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VGChartz Staff - Karl Koebke (Torillian), Writer

Karl is a Postdoctoral fellow working at the Chemistry department of the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree from Michigan Technological University and a PhD in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin: Milwaukee. After spending a few months on the VGChartz forums he applied to become a reviewer on a whim in 2008 and, to his surprise, was accepted. He was, for many years, the site's most prolific reviewer, until Evan came along, and was Editor-in-Chief alongside Craig, before family life forced him to step back from the role. Gaming has been a passion of Karl's since his first playthrough of Pitfall, although he didn't have a favorite genre until he played Earthbound on the Super Nintendo. Since then, JRPGs have been Karl's main focus in gaming and he lists Earthbound, Final Fantasy VII, Super Mario RPG, Persona 4, Shadow of the Colossus, the Souls series and Valkyria Chronicles as his favorite games.


How Gamers Can Help Fight Covid-19
VGChartz's Overall Game of the Year 2015
Best PlayStation Vita Game of 2015
Best Horror Game of 2015
Sony E3 2014 Conference Summary
14 Japan-Published Games to Look Forward to in 2014
Overall Game of the Year 2013
Interview with Dragon Fantasy Book Series' Adam Rippon
Most Anticipated JRPGs of 2013
2012 Overall Game of the Year
Best Gaming Narrative of 2012
Best JRPG of 2012
Analyzing the RPG Genre
E3 2012 Best Games of the Show
Microsoft E3 2012 Conference Round-up
E3 2012: Nintendo Press Conference Live Blog
E3 2012: SCEA Press Conference Live Blog
E3 2012: Microsoft Press Conference Live Blog
Fix, Keep, or Ditch: Gust's Atelier Series
Six Most Disappointing Games this Generation.
Six Games That Prove Japan Still innovates
Tecmo buy-out: the implications for NISA, Gust, and Atelier
gamrReview 2011 Game of the Year Awards - Overall
gamrReview 2010 Game of the Year Awards - PS3


Night in the Woods (PS4)
Bloodborne: The Old Hunters (PS4)
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4)
Until Dawn (PS4)
Rocket League (PS4)
Nom Nom Galaxy (PS4)
Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines (PSV)
Titan Souls (PS4)
Bloodborne (PS4)
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PS3)
Citizens of Earth (PS4)
LittleBigPlanet 3 (PS4)
Freedom Wars (PSV)
Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star (PS3)
Tales of Xillia 2 (PS3)
Metrico (PSV)
Danganronpa 2 (PSV)
Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King (PS3)
Drakengard 3 (PS3)
Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection (PSV)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PS4)
Trials Fusion (PS4)
Dark Souls 2 (PS3)
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3)
The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PS3)
OlliOlli (PSV)
Don't Starve (PS4)
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc (PSV)
Ys: Memories of Celceta (PSV)
Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One)
Killzone: Shadow Fall (PS4)
Resogun (PS4)
The Guided Fate Paradox (PS3)
Rain (PS3)
Disgaea D2 (PS3)
Tales of Xillia (PS3)
Ibb and Obb (PS3)
Stealth Inc. (PS3)
Project X Zone (3DS)
Time and Eternity (PS3)
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Episode 1 (PSV)
Dragon Fantasy Book I (PS3)
Thomas Was Alone (PS3)
Thomas Was Alone: Benjamin's Flight (PS3)
Guacamelee! (PS3)
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (PS3)
Ni no Kuni (PS3)
Knytt Underground (PS3)
Little Inferno (WiiU)
Mugen Souls
Dokuro (PSV)
Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward (PSV)
The Unfinished Swan (PS3)
New Little King's Story (PSV)
Tokyo Jungle
FTL: Faster Than Light (PC)
To the Moon
Papo & Yo (PS3)
Record of Agarest War 2 (PS3)
Rainbow Moon
Dyad (PS3)
Analogue: A Hate Story (PC)
Gravity Rush
Pandora's Tower (Wii)
Atelier Meruru
Closure (PS3)
Tales of Graces f
The Last Story
Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk-II
Touch My Katamari (PSV)
Escape Plan
Fortune Summoners
Zack Zero
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Pixeljunk Sidescroller
Dead Nation: Road of Devastation
Dark Souls
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland
Xenoblade Chronicles
Cthulhu Saves the World
Record of Agarest War Zero
Fast - Racing League
SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs
Yakuza 4
Pixeljunk Shooter 2
Ar Tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel
Killzone 3
Hyperdimension Neptunia
LittleBigPlanet 2
Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves
Dead Nation
Auditorium HD
Crazy Taxi
Aqua Panic
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
Costume Quest
Space Invaders Infinity Gene
Atelier Rorona: Alchemist of Arland
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale
Arc Rise Fantasia
Trinity Universe
ModNation Racers
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love
skate 3
Resonance of Fate
Valkyria Chronicles: Challenges from Team Edy
Last Rebellion
White Knight Chronicles
Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
Darksiders (PS3)
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers
Pixeljunk Shooter
Gravity Crash
Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time
Mana Khemia 2
Brutal Legend
Critter Crunch
Demon's Souls
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Brave: A Warrior's Tale
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Dark Lord
Fat Princess
Little King's Story
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged Version
Cross Edge
Trash Panic
SMT: Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
Grand Theft Auto IV
Valkyria Chronicles - Behind Her Blue Flame
Valkyria Chronicles - Enter the Edy Detachment
Ar Tonelico 2
Killzone 2
MLB 09: The Show
Noby Noby Boy
Afro Samurai
Skate 2
Flow (PS3)
Persona 4
Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battlecars
Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Valkyria Chronicles
Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm
Eternal Sonata
Wipeout HD
Disgaea 3
PixelJunk Eden
Metal Gear Solid 4
Echochrome (PS3)


