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Fell Seal - Arbiter's Mark

On 06/30/2020 at 11:16 PM by Matt Snee

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I bought "Fell Seal - Arbiter's Mark" today for Switch. It was on sale for ten bucks. It's usually $29.99. It's also on sale on Steam, but I'm not sure about PS4 or Xbox. 

It's a tactical RPG, heavily inspired by Final Fantasy Tactics and Tactics Ogre. I played it for an hour and I'm really impressed with it so far. It has really nice, hand-drawn graphics too, which I really like. And I've been impressed with the music too. All in all, I'm pleased with my purchase, and excited to play more of it. 

Tactical RPG's are one of my favorite genres. 

In other news, Chris told me he finished TLOU2. He said it had the best story of any game he ever played, heartbreaking, and amazing. Kinda want to play it myself now.  :)



Joaquim Mira Media Manager

07/01/2020 at 02:01 PM

TLOU 2 seems to have quite the amount of polar opinions on it.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/01/2020 at 02:05 PM

yeah, I have seen some conflicting opinions, but mostly positive. Some people are pretty upset about it though. 


07/01/2020 at 05:29 PM

Oh yes! I'll be looking out for this on Xbox, where I see it's also published. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/04/2020 at 08:12 AM

It's quite cool. 

Cary Woodham

07/01/2020 at 07:51 PM

I don't like strategy RPGs, but I did play one this year that I enjoyed.  And that was The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics.  Of course, a lot of the reasons why I liked it have to do with how much I enjoyed the Netflix show.  But I still say check it out if you can.  Both the game and the show.  I'll definitely be giving the game a mention when I write my 'Game of the Year SO FAR' blog later this month.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/04/2020 at 08:13 AM

I was really into Dark Crystal when I was a kid too. But I can't concentrate on movies and TV shows anymore. I don't know why. But hopefully, someday I'll be able to watch the new show. 


07/02/2020 at 07:47 PM

Ooh, that game IS pretty! Of course, maybe I should play those nice copies of FFT and Tactics Ogre on my PSP first...

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/04/2020 at 08:13 AM

well, if it makes you feel any better, I haven't beaten those games either. Laughing


07/02/2020 at 10:20 PM

i watched a video highlighting eshop sales and this game received a lot of  praise. I'm very interested in buying it. 

TLOU1 was a game I skipped on first release, mainly because I don't really like Naughty Dog games and I was over playing directed single player games at the time. I'm not sure the polarizing reviews are encouraging. 

I'm curious if there are any post-apacolyptic games where people don't turn into murderers, but seem more optimistic?  I remember a term 'hopepunk' being used a while back.

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/03/2020 at 08:04 PM

I always felt the Mega Man games had that vibe to them. Even the X series, while darker, definitely had cool futuristic scenery and hopeful characters. Even though I'm personally loving TLOU 2, I totally get what you mean. 

I think Horizon might potentially fit your description since I only remember murdering robot dinosaurs in that one.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/04/2020 at 08:15 AM

actually, there's a literary / science fiction genre called "Solarpunk" which is hopeful/utopian stories of a post climate change world where a lot of our current problems don't exist anymore. It's an interesting twist. I've never read any, but I've got a book of it I've been meaning to read. Maybe soon. 


07/05/2020 at 12:34 AM

okay. I'll look into it. I adore zombie games, but honestly would like a different take on end of the world will be hell, instead of more optimism like Star Trek. Hopepunk is the only thing I was familiar with. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/03/2020 at 08:06 PM

I'm loving TLOU 2, but it is very similar to its predecessor in so many ways. Maybe I should have played the first one right before to really see the difference, but it even looks pretty much like what I remember from the original, though I'm sure the textures are much smoother. 

Anyway, the story so far is definitely intriguing to me but I doubt I'll wind up saying it is the best game story ever made. Never say never though. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/04/2020 at 08:15 AM

yeah, I guess it's all subjective. My favorite game stories are Final Fantasy IX and KOTOR2, and those aren't "cinematic" at all. I guess it all depends. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/04/2020 at 11:16 AM

Those games sound like they'd be more book-ish, if anything, which makes sense for your tastes. Although one of the reasons I love Yakuza so much has nothing to do with its cinematic storytelling, but how I feel like I'm living out a novel about urban Japan when interacting with NPCs. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/04/2020 at 11:20 AM

Yeah, there are many different forms of storytelling. I read a long essay recently about the "novelistic" storytelling of HBO's The Wire. I need to rewatch that. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/04/2020 at 05:51 PM

I love that show but it's one of those things where my friend is a bit too obsessed with it to the point I almost don't want to admit to him how good it is cause it's not the be all end all of cultural humanity. It's his Yakuza, to use my exact same character flaw as an example. Tongue Out

But yeah, I've heard the same thing about the show. I think mostly what people seem to mean by that is how it jumps between lots of different characters and connects between seasons, which was much less commonplace before streaming. I think that's why The Wire had to find so much of its audience later: people were not necessarily ready for televsion to veer from its episodic (re: self-contained episodes like Law and Order) nature in the 2000s. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

07/06/2020 at 11:11 AM

well the other reason they call The Wire novelistic is because it deals with social issues, which is more common in realistic novels than movies or TV. I think that's where the show really excels. 

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