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HuniePop review

HuniePop (1)

One of the ironies of dating sims is that they rarely simulate the complexities of courtship. Routinely, players study the specifics of a potential partner’s personality, before they make decisions based on an anticipated outcome. As such, the depiction of ...

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New Game Releases: January 22nd-28th, 2014

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation (1)

From Manuel “Manny” Calavera’s  enhanced voyage to the Ninth Underworld in Grim Fandango Remastered, Little Mac’s Wii U homecoming in Punch-Out!!, Riptide GP2’s exodus onto the Xbox One, and the CPU Candidates pilgrimage onto PS Vita screens, this week demonstrates ...

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Alphadia Genesis review

Alphadia Genesis (1)

If the role-playing output of Square-Enix, Atlus is akin to blockbuster theatrical films, then Kemco’s titles are the direct-to-video offerings of the interactive world. You don’t pick up one expecting dazzling CG-fueled cinematics, technical innovation, or even a revolutionary plotline.  ...

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Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk review

Atelier Ayesha Plus (1)

Look past the coquettish DLC swimsuits and intermittent instances where ditziness serves as comic relief, and the Atelier franchise reveals its principal virtue: it’s a series that focuses on female empowerment.  From Rorona’s efforts to keep her alchemical workshop from ...

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New Game Releases: January 15th-21st, 2015

Sakura Angels

Between HoneyPop, an American-made dating sim, the release of two visual novels (Sakura Angels and X-Note) and a compilation of the three Double Dragon titles, it looks like PC is the platform of choice for those with niche interests. For ...

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The Eccentric Family Premium Edition review

The Eccentric Family (1)

Pundits argue that the medium of anime is teeming in trope. Yet that allegation could be leveled at the creative efforts of any culture; entertainment acts as a transmitter of social norms and practices. Certainly, the Western world has its ...

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Winged Sakura: Mindy’s Arc review

Winged Sakura Mindy’s Arc (1)

Much like a respectable bottle of riesling, or Guile’s Theme from Street Fighter II, role-playing mechanics can complement almost everything. A good example of this axiom was found in Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten. An otherwise conventional entry in ...

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New Game Releases: January 8th-14th, 2015

Atelier Ayesha Plus The Alchemist of Dusk

Beyond the usual inventory of new digital titles, ports, and retro games, the second week of January brings a number of other surprises. While the simultaneous release of two visual novels on Steam might be unlikely, it’s not exactly bewildering; ...

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Funk of Titans review

Funk of Titans (1)

Plugged during a succession of press conferences, Microsoft’s ID@Xbox initiative functioned as a Pied Piper for indie studios, enticing Xbox One coders with the lure of two free development kits and access to technical documentation. In the seventeen months since ...

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Podcast 14-3: Where’s My Shine Maiden?

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The crew rings in the new year with impressions of LittleBigPlanet 3, The Swapper, Disney Infinity 2.0, The Stanley Parable, The Jackbox Party Pack, and the Nvidia Shield, as well as naming a few of their favorite gaming experiences of ...

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