About Phillip

Phillip Huynh has been playing games for most of his life, and is now trying to get paid for it. When he's not doing that, he's usually trying to be witty, with varying levels of success.

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster Review

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Having played, but never finished Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 in early high school, I still retain a number of fond and not so fond memories of the two titles. FFX I considered to be one of the last great FF titles, with great presentation, a good storyline and a combat system was for many years, what I considered to be the pinnacle of traditional turn based JRPG combat. Unfortunately it also suffered from possibly the most unlikeable protagonist I’d ever encountered in the long running series until that point. Read More »

Bravely Default Review


As you may already know, I have a deeply contentious relationship with Japanese Role Playing Games. While there are a few titles I consider among the best games I’ve ever played, the vast majority of the genre I have little but contempt for. I want to like a lot of the JRPGs I play, but I’m soon put off by either the narrative, the gameplay mechanics, or the all too often glacial pacing of the gameplay. Or terribly enough, a combination of all three. Read More »

WWE 2K14 Review


Can you smell, what the Rock… Is… Cooking? Yes, and unfortunately, it’s starting to get rather stale. As a fan of pro wrestling and of the good old Smackdown vs Raw video game series – I still maintain that SvR gave you superior control over your character than the new scheme, even if it was incredibly complex – I was hoping that with a new publisher, the somewhat venerable 2K Games no less, that WWE 2K14 would be a grand improvement on the previous titles. Read More »

Tales of Xillia Review


Having never played a Tales game, as well as being incredibly cynical regarding Japanese Role Playing Games, I wasn’t sure what I’d find in Tales of Xillia. Now while I did indeed run across some of the problems I was expecting, what I found was a well crafted JRPG on a grand scale that had a great combat system, a good storyline and a number of clever little gameplay mechanisms that helped make a game of this genre feel fresh. Read More »

Dynasty Warriors 8 Review


Dynasty Warriors is quite frankly ridiculous. The characters are outlandish, the writing is cheesy, the gameplay is about single handedly destroying entire armies with lots of button mashing, the music is some bizarre mixture of classical Asian instruments with derivative metal, and the voice acting is so full of ham it should probably be forbidden to a number of major religions. Read More »

The Games We’re Most Ashamed Of Liking


When our glorious Editor in Chief asked the team if anyone was available to review Dynasty Warriors 8, the atmosphere was one of solemnity. But when I added that I like the series, I was greeted with disappointment, confusion and judgemental snickering. Eager to deflect it, I promptly weaselled the secret shame of a number of co-workers and proceeded to spread it around, because I’m a treacherous bastard like that. And so, to you fine readers, we here at Dusty Cartridge present: “The games we’re most ashamed of liking.” Read More »

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