Author: Geoff Girardin

Geoff Girardin is a dad from the east coast that writes about games and produces the video series GCNdex, a chronological look through the GameCube library. He also has two kids, so mostly he just drinks coffee and sighs.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Preview: Exquisite Expedition

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Preview: Exquisite Expedition

Owlcat Games is back with another adaptation of the popular Pathfinder tabletop RPG. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is currently in beta, and that September 2 release date is still quite a ways off. Will the development team be able to ...

Chroma Quaternion Review: Well-Seasoned Offering

Chroma Quaternion Review: Well-Seasoned Offering (PC)

The folks at KEMCO continue to move the needle closer and closer to RPG perfection with Chroma Quaternion, a title that's fun, entertaining, and hard to pronounce. Fans of classic RPGs that have a hard time going back to the limits of the '...

8 Great
We Are The Caretakers Preview: Preventing Extinction

We Are The Caretakers Preview: Preventing Extinction

There are almost too many words to describe We Are The Caretakers. Afrofuturist, sci-fi, squad management. These all give an idea of what you’ll expect, but the work that the team has put in is worthy of far more praise and discussion than ...

Deiland: Pocket Planet Edition Review: Cute Space Farming (Switch)

Deiland: Pocket Planet Edition Review: Cute Space Farming (Switch)

The imaginative adventure title is making its way to Switch as a complete package. Deiland: Pocket Planet Edition combines currently released DLC with some gameplay adjustments to give players the best possible experience while crafting a l...

7 Good
Poison Control Review: Problematic Perdition (Switch)

Poison Control Review: Problematic Perdition (Switch)

It’s time to raise Hell and clean up some demonic mess in Poison Control, the latest action RPG from Nippon Ichi Software. Featuring a unique dual-body mechanic and many, many suggestive themes, this is a title that surprisingly doesn’t com...

6 Fair
Pokémon TCG

Pokémon TCG “Chilling Reign” Expansion Launches June 2021

The next set of Pokémon Trading Card Game arrives this summer, bringing some chill to help players cool off. Based on the Crown Tundra DLC for Sword & Shield, the big focus of Chilling Reign are the Galarian versions of Articuno, Moltres, a...

5 Best Cards in Pokémon TCG

5 Best Cards in Pokémon TCG “Battle Styles”

The latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion is also the first two introduce two new card mechanics. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on some Battle Styles cards, you might be wondering whether you pulled the very best. This guide...

Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited Review: Dungeon Duet (Switch)

Saviors of Sapphire Wings / Stranger of Sword City Revisited Review: Dungeon Duet (Switch)

In this double-pack of titles, NIS America is bringing back two fabulous dungeon crawlers for your playing pleasure. Between the fantasy setting of Saviors of Sapphire Wings, or the more modern take in Stranger of Sword City Revisited, this...

9 Amazing
Asdivine Cross Review: Closer to a Classic (XB1)

Asdivine Cross Review: Closer to a Classic (XB1)

Another fairly recent RPG has made the jump from mobile platforms to modern consoles, this time with Asdivine Cross, the third in a series. But don’t label this as another fluffy phone game. As this review makes clear, something special is ...

8 Great
The Protagonist: EX-1 Preview: Humdrum Heroics

The Protagonist: EX-1 Preview: Humdrum Heroics

Fans of sci-fi and tactical strategy games might want to be on the lookout for The Protagonist: EX-1, an Early Access title from 3Mind Games. Charging players with rebuilding their team and fighting their way out of an alien station, this t...

Valheim Preview: Everything You Need to Know

Valheim Preview: What’s With All the Hype?

The surprise indie hit Valheim is officially the new hotness. Everybody's talking about it, but what is it? This preview breaks down the road to the first boss and will help you decide whether or not to take the plunge and explore this Viki...

The Caligula Effect 2 Announced for PS4/Switch in Fall 2021

The Caligula Effect 2 Announced for PS4/Switch in Fall 2021

For fans of turn-based RPGs and limited editions, The Caligula Effect 2 has been announced for PS4 and Nintendo Switch. NIS America will release the sequel in Fall 2021 with a collectible edition that comes with physical items and the sound...

Castle Kong Review: An Honorable Homage (Switch)

Castle Kong Review: An Honorable Homage (Switch)

Donkey Kong was the king of arcades in the 1980s, and Castle Kong is here to help us relive some of that magic. With strict adherence to the original classic, this homage includes some quality of life tweaks and, on the Switch, portability....

