Posts by Madeline Ricchiuto

About Madeline Ricchiuto

Madeline Ricchiuto is a gamer, comics enthusiast, bad horror movie connoisseur, writer and generally sarcastic human. She also really likes cats and is now Head Games Writer at Bleeding Cool.

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"The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" is Simple but Brutal

"The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" is Simple but Brutal

Nintendo was showing off a new dungeon for The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening at PAX West earlier this month. The dungeon shown off at the convention required some strategic bomb usage, which is absolutely not my forte. It doesn't help that you need significantly more bombs to progress through the dungeon and the final boss […]

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” Will Include a Classic Mode: TGS2019

"Final Fantasy VII Remake" Will Include a Classic Mode: TGS2019

Announced at Tokyo Game Show this week, Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII Remake will include a classic mode for fans who want a more pure, retro experience. The news was delivered by Producer Yoshinori Kitase and has been detailed in a blog post for the worldwide audience. The post also details the Squats mini-game, Aerith's combat […]


"Dauntless" on the Nintendo Switch

"Dauntless" on the Nintendo Switch is a Solid Switch Port

I've played the Switch version of Dauntless twice now, at E3 and PAX West, and it plays like most Switch ports – with similar controls and slightly toned-down graphics due to the hardware limitations of the Switch. The mechanics and controls of the game are unchanged, and the Switch edition will launch with all the content […]

Attack on Titan 2: The Final Battle

[REVIEW] "Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle" is an Otaku's Dream

[rwp_box_recap id="0"] Koei Tecmo and Omega Force's Attack on Titan 2 got a major content update this summer to add two new game modes to the RPG. Attack on Titan 2 is based on the anime, rather than the manga, and the Final Battle content update brings the game's story up to date with the third […]

[Review] Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

[Review] "Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland" is Exactly What You'd Expect

Like other games in the "Arland" Atelier series, Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland has the same focus on crafting and alchemy as the other entries in the series. It sticks to the same formula as previous games, with a few changes. You can't skip assist animations or cutscenes, and crafting no longer has a timer. […]

"Luigi's Mansion 3" Co-Op is Shared-Screen Insanity

"Luigi's Mansion 3" Co-Op is Shared-Screen Insanity

Nintendo decided to show off Luigi's Mansion 3's co-op mode at PAX West. As this is Luigi's Mansion, the co-op experience is shared-screen with one player taking the role of Luigi and the other becoming Gooigi. Because obviously Luigi's best ghost hunting pal is his own goo clone. The co-op in Luigi's Mansion 3 is absolutely a case […]

[Review] Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists

[Review] Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists is Absolutely Merciless

[rwp_box_recap id="0"] Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World is another alchemy crafting sim in the Atelier series, which, like most of the series focuses on slice-of-life action, character interactions, and an absolute ton of crafting. The release of Nelke celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Atelier series as a whole, and so changed […]

"Ori and the Blind Forest" on Switch is the Definitive Version of Actual Heartbreak

"Ori and the Blind Forest" on Switch is the Definitive Version of Actual Heartbreak

Nintendo, Microsoft Studios, and Moon Studios GmbH showed off Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition at PAX West. The game was playable on Nintendo Switch, with the altered controls necessary for the Switch's button-layout. While that might trip you up a bit at the start, the altered controls are relatively easy to get used to. […]

The "Trials of Mana" Remake Looks a Little Bit... Outdated

The "Trials of Mana" Remake Looks a Little Bit… Outdated

Square Enix showed off their Trials of Mana remake during PAX West earlier this month. The game is designed so you can play either the original 2D, or the brand-new 3D version. And while the 3D graphics do give the title a much-needed overhaul, they seem a bit dated. There's nothing partuclarly bad about the 3D version of […]

