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4 weeks 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
5 months ago
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Review: Samurai Warriors 5

When I first booted up Samurai Warriors 5, I wasn’t sure what to expect. On the one hand, I’d played Warriors games before, and was well aware of their penchant for delivering a unique action game experience while also not switching things up too much. On the other hand, it was clear that this particular
10 months ago
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Everything Shown During Today’s Nintendo Direct (February 2021)

Yesterday, Nintendo tweeted out an announcement for their highly-anticipated Nintendo Direct event, scheduled for February 17th at 2:00pm PT/ 5:00 ET. The effect that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on the video game industry (games continuously being delayed) is very disheartening so as an active gamer, it was good to see some good news
10 months ago
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Review: Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition

Nioh is one of those series I’ve been a big fan of that rarely seems to get the love it deserves. It takes a familiar action RPG formula and layers complexity after complexity onto it. It’s full of depth, interesting monsters, ties to historical figures in Japanese history… so of course I was excited when a
11 months ago
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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
1 year ago
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Preview: Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy

Despite being newer to the series, I feel confident in saying that the Atelier games are a good representation of what modern JRPGs have become. As a person who grew up playing the classic entries of this genre, though, I’m not yet sure how I feel about the changes of modern entries. However, it was
1 year ago
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Breath of the Wild Prequel Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Announced

While development on the sequel to Breath of the Wild pushes on, Nintendo announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity developed by Koei Tecmo.
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
23 Mar 2020
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Review: Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate

Ahh, Koei Tecmo’s Warriors franchise. Ever since Hyrule Warriors (my first Warriors game) I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for you. While you don’t change a whole lot from one iteration to the next (most of the time), you never fail to deliver a great way to kill a few hours bashing through
26 Jan 2020
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Review: Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX

I’ve noticed a trend of RPGs that take the classic formula and mix things up by making the focus of the game some job you’d usually foist off on an NPC. The Atelier series continues that trend, placing you in the shoes of an alchemist who must venture out into the world to acquire the
20 Jan 2020
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Review: Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX

The overall Atelier franchise is another one of those long-running series that’s always felt a bit difficult to approach for me. It’s very clear at a glance that it is a series that has its own idea of how to handle JRPG standards like crafting, combat, social interactions, and so forth, and if you’ve never
11 Nov 2019
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Fairy Tail Interview with Keisuke Kikuchi

Last week, Koei Tecmo brought their upcoming video game adaption of manga and anime series Fairy Tail to the west in a playable form for the first time. We had the opportunity to try out a short demo of the game, which you can check out here. Also present at the demo event was the
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.
1 Jun 2019
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Review: Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland

JRPGs can be a tricky thing for the casual gamer with a passing interest in them. More often than not, they expect the player to make a large time and effort commitment with varying degrees of narrative coherency. Not only that, certain character performances and designs might make the game in question better suited for solitary play depending on their own comfort level.
1 Apr 2019
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Review: Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World

Boy, how time flies. The gaming industry has seen its fair share of IPs that have withstood the test of time with varying amounts of entries. Sure, you might think of the usual suspects in the ring such as Mario, Street Fighter, Sonic, and so on.
1 Mar 2019
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Review: Dead or Alive 6

The Dead or Alive franchise of fighting games is a series that markets itself on two things: fast and aggressive fighting and a splash of sex appeal. Apparently, pitting sexy well-endowed women and buff chiseled men against each other in brutal fisticuffs is a winning formula.
19 Jan 2019
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Review: Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends: Definitive Edition

The Action Continues Ah, good ol’ Koei Tecmo (Or was it Tecmo Koei?), I finally get to write about something of yours. Eager to ride the ever rising wave of ports to the Switch (and, interestingly enough, the Windows 10 Store), our friends at KT are throwing their hat into the ring with a port