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Splasher review

What is the concept? Like any prodigious platformer, Splasher is elevated by tautness and nuance during navigation. Control of your purple-haired, hooded protagonist is precise, permitting players to execute the springs required to leapfrog across ...

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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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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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Senko no Ronde 2 review

Dedicated Japanese gamers might be familiar with the Senko no Ronde series. Originally released in arcades back in 2005, the franchise spurred a trio of follow-ups, with sequels like Senko no Ronde Rev. X and ...

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X-Morph: Defense review

What is the concept? Since the 1978 release of Space Invaders, players have persistently protected the Earth from alien attack. But with X-Morph: Defense, the tables are turned, with gamers playing the role of intergalactic ...

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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana review

There’s the tacit expectation that franchises will evolve over time. But occasionally, the pressure to advance can spoil an otherwise splendid series when rash ideas or slipshod mechanics are needlessly shoehorned into a sequel. In ...

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The Last Birdling review

While it’s inspiring when a developer’s inaugural effort becomes an unqualified success, it’s tremendously gratifying to witness the gradual cultivation of an artist’s talents. The latter is especially true with InvertMouse (aka Marcus Lam), a ...

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Ys Seven review

Like most mediums, gaming has its own share of notable friendships. From the witty banter provided by eponymous duos like Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank, or the alliance between Uncharted’s Nathan Drake and ...

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Rock of Ages II: Bigger & Boulder review

Few developers have a body of work that demonstrates as much creativity as Santiago-based ACE Team. From surreal first-person fighter Zeno Clash, the integration of Chilean folklore and art nouveau into platformer Abyss Odyssey, to ...

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