Category Archives: Video Games

Ariana Grande Joins the Cast of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

In a press release today it was revealed that Ariana Grande (of all people) will be joining the ranks of characters in the Final Fantasy installment, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. For those who have not heard of it before, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a free-to-play mobile game that originally debuted (worldwide) in June of 2016.  Ariana herself has stated, “it is an honor for my Pixel Art character and my music to be included in the new “Final Fantasy Brave Exvius” game, a mainstay in the Japanese pop culture, which I absolutely adore.” As an added result, Ariana Grande’s song “Touch It” will be making an appearance in the game. Not the actual...


Hikaru Utada to Return for Kingdom Hearts III Theme

If you’ve played through the main entries in the Kingdom Hearts series. then you know that Hikaru Utada is a big part of the games. Her music has been featured throughout the series, but majority of the games outside of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II use remixes of the music from those games. It’s a bit of a tradition. If you’ve seen Rogue One recently, then it’s an apt comparison to say that it’s similar to the way Disney is handling the Star Wars franchise. Hikaru Utada is a bit like the crawl and a John Williams score for Kingdom Hearts, which is to say that when Hikaru Utada gets...


Kingdom Hearts HD Remix Series Coming to PS4

The Kingdom Hearts HD Remix series is about to make the jump to PS4, which is great news for both new fans of the series and fans who want to relive the franchise before jumping into the third main entry in the series. Rather than port over Kingdom Hearts HD Remix 1.5 and 2.5 separately, Square Enix will be releasing the games together for the PS4 as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix. Both games will come on one disc, and include the same content as the PS3 versions. So if you’re satisfied with your PS3 copy of the game, then no need to upgrade, although there’s probably a...


Nintendo Reveals its Newest Console, The Nintendo Switch

After months of speculation and with Nintendo abandoning the WiiU, the biggest question we have had was what is the Nintendo NX? Well Nintendo finally released their answer, the Nintendo Switch. Check out the trailer for it below: As someone who is hyper critical of Nintendo (I feel like they haven’t done much innovation in years), the newest console looks promising. Having the ability to play Skyrim on the go? Sweet. At least now this may mean that they are finally taking a step towards contending with the other consoles. Hopefully this means that Nintendo won’t feel like that childhood friend that was awesome but never went anywhere. It is interesting...


God Eater 2: Rage Burst Review

God Eater 2: Rage Burst is a monster hunter-style action RPG that surprisingly has enough variety and tasks to keep you occupied for hours. This was my first time experiencing the franchise’s game and I am glad considering how satisfied I was with the gameplay. Set three years after the events of the original God Eater Burst, you begin your journey as a newly qualified God Eater joining an elite squad known as Blood. For those that are unfamiliar with the game or anime, God Eaters are super-soldiers who wield powerful weapons known as God Arcs used to battle and destroy monsters known as Aragami. Thankfully you are able to dive...


Tales of Zestiria BentoByte Playthrough Part 2

In this week’s playthrough of Tales of Zestiria, we pick right back up where we left off last time. We apologize for the delay between this one and the last one. We had recorded the audio but the video didn’t take. So we had to go back and redo part of the game as well as edit some of the video footage to match the audio. Bear with us though, this will be resolved in all future playthrough videos.


Four Sided Fantasy Review

Publisher Serenity Forge‘s latest title, Four Sided Fantasy, certainly did not disappoint. This indie side scrolling adventure provided everything that we were looking for; dynamic gameplay elements, solid artwork and overall tone. It all makes for a fun playthrough. Let’s dive into the details of why we enjoyed it. Four Sided Fantasy is a game where the player utilizes utilizes the edges and limitations of the screen to solve puzzles.  So when the player hits a difficult patch or a seemingly unreachable jump, they can freeze the frame and use physics (shown in the image above) to cross these puzzles. This characteristic is very much like Portal except that it utilizes the fixed frame of the screen....


