Category Archives: Opinion

Review: “Wonder Boy Collection” (PS4, Nintendo Switch)

My personal Wonder Boy Collection is already complete, as I like to think of myself as one of the Wonder Boy series’ biggest fans. My very first game (outside of the pack-in Hang-On/Safari Hunt) was the original Wonder Boy for the Sega Master System. While my brother picked up Alex Kidd in Miracle World (wise beyond his years), and my

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Review: “Samurai Riot” (Nintendo Switch)

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Konichiwa, bitches. Today we’re going to take a look at Samurai Riot, an co-op, arcade-style brawler developed by Wako Factory and published by Hound Picked Games. Enough setup! Ikso! (いくそ!) Samurai Riot takes place in a time of political unrest. You play as one of two warriors loyal to the master: the Tsurumaru (つるまる) the samurai and Sukane (すかね) the kunoichi (くのいち). Sorry readers,

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Retro Review: “Jurassic Park – Rampage Edition” (SEGA Genesis)

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The first Jurassic Park game was a huge blockbuster on the Genesis, and SEGA quickly tried to recapture that success. Not content with waiting for a true movie sequel, Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition is a “what if” type of story which takes place in an alternate timeline picking up immediately after the events of the first film. Rampage Edition is

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Review: “Remote Life” (Nintendo Switch)

Have you ever played R-Type? That’s what I thought when I first saw Remote Life.* However, other than the fact that it is a horizontal-scrolling shooter with space ships, Remote Life offers up a pretty different experience. It also does quite a lot of things right, but the mechanics don’t quite stick the landing (even in zero gravity). But first, the

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Comic Review: “Fiendish” (Irene Strychalski, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things chromatically challenged. Today we’re going to pick away at Fiendish chapter one, a 46-page comic (more if you count chapter 2 preview pages) written and illustrated by Irene A. Strychalski. Set in the cold lands of Northern Europe, Fiendish is a horror/fantasy book strictly intended for a mature audience. The project

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Comic Review: “A High School Girl in the Crusades” (Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things spectrum impaired. Today we’re going to look at A High School Girl in the Crusades, a 22-page comic that was successfully crowdfunded earlier in 2022. Written by Jon Del Arroz (Deus Vult) and featuring artwork by Dachul Akamoto, A High School Girl in the Crusades is a comedic adventure intended to parody the Isekai

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Silent Movie Review: “The Man with the Twisted Lip” (Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things weiß und schwartz. Today we’re going to do another Silent Movie Review, this time looking at one of the early Sherlock Holmes serials.  Based on the short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Man with the Twisted Lip is a silent film directed by Maurice Elvey. It was created in 1921 as the eighth of the Stoll

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Review: “The DeaDBeat” (Alterna Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things color deficient. Speaking of deficient, today we’re going to take a look at The DeaDBeat, a 112-page graphic novel by Jeremy Massey and published by Alterna Comics in YEAR. The story was originally published as four mini comics, but the Alterna edition collects the entire tale in a handy

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Comic Review: “Decimators” (Ibai Canales, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of black and white entertainment. No, not that kind…. Written and illustrated by Ibai Canales (Iron Sights, The Abductables), Decimators is a cautionary science fiction tale set in a politically correct, dystopian future.  The age of nanotechnology is upon us, and humanity has overstepped its bounds. Upon recognizing that the nanobots now living in

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Review: “Alterna Anniversaries” (Alterna Comics, Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of colorless creativity. Despite the frustration in doing so, I like to review anthology books from time to time, as they don’t seem to get the same level of attention as single-story graphic novels. But why is it so frustrating? Not only do anthologies typically include works by multiple creative teams, but they

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Silent Movie Review: “Gypsy Blood” (Monochrome May Special)

Welcome back to Monochrome May, The Splintering’s month-long celebration of all things ashen and old. And we do mean old, because today we’re going to take a look at the silent film Gypsy Blood, a lighthearted tragedy (if such a thing can exist) based on the opera Carmen by French composer Georges Bizet. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch and released in the US in 1921 (1918

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Taking Modern Video Game Rating Systems to Task (Opinion)

