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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth - Review 0

*Images taken from official trailers*ATLUS seems to have a fetish for bringing out Persona titles right at the end of a console’s lifespan. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment released a few months after the launch of the PlayStation 2. Persona 4 could arguably be considered one of the last unique PS2 titles, coming out in 2009. And even as recently as this past gen, Persona 5 graced the PlayStation 3 and 4 simultaneously. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth looks to continue this tradition, havin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

ICEY - Review 0

You can also watch this review instead of reading it.https://youtu.be/9PRw-Qd0QyAICEY is an action game developed by the Chinese indie group Shanghai FantaBlade, and was originally released on Steam in November of 2016. It’s a hack n’ slash that’s similar in vibe to Muramasa or BloodRayne: Betrayal. You fight your way through hordes of enemies on a 2D plane, but ICEY, tries to inject a little bit more personality into it by creating a meta-narrative with a self-aware narrator....

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire - Review 0

There's also a video version of this review availableWriting is an important aspect in any medium where you are trying to tell a story, or even just convey information. When it’s done properly you can do some interesting things, especially in games when it’s coupled with good gameplay, visuals, and other aesthetic choices. Keep in mind that writing is more than just throwing big words on a page or overstuffing a story. If your audience can’t follow what’s happening or kno...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Valkyria Revolution - Review 0

Valkryia Revolution is the successor game to SEGA’s Valkyria Chronicles. Much like Chronicles, Revolution is a combination of turn-based tactics and real-time action. Chronicles was able to find a weird middle-ground between these types of games, and built a trilogy of cult hit RPGs. Valkryia Revolution takes its own spin on the genre its predecessor built by focusing more on the action side of things. Revolution does retain a lot of tropes and themes established in previous Valkryria gam...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia - Review 0

Nintendo put remaking older Fire Emblem titles on the backburner after the fiscal failures that were the DS remakes of Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem. It wasn’t until Awakening that Nintendo found their golden goose to revive the slow-selling series. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia feels very out of place with that philosophy. It goes against almost every design choice and convention that Awakening and its follow up game, Fates, had established. Player avatars and mar...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Shin Megami Tensei 4 Apocalypse - Review 0

Shin Megami Tensei 4 was first released in the west almost three years ago. It was a great game. Its story was interesting, it offered a multitude of endings, and it played around with a lot of mechanics from older SMT titles to give them a bit of a modern spin. It didn’t really need a sequel, but here we are several years later with Shin Megami Tensei 4 Apocalypse. Calling is a traditional sequel would be a misnomer, though. Apocalypse is more like a retelling.The events of the game star...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Attack on Titan Review 0

In recent years, Koei Tecmo has taken many a shot at adapting popular anime titles into games similar to their Warriors series of games. Having done crossovers with the likes of Mobile Suit Gundam, Fist of the North Star, and even The Legend of Zelda, Koei Tecmo has released a new game with the popular manga and anime series Attack on Titan. Unlike previous crossover titles though, Attack on Titan takes a very unique approach to the hack-n-slash action sub-genre. It sets itself far apart from o...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Caladrius Blaze Review 0

The shoot ‘em up genre is something that has not been in the mainstream spotlight in a long time. In decades past, top-down and side-scrolling shooter games were some of the most dominate forces in arcades and by proxy some of the most popular titles to be ported to consoles. Nowadays though, the arcade designs of “make games shorter, but also much harder” doesn’t work very well, and most shmups come from smaller independent developers at lower price points. It’s th...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

7th Dragon III: Code VFD Review 0

Often times, companies want to release games within a franchise in a proper order. Missed prequels or sequels can often do more harm than good for a story-driven series, by alienating players that don’t know the story’s context. Thankfully, 7th Dragon III: Code VFD falls outside of this realm, and delivers a great dungeon crawling experience despite being the 4th and final entry in the now seven year old series.It has been almost a century since the True Dragons ravaged the world in...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Review 0

Three years ago Nintendo announced a crossover project with ATLUS, combining their Fire Emblem franchise with the latter’s Shin Megami Tensei franchise. Two years later, and another trailer reveals that what many thought would be one of the best strategy game crossovers is now a new, independent, title. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is final product of a three-year long campaign to create something new from older influences, but the end result isn’t exactly satisfying.At an opera show i...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Mini-Review: Out There Somewhere 0

