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Symphonic Rain review

Popularized by works like Key’s Kanon and Air, as well as Circus’ Da Capo, nakige (meaning a “crying game”) is a common sub-genre in the visual novel medium. But despite the melodramatic moniker, there are ...

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HYPERCHARGE: Unboxed preview

Last year’s release of New Retro Arcade: Neon permitted players to organize their own virtual arcades, setting up emulation across rows of simulated cabinets. The problem was setting up these environments could be challenging- goading ...

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Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni review

Russians say three things can be watched endlessly: water running, a fire burning, and a starry night. Over the years, Japan has contributed their own indispensable addition: watching nubile young women engage in playful pugilism. ...

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Castle of Shikigami review

While we might bemoan the intermittent meme shoehorned into modern localizations, yesteryear’s adaptations were especially cringe-inducing. Case in point: when XS Games brought over the esteemed Psikyo STG, Gunbird, some sweeping changes were made. From ...

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Neko Navy review

In a perfect world, cute-‘em-ups would be released with regular frequency. But save for two Deathsmiles titles, the disappointing Otomedius, and QP Shooting – Dangerous!!, the last decade has delivered a discouraging number of adorable ...

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Lock’s Quest review

The game industry’s fondness for remasters and reissues likely leaves gamers with an unshakable sense of déjà vu. Selections for reinvigoration are typically drawn from the lucrative, intended for a large audience who is well-acquainted ...

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NEKOPARA Vol. 3 review

Spend the day strolling through Akihabara, and you’ll inevitably be invited into a multitude of maid cafes, each promoting their own unique theme. Beyond the frilly French maid costumes at Maidreamin or the cosplay ninjas ...

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