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Review: Persona 5

Just over 20 years ago, Atlus changed the game of Role-Playing Games with the release of Revelations: Persona. Rather than taking place in a medieval fantasy world or a galaxy far, far away, Revelations: Persona brought the dark themes of Shin Megami Tensei to a high school setting. This twist made Revelations: Persona, and its sequel(s) Persona 2, novelties of the Shin Megami Tensei greater. With the release of Persona 3, the winds of change blew yet again. Now with the inclusion of social links and life simulation, Persona 3, and its indirect sequel Persona 4, killed the time of players in the best way possible. Fast forward to 2017, and Atlus is at it yet again. Persona 5 is finally here! But is this Persona the definitive role to play, or should the series go back to school? Continue reading

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Review Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds

Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is an upcoming visual novel for the PlayStation Vita. The story takes place in Feudal Japan where players follow around the Shinsengumi in Kyoto. While most games today have a story focused on a male protagonist, Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds features a female protagonist in search of her dad. Will she ever find the one she seeks, or will she meet her demise in Kyoto?

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Review: A Rose in the Twilight

“After absorbing blood, you will obtain the memory it contains.”

Back in 2015, NIS America released a little game confusingly titled htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary. While the puzzle gameplay and cute designs gave The Firefly Diary the image of a child-friendly game, it was truly anything but. As a game full to the brim with psychological horror, suffice it to say that the game left its mark on those who played it. Flash-forward to 2017 and its indirect sequel has emerged from the shadows. Simply titled A Rose in the Twilight, The Firefly Diary looks to tangle newcomers and veterans alike in its web of deceit. But is this Rose just as sweet, or is the hype as dead as a wilted flower? Continue reading

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Review: Touhou Genso Wanderer 

Hot off the trail of last year’s Touhou Genso Rondo comes not one, but two, new Touhou Project titles compliments of NIS America. The first of the two is Touhou Genso Wanderer, a roguelike roguelite in the vein of Spike Chinsoft’s Mystery Dungeon. But is Genso Wanderer the next big roguelike, or is this cult following the real unsolved mystery? Continue reading

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Review: Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star

Simply put, 2017 is the year of Fate. With the unprecedented announcement of five anime series and three games (counting FGO Season 2), there should surely be something to please even the most critical of Fate fans in 2017. The first game to be released this year (and the only confirmed for US) is Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star.

Following the events of Fate/EXTRA, Fate/EXTELLA follows the victors of the Moon Cell Holy Grail War. With Warriors-inspired gameplay, Marvelous hopes to please Fate/EXTRA veterans and newcomers alike. But is this war stuff of legends, or little more than a false prophet?
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Review: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

These days, sports titles are a dime a dozen. There’s Madden for football fans, Fifa for football soccer, and MLB the Show for baseball. Each of which caters to one specific sport and its fans. Unfortunately, this limits the audience of each sports title, unable to attract the attention of the average gamer. What if there was a game that was more than just a sports title? Aiming to fill this void comes the beach volleyball title Dead or Alive: Xtreme 3. But is Xtreme 3 the perfect sports title, or does it crash and burn like Zack Island in Xtreme 2? Continue reading

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Review: Final Fantasy XV

“This is a fantasy based on reality.”

Calling Final Fantasy XV highly anticipated might be the understatement of the century. Ever since the original announcement of Final Fantasy Versus XIII back in 2006, fans have been dying for the chance to step into Noctis’ black leather shoes. Finally, that time has come. But is Final Fantasy XV worth the wait, or is it the final nail in this fantasy’s coffin? Continue reading