Miniboss games is probably not a studio many have heard of. A two-person team based out of Brazil, their biggest claim to fame was helping with art assets for the platform-based brawler, TowerFall Ascension. There’s so much more to Miniboss though, underneath that pixel art aesthetic is small devoted team that pushes a lot of unique ideas explored both inside and outside the world of 24-hour game jam events. Out There Somewhere reflects that mindset, in being a game that’s very shor...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nights of Azure Review 0

Gust Co. Ltd, is a company best known for producing the Atelier franchise, a series of turn-based RPGs dating all the way back to the PlayStation. This style of game would become their go-to, as the Atelier series grew in popularity in Japan and reached a niche status in the West. It’s both odd and exciting to see Gust produce a game like Nights of Azure, which deviates quite a lot from their familiar formula. Drawing a lot of inspiration from their parent company’s Dynasty Warriors...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Project X Zone 2 and the Never-Ending Dimension 0

Of all the Niche JRPG titles out there that anyone expected to get a sequel, Project X Zone was not one of them. A 3DS title that’s the continuation of a Japan-exclusive PS2 crossover game, Project X Zone had a myriad of problems that resulted in a lot of warranted negative feedback. Despite the backlash, it somehow sold enough copies overseas for Bandai to seek to make a sequel, aptly titled Project X Zone 2. While the game doesn’t do a lot to mix up its gameplay and story from the...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

How Digimon Got its Groove Back 1

It’s been a long time since the Digimon franchise has had a worthwhile release overseas. A franchise plagued by the curse of falling out of popularity with its target demographic in the West, the release rate of games for it had slowed to a trickle in the past decade. After the poorly received (and poorly developed) All-Star Rumble, it seemed like the series was as good as dead outside of Japan. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth though is exactly what Digimon needs to get players interested aga...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Resident Evil 0 HD Review 0

HD Remakes and Remasters sure seem to be Capcom’s forte these past few years. Following the Devil May Cry HD Trilogy, DmC Definitive Edition, the Japan only Sengoku Basara HD Collection, Resident Evil Remaster, and Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition, Resident Evil 0 is the next game added to the “Remastered” list. Born from the unpredicted sales of the first Resident Evil Remaster, Resident Evil 0 is the second and last of the GameCube exclusive titles to finally make it to other...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Vs in Name Only - Import Review 0

Gundam is pretty big in Japan, literally 59-feet-big. Such a storied franchise has plenty of anime, manga, novels, and of course, video games to carry on it’s now 35 year legacy. One of the most popular game franchises being the Gundam Vs series that grew into mass popularity in Japanese arcades and home consoles. Unfortunately not many of these titles ever made it outside of Japan, and the rest of the world has had to tide their Gundam love with the Dynasty Warriors line of games, but n...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Stella Glow Review 0

Stella Glow for the 3DS is probably some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time with a strategy RPG. It’s colorful, has a nice soundtrack, a solid cast of characters, and fun gameplay that feels just right in length and difficulty for a portable RPG. Oddly enough, there’s not much inspired here. Imageepoch, the company behind Stella Glow, also made the Luminous Arc series of games on the 3DS, and Stella Glow pulls a lot of gameplay and story themes from these games. It’...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water Review 0

Fatal Frame as a franchise never really saw the mainstream popularity spikes that both Resident Evil and Silent Hill had. It has its dedicated fanbases in Japan and in the West, but I think you need only to look at American pop culture today to understand why a series of games tied to themes based around Japanese occult motifs would never catch on like one based around a zombie apocalypse set in America. Thankfully, I think Nintendo has realized that, because otherwise I wouldn’t be able ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Chibi-Robo and the Alien Apocolypse 0

Out of all of Nintendo’s IPs, Chibi-Robo is one of the few that never garnered much of a following outside Japan. Starting out as a quirky 3-D platformer on the GameCube and turning into a plethora of spin-off titles, Chibi-Robo’s footing was made with its cute, titular, mascot character who is programmed to help humans with their daily chores. In Chibi-Robo Zip Lash, the series takes a jump from a three-dimensional platformer to a two-dimensional one.Zip Lash starts off with Chibi-...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Timely Review on Lost Dimension 0

Lost Dimension is an interesting game. It’s the end result of what you would get from mixing the gameplay of Valkyria Chronicles, with the level design of a dungeon crawler, and bits and pieces of the trial systems from games like Phoenix Wright or Dangan Ronpa. On paper it sounds like a bit of a hodgepodge mess (and it kind of is), but oddly enough it creates a unique experience that helps to set the game apart from other dungeon crawlers on the Vita.The plot of Lost Dimension is fairly ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Nintendo Introduces the First Game Where you can Paint the Town Red.... Or Neon Pink 0

