaser Trailer

Nicolas Cage Dead by Daylight DLC 7/25/2023

Dead by Daylight - Nicolas Cage Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Witchfire 9/20/2023

Witchfire - Official Early Access Date Reveal Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Crossfire Sierra Squad VR 8/2023

Crossfire Sierra Squad – Summer Game Fest 2023 Trailer | PS VR2 Games

Remnant 2 7/25/2023

Remnant 2 - Co-Op Gameplay Trailer

Sonic Superstars Fall 2023

Sonic Superstars - Announce Trailer

Honkai Starrail Fall 2023

SGF Show Video: Universe Games | Honkai: Star Rail

Lies of P 9/19/2023

Lies of P Official Release Date Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Sandland TBD

Sandland - Reveal Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Throne and Liberty TBD

Throne and Liberty - Reveal Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Warhaven June 19

Warhaven - Official Teaser Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Party Animals 9/20/2023

Party Animals - Official Release Date Announcement Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Crash Team Rumble 6/20/2023

Crash Team Rumble™ - Gameplay Launch Trailer

Alan Wake II 10/17/2023

Alan Wake 2 Gameplay Reveal | Summer Game Fest 2023

Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine 2 Co-Op Campaign TBD

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 Co-op Campaign Reveal

Yes Your Grace: Snowfall 2024

Yes, Your Grace: Snowfall - Official Reveal Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

John Carpenter’s Toxic Commando 2024

John Carpenter's Toxic Commando - Official Reveal Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Baldurs Gate 3 1.0 update 8/31/2023

Baldur’s Gate 3: Jason Isaacs takes over the city of Baldur’s Gate

Spider-Man 2 Gameplay Trailer 10/20/2023

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Release Date Announcement Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Palworld 2024

Palworld | Release Date Announcement Trailer

Land of the Morning Light DLC for Black Desert Online, 6/14/2023

Black Desert Online - Official Land of the Morning Light Expansion Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Lord of the Rings:Return to Moria Fall 2023

Lord of the Rings Return to Moria Official Gameplay Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis Sign Up Now

FINAL FANTASY VII EVER CRISIS | Summer Game Fest 2023 Trailer

Banishers:Ghosts of New Eden Late 2023

Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden - Story Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Like a Dragon Gaiden:The Man Who Erased His Name 11/9/2023

Like a Dragon Gaiden | Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Under the Waves 8/29/2023

Under the Waves | Explore the Depths Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Call of Duty Season 4 6/14

New Warzone Map - Vondel | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II & Warzone

Fae Farm 9/8/2023

Fae Farm - Pre-Order Trailer - Nintendo Switch

King Arthur Legends Rise Open Beta 6/29/2023

King Arthur: Legends Rise - Story Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Wayfinder Early Access 2023

Wayfinder Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Stellaris Nexus TBD

Stellaris Nexus Announcement Trailer - Paradox Arc

Space Trash Scavenger TBD

Space Trash Scavenger Announcement Trailer - Paradox Arc

Star Trek Infinite TBD

Star Trek: Infinite - Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Lysfanga 2023

Lysfanga - Official Reveal Trailer | Summer Game Fest 2023

Immortals of Aveum 7/20/2023

Immortals of Aveum - Gameplay Trailer #2 | Summer Game Fest 2023

Fortnite Wilds 7/9/2023

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 3 WILDS Gameplay Launch Trailer

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Early 2023

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth - Summer Game Fest 2023 Trailer | PS5 Games

PlayStation Showcase Rundown

The first of many events and showcases are here with Playstation. What we’ve done here for you is remove the fluff and talking. Now you have a simple list of games with their trailers. This lets you watch exactly what you’re interested in without needing to fiddle with the official showcase!


Fairgame$ - CGI Reveal Trailer | PS5 & PC Games

Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 Announcement Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Immortals of Aveum

Immortals of Aveum - Official Gameplay Trailer | PS5 Games

Ghostrunner II

Ghostrunner 2 - Gameplay Teaser Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Phantom Blade 0

Phantom Blade 0 Announcement Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Sword of the Sea

Sword of the Sea - Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Talos Principal II

The Talos Principle 2 - Reveal Trailer | PS5 Games


Neva - Reveal Trailer | PS5 Games

Cat Quest Pirates of the Purribean

Cat Quest: Pirates of the Purribean - Reveal Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games


Foamstars - Announce Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

The Plucky Squire

The Plucky Squire - Gameplay Trailer | PS5 Games


Teardown - PS5 Gameplay Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

MGS Snake Eater/MGS Master Collection Vol.1

METAL GEAR SOLID Δ SNAKE EATER Reveal Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

The Towers of Aghasba

Towers of Aghasba - Announce Trailer | PS5 games

Final Fantasy 16

Final Fantasy 16 - Story Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Alan Wake II

Alan Wake 2 Gameplay Reveal Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Assassin’s Creed Mirage

Assassin's Creed Mirage: Gameplay Trailer

Revenant Hill

Revenant Hill - Announce Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

Granblue Fantasy Relink

Granblue Fantasy: Relink - PlayStation Showcase Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