4 Free-To-Play PC Games You Should Be Trying

Out of things to play? Want something free to hold you over until the next big title? Well then try out one of the four free-to-play options below! 1. Brawlhalla Brawlhalla is a 2D platform fighter much like super smash bros, but different in a few ways. Brawlhalla comes with a wide variety of unique an original characters each with their own fighting style, each character has their own stats and weapons load out (which consists of two weapons). Brawlhalla includes many different game modes and many different maps. The game developers have obviously worked hard and it is evident by the diversity and the amount of available characters. In my...


Tales of Zestiria BentoByte Playthrough Part 1

After doing podcasts for a bit we have finally decided to abandon them in favor of doing something else. Since we love playing video games and hearing ourselves talk, the next move was to YouTube. So with the video below, we start our very own Tales of Zestiria playthrough! From here on out we will be doing weekly updates and playing this game (hopefully) until the finish! So be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and tune in. We will do our best to entertain you in the coming months. And as always, be sure to check in with our main website here for everything anime, manga, gaming and more!


Mario Appears in Promo for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Before we dip into the content here, I have a spiel for you. If you don’t want it and just want the news about the 2020 games in Tokyo, skip down to the bold text. Here at BentoByte, we try to cultivate a culture of understanding and curiosity when it comes to cultures there are different from are own. We believe understanding different perspectives is not only something that is important in modern society, it’s a path towards a sort of global empathy that the world desperately needs. That being said, every two years there comes a certain unique time. A time of fun and thoughtless pride in one’s country. A time...


Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors Not to be Released in Germany

According to a recent press release by NIS, it appears as though their upcoming title Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors will not be released in Germany. This is due to the fact that the Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (the German equivalent of the US’ ESRB) has refused to give the game a rating. Since there can be not rating attributed to the game itself, it therefore cannot be released (sold at retail or advertised). That being said, the game will still be available in other parts of the world. This includes other European countries (with a rating of PEGI 16) and naturally in North America (since we allow pretty much everything at an M rating)....


Lifeless Planet PS4 Edition Review

Prepare for a Seemingly Endless Walk Lifeless Planet was originally released in 2014. So why review it now? Well we figured with the recent release on Playstation 4, we would give Lifeless Planet a shot. Before we begin on the review, let’s have ourselves a history lesson. Lifeless Planet initially began its journey as a Kickstarter and originally debuted in 2014 on PC. So by Kickstarter standards, it was a success. Meaning that the game actually came out following it being successfully funded Kickstarter. The game was subsequently released on other devices, eventually being brought to the Playstation 4 by Serenity Forge. It has been 3 years; is the remastered edition of this game worth the $19.99...


The Elder Scrolls Legends Review

Finally! I’ve been waiting weeks to share this review with all of you and that time has finally come. My application to the The Elder Scrolls: Legends Beta has been replied too. To be brief, this game doesn’t disappoint. As soon as I loaded up Legends, the game welcomed me with an awesome opening sequence which hooked me right away. No matter your medium, the hook is always of great importance; it’s what makes you stay to see the rest of the package has to offer. When I first started The Elder Scrolls: Legends, I thought it might just be like any other card game. That it wouldn’t be so cinematic. Turns out I was wrong. It is...


Hyper Light Drifter Review

Hyper Light Drifter is a game that is both beautifully simple and frighteningly complex. From the start of the game, you are challenged to find your way through the 2D world as you fight off relentless monsters armed with but a sword, a gun, and your wit and creativity. The game itself offers you very little guidance by the way of text, but as resounding whole, that is not necessary as, sometimes, you may need to step back in order to figure out the best way to move forward. The game uses very little text, but that simply adds to the allure of the game as a whole. Stunning visuals...


Level-5 Unveils “Lady Layton: Millionaire King Ariadne’s Conspiracy”

After a month or so of waiting, details for the new upcoming Professor Layton have finally been announced! Here is what we know so far. The new game will be called Lady Layton: Millionaire King Ariadne’s Conspiracy, and will follow the story of Professor Layton’s daughter Katriel Layton and her talking dog assistant named Sharo. Katriel and Sharo will be on a journey through London to find her father, who has mysteriously disappeared.  But it wouldn’t be a Professor Layton game without some odd detective work here and there. From something as mundane as trying to find someones lost cat, to solving several murder cases. The game is slated for a spring...