While known more for Pokémon catching, Mario karting, and bro smashing, Nintendo has jumped into the shooter genre with Splatoon. A little bit arcade, a little bit puzzle solver, and a lot of bright colors help Splatoon stand out in some bold ways.Splatoon is a game that revolves around its online multiplayer. You gain money to spend on gear by playing multiplayer, you level up that gear and your character by playing multiplayer, and you gain access to new modes by playing multiplayer. S...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Devil Went Down to Tokyo... or at Least a Few of His Buddies Did 0

Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is a 3DS remake of the original Devil Survivor 2 which came out on the DS about 3 years ago. Coming out near the end of the DS’ life cycle made it one of the harder to find games for the handheld. Devil Survivor 2 was one of the better RPGs on the Nintendo DS, and Record Breaker finally brings the niche title back to store shelves with a nice amount of extras.Devil Survivor 2’s story starts out with you, the main character, finishing your exams at sc...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Codename S.T.E.A.M is a Codename D.R.E.A.M 0

Codename S.T.E.A.M is an interesting 3DS title made by Intelligent Systems, the company behind the Advanced Wars and Fire Emblem series. At its reveal Codename S.T.E.A.M generated a lot of buzz in looking to play similar to Sega’s Valkyria Chronicles games; however, outside of them both being odd combinations of turn-based and real-time strategy, S.T.E.A.M does a lot to display itself as something all its own.S.T.E.A.M’s story is fairly simple on paper. Aliens have invaded the world...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Is it Really "Resident" Evil if You're on a Deserted Island? 0

“Resident Evil: Revelations 2” is Capcom’s leap into the realm of episodic gaming, a style of release most well known for being used by Telltale Games. Telltale produces point-and-click style adventure games, which are very different from the action-style gameplay of “Revelations 2.” There is more to this game than its release schedule though. Being put out at a budget price, a big worry for many people is the actual quality of game.You can trust these guys to figh...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Deep Down in Clock Town 0

Well over a decade since it originally came out on the Nintendo 64, “Majora’s Mask” has followed in the footsteps of its 3D Zelda predecessor and made a new home for itself on the Nintendo 3DS. Bringing not only a visual and auditory overhaul with it, “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D” has brought about a noticeable amount of changes to its gameplay, making it fall somewhere in between the area of port and remake.Visually, this game looks great. Textures...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

REmade and REmastered 0

Almost 13 years since the original GameCube release and a little over half a decade for the Wii port, Capcom has released REmake in the form of an HD remaster on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. Despite more recent Resident Evil games aiming for a more action-oriented gameplay approach, REmaster is a rerelease of a game showcasing the series’ roots in survival horror. REmaster is more than just a port of a remake though, as Capcom has done a lot to touch up no...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Guilty Gear Xrd and the Midnight Hype Train 0

It’s been a little over 6 years since the last release of a Guilty Gear game that wasn’t an update patch to a pre-existing game, and well over a decade if you only count the arcade fighters. Guilty Gear Xrd brings the series into 3D and HD on the PlayStation 3 and 4 with a few old characters as well as some new faces. With its unique blend of rock and heavy metal inspired characters and its charming anime aesthetic, Xrd proves to be one of the best competitive fighting games out the...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Well, It Certainly Does Have a Lot of Heart 0

Released during a time when Namco Bandai was hesitant to push their flagship RPG in the west, the original Tales of Hearts never made it overseas. Hailed by the game’s producer, Hideo Baba, as being the one Tales title he wished had been localized, Tales of Hearts R for the Vita brings the game to the west in a 3D format with a little bit of new material, such as two new playable characters.Tales of Hearts R follows the journey of Kor Meteor, a young man from the small town of Seaville, a...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Hey! You got your Persona in my Etrian! 0

Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth is a marriage of Atlus’ Persona 3 and 4 with Etrian Odyssey, called Sekaiju no MeiQ in Japan. Specifically, it’s a merge of the Persona characters into a world with mechanics inspired by the Etrian games. While it might seem like nothing more than an entertaining side-project, Persona Q creates a unique experience that gives a fresh perspective on the RPG franchise.The story of Persona Q takes place somewhere in between the two universes of Person...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.