7 Good
Castle Kong Tournament Begins February 25th

Castle Kong Tournament Begins February 25th

Drowning Monkey Games is putting some cash on the line with their upcoming release, Castle Kong. A throwback to the retro arcade classics of old (it's obvious which one!), what matters most is getting that high score. On February 25, Switch...

5 Best Cards in Pokémon TCG:

5 Best Cards in Pokémon TCG: “Shining Fates”

The latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion, Shining Fates, is here! With over 190 cards, this guide will help you determine which five are the ones you'll most want to find in a booster pack. Dive in and explore find some shinies! Shiny...

Dream Master: An Interview With Raheem

Dream Master: An Interview With Raheem “Mega Ran” Jarbo

The master of flows and combos is bringing his wordplay to a new medium. Mega Ran, the prolific rapper has released his first memoir: Dream Master: From the Stoop to the Stage to the Stars. We asked the author about his process during a pan...

DYSMANTLE Preview: Break It All Down

Boasting a 99% possible destruction rate, DYSMANTLE is an Early Access survival RPG that puts the focus on scavenging and item management. With a satisfying gameplay loop and beautiful graphics, this is a project that has a lot of promise. ...

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption Review: Satisfying Snark (Switch)

Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption Review: Satisfying Snark (Switch)

We're headed back to school in Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption from Transolar Games. Described as a hybrid-RPG that will look familiar for fans of those classic Sierra Entertainment games. As it turns out, the Nintendo Switch is a fantastic way...

9 Amazing
Silver Chains Review: A Fine Fright (Switch)

Silver Chains Review: A Feeble Fright (Switch)

Curling up under a blanket with your Nintendo Switch sure sounds like an ideal way to play a horror title. While Silver Chains makes a valiant effort, there are a variety of things that miss the mark. But don't let that scare you off; explo...

5 Average
Redout: Space Assault Review: Prepare for Launch (Switch)

Redout: Space Assault Review: Prepare for Launch (Switch)

Italian developer 34BigThings is shifting gears a bit with Redout: Space Assault. A prequel to 2016's spaceship racing game, we're now being treated to a (heavily) Star Fox-inspired experience. Strap in as a young pilot, fight the resistanc...

8 Great
Some Lost Space World 97 Zelda 64 Beta Files Have Been Found

Some Lost Space World 97 Zelda 64 Beta Files Have Been Found

Preservationists have discovered what appears to be forgotten files from the 1997 Space World showing of Zelda 64. Found on a completely different prototype cartridge, these new files have been deciphered by the community and made playable ...

Rhythm Fighter Review: Bash Broccoli to the Beat (Switch)

Nintendo Switch players are in for a treat with Rhythm Fighter, a catchy bop of a game that delivers a fresh gameplay loop and entertaining character designs. With plenty of content to unlock, a large cast of characters, and evil veggies, t...

8.5 Great

Charge Kid Review: Itty Bitty Boost Boy (Switch)

The brutal platforming renaissance is still going strong, and Charge Kid is a bite-sized game that finds joy in its own difficulty. As will be addressed in this review, players who like losing constantly will find this right up their alley....

6 Fair
Hitman 3 Shines in PSVR in New Gameplay Trailer

Hitman 3 Shines in PSVR in New Gameplay Trailer

The immersive world of Hitman finally peaks with PSVR functionality. In this new gameplay trailer, we're shown the full trilogy through the eyes of Agent 47 and get excited about the possibilities open to us. Shut a piano on your enemies on...

Calico Review: Filled With Fantastic Felines (Switch)

Calico Review: Many Merry Meowing Mammals (Switch)

Run and design your own delightful cat cafe in Calico, the latest from the two-person team at Whitehorn Digital. This review covers the release version in anticipation of a critical 1.1 console update. But with that in mind, there's still p...

8 Great
Space Invaders Forever Review: Cosmic Compilation (Switch)

Space Invaders Forever Review: Cosmic Compilation (Switch)

A gaming classic returns! Space Invaders Forever brings three titles to Nintendo Switch with varying degrees of success. Our review covers the whole package, so get ready for a deep dive into those would-be alien overlords. They might not b...

5 Average
Pokémon TCG

Pokémon TCG “Battle Styles” Expansion Releases March 2021

The Pokémon Company announced today that the Battle Styles expansion will be released in March 2021. The new cards will introduce some moves that could change the mechanics and how fans play. Here's a look into what you can expect to see th...

