Polymega Interview with Bryan Bernal

Recently, staff member Jurge Cruz and I, the retro enthusiasts of Irrational Passions, were set up with a unique opportunity. We got the chance chance to speak with Bryan Bernal, Co-founder and CEO of Playmaji, creators of of the upcoming…

My Return to Terraria

Back in 2011, a hot new crafting and exploration game started to spread across the interwebs. Adopting a 16-bit style, Terraria gave players a more action and adventure take on a genre that began in 2009 with its more blocky…

Nowhere Prophet is a Quintessential Deck Builder

Mega Crit games really struck a nerve back in 2017 when Slay the Spire hit Early Access on Steam. This January it would finally release in full (and port to Switch this July). Those two years were all that were…

Slay the Spire is a Magic Drafter’s Dream

My favorite memories of playing Magic the Gathering has always been drafting. You pay an entry fee that is about 3 packs worth of cards. These packs get opened, you take a card from the pile, and pass it around…

My Friend Pedro is More Clever Than it Looks

There’s something becoming ever so repellent about the edgy, irreverent aesthetic in the crop of indie games of the past few years. We get it. Your game, that features some lone wolf, tough-as-nails, probably silent type is violent for violence’s…

Mortal Kombat 11’s Ethnic Retconning is a Powerful Statement

For decades, Mortal Kombat has been a staple series of the fighting game genre. Its had a rollercoaster ride of hits and misses, but its most recent entries have not only revived the dwindling franchise but have made noticeable impacts…

Overwhelm is an Anxiety Simulator

I’m not a horror junkie. I find most of it to be more insipid than frightening. On film, the reliance on gore and gimmicks has left my interest in them in the same twisted heap Jason Voorhees would leave a…

SNK 40th Anniversary is the New Standard for Retro Game Collections

Every once in a while, we see a prolific game developer or publisher put out a collection of some of their best games across their history in a nice, convenient package. These collections give us access to some of our…

They Don’t Make Games Like DMC5 Anymore, For Better or Worse

Devil May Cry 5 is a linear action game. It features a rotating cast of characters that are largely non-customizable. There are no side quests. There are no loot boxes. Short of the Bloody Palace DLC which is coming soon,…

Escape: An Ape Out Story

My eyes snapped open. Frantically I looked all around, scanning every surface and square inch of my surroundings. I could see them everywhere. I was trapped. I could feel the anger and sense of injustice of it all. This wasn’t…

Tetris 99 is the Future We Didn’t Ask For

Tetris 99 is batshit. After February 13th’s Nintendo Direct revealed yet another re-purposing and re-imagining of Tetris, I was left incredulous. It’s not that the idea is, in and of itself, a bad one. Tetris has been a competitive game…

Tales of Vesperia 10 Years Later

In this critical feature, Alex tales about the return of one of his favorite games with additional content.