oprainfall Week in Gaming: Aug 28 – Sep 3

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While we here at Operation Rainfall love covering the latest in gaming news and sharing our reviews of titles new and classic, we also just enjoy playing games in our downtime. So with that, sit back, relax, and check out what the oprainfall gaming crew have been up to this week!


This week I mostly spent finishing up Tales of Arise, and I have to say this is one of the best RPGs I’ve played in a very long time. The story and characters were all fantastic, and I really needed this after the sorta bitter taste Xenoblade 3 left in my mouth. I can safely say Tales of Arise is a much better game than Xenoblade 3 was overall, but I don’t think it’s a bad game, just the worst in the franchise so far.

Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling Into Darkness | oprainfall gaming

I spent the rest of this week playing Made in Abyss: Binary Star Falling into Darkness. I’ve finished the three hour anime recap they threw in here for a tutorial, and while I think this has some potential there are a lot of annoying gameplay elements they should’ve ironed out before putting this in the wild. I’ll talk more on this when my full review is live, hopefully the first of next week. – Steve


TMNT Cowabunga Collection | oprainfall gaming

Way back in June, I wrote about how much I enjoyed playing Shredder’s Revenge, the newest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title to grace our screens. Well this week, my family and I went back to the past with the Cowabunga Collection, a great compilation of old arcade and console titles from the franchise. Where Shredder’s Revenge was a modern spin on the arcade formula, this is the origin, and it was an absolute blast to revisit, especially with four-player couch co-op Turtles in Time. My son especially enjoyed it, which was such a fantastic feeling to share my childhood with him. My sister and husband even got into an impromptu points race for first place and ended up tying in the end. The console versions are still two player only, which is a shame, since I grew up on the SNES release, but this collection is a really nice package. Not only can you play both arcade and console versions, it includes the Japanese versions of each game, too. You can turn off the sprite flicker and slowdown that was notorious in the NES games, change aspect ratios, and look at a ton of production sheets and information. If you’re a Turtles fan in general, or just of the games, this is a great buy. – Leah

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