Ruinverse Review: 2 Souls 2 Furious (XB1)

KEMCO is back at it again with Ruinverse, a turn-based strategy RPG. Released initially for mobile devices, the Xbox One port is littered with mechanics that fit best for play on the go and make for a speedier adventure for the modern playe...

5 Average
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut Brings New Content To All Platforms 2021

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut Brings New Content To All Platforms 2021

The award-winning RPG is getting a definitive edition for all platforms in 2021, as a free upgrade for existing players. Along with the addition of new content, there's also a new merch line, and iam8bit will also be releasing a huge collec...

Devolver Digital Announces Loop Hero, Releasing 2021

Devolver Digital Announces Loop Hero, Releasing 2021

The always unpredictable publisher has announced a unique mix of procedural and strategy dungeon crawling. Featuring an old-school feel, and the excitement of card management, Loop Hero has already preemptively won Devolver Digital's 2021 G...

ActRaiser Soundtrack to be Reissued on Vinyl, CD

ActRaiser Soundtrack to be Reissued on Vinyl, CD

The soundtrack to the acclaimed title is getting a reissue from Wayô Records. ActRaiser's music has been out of print since 1991, and this new physical release includes additional tracks and a symphonic suite. Wayô Records, a French video g...

The Last Show of Mr. Chardish Review: The Art of Anguish

The Last Show of Mr. Chardish Review: The Art of Anguish

The Last Show of Mr. Chardish is an adventure title that portrays story beats in contained vignettes, with a variety of different gameplay styles aligning into one beautiful and tragic tale of obsession and struggle. However, a buggy presen...

8 Great
A Merry Hyrule Christmas Review: Feliz Navi-dad (Album)

A Merry Hyrule Christmas Review: Feliz Navi-dad (Album)

Eric Buchholz does it again and combines the music of the Zelda series with some classic Christmas tunes to bring a bit of holiday cheer to your ears. Going above and beyond what some might consider a tribute, this truly feels like somethin...

9 Amazing
Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates Expansion Launches February 19, 2021

Pokémon TCG: Shining Fates Expansion Launches February 19, 2021

Over 100 shiny Pokémon will be available next spring, with a split release that won't be offering any booster packs. It's Trainer Boxes and Collection Tins for those of us that want to get our hands on Shiny Crobat V or the biggest get of a...

King Arthur: Knight's Tale Enters Early Access January 12th, 2021

King Arthur: Knight’s Tale Enters Early Access January 12th, 2021

The upcoming title is a mix of a roleplaying game and tactical strategy, and will hopefully bridge that gap while bringing Arthurian legend to life. Featuring classic characters and a unique storyline, fans will be able to get in on the act...

DREAMO Review: Gear up for a Challenge (Switch)

This story-puzzler from Hypnotic Ants is many things: a beautiful, low-poly portal into the mind, satisfying gear-based puzzles that feel good to solve. But throughout the game, things feel just too disjointed, and that's what ultimately ho...

7 Good

“Fortnite Crew” Subscription Service Launches December 2: Battle Pass, Exclusive Skins, V-Bucks

The new monthly service will cost $11.99 a month and subscribers get a monthly package of exclusive cosmetic items. For consistent players that purchase the Battle Pass each month, this deal is a no-brainer. For everyone else, just enjoy lo...

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back! Review (Switch)

Bubble Bobble 4 Friends: The Baron is Back! Review: Retro Revisited (Switch)

A free update to this year's Bubble Bobble 4 Friends doubles the amount of levels and brings an original character back into the fold. But does the new content bring enough to the game? Or could this actually be a multiplayer masterpiece? A...

7 Good
New Nintendo eShop Downloads for Week of 11/19: Hyrule Warriors

New Nintendo eShop Downloads for Week of 11/19: Hyrule Warriors

It's finally upon us. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity arrives this week to show us what Hyrule was like before Breath of the Wild, and allow us to destroy hundreds of enemies at once. More than that, we're also getting the Switch release o...

WARTILE Review: A Brutal Viking Toy Story (Switch)

Wartile Review: A Brutal Viking Toy Story (Switch)

Wartile impresses with its unique take on a cooldown-based tactics game. The visual presentation, assortment of levels, and replayability are great to see, but while the move to Nintendo Switch might open the game up to more players, the sm...

8.5 Great