Joshua Carpenter


9 games reviewed
67.8 average score
70 median score
44.4% of games recommended
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4 / 5.0 - Judgment
Jun 29, 2019

The combat continues to improve — it’s incredibly fun taking down huge groups of yakuza — and the story and characters really shine.

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Apr 26, 2019

Final Fantasy IX is an amazing experience, with a fantastic cast and story — it’s truly a masterpiece of the PlayStation era. This upgrade means that fans don’t have to wait years to experience it again without all the pitfalls of the original.

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Nov 15, 2018

Simply put, Mercenaries Wings is strategy RPG comfort food for any RPGamers hungry for a fix.

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Sep 23, 2018

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is tasked with recapturing the magic of the first and return the series to a firm footing. In this it mostly succeeds, with exceptionally engaging strategic combat that is a considerable improvement over the original incarnation.

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4.5 / 5.0 - Yakuza Kiwami 2
Aug 27, 2018

Simply put, Kiwami 2 is the new pinnacle for the series and any RPGamers with a passing interest in brawlers or wanting to make a virtual visit to Japan should seek it out.

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This could have been a good game with better choices, but instead it’s difficult to recommend to even the most rabid Little Witch Academia fan, much less the broader RPG-playing public.

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Apr 29, 2018

While there may be a few interesting ideas in the story, it’s not worth suffering through the dungeons and needlessly verbose scenes to experience them.

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3.5 / 5.0 - Demon Gaze II
Mar 15, 2018

Overall, Demon Gaze II is still a strong and enjoyable dungeon crawler, albeit not without some flaws.

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Jan 18, 2018

The game isn’t without fault — greater variety in characters and levels along with more meaningful customization would be welcome — but most of the issues are minor in comparison to how much fun the game is to play.

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