All posts by Pete Davison

Former games journo (GamePro, USgamer) and expert on all those Japanese games and visual novels the mainstream press likes to go "ew, pretty girls" at. I write things at great length.

Waifu Wednesday: Viese Blanchimont

With Viese having such an important role in Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny, it’s only fitting that we give her a bit of time in the spotlight.

While she may not get out and about quite as much as male protagonist Felt does, she’s the only one who can do “proper” alchemy with actual ingredients; she’s the only one who can make pacts with the Mana spirits; and, ultimately, it’s her alchemy skills that allows Felt and company to stand a fighting chance in the game’s final battle.

And, this being a Gust game, she is, of course, cute. Let’s take a closer look at this charming young alchemist.

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Warriors Wednesday: Grand Finale (For Now) – Warriors All-Stars #25

And so, we bring another run through Warriors All-Stars to a close — and a (likely temporary) closing of the curtains on the Warriors Wednesday video series.

These videos have been an absolute blast to make, and they’ve actually helped me learn some of the most helpful bits and pieces about making Let’s Plays that you probably don’t notice while you’re watching (at least if I’ve done my job properly) — but I need a bit of a break and/or a change.

I’ll be continuing to cover Warriors games in writing as time goes on, as I love ’em too much not to — but the Let’s Plays will be taking a break for a little while. For now, I hope you enjoy one of the many conclusions to Warriors All-Stars!

And watch this space — I’ve already had an idea for a new series that has the potential to be a lot of fun and very interesting to explore!

Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary: The Rockford Files

Boulder Dash is an all-time classic game from the early microcomputer era.

First releasing on Atari 8-bit computers in 1984, it has enjoyed numerous ports, sequels, spinoffs and unofficial level packs for a wide variety of platforms, with the latest at the time of writing being the Nintendo Switch release of Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary. The official website has a nicely comprehensive history for you to enjoy at your leisure.

The astute among you will note that there are more than 30 years between 1984 and 2020. That’s because this port in particular also goes back a few years, too. Let’s take a closer look.

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Atari A to Z: H.E.R.O.

Activision were a prolific developer back in the days of the Atari 2600 and Atari 8-bit computers, with many of their most well-regarded games making the jump from one platform to the other.

One particularly beloved example is H.E.R.O., a game that some see as a spiritual precursor to open-structure 2D platform games such as Metroid.

Whether or not you believe that, the adventures of Roderick “R.” Hero remain a jolly good time even today, so let’s go have some fun!

Atari A to Z

Gunbarich: It’s Flippin’ Psikyonoid

2001’s Gunbarich was one of Psikyo’s last games before they merged with X-Nauts in 2002 — and the last title in the Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo collection for Nintendo Switch.

It wasn’t one of their last shoot ’em ups, however, because despite technically being part of the Gunbird series in the loosest possible sense (it has the word “Gun” in the title and also features a cutesified version of recurring Gunbird mascot character Marion the witch) it’s not actually a shoot ’em up at all.

Nope; Gunbarich represents Psikyo turning its hand to that most venerable of genres: the ol’ bat and ball. Let’s take a closer look!

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Around the Network

Morning all! I didn’t find time to put together the usual weekly roundup yesterday as a result of 1) cleaning up cat poop in the garden and 2) playing a game for (paid) review. But here I am now!

Patrons will know what game I’m talking about; the rest of you will hopefully see my review of it a little later this week over on Nintendo Life, plus a more in-depth write-up here on MoeGamer as has been the case with the last few games I’ve covered for them.

In the meantime, then, let’s take a look at what you might have missed last week!

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Atari A to Z Flashback: Demons to Diamonds

Today’s Atari Flashback Classic is a one- or two-player blastathon with a couple of twists: firstly, it’s paddle-controlled, and secondly, it involves firing an extendable “beam” rather than the more common shots.

Yes, it’s Demons to Diamonds, a simple but enjoyable shoot ’em up designed for younger players — but there’s still some fun to be had for a few minutes here if you give it a chance.

It may not be the most fondly regarded of all the Atari Flashback Classics, but it’s worth a blast or two — particularly if you bring a friend along for the ride!

Atari A to Z