Category Archives: Video Game Reviews

Disgaea 5 Review

The PlayStation 2 was the console that really got me into JRPGs, but for some inexplicable reason I never managed to Disgaea. I know what you’re thinking. “How could you miss out on a series so popular that it’s on the sixth installment?” Yes, Disgaea 5 is actually the sixth game in the series. It’s simple really; I just never got around to it. Not even on the PS3, despite the fact that I had heard about the series from a good friend of mine for years. You see, it wasn’t until 2013 that I got back into JRPGs after forgetting about them entirely for a substantial part of my life and by that time it was too...


Star Wars Battlefront Review

I will start this out by saying this, I absolutely LOVE the first two Star Wars Battlefront games. They had a bunch of great and refreshing elements, such as the 501st campaign, space battles, galactic conquest, and plenty of maps to choose from. EA’s Star Wars Battlefront has none of those things. I won’t say this is unexpected, given all the press releases that came out about the game. Even though this content was removed, I remained ever hopeful for the new title. What I got on the launch night after downloading the 25 gigabyte game was mixed feelings. It is just like the beta, so all the expectations I had from...


Pixel Galaxy Review

Pixel Galaxy is an addictive game. It’s fast paced, difficult, and remarkably charming in its fluorescent cubic graphics. This game has incredible DNA. There are elements ranging from classic games like Asteroids and Galaga, to newer titles such as Geometry Wars and Super Hexagon. Pixel Galaxy feels similar to spacey bullet hell games, but is interesting and enthralling enough to stand on its own two pixelated feet. In Pixel Galaxy you play a pixel. Your objective is  to dodge incoming fire from enemy pixels, while simultaneously moving in an attempt to assimilate enemies into your…. pixel ship? (It’s never really made clear what, if anything your pixel represents but I...


Don’t Starve: Giant Edition Xbox One Review

Don’t Starve: Giant Edition for the Xbox One promises to deliver a surreal experience, especially if you have never visited the franchise before. Indie Developer Klei Entertainment has a knack for delivering a tense gaming experience, even in an environment that feels lighthearted. Klei also succeeds in creating a sense of fear without having to depend on the realistic horror survival games that seem to be a dime a dozen recently. It’s hard for me to break down Don’t Starve: Giant Edition because, as a survival game, the goal is simply to survive and (as you’d guess) not starve for as long as possible. So I’m going to do this review in segments focused...


Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires on Vita Comes West

According to a press release from Koei Tecmo America, the PlayStation Vita version of Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires is coming West later this year. The latest entry in the tactical hack and slash series was released for Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Steam earlier this year.  Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires will be available for purchase on November 24th (2 days earlier than release in Japan I might add) and will be released exclusively as a digital download. The handheld version will feature perks from the original console versions of the game and more. Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires will support the cross-play and cross-save functions with both the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 as well as touchscreen...


Persona 4 Dancing All Night Review

I’ve always loved the Persona franchise. The art has always been amazing, as well as the music. So I couldn’t have been happier when they mixed my favorite game with my favorite kind of game. The game combines an interesting story with a new type of rhythm based system. The gameplay is fairly standard and simple but as the difficulty increases, so does the amount of notes and how fast they appear. The system combines triangle, circle, and x, along with up, left, and down. Pretty straight forward, with the added exception of the blue circle and “fever” rings. Missing the rings won’t affect your note count or your score...


Bethesda Review – The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

This is the second article in my Bethesda game review series. Be sure to check out my first review for Fallout 3 here. The Elder Scrolls, this phrase says a lot, the start of a long running and legendary series. The titles that led us into Bethesda’s golden age. From Arena to Online it’s fair to say the Elder Scrolls has had a pretty smooth ride up the most popular games of all time. In my opinion the fifth installment in this series, Skyrim, has easily gotten the most praise of any of it’s predecessors (and even of it’s successor). Now I can’t say I’ve played all of the Elder...


