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4 weeks ago
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Review: Star Ocean: The Divine Force

The Star Ocean series is a storied one that has been going through somewhat of a rough patch recently. Typically releasing a game once per console generation, the series has gone from unknown (the previously Japanese only Star Ocean for Super Famicom) to cult favorite (Second Story and Til the End of Time) to generally
2 months ago
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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero

You know, I could kick off this review by talking about the history of the Trails series, or its developer Falcom, or how long fans of the series have been waiting for the opportunity to play the game we are discussing here today (previous fan translation notwithstanding). However, I’m pretty confident that if you’re here
9 months ago
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Review: Atelier Sophie 2: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Dream

You know, it’s really hard to call something niche when a series has been receiving regular entries for what’s now been decades. It may be hard to believe that the Atelier franchise as a whole has been a long standing presence reaching right back to the original PlayStation, but there’s something to be said about
1 year ago
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Review: Blue Reflection: Second Light

A little over four years ago, we took a look at Blue Reflection, a new IP from Gust (of Atelier fame) and Koei Tecmo. A JRPG set in the magical girl genre, it was something that seemed to have a lot of promise when I first booted it up. Unfortunately, I came away from it…less
1 year ago
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Review: Astria Ascending

This is a weird review for me to be writing. Not in the sense that it has to be a negative one or anything like that, but in the sense that this is the first time that I’ve reviewed a game I previously previewed. As soon as it was clear we would be getting a
1 year ago
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Preview: Astria Ascending

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi that accompanies a JRPG that a lot of games try and fail to emulate. It feels reductive to say that these games have to come from Japan, of course, but for every game that manages to feel authentic to its JRPG aspirations despite not originating in the country
1 year ago
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Review: Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters (Final Fantasy I-III)

So, the first of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remasters are out. And it is impossible to review the whole product just yet, because the whole product isn’t available right now. We haven’t yet played the Final Fantasy IV through Final Fantasy VI remasters. They’re simply not available to be experienced yet. At the same time,
1 year ago
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Review: Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

I’m going to cut to the chase with this one, folks. I’ve got quite the backlog of games I haven’t finished or own but haven’t played yet. What tends to happen, especially for RPGs, even though I love them, is I invest quite a bit of time in them, get distracted by another new game,
26 Jan 2021
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Review: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

When the original Atelier Ryza launched in the west a little over a year ago, it brought a few changes to the well-established series beloved by fans. With a more action-focused battle system, simplified alchemy systems, a stronger focus on plot, and a touch more fanservice than usual, Ryza went on to be one of
20 Oct 2020
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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
20 Jul 2020
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Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy Announced

The first direct sequel to an Atelier game in over fifteen years, Atelier Ryza 2 was announced during the Japanese Nintendo Direct Mini on Monday.
25 Jun 2020
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Review: Brigandine: The Legend of Runersia

The release of the Sony PlayStation in North America in 1994 was an enormous and unprecedented event, one which drew a great deal of attention from both game journalists and video game players at the time. An affordable 32-bit console with excellent performance for 3D games was immediately notable as a novelty, with early titles
6 Apr 2020
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Review: Final Fantasy VII Remake

Lengthy story-based games, like JRPGs and visual novels, are typically the kinds of games I’ll never replay. Between the fact that my time for games is limited and the shear amount of new titles out there I still need to play, I find little reason to go back and re-experience a story I’ve already played
13 Jan 2020
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Review: Orangeblood

Anime and hip hop – not a blend that most would expect to work, but surprisingly happens more often than one would think. Numerous notable rappers have integrated anime references and imagery into their work. Kanye West has multiple tracks that include anime references, and Pharrell Williams’ video for his track It Girl themed itself
15 Dec 2019
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Review: Virgo Vs The Zodiac

It seems that over the past decade or two, there’s been a trend toward making complicated technologies simpler and more accessible to the general public. Building a PC has gone from a complicated enthusiast-only venture in the 90s to a nearly plug-and-play project anyone can do. Services exist that allow anyone to create their own
10 Nov 2019
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Hands-on with Gust’s Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail is a massively popular shounen manga and anime series that I’ve never actually had any experience with. Not that I’ve purposefully avoided it, but more due to the fact that getting into it would be a massive time investment. The original manga ran for over a decade, with over 500 chapters making up
25 Oct 2019
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Review: Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout

The Atelier series of JRPGs has been one that I’ve been trying to get into, but just haven’t really been able to. A long-running franchise that receives a new entry nearly every year, I’ve attempted to jump in multiple times, but the games have failed to hold my attention every time.
4 Sep 2019
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PAX West 2019 Hands-on: Indivisible

When I was a kid, I was really in to video games, and I used to spend a lot of time doodling out ideas for what I thought would be cool games (I was a nerd, don't judge me). One idea I remember clearly having was a cross between a JRPG and a side-scroller. The closest I've found in recent memory was the game Exist Archive, but my idea was one that had full platformer elements as well.
5 Mar 2019
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Review: The Caligula Effect: Overdose

A couple of years ago, Atlus published an ambitions little title for the Vita known as The Caligula Effect. Many compared it spiritually to the Persona series, which is no surprise, since the writer that penned the game's narrative, Tadashi Satomi, was also the mind behind the first two Persona games.
14 Jul 2018
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Review: Shining Resonance Refrain

A Light on the Past Sega’s Shining series is an interesting one – a long-running series of often wildly different games that are only really connected by having the word “shining” in the title. The series jumps between genres constantly, starting off in 1991 as a first-person dungeon crawler with Shining in the Darkness on