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Retroactive Reviews

I hope I’m using the word “Retroactive” correctly. A quick google defines it as “operative with respect to past occurrences”. Well, I can’t review a game until I played it first, so that makes my reviews retroactive, right?

Look whatever, I just liked the combo. Deal with it.

As I mentioned before, my reviews are the most important category for this blog, as they serve as proof to potential employers as to the quality of my work. But even so, I am happy for the general public to read and (hopefully) enjoy my reviews of current games.

My journey began on February 2008, where I was contacted by the owner of Primotech on a certain forum. He gave me the oppurtunity to work on his site as a reviewer, and we enjoyed a healthy relationship for most of the year, until he informed me that the site had taken an indefinate hiatus while he works as a co-producers for a seperate site. I still keep tabs with him as he works on his new project, and he hasn’t dismissed the possiblity of Primotech becoming active again, or finding further work for me, but I’ll always be thankful that he provided me my first opurtunity as a reviewer.

Here are all my reviews to date for the site, collected below as an archive.

Devil May Cry 4 (PS3)

God of War: Chains of Olympus (PSP)

Shin Megami Tensei Persona 3: FES (PS2)

Wiiware Games: Pop (Wii)

Wiiware Games: Defend Your Castle (Wii)

Wiiware Games; TV Show King (Wii)

Wiiware Games: VIP Casino Blackjack (Wii)

Wiiware Games; Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King (Wii)

Wiiware Games; Lost Winds (Wii)

Wii Fit (Wii)

Ninja Gaiden II (Xbox 360) (as a second opinion; a bit of miscommunication resulted in two of us reviewing the same game)

You might notice the slight change in my writing from my first review to the last. At first I would focus on being as detailed as possible, getting into technical specifics without much wit or humor. As I grew more comfortable, I would ease up a bit and focus on shorter reviews with a bit of my own style put forth. Oh, and that Persona 3 review took at least 3 hours to write up. Hey, RPGs are big games…

The one thing I really liked with Primotech was their 5 point scoring system for reviews. I’m not a big fan using the 10 point system, as it seems unecessary; What’s the difference between scoring a game from 1 to 4? Crap is crap, even if it’s one or two points higher. Also, scoring a game 5/5 lets me praise a game without declaring it as “perfect”, or at least that’s how my reviews work. For a 10 point system, the game would have to work really hard and carry little flaws to earn that big 10/10.

Anyway, I’ve submitted three reviews to The Armchair Empire so far, of which two will be posted online soon, and archived here. After that, I’ll be keeping the blog up to date with every new review I do from then on. I hope you’ll continue to check back as that occurs.


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