Starting out as a small time reviewer and FAQ author on GameFAQs, my writing has been even more tilted toward the old school than my gaming. I enjoy games of many eras, but I always found it more compelling to write for something that hasn't been done extensively already, which often ruled out the more modern games I played as I tend to run at least a couple of years behind the facts. My Honestgamers catalogue was initially just copying over my old GameFAQs work, and then for a time dual submiting to both sites, but in 2015 I posted my first HG exclusive, with hopefully more to follow.
...or, at least, a dormant reviewer might open his eyes and submit something new.
...or, at least, a dormant reviewer might open his eyes and submit something new. After a six year hiatus on the reviewing front, the writing bug bit me while getting through the last few hours of Etrian Mystery Dungeon. Here was a recent game that I had something to say about. And so I did. No guarantees if this is a one shot deal, or if it's the start of a revival, but we can always hope for the latter.
With any luck, I'll get it out of there in time to enter it into the TT. The subject is Hotel Dusk, and the verdict is significant disappointment.
Which seems to be perfectly in line with the reviews already up on the site, but it's just something that needs to be said.
Got some useful feedback on reviews that never really got any back on GF. There seems to be a largely general line through the three Moraffware reviews - not surprising as they're similar and two of them were written closely together. Some of it is "the usual" of being too technical which is no news to me and an everpresent caution light in my brain, but I was struck especially by a comment on Moraff's World where my writeup suggests a poorer game than I myself rate it in the end.
Got a surprisingly good result out of MOTO2, and it provides energy. I'm geared up for the upcoming Team Tournament now. Although I technically have enough material to ride it out entirely on existing reviews (I identified at least seven that, based on past feedback, I know will do well), it's an appealing idea to write a few more as well.
Based on what I've been playing lately and the kind of games I want to write for, an option that comes to mind is Baroque. Potentially Final Fantasy 3 for the DS as well, but that's the kind of game where I quickly wonder just how much I have to say that hasn't been said already. Somewhat more obscure and recently finished titles would be two of PopCap's, Plants vs Zombies and Bookworm Adventures, but inspiration hasn't really hit for either.
10 reviews submitted over 2009. 8 of them are just ported over from GameFAQs, sometimes with minor updates, sometimes not, but it makes it look like I've been doing something. Two new pieces written, both this week. It remains to be seen if this is only the beginning, or both the beginning and the end. But I think there's a few more reviews rolling around in the back of my head, and I'd better get them out before they find the keys to the liquor cabinet.
My imminent contribution for MOTO2 is still spinning around in my head despite my best intentions to commit it to paper. In the end I just closed my eyes and let cosmic energy guide my fingers on the keyboard, and when I opened my eyes again I'd reviewed Mana Khemia instead. Oh well.
After bloomer inquired why my old review for Sword of Sodan (dates back all the way to 2001) never found its way to HG, I figured I might as well bring it over. In doing so I've corrected a few typos and style issues. I have deliberately not touched the content, although I was tempted. I figure in 2001 I gave my opinion the best I could, and if I update this one, I risk wanting to update ALL of them and that's a neverending cycle I don't want to get into. I'd rather spend that time writing something new.
So in mostly unaltered state, here's Sword of Sodan for your perusal and possibly even nostalgia. Watch out for pits.