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A Hat in Time review

One of the core causes of PC elitism is rooted in the availability of cutting-edge hardware. Even Windows-based machines with a mid-range GPU can outperform the current generation of consoles. But Sony and Nintendo’s systems ...

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Raiden V: Director’s Cut review

In the shoot-‘em-up pantheon, every prodigious title has a distinguishing play mechanic. R-Type is built around a fascinating risk/reward where players can augment their offensive output by abstaining from fire, accumulating energy in their wave ...

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Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle review

Pugnaciousness doesn’t have to rooted in quarter-circles and z-motions. While the finger gymnastics required by the Street Fighter, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue franchises are an apt substitute for conveying martial art mastery, they’re not the ...

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Culdcept Revolt review

Adapting tabletop games into electronic media might sound like a half-baked idea. Board games are often the catalysts of magnificently contentious play sessions, bringing groups of friends together before dividing them via cutthroat competition. But ...

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Blue Reflection review

Since 1997, Gust has crafted eighteen entries in the acclaimed Atelier franchise. Almost all of them have focused on a young women’s journey toward self-actualization, as she grows from kind-spirited klutz to an accomplished alchemist ...

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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash review

Much like artists like Peter Paul Rubens, Francisco Goya, and Édouard Manet, Senran Kagura creator Kenichirō Takaki is obsessed with the female form. But unlike the painters of yesteryear, Takaki-san’s canvas is a console connected ...

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony review

In one of Hollywood’s best meta-analyses, Scream 2 explained the difficulties of crafting a slasher film sequels. Identifying larger body counts, more elaborate and gruesome death scenes, and the apparent immortality of the franchise’s bad ...

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SteamWorld Dig 2 review

As an indie title that captured the polish and effervescent charm of a first-party Nintendo game, 2013’s SteamWorld Dig was a rarity. For a follow-up, Image & Form crafted SteamWorld Heist, which was based in ...

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Mary Skelter: Nightmares review

Following the success of 2010’s Hyperdimension Neptunia, developer Compile Heart’s output drifted toward the formulaic. Beyond a structure split between visual novel-based storytelling and turn-based combat, the Toshima-ku based studio integrated a copious amount of ...

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