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Aven Colony review

Much of the allure of the city simulation genre stems from the mastery of an array of municipal variables.  While you might sink a township into the ground across the first few playthroughs, gradually you’ll ...

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Namco Museum review

During the 1980s and 90s, if you stepped into an arcade, there was a very good chance of finding a Namco machine among the assortment of cabinets. While the Minato, Tokyo-based firm has been around ...

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Children of Zodiarcs review

Even the most devoted strategy-role-playing game devotee will admit that there’s not a whole lot of variation across the genre. Instead, distinction is most often made in the subtle divergences from formula, whether it’s the ...

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Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star review

For years, musou games were mocked by critics and consumers alike. Both groups viewed franchises like Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors as repetitive, tedious treks, where players button-mashed their way to victory. At certainly at one time, that complaint had merit, ...

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Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire review

Like many Otaku-Americans, my upbringing had a strong Japanese influence- with video games, manga, and tokusatsu occupying the bulk of my recreational hours amidst the 80’s and 90’s. Moments along the way pointed to a ...

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Iron Crypticle review

As titles like Robotron: 2084, Smash TV, and the sum of the Geometry Wars series have demonstrated, the twin-stick shooter can be a wholly immersive experience. Eluding hordes of encroaching enemies, while simultaneously snatching bonuses ...

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Valkyria Revolution review

Let’s get this out of the way first: while Valkyria Revolution is set in the same world as the cherished Valkyria Chronicles franchise, similarities between the two are largely superficial. While SEGA published the inaugural ...

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God Wars: Future Past review

The ‘90s were a glorious time for the strategy role-playing genre, with SEGA crafting the Shining Force series while Quest Corporation earned critical acclaim with the Ogre Battle franchise. Later, key Tactics Ogre: Let Us ...

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Dark Rose Valkyrie review

Sporadically, a team of renowned developers unite, and the results are splendidly synergistic. Largely, that’s the case with the PlayStation 4 release of Dark Rose Valkyrie. As a title that brings together scenario writer Takumi ...

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