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5 months ago
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Review: Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei

The last time I wrote a review for an otome game, I couldn’t help but point out how childish the genre’s usual tropes felt from the perspective of an older player. The satisfaction I craved from that particular story never came because I couldn’t shake the feeling that I wasn’t the intended audience. This never
1 year ago
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Review: Arcadia Fallen

One of the perks of being a game reviewer is learning about upcoming games that may be easy to miss. Sometimes, these hidden gems can provide more entertainment than big named titles, and when that happens it’s ALWAYS the best feeling. I recently had this experience with Arcadia Fallen, a modern fantasy visual novel developed
14 Feb 2021
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Review: Half Past Fate: Romantic Distancing

It’s safe to assume that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit us all pretty hard, especially when it comes to developing our relationships with other people. So imagine my surprise when I found out that the developers over at Serenity Forge had decided to make a game based on this exact premise.
3 Dec 2020
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Review: Haven

When a game you create suddenly strikes it big and gains a sizeable following, what do you do next? Do you continue to produce content for it? Do you create a direct sequel, or another game in the same style? Or do you go in a completely different direction and make something else entirely?
12 Aug 2020
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Review: Milky Way Prince: The Vampire Star

Video games are finally becoming an accepted format to tell involved, intimate, and personal stories. At least, it seems that way to me. What was once the exclusive realm of film and literature appears to finally be normalized in the gaming medium, which has long been questioned on artistic merit (and whether it has any).
31 Aug 2019
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PAX West 2019 Hands-on: Haven

On a quick stroll through this year's Indie Megabooth (although quick isn't the best term for it - the booth is notorious for crowds due to its size), I noticed there was one theme surprisingly prevalent in many of this year's selections: romance. Whether at the forefront or as a major backing element, love and romance seemed to be the name of the game for many indie titles presenting at this year's PAX.