Quick Hits: The World Ends With You

Quick Hits is a weekly segment at NCG that highlights games that may have been forgotten, will never be found, or otherwise deserve notice. Square-Enix’s The World Ends With You wins the award for “Best Acronym if Pronounced Phonetically.” TWEWY. Just say it out loud. Twewy. I love games that control very specifically. Games that build their core mechanics around the method with which you interact with the game. … Continue reading Quick Hits: The World Ends With You

Quick Hits: Vagrant Story

Quick Hits is a (usually) daily segment at NCG that highlights games that may have been forgotten, will never be found, or otherwise deserve notice. Vagrant Story seems to have come from the same intellectual wheelhouse of Square Soft that Parasite Eve did. It shares the weirdo quasi-real time, free-movement battle system. It shares the same quasi-horror vibes. Mostly though, Vagrant Story feels completely its own, and often, the … Continue reading Quick Hits: Vagrant Story

Quick Hits – Battlefield 2142

Quick Hits is a (usually) daily segment at NCG that highlights games that may have been forgotten, will never be found, or otherwise deserve notice. For my multiplayer first person shooters, I’ve always had an allegiance to the Battlefield series. Aside from the diversity of verbs present in the game like drive, snipe, fly, etc. I’ve always loved how small your character feels. I mean that in two senses … Continue reading Quick Hits – Battlefield 2142

Quick Hits – Front Mission 3

Quick Hits is a daily segment at NCG that highlights games that may have been forgotten, will never be found, or otherwise deserve notice. I grew up reading EGM religiously. When I’d go get groceries with my Dad, I would immediately race to the magazine section, sit on the dirty tile floor, and flip directly to the reviews section. One Sunday I stumbled across Front Mission 3. I … Continue reading Quick Hits – Front Mission 3

Quick Hits – Solar Jetman

Quick Hits is a daily segment at NCG that highlights games that may have been forgotten, will never be found, or otherwise deserve notice. By the time the PSX/N64 era was already in full swing. I had begun to realize that there were probably some hidden classics I had missed out on, having only really hit the console games scene well into the 16-bit era. As such, I … Continue reading Quick Hits – Solar Jetman

Quick Hits – FLAMBERGE

Quick Hits is a daily segment at NCG that highlights games that may have been forgotten, will never be found, or otherwise deserve notice. I’d never heard of FLAMBERGE until about 11am this morning. But after an hour with it I just have to sing its praise. FLAMBERGE is a small-scale tactics game that uses simultaneous turn-based combat a la Atlas Reactor (which I’m also loving right now.) … Continue reading Quick Hits – FLAMBERGE

Quick Hits – Parasite Eve

Quick Hits is a daily segment at NCG that highlights games that may have been forgotten, will never be found, or otherwise deserve notice. I first played Parasite Eve at exactly the wrong time in my life. I knew that I loved SquareSoft’s golden era of RPGs, and was in love with Parasite Eve’s moody aesthetic, but I think I was too young and dumb to get around … Continue reading Quick Hits – Parasite Eve