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The Game Stop: Harvest Moon Skytree Village

The Game Stop: Harvest Moon Skytree Village

By Amelia Abraham and Cordy Wettstein

January 24, 2018


Filed under Features, The Game Stop, Video Games

Harvest Moon Skytree Village is a repetitive, unintuitive game. Players spawn as a young adult on a farm, after selecting their gender and preferred name, and are greeted by the Harvest Goddess, who explains that Skytree Village was once able to be lush and beautiful when the Villagers cared. This gave ...

The Game Stop: Slime Rancher

The Game Stop: Slime Rancher

By Amelia Abraham, Intern

October 27, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

Slime Rancher is a toned-down, role-playing game made to satisfy gamers who’d like a break from more objective-based and stressful recreations. The player is free to roam around the Far, Far Range while being politely encouraged to corral slimes, sell the slime’s byproducts, and improve life on The Ranch. ...

The Game Stop: Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

The Game Stop: Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2017


Filed under Reviews, The Game Stop, Video Games

“Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan” is a first-person RPG designed as a throwback to the genre’s text-based origins. It retains the same style of gameplay, but has a different plot than its predecessors. Players take control of an exploration guild, a group of adventurers who explore lab...

The Game Stop: Project X Zone 2

The Game Stop: Project X Zone 2

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

February 6, 2017


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

Building on an already good formula, “Project X Zone 2” makes major improvements across the board from its predecessor, cementing it as a vastly superior game. Much like the original, “Project X Zone 2” is a huge crossover between the video game franchises of Namco, Capcom and Sega. Despite...

The Game Stop: Cardinal Quest 2

The Game Stop: Cardinal Quest 2

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

November 10, 2016


Filed under Reviews, The Game Stop, Video Games

“Cardinal Quest 2” is a Turn-Based Roguelike that began life as a flash game, and eventually made it’s way to mobile devices. Its simplistic nature makes it easy to pick up, but the complex design makes it hard to put down. Players take control of one character class out of a possible seven, each of which ...

The Gamestop: Vainglory

The Gamestop: Vainglory

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

September 29, 2016


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

When the iPhone 6 was first announced at the 2015 Apple Keynote, there was a lot of attention given to one game in particular, and that game was Vainglory, a  Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) perfected for touch. It takes the foundation of the genre and adds it’s own flare, making it feel ent...

The Game Stop: Bravely Second

The Game Stop: Bravely Second

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

May 2, 2016


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

In February 2014, Square Enix released Bravely Default worldwide to mainly positive reviews, including my own. Two years later, Bravely Second: End Layer takes players back to the fantastic world of Luxendarc to experience more of what the original did right. If you haven’t played the original B...

The Game Stop: Cave Story

The Game Stop: Cave Story

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2016


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

Cave Story was made entirely by one man: Daisuke Amaya. It took five years, and is one of the most famous independently developed games ever made. In the beginning, the game throws players into action immediately without a tutorial, and that’s surprisingly one of the best things about it. Nothin...

The Game Stop: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Deluxe

The Game Stop: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Deluxe

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

January 25, 2016


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

4 stars Players will know off the bat if they’re interested in Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Deluxe. Vocaloid music fans will appreciate the combination of dating simulator and rhythm game elements. Those who are on the fence may be put off by the style and difficulty, but will enjoy the presentation greatl...

The Game Stop: Wayward Souls

The Game Stop: Wayward Souls

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

January 8, 2016


Filed under Reviews, Showcase, The Game Stop, Video Games

Rating: 4.5 stars When the fighting elements of Secret of Mana meet Roguelike elements of Rogue Legacy, the result is Wayward Souls. There isn’t much to base the story off of. Each character has their own individual narrative, but they’re all somewhat generic, stop-the-bad-guy type of plot. Wh...

The Game Stop: Project X Zone

The Game Stop: Project X Zone

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

December 15, 2015


Filed under Reviews, The Game Stop, Video Games

Rating: 4 stars If there were three words to describe Project X Zone (pronounced “cross zone”), they’d be “an enjoyable mess.” By combining the various game franchises of Sega, Namco Bandai and Capcom, Project X Zone delivers a surprisingly complicated mix of tactical role play and fighting gam...

The Game Stop: Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

The Game Stop: Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure

By Addison Toutant, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2015


Filed under Reviews, The Game Stop, Video Games

3.5 stars If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That is the philosophy of Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure, since it combines elements of games from the Super Nintendo era of gaming into an engaging puzzle platformer. The story itself is silly on purpose. Legend tells of an extraordin...