Avid SEGA/Sonic fan and friend of the site Zealous FoX has never been one to pull punches when it comes to expressing his opinion on gaming. He recently unleashed a righteous tirade targeting modern game rating regimes (both the ESRB and Pegi), and we at The Splintering felt like it was worth posting in its entirety here (with permission, of

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Review: “Taito Milestones” (Nintendo Switch)

No Arkanoid, no Bubble Bobble, no Space Invaders, no Darius… How does one create a Taito Milestones arcade collection without those games? While some are available on other collections, it’s very strange to have a collection of classic, 1980s Taito arcade games without them (Fully acknowledging that the original Space Invaders was released in the 70s).  Instead, Taito Milestones (published

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Review: “Flat Kingdom: Paper’s Cut Edition” (Xbox)

Originally created thanks to crowdfunding, Fat Panda Games’ 2D platformer Flat Kingdom: Paper’s Cut Edition is making the jump from PC to consoles thanks to publisher Ratalaika Games.* The eternal battle between 2D and 3D has come to the peaceful Flat Kingdom. Now a brave warrior named Flat must venture into unfamiliar 3D landscapes to collect six magical jewels, rescue

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Review: “Star-Spangled Squadron” Issue 1 (Ascendant Comics)

What started in 2020 as a table top role-playing game, the Ascendant Universe has now graduated to the esteemed medium of comic books. Do you sense sarcasm? Maybe. Certainly modern comics have fallen far from their heights decades ago, but thankfully for you, dear reader, Ascendent Comics’ first book Star-Spangled Squadron (which is now crowdfunding via Indiegogo here) isn’t trying

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Review: Rob Arnold’s “Replicator” Issue 3 Drops from Down Under

With shipping delays from Down Under, the third installment of Rob Arnold’s action-packed Replicator series has finally landed in US backers’ hands. I received my perks weeks ago, packaged in the Aussie version of a Gemini mailer and sealed with Arnold’s trademark, black wax embossed logo with a metallic skull. Being new to the series, I backed the featured catch-up

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Crowdfunding Review: “Ed Gein: Demon Hunter” Issue 1 (Reload Comics)

Indie comics is a place where people can create books based on many different subjects, far beyond the common fare of superheroes and vigilantes. Lucifer Storm is one such writer that has some interesting ideas, as evidenced by his first campaign, Lady Satan: An Angel in a Killer Dress, where the main character is a stripper who turns vigilante to

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Dat Ass! 11 of Gaming’s Most Remarkable Rear Ends

The gluteus maximus is the largest muscle in the body, and it’s high time that this sinewy mass gets the respect it deserves. While many are worth celebrating, here are eleven of our picks for the most remarkable posteriors in the world of gaming. Cammy – Street Fighter seriesStreet Fighter‘s Cammy was one of the first video game hotties to

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Review-ish: Joe M. Sonntag’s “Reaper Destroyer” (Superior Press)

Joe M. Sonntag took a page out of Sean Ahrendt’s playbook and participated in a “trunk sale” to crowdfund his Reaper Destroyer ashcan. People who wanted to get a comic con-style preview of his upcoming crowdfunded venture were asked to reach out to him via one of his social media accounts to order one. After paying $20 (shipping included) this

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Crowdfunding Review: “Ultra Star” (Riot Press Productions)

Ultra Star was the first issue of a solo-owned IP that Parnell decided to bring to crowdfunding, and is the first campaign of Patrick Thomas Parnell’s that I have backed. He has done four previous campaigns surrounding his Johnny Phantasm IP, for which he is the co-creator and artist. Johnny Phantasm’s abstract art style and Beetlejuice-meets-Scarface story never really appealed

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Comic Review: “Black Bishop” (Evoluzione Publishing)

Who will win the game of spies, superheroes and assassins? Today we’re going to take a look at Black Bishop, at 32-page one-shot comic published by Evoluzione. Some story spoilers will follow! Written and created by Marcel Dupree, co-written by Guido Martinez and illustrated by Gaurav Shrivastava, Black Bishop is an action-packed spy adventure set in a world where governments and

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