Author: Dave Olvera

  • Review: Shadowgate (PC)

    Shadowgate Developer: Zojoi Publisher: Zojoi Genre: Adventure Release Date: 08/21/2014 I remember this game from the NES days. This is despite me being a home computer gamer during, and after, the great video game crash of 1983. I had never encountered Shadowgate prior to its re-release on the NES. I didn’t even know there was […]

  • Review: Out of the Park Baseball 15 (PC)

    Out of the Park Baseball 15 Developer: Out of the Park Productions Publisher: Out of the Park Productions Release Date: 04/15/2014 The yearly iterations of Out of the Park Baseball can make a person pause. Am I going to spend nearly $40.00 each year for a sports game? I’ve only missed one version of the […]

  • Review: Knock Knock (PC)

    Knock-Knock Developer: Ice-Pick Lodge Publisher: Ice-Pick Lodge Genre: Adventure Release Date: 10/4/2013 Knock-Knock is the fourth release from Russia’s Ice-Pick Lodge. Ice-Pick Lodge is know for their psychologically tense, surreal games (the most well known being Pathologic and the most “friendly” appearing being Cargo). In my preview I gave a bit more information on Ice-Pick’s […]

  • Preview: Knock Knock (PC)

    Ice-Pick Lodge is a PC game studio out of Russia. They are best known for the psychological game know as Pathologic. They’ve also made The Void and Cargo. For their fourth game (Knock Knock), Ice-Pick Lodge went the Kickstarter route to secure funding. There’s a group of us at Diehard GameFAN that love Ice-Pick Lodge […]

  • Review: IOOTP Baseball 2013 (iOS)

    IOOTP Baseball 2013 Developer: Out of the Park Developments Publisher: Out of the Park Developments Genre: Sports Simulation Release Date: 05/03/2013 IOOTP Baseball 2013 for iOS is the “on the go” version of the critically acclaimed baseball simulator Out of the Park Baseball 13. Last year I wrote about the second iteration. While I enjoyed […]

  • Review: Out of the Park Baseball 14 (PC)

    Game: Out of the Park Baseball 14 Developer: Out of the Park Productions Publisher: Out of the Park Productions Genre: Sports Simulation Release Date: 04/16/2013 The calendar has turned to April and it is time for Major League Baseball. For over a decade, each baseball season has been accompanied by another iteration of Out of […]

  • Review: SimCity (PC)

    SimCity Developer: Maxis Publisher: Electronic Arts Genre: City Building/Management Simulation Release Date: 03/05/2013 (Note: This review is about the launch version of SimCity; subsequent patches are not addressed) One of my brothers once belonged to a computer club in the 1980s. This club was dedicated to the Amiga (Only the Amiga Makes it Possible) and […]

  • Review: iOOTP Baseball 12 (iOS)

    iOOTP Baseball 12 Developer: Out of the Park Productions Publisher: Out of the Park Productions Genre: Sports Release Date: 04/09/2012 Mobile phone gaming has gone from games like Snake and Tetris to more complex fare that rivals dedicated handheld console gaming. With that in mind, I was still skeptical about the ability to take the […]

  • Review: Out of the Park Baseball 13 (PC)

    Out of the Park Baseball 13 Devloper: Out of the Park Developments Publisher: Out of the Park Developments Genre: Sports Release Date: 04/09/2012 Out of the Park Baseball 13 could have been another incremental centered chapter in the franchise. A few tweaks there and a new coat of paint. Instead, Out of the Park 13 […]

  • Review: Out of the Park Baseball 12 (PC)

    Another year, another Out of the Park Baseball. How does this year’s edition stack up?

  • Diehard GameFAN Hall of Shame Nomination: Clock Tower 3

    Clock Tower without Human? No wonder it’s this week’s Hall of Shame Nomination!

  • Review: The Guild 2: Renaissance (PC)

    The Guild 2: Renaissance Developer: 4Head Studios Publisher: Dreamcatcher Genre: Sim Release Date: 10/19/2010 I have never played a single installment in The Guild franchise until The Guild 2: Renaissance. Being completely fresh to the experience proved to make this one of the most difficult games I have ever had to play. Was this difficulty […]

  • Review: Metal Brigade Tactics (PC)

    Dave Olvera is Diehard GameFAN’s resident go-to guy for under the radar obscure PC games. Was MBT a game better left undisturbed or a diamond in the rough?

  • Review: ArcaniA: Gothic 4 (Microsoft Xbox 360)

    The Gothic series makes its first ever console appearance with the fourth entry into the series. How does it hold up?

  • Review: Recettear (PC)

    Recettear Developer: EasyGameStation Publisher: Carpe Fulgar Genre: Simulation/Action RPG Release Date: 09/10/2010 Let’s face it: RPG item shops are generally just a place for adventurers to dump the junk they find on slime #248, sell the kobold infants they stole from the warren and buy a few upgrades. Have you ever wondered how the other […]

  • Review: Elemental: War of Magic (PC)

    Elemental: War of Magic Publisher: Stardock Developer: Stardock Genre: Turn-based Strategy Release Date: 08/24/2010 Elemental is ambitious. A game that spent years in development with the aim of being the modern day version of Master of Magic with modifying capabilities, multiplayer and a world with a large background story. There was a problem and that […]

  • Review: Monster Rancher DS (Nintendo DS)

    Monster Rancher DS Developer: Cing Publisher: UFO Interactive Genre: Simulation Release Date: 08/03/2010 M-m-m-m-monster Rancher! To some of us (mainly me), Monster Rancher was a quaint little game that Tecmo released during the height of the monster battle/collection/raising craze. Monster Rancher was also an okay (for its concept) animated series with a horrible US theme […]

  • Review: Out of the Park Baseball 11 (PC)

    Out of the Park Baseball 11 Developer: Out of the Park Developments Publisher: Out of the Park Developments Genre: Sports Simulator Release Date: 04/14/2010 Where is the best baseball video game located? Well, while MLB 2010 – The Show is an excellent arcade baseball experience (especially the Road to the Show mode), for franchise play […]

  • Review: My Secret Diary (Nintendo DS)

    My Secret Diary Publisher: O-Games Developer: Oxygen Studios Genre: Diary Release Date: 07/30/2009 My Secret Diary is just that: a diary. While it may not be so secret, it is, at its heart, a diary and not a game. Sure there are game things included with the diary program but overall those are secondary to […]