"The Witcher III: Wild Hunt" on Switch is Rad, but a Bit Blurry

"The Witcher III: Wild Hunt" on Switch is Rad, but a Bit Blurry

CD Projekt Red is releasing their massive, groundbreaking game The Witcher III: Wild Hunt with all of its DLC on the Nintendo Switch this year. And at PAX West, we got our hands on the game. While the basics are unchanged, the Switch port does alter the button controls as A and B are swapped on […]

EA Confirms Apex Legends Season 2 Battle Pass Details

"Apex Legends" Reveals the Preseason Invitational Competitors

EA and Respawn have announced the teams that would be competing in the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational. The double-elimination tournament is taking place this week (from September 13-15) at the Alvernia Planet in Kraków, Poland. The tournament has a total prize pool of $500,000 USD, which 80 elite teams from around the world will compete […]

GungHo's "Teppen" has hit the 3 Million Downloads Milestone

GungHo's "Teppen" has hit the 3 Million Downloads Milestone

GungHo Online Entertainment has announced that their "ultimate card battle game" Teppen has hit a major download milestone. If you're unaware, Teppen is a joint project between GungHo and Capcom to create a real-time card battle system using Capcom's stable of characters. And it has been massively successful. A mere two months out from launch and […]

"Kingdom Hearts III" Re Mind DLC will Launch This Winter

"Kingdom Hearts III" Re Mind DLC will Launch This Winter

The long-awaited story DLC for Kingdom Hearts III, titled "Re Mind," will be releasing sometime this winter. And because Tokyo Game Show is next week, Square Enix has decided to give fans an early look at the DLC, so they can get some idea of what to expect from Sora and pals in the next chapter […]

"Spirit Farer" is All About Boating Your Way to the Afterlife

"Spiritfarer" is All About Boating Your Way to the Afterlife

Thunder Lotus Games' Spiritfarer is an adorable indie title about learning to let go and move on. To the afterlife. By building new parts of a ship. No, we're not kidding. The game's description reads: Spiritfarer is a cozy management game about dying. You play Stella, ferrymaster to the deceased, a Spiritfarer. Build a boat to explore the […]

Square Enix Shows Off "Marvel's Avengers" Gameplay At Gamescom

Iron Man's Roller Skates are Not in "Marvel's Avengers"… Yet

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics shared quite a bit of new info about Marvel's Avengers at PAX West last week, along with a hands-on demo of the E3 level. The info session was scheduled after the hands-on demo and mostly went into detail on the core gameplay pillars and business model. The gameplay pillars were essentially […]

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[REVIEW] "Final Fantasy VIII Remastered" was Worth the Wait

[rwp_box_recap id="0"] Square Enix has finally released Final Fantasy VIII Remastered after a long wait. The remastered edition of the game was originally thought to have been a pipe dream we'd never see fulfilled due to a lost source code. However, the source code was recovered and the final result is absolutely worth the long wait […]

Action RPG "Decay of Logos" is Headed to Xbox One

Action RPG "Decay of Logos" is Worth a Try on Xbox One

Rising Star Games and Amplify Creations have released action RPG Decay of Logos to the Xbox One as one of Microsoft's ID@Xbox titles. The game is already out on PC as well, where it has mixed reviews, but plenty of the troubles seem to be Day One launch issues. We didn't come across any of […]

"A Knight's Quest" is a Classic "Zelda" Style RPG

"A Knight's Quest" is a Classic "Zelda" Style RPG

Curve Digital and Sky9 Games are bringing A Knight's Quest: Spirit Shield to Steam, PS4, and Xbox One in the near future. The game was initially announced in 2015 by Sky9 and has since been picked up by publisher Curve Digital, and optimized for all three platforms. The game is billed as an action-adventure-RPG in the […]

The "Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection" Announced as Switch Exclusive

The "Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection" Announced as Switch Exclusive

Ubisoft has announced the Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection will be a Switch exclusive. The collection will release on December 6, 2019 and includes Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with all of its single-player DLCs, and Assassin's Creed: Rogue, which was released during the same game cycle. Both games will be fully playable offline and on-the-go with the Nintendo […]