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Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk review

Atelier Ayesha Plus (1)

Look past the coquettish DLC swimsuits and intermittent instances where ditziness serves as comic relief, and the Atelier franchise reveals its principal virtue: it’s a series that focuses on female empowerment.  From Rorona’s efforts to keep her alchemical workshop from ...

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Switch Galaxy Ultra review

Switch Galaxy Ultra (1)

Longtime gamers may remember Liverpool-based Psygnosis, a prolific publisher/developer subsequently absorbed (and renamed) by Sony Computer Entertainment, and disbanded in 2012. Best known for acclaimed franchises such as Colony Wars, Destruction Derby, and Wipeout, the company’s output had two trademark ...

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Rock Boshers DX Director’s Cut review

Rock Boshers DX (1)

As Grand Theft Auto demonstrated, advancements in hardware technology haven’t always changed the way we interact with game worlds. With the last several iterations of the franchise have been set in an intricately detailed, three-dimension cities, the bit-mapped municipalities of ...

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Fantasy Hero Unsigