Octopath Traveler

No, I haven’t given up on the site. I know it has been a while since I’ve posted, but I assure you Hobby Scratch isn’t going anywhere. Most of my free time has been taken up by playing the brand new Nintendo Switch I acquired recently. I actually had resigned to the fact that I…

Shenmue I & II PS4 Xbox One Pre-order!

  In celebration of Shenmue III finally being in production, Sega is re-releasing their now classic first and second entries in the series! Shenmue was originally an open-world action/rpg adventure game that was very innovative for its time. Shenmue was responsible for many firsts in gaming; for example, it coined the quick-time-event or QTE. Players…

Dragon Quest XI Western Release and Pre-Order

Dragon Quest XI has finally been announced for a Western release. I was beginning to get a bit concerned by the lack of news on a date, but it appears we finally have one on September 4th this year. Unfortunately, it appears that as of this writing, we will sadly not be getting the 3DS…

The Longest Five Minutes – A Journey to Remember

“Memories”…proof of a life lived. The Longest Five Minutes is a game I had been looking forward to since I learned of its existence last year. It’s a retro-style RPG that is a combination of some things you would expect of the genre with a few twists; such as some visual novel-style elements where you…

DRAGON’S CROWN 1/7 SCALE SORCERESS

Dragon’s Crown from Vanillaware is an excellent 2D fantasy action RPG that plays like a side-scrolling beat ’em up. The character designs and art style have been both highly praised and scrutinized. The Sorceress is one of the most recognized characters from the game, so it’s only natural that she gets her very own statue….

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Pre-order!

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has been announced at E3 and will be heading to the Nintendo Switch this December. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a sequel to Xenoblade Chronicles, but will feature a new cast of characters on an adventure following Rex, and his friend Pyra, a mysterious girl known as a Blade that grants him tremendous power….

Tales of Berseria – PS4

Tales of Berseria is the latest in the long-running “Tales” series from Bandai Namco. Admittedly I have played very few games in this series, and though they were moderately enjoyable to me I never really had the drive to play them until the end. However, this is the first time I have actually been anticipating…

Ikenie To Yuki No Setsuna Original Soundtrack

Ikenie To Yuki No Setsuna or “Setsuna of Sacrifice and Snow”, which will be titled “I Am Setsuna” in the West, is an old-school style rpg invoking the name of Chrono Trigger as  a point of comparison. Although it’s already out in Japan, the game is not due here until July. In the meantime though,…

Final Fantasy XV Deluxe Edition (Pre-order)

Final Fantasy is one of the first RPGs I ever played back with the first entry in the series so many years ago on the NES. To be honest, I haven’t followed the FF series closely since the release of Final Fantasy VII. I tried the later titles, but they didn’t do much for me….

Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set

If you’ve always wanted to give the world’s most famous tabletop role-playing game a try, then the Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set is the perfect way to get started. This box set includes everything you need to get you started on your first adventure. Even if you’ve played D&D in the past, this is a…

Grand Kingdom: Limited Edition – PS4

Grand Kingdom is an upcoming tactical RPG for the Playstation 4 developed by Monochrome Corporation and published by NIS America. According to the description, you can hire your own units and build unique military units, which makes for potential replay value. It features gorgeous 2D art that makes it look as though you’re playing a medieval-style…