Though Ganryu 2 has plenty of highs between its excellent visuals and strong fundamentals, some of its more questionable design choices and unfortunate number of glitches ensure that building the level of trust needed to master the game and fully appreciate the intent of its developers will be far too difficult for most people to consider. I definitely enjoyed it, but I also can't see myself trying to master it in its current state. Knowing that my controls could suddenly stop working or level progression could break down at any moment and ruin my run is enough to deter me, which is a huge shame as someone who very rarely lets glitches get in the way of their enjoyment.
The 2022 Ephemeral Enigmas Game Awards!
2022 sure was an interesting year, huh? There's way, way too much I could reference and discuss in terms of world events, but I think that's best saved for different places and from people far smarter than me. What I can talk about, though, is the video games, and the video games were pretty dang good! Not many "10/10" bangers for me, but a lot of really strong "8/10" and "9/10" games that I had a great time with, to use a bit of numbered shorthand before the main event here.
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny
Disgaea 6 is a game stuck at a crossroads, conflicted between two different experiences it wants to convey. Its story is one of the strongest in the franchise, offering entertaining characters with a heartfelt message about overcoming hardship that resonates strongly and is concisely told. On the other hand, it also wants to be as approachable as possible, providing a method to allow anyone to breeze through the game and witness the story even if it means betraying the themes of said story and offering shallower gameplay to the dedicated fans who have been there since the beginning...