Disgaea 4 Brings its Humor to Vita with Notable Improvements
Battle Epic Monsters and Crippling Debt in Tales of Xillia 2
N++ is the Ultimate Iteration of N
Harvest Moon's Farming Moves into a New Dimension
Dogfighting Asteroids-Style in Galak-Z
Road Not Taken - An Unexpectedly Sombre Rogue-Like Puzzle Game
Masochistic Gamers have Found their Next Fix in Lords of the Fallen
Skydiving with Dragons in EarthNight
Ori and the Blind Forest Surprises and Delights
Dragon Ball Xenoverse Hopes to be the Perfect Game for Fans
Bloodborne is Rightfully One of the PS4's Most Anticipated Titles
Gender Equality Takes a Weird Turn in Akiba's Trip
Monokuma is Back for More High School Murder Mystery in Danganronpa 2
The Witcher 3 Impresses Once Again
Playing with Numbers in Metrico
This War of Mine Shows Civilian Suffering During Wartime
Spending Time in Possum Springs with Crestfallen Criminal Critters
LittleBigPlanet 3 Toggles the Mind
Dark Souls II DLC Introduces a bit of that Zelda Flare
Bravely Default Flies High
Can Beyond: Two Souls Bring Back the Magic?
Transistor Demo Brings More Questions Than Answers
Telekinesis and Telepathy in Stick it to the Man
Travel Back to the SNES-era with Dragon Fantasy Book II
Utter Despair and Hope in That Dragon, Cancer
Lose Yourself in Rain
Crimson Dragon Makes its Return
Rune Factory 4 Brings Farming Back to its Roots
inFAMOUS Second Son Tries to Take Back the Super Hero Game Crown
Play as a God Tank in The Guided Fate Paradox
Outlast Makes you Feel Helpless in all the Best Ways
Falcom Does it Again with Ys: Memories of Celceta
See the Lighter Side of Bestiality with Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Disgaea D2 Returns to the Series' Roots
Show the Power of Love in Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Hometown Story Proves even Work can be Fun
Tearaway is a Whole New Kind of God Game
Run with Scissors this September in Puppeteer
Teach a Robot to Love in Doki Doki Universe
Mario Kart 8 Proves Gravity is Just a Theory
Hawken (PC)
PDP Brings the Toys!
The Moonlighters: Heist Cinema comes to Gaming
Papo & Yo Makes you Think Outside the Box
Dust: An Elysian Tail Hands-on
Playing as a Positron in Dyad
Orgarhythm Hands-on
Unfinished Swan Amazes while Showing Almost Nothing
Darksiders II Brings Death to Life
Mugen Souls Hands-on, and Q&A with NISA
Now You're Thinking in Scale
Way of the Samurai 4 Impressions
Metro: Last Light Finally Steps out from the Shadows
Worms Revolution: Worms get some Class
Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Gives You Complete Control
Soul Sacrifice Hands-on
Sim City Becomes an interconnected Sim World
LBP Karting Gives the Genre the Full Play, Create, Share Treatment
Persona 4 Arena and Golden: There's Never Too Much of a Good Thing
Beyond: Two Souls - Less Sixth Sense, More Ghost
New Little King's Story Hands-On
Can Ni No Kuni possibly play as good as it looks?
Endless Space Alpha Build
Preview: Uncharted 3 Multiplayer
Hands-on Impression: Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Beta
E3 2011 Eyes-On: Pixeljunk Lifelike
E3 2011 Hands-On: Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny
E3 2011 Eyes-On: White Knight Chronicles 2
E3 2011 Hands-On: Papo & Yo
E3 2011 Hands-On: Rock of Ages
E3 2011 Hands-On: Puddle
E3 2011 Eyes-On: Mass Effect 3
E3 2011 Hands-On: Starhawk
E3 2011 Hands-On: Pixeljunk Sidescroller
E3 2011 Eyes-On: Medieval Moves: Deadmund's Quest
E3 2011 Hands-On: Ben 10 Galactic Racing
E3 2011 Eyes-On: Twisted Metal Single Player
E3 2011 Hands-On: Catherine
E3 2011 Eyes-On: Amy
E3 2011 Eyes-On: Uncharted 3
E3 2011 Hands-on: Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland
E3 2011 Eyes-On: Sly: Thieves in Time
GDC 2011: Hands-on: Okabu
GDC 2011: Hands-on: Yar's Revenge
GDC 2011: Eyes-On: Defenders of Ardania
GDC 2011: Hands-on: Burgertime HD
GDC 2011 Eyes-On: Supreme Ruler Cold War
GDC 2011 Eyes-On: Dead Island
Preview: Killzone 3 Multiplayer Beta Impressions
E3 Hands-On: Motorstorm Apocalypse
E3 Preview: Call of Duty: Black Ops
E3 Preview: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage
E3 Hands-On: Killzone 3
E3 Hands-On: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game
E3 Preview: Ys Seven and Other Xseed Localizations
E3 Preview: Quantum Theory
E3 Hands-On: Ultimate Ben 10 Alien: Cosmic Destruction
E3 Hands-On: John Daly's ProStroke Golf
E3 Preview: RAGE
E3 Hands-On: Valkyria Chronicles 2
E3 Preview: Goldeneye 007
E3 Hands-On: Socom 4
E3 Hands-On: LittleBigPlanet 2
E3 Hands-On: Twisted Metal
E3 Hands-On: Pixeljunk Shooter 2
E3 Hands-On: Ivy the Kiwi?
E3 Hands-On: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
E3 Hands-On: Hunted: The Demon's Forge