Fallout 3 Stands the Test of Time

With Bethesda’s new installment in the Fallout series in the form of Fallout 4 on the way, I thought now would be a better time than any to start a small review series for Bethesda titles. I’d like to start with one of my top rated games of all time: Fallout 3. Maybe not the newest or most popular of opinions is that Fallout 3 is the title that deserves the most praise from the Fallout series. I’m part of the group that puts this third installment solidly over its successor. Fallout 3 is deserving of all the praise it has ever received, especially for the time that it was released....


Duck Game is Retro Duck Madness

If you watch a lot of Adult Swim, you’ve probably seen the commercials for Duck Game by now. It’s a game featuring ducks that pits you against one another to see who can reign victorious as the champion, and it’s got a lot of character. But there’s more to a game than character, and the biggest factor is how it plays. So what’s it like playing Duck Game? Well, madness. To start off, the game puts you into a physical menu that you actually have to walk around. It’s an interesting concept, and one that fans of the Fable series are familiar with, but it’s not something that works particularly...


Farming Simulator 15 Review

Farming Simulator is a game that you might have heard of before, if only from the slew of videos that make jokes at its expense. It’s a series that has managed to achieve a certain level of success, despite being a part of a smaller niche. The latest version, Farming Simulator 15, was recently released for consoles, and I gave it a spin — but it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I’m not someone who tends to delve into simulation games all too often, unless the subject matter is particularly interesting to me. So prior to Farming Simulator 15, I had no experience with the series. The only thing...


Moonrise Early Access Review

You might not know it looking at me now — I haven’t played a game in many years — but I used to be a huge fan of Pokemon. When I was younger, I collected all of the cards, and I do mean all of them, before losing them in a robbery. I also watched the anime, and for years I continued to play the video games up until FireRed. I might have lost interest, but the series was a big part of my childhood, as it was for many people that grew up during the height of its popularity. Now I’m a big fan of Undead Labs, who you...


Akiba’s Trip – Undead and Undressed – Nudity Kills

Every once in a while, I encounter a video game that just outright fascinates me. Whether because of interesting mechanics, nutty concepts, or some intangible X-Factor, these games consume my time and leave me in a state of awe. In the summer of 2002, at the ripe old age of nine years old, it was Mr. Mosquito. During one of my first forays into the Let’s Play community in 2010, it was Octodad. And now, smackdab in the middle of my first few months here at BentoByte, it’s Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed. I should clarify at the outset that finding a game fascinating does not necessarily translate to a...


Windward Review

Earlier this year I started watching Black Sails, a show on Starz that tells the story of a young John Silver as he sails the seas with Captain Flint eventually leading up to the events in Treasure Island. The series has run for two seasons so far, and while it takes a few liberties with the source material, it’s actually a pretty good watch. So good, in fact, that it made me want to look into the history of pirates and check out some video games on the subject. At the time, Windward wasn’t around, but when I discovered the game on Steam I knew that it was something I’d be interested in...


Swords and Soldiers 2 Review

Swords and Soldiers 2 is a 2D side scrolling strategy game on the Wii U. The game starts with the fearsome Goblins; for a dreadfully long time the goblins have been searching for a special lamp and they have finally found it in the Persians’ possession. So, the Goblins decide they are going to forcefully take it! But alas, the Persians, almost defeated from the attack, escape and hide the lamp where the Goblins cannot find it. That’s when we meet our main protagonists; the Vikings. Redbeard’s wife has been taken by a rival Viking force, so her sister, Helga, along the other Vikings must save her. After saving her, Helga...


Invisible, Inc. Review

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Invisible, Inc. since the game hit Early Access in January of last year. A year and a half later, the game is now available for purchase on Steam as a full release. But is it worth picking up? I first got into tactical RPGs with the reboot of X-Com back in 2012 and ever since I’ve wanted more. There are plenty nowadays and there are always more showing up but the backlash surrounding what the X-Com reboot could have been (what would eventually be released as The Bureau: XCOM Declassified) showed that people are in the market for tactical RPGs. Fast forward a...