Street Fighter 6

Street Fighter 6 - Your Story Trailer


Ultros - Reveal Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

Tower of Fantasy

Tower of Fantasy - Launch Trailer | PS5 & PS4 Games

Dragon’s Dogma II

Dragon's Dogma 2 - 1st Trailer

Resident Evil 4 Remake VR

Resident Evil 4 - VR Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Arizona Sunshine II

Arizona Sunshine 2 - Reveal Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Crossfire Sierra Squad

Crossfire: Sierra Squad - Gameplay Trailer | PS VR2 Games


Synapse - Teaser Trailer | PS VR2 Games


Marathon - Announce Trailer | PS5 & PC Games


Concord - Teaser Trailer | PS5 & PC Games

Project Q

PlayStation 5 - Project Q Reveal Trailer | PlayStation Showcase 2023

Spiderman 2

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 | Gameplay Reveal

YS IX: Monstrum Nox – PS5 Review

Adol Christin has had many adventures in his time. One of his greatest adventures comes to the Playstation 5. Let’s visit the prison city of Balduq once more as we relive this adventure in our Review of YS IX: Monstrum Nox!

  • YS IX: Mostrum Nox
  • Platform: PS5™ (Retail & Digital) 
  • Release Date(s): May 9, 2023 (NA – retail, digital), May 12, 2023 (EU – retail, digital), May 19, 2023 (ANZ – digital) 
  • Genre: Action RPG 
  • Publisher: NIS America, Inc. 
  • Developer: Nihon Falcom 
  • Audio Languages: English, Japanese 
  • Text Languages: English, French 
  • Website:

*Special Thanks to NIS America for providing a Playstation 5 review key! Note, this review will only cover the differences between the Playstation 5 version compared to the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch versions. You can find the PS4 review here, and the Nintendo Switch here. *


To briefly cover the story of YS IX, here is the official plot summary from the game’s website:

Experience the thrilling adventure of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox as it pierces through the shadows onto PS5™! After being cursed by a mysterious woman, Adol Christin becomes a Monstrum—a powerful being who can exorcize monsters. To escape from the prison city of Balduq, Adol must ally with five other Monstrums, each with their own unique Gifts, and stop the Grimwald Nox, a shadowy dimension on the brink of overflowing into the real world!
Feared Protectors: Play as any of the six notorious Monstrums, each with their own unique Gifts that grant abilities, such as scaling sheer walls or detecting hidden objects, to protect the city from shadowy creatures.
The World Within the Walls: Explore the massive city, accept quests to aid the townsfolk, and enter the Grimwald Nox to vanquish the threats to Balduq.
Strength of the Night: Familiar mechanics such as Flash Move and Flash Guard allow you to outmanoeuvre your foes, while new additions such as Gifts and Boost Mode further augment your ability to fight.

If this is your first adventure, you take the role of Adol Christin. Adol is a legend in the world known for his travels and exploits which he documents. His adventure finds him arriving at the city of Balduq, where our hero is arrested, ironically due to his past exploits. From his arrest, Adol finds himself on another adventure unexpectedly.

During this new adventure, the narrative is delivered in a well-paced, yet predictable format. It works well for the YS games, and as the saying goes “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The devs found the right pacing, and build upon it each YS game. However, this review will not go into detail about that, the previous reviews of this game go into great detail about it. This review covers the PS5 version differences. Let’s take a look at the gameplay:


Adol has never played better compared to other versions of YS IX. The game holds a solid framerate, and does not drop. The load times are next to non-existent, except for the initial game load in. This PS5 version improves on the issues from the performance from the previous versions. As a result, Adol and his gang of Monstrums function much better. Based on this, the PS5 version of YS IX alone should be the version to go for if you are aiming for the best performance. Additionally, this version includes ALL the DLC from the previous versions of the game ready to download.


Visually, the game is on par with the PS4 version, but much clearer and sharper. It looks good. See the screenshots in this review to make that determination as you compare it to the other versions. The Playstation 5 captures Adol in all his adventurer glory.


If you are a new player to the YS games and your platform of choice is not a barrier to entry, I recommend going for the playstation 5 version. You get the best performance for Adol’s newest adventure and the best looking version of it. Portability still goes to the Nintendo Switch. Playstation 4 version should only be considered if the other two are not an option.

Until next time, Mgs2master2 out!

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty – Review

In ancient China, there is a mysterious conflict that involves humans and demons. However, there is more beyond the surface. As the protagonist, will we be able to solve this conflict, or will the world fall to it? Let’s take a look at our review of Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty!

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty
  • Platforms: PlayStation 5 (reviewed) / PlayStation 4/ Xbox Series X|S / Xbox One/ Xbox Game Pass/ Steam/ Microsoft Store
  • Release date: March 3, 2023
  • Developer: Team Ninja

*Special thanks to Koei Tecmo PR for providing a Playstation 5 review key!*



From the official website:

184 A.D. China at the end of the Late Han Dynasty.
The world is in turmoil and infested with demons,
and the long and prosperous dynasty is on the verge of collapse.

