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Navigating 428: Shibuya Scramble

Referred to as the visual novel for people who don’t like visual novels, 428: Shibuya Scramble has the privilege of being the genre’s only effort to obtain a perfect Famitsu score. If that’s not intriguing ...

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Q&A With Trailblazer’s Ben Ward

Franchises like Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo dominate the contemporary racing genre, which is not surprising, as each series is crafted by a legion of developers and is refined across multiple iterations. But when the ...

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Q&A with SUPERBEAT: XONiC’s Michael Yum

Like music itself, rhythm games often follow convention while simultaneously contributing their own form of innovation. This dialectic is especially evident when examining PM Studio’s SUPERBEAT: XONiC, a franchise which follows mainly of the conventions ...

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Q&A With Nihon Falcom’s Toshihiro Kondo

For over thirty-five years, Nihon Falcom has crafted a steady succession of enjoyable, consistently charming and wonderfully melodious role-playing and action role-playing games. In anticipation of the release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, we ...

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Undead Darlings ~no cure for love~!! Q&A

After a portion of a lifetime spent playing role-playing games and years working for a publisher that has localized some of Japan’s best efforts, it’s not surprising that Nick Doerr understands turn-based battles. But what ...

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Q&A with MeiQ’s Tomoki Tauchi

Between acclaimed franchises such as Hyperdimension Neptunia, Fairy Fencer F, and Mugen Souls, Shibuya-based Compile Heart has cultivated a legion of global fans. Not content to rest on their laurels, the studio has spawned an ...

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