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10 months ago
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Review: Natsuki Chronicles

For a while there, it really looked like we were done with side-scrolling shoot-em-ups for good. I say that without any particular joy at that fact, obviously, because I really like this genre. But it seemed like the spark had gone out, the genre had been pushed as far as it could go, and without
10 months ago
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Review: Turrican Flashback

It may be hard to remember now, but there was a time when a video game franchise was based as much upon where the game was released as whether or not it did anything particularly novel. This may be alien to some of our younger readers, but the reality is that there was a time
10 months ago
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Review: Olija

It’s always refreshing to review a game that isn’t trying to be anything other than itself. There’s more to discuss when it comes to Olija, of course, but one of the things that struck me early on was the fact that, unlike all too many games that are attempting a spin on X formula or
11 months ago
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Gamer Escape’s Top 5 Reviewed Games of 2020

It has arrived: the end of the year. A year that felt simultaneously gone in a flash yet unbearably long. It sure has been an…interesting…start to a new decade. In gaming, though, the year has been crazy. A brand new console generation has begun, and people are still struggling to be a part of it,
11 months ago
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Review: Wingspan

It was only after my play of Wingspan that I realized the game was actually an adaptation of an existing board game rather than a totally original concept. This is mostly just trivia, though; it changes who was really into birds originally and decided to make a game about them. So let’s get the basics
12 months ago
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Review: Morbid: The Seven Acolytes

In a way, Morbid: The Seven Acolytes is a very simple game to review. This is a game somewhere on the greater Soulslike spectrum, so the question is just a matter of whether it succeeds on that spectrum or not. If you like that point on the spectrum and it works, you’ll like this. Simple!
1 year ago
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Preview: Override 2: Super Mech League

You know what’s kind of weird? Virtual On hasn’t gotten any kind of re-release on Steam or anything of the sort. There have been re-releases of the games on newer platforms in Japan, but apparently the franchise has slipped into the “no export for you” territory, which is kind of a shame. You’d think I
1 year ago
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Review: Strobophagia

You want to know a game I absolutely love? The Beginner’s Guide. Except that line is kind of a lie, because The Beginner’s Guide is only a game in the broadest sense. There are few interactive objects in the game, and none of them have any bearing on the very linear experience the game offers;
1 year ago
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Review: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin

A game like Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin feels like an eventual inevitability. I’ve noted before that Demon’s Souls is a game that’s spawned a lot of imitations, largely because… well, it has. But it seems like Stardew Valley has also spawned a number of imitators in a similar vein, and it’s honestly not surprising
1 year ago
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Review: Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

The Assassin’s Creed series is, in some ways, kind of odd to review. You don’t need me to tell you that. The series has been going with a frankly astonishing regularity since 2007, and in some ways the games have wound up being a cross-section of the general gaming culture through the years. They’re also
1 year ago
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Review: Tears of Avia

I’m not sure if it’s insulting or just accurate to say that Tears of Avia is a game with a backstory that immediately feels more interesting than any game that could actually be attached to it. But, well… here we are now, and this one has an interesting backstory. Tears of Avia is clearly a
1 year ago
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Review: Onee Chanbara Origin

So here’s your Japanese lesson for the day. “Onee-chan” is an affectionate term for an older sister. “Chanbara” means swordfighting. Thus, the title of this particular game series is a play on words. It’s an older sister swordfighting! It can also be written as “Oneechanbara” or “Onee Chanbara” depending on localization; we’re going with Onee
1 year ago
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Review: Ys Origin [Switch]

The Ys series is an odd one in the annals of JRPGs. On the one hand, it is very much in the original school of these games, with the first installment coming out in 1987, and there was a definite push to bring it to North America. Unfortunately, due to a variety of different factors,
1 year ago
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Preview: Remothered: Broken Porcelain

As someone who really does love horror as a genre, horror games are a tricky beast to get right. Even more than other media, video games seem to almost hate the idea of horror down to their fundamental structure.
1 year ago
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Review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

In many ways, this game is the easiest game to review that I have ever been handed. Here is the review: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning but with some improvements and a different subtitle that is no longer sensible English but some bizarre portmanteau. There. Review over. I am available for
1 year ago
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Preview: Dirt 5 – Playground Mode

Despite the name, Dirt 5 is not actually the fifth installment in an epic JRPG series about the soil beneath our feet. I know, I was a bit disappointed too, but that was tempered by the fact I totally just made that up. No, it’s a game in which you race about with other cars
1 year ago
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Review: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon? Infinite Combate

At a certain point, you simply have to accept that there are certain flaws in your approach to life that you clearly do not have much interest in solving. Between this and Fairy Tail, it is obvious that I have a bad habit (some might say an unconscionable one) of picking up titles based on
1 year ago
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Preview: Eastern Exorcist

You know what’s kind of a shame about Demon’s Souls? For all the influence that it has had on the game industry in a positive way, a lot of that influence seems to have learned entirely the wrong lessons from its existence. Instead of learning that there’s a place for games that take a difficult
1 year ago
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Preview: Windbound

An interesting aspect of games that emphasize survival as a core gameplay mechanic is that… well, most of them usually aren’t really about survival in a sense so much as colonizing. Sure, in games like Minecraft or Terraria or the like – or multiplayer survival boxes like Conan Exiles or Fallout 76 – you start
1 year ago
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Review: Fairy Tail

Some games are really tough to review coming in from the outside. Case in point? Fairy Tail. Much like when I reviewed Gensou Skydrift, I am aware walking into this particular situation that this is material adapting a well-known and well-loved shonen manga. Fairy Tail is based quite directly on a manga that had an