As the Yellow Turban Rebellion rages,
led by Zhang Jiao’s Way of the Taiping,
the protagonist, a militia soldier heads out to suppress
the Yellow Turbans when he meets a young man.

This encounter engulfs the protagonist
into a swirling intrigue of chaos.

As with similar Team Ninja games, storytelling is not the strongest point in Wo Long. The game suffers from some interesting pacing and a story that does not make sense at times. It is not a well-developed narrative and is not delivered as other soul-like games. It feels at times that Wo Long is suffering an identity crisis when it wants to be like Sekiro, but it’s its own thing. At times, it succeeds in finding its own identity, but at others, it falls flat. That is not to say the story is bad, it just is an okay story.

From what I gathered, you are the self-insert protagonist as in any soul-like game. As this protagonist, you are tasked with fighting against the Yellow Turbans, but ultimately demons are involved in some capacity. After meeting some other important NPCs in the game, you are now tasked with not only stopping the Yellow Turbans but stopping the demons. However, as mentioned, the story is not the strongest point of Team Ninja games. Their bread and butter lie in the gameplay. Let’s take a look at Wo Long’s gameplay and see if it excels.


At moments, Wo Long stands tall with some amazing gameplay and combat. This game is a solid mix of Sekiro and Nioh in terms of gameplay. The player has a great deal of mobility and can move around each stage disposing of enemies with weapons at their disposal. Combat is solid once engaged with an enemy, where players can cheese some enemies, or use strategic battle tactics to take down the enemies. The bosses of each stage are no pushovers either. Players are in for a challenge, and it is a good challenge done well.

Through each stage, players can also feel the difficult curve ramping up. From the start of the stage, the difficulty is easy, and as the stage progresses, the difficulty pacing increases. It is done surprisingly well, and probably the best from any Team Ninja game I have experienced. However, that is to say, the gameplay does not suffer any issues. Some of the issues are the camera has a mind of its own (especially during intense combat moments/boss fights), sometimes the enemy AI is just completely inconsistent in terms of seeing you or not, the pointless weapons loot system, items that were gathered and never even examined/used, there is only one path in each stage to take despite being large stages, and the online component does suffer some lag due to the net code the system uses.

My biggest gripe from these issues is the weapons/armor loot system. Team Ninja seems to stuffer this issue with every single souls-like game they make. Players will get the same weapon 15 times, but different ranks, some stats, and with some minor differences in terms of perks attached to the weapon. It ultimately proves useless as it just takes up inventory space. I understand there is a shop to sell the weapons now, but that still doesn’t deter getting the same equipment at almost every stage in multiple quantities. It is better to just grab one weapon, and upgrade it as it can be better than 80% of the weapons found in the stages.

Overall, Wo Long has some very solid gameplay, some of which are the best that Team Ninja has ever done, but it’s weighed down by issues that carry from previous souls-like titles they developed. Next, let’s take a look at the audio and visuals of the title.


Visually, Wo Long looks fantastic in terms of character design. It is good to see characters like Cao Cao, Lu Bu, and others known from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms era brought to life and looking fantastic. The level design is good and does a fantastic job of capturing the feel of ancient China. Some issues like in enemy designs as there is very little variety in terms of enemies.

Audio-wise, Wo Long features languages in Simplified Chinese, English, and Traditional Chinese. I have only played the game in the English Language, which was hit or miss. At times some of the voice actors delivered their lines fantastically and did a great job at doing it. At other times, it just seemed awkward and out of place. I will have to revisit the game and try one of the different languages and see how it holds up. Soundtrack-wise, the game has a good soundtrack with a variety of tracks. However, some songs do play more than others. It is not an issue, just be forewarned about this.

Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty OST - Infiltration

Fun Factor:

Wo Long is a fun game when you get immersed. Each person is different when it comes to souls-like games. Outside of the main stages, there is several side stages to complete as well. However, some of the issues I mentioned in the gameplay section did turn me off from enjoying the game at times. Remember to pace yourself and have fun, as there is fun to be had here.


Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty shows that Team Ninja can improve upon their gameplay in souls-like games. There are some great improvements from some of their other titles, and this is the best they have offered to date. However, the story-telling and pacing in terms of the story are okay at best. However, that has not been their strong point in their games. Wo Long shines in terms of gameplay.

However, that is not to say the game does not have issues. In short, Wo Long suffers the same issues as other Team Ninja titles. It is as if they fix some of the mechanics while leaving others in place. Nothing says useless loot when I pick up my 15th spear with a slightly different perk. It does not deter from the gameplay entirely, but it does break the immersion at times. There are some great components in Wo Long, but the same issues that persist in other Team Ninja games, persist here. It stops it short of being a great game, to just being a good game.

That being said, if you are looking for a new souls-like game, I do recommend checking this out if you want to satiate that fix or are just curious. You might not be disappointed. It is currently on Game Pass and as of this writing, the game is on sale in several stores (again as of this writing), which is surprising for a sale already on release.

  • Until next time, mgs2master2 out!


*Special thanks to Koei Tecmo PR for providing a Playstation 5 review key!*