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Review: Stage Presence

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Future Goggles We are just about a year into the so-called VR revolution. Both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift have been on the market for nearly a year now, and PlayStation VR will be hitting its six-month mark soon. With the format still in its infancy, the kinds of games launching for them are all over the place. Full VR games such as the recently released Resident Evil 7 on PSVR are still, unfortunately, few and far between. …

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Review: Berserk and the Band of the Hawk

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Forcing a Fit When it comes to licensing a property to create a video game, there’s one important question the game developer should ask themselves: “Would this property even really work as a video game?” All too often, we see horrifying games churned out with various licenses slapped on the game’s box. Has there ever been a passable Barbie video game? Does Deal or No Deal work well when played alone in front of a television? Why does Home Improvement …

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Review: Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

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Mixing Things Up Gamers of a certain age place console RPGs in a certain bubble. In early generations, console games were the way to go, due mostly due to technical superiority being on their side. Early handhelds usually played second fiddle to their stationery brethren, and were technically inferior to boot. However, technology advances, as it tends to do.

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Review: Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers

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Spicing Up the Past Human history is full of fascinating subjects and epic stories. Wars that tear countries asunder, struggles of entire nations of people, the rise and fall of civilizations…but no, that’s much too boring. History is a dull subject! How do we liven up all of these tedious tales? It’s easy, really! We just have to add in some fictional elements! And thus, we come to the aptly titled genre of historical fiction. Stories that set themselves within …

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The Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Opening Ceremony

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Yesterday, Square Enix hosted the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Opening Ceremony in Tokyo. We sent a member from our JP Staff to check out the event and bring us back some cool photos from the event. You can check out all of the information and images below. One of the first announcements was the reveal of the 30th anniversary logo (above). Done of course, by Yoshitaka Amano. The ceremony began with a performance of the crystal theme before Square Enix …

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Review: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

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Ever since the game’s official reveal at last year’s E3, I’ve been incredibly unsure of how Resident Evil 7: Biohazard would stack up to the other games in the series. This latest installment, which is the first game to make use of the new RE Engine, makes a dramatic change for the series by going from the over-the-shoulder third person view (introduced in Resident Evil 4) to a first person perspective. It also aims to go back to the Survival …

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Review: Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star

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Never the First Thanks to companies like Atlus and XSeed, the west has been seeing a major increase in localizations of somewhat niche Japanese games and franchises. Over the past few years, the Americas have seen (or will be seeing) official entries in series like Corpse Party, Hakuouki, and Utawarerumono. While relatively popular names in Japan, these titles were near unheard of in the western gaming market (outside of certain crowds) when localized. An interesting thing I’ve noted about this …

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Review: Yakuza 0

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Watch or Play? As the technology behind games has increased, so has the desire and opportunity for developers to make their titles more “cinematic.” Crafting stories on a grander scale, acted out by highly-detailed digital performers on your console of choice. Quite often, though, this desire for higher storytelling has put games at odds with their real purpose: the gameplay. There are supporters on both sides of the spectrum. Some very much enjoy lengthy story and cutscene moments, as the …

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Utawarerumono Duology Heading Westward

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Take a few moments to figure out that word in the title. We’ll wait. Got it down? Alright. Utawarerumono (or, if you’re feeling particularly meme-tastic today, Underwater Ray Romano) is a visual novel/strategy RPG hybrid series that some may know from its anime adaptions in 2006 and 2015. The series began as an adult PC title in 2002 before making the move to all-ages with a PSP remake in 2009. Both titles, however, remain Japan exclusive (although fan translations have been made). In …

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Remake of Fire Emblem Gaiden Announced, Heading Westward

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The Fire Emblem series has come to be one of Nintendo’s most popular series worldwide, but it wasn’t always that way. As most know, the series was Japan exclusive until 2003, when Fire Emblem (subtitled The Blazing Blade in Japan) was released in the west. Most credit the inclusion of series characters Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros Melee for finally pushing Nintendo to localize the series. There are six titles in the series before that, however. The first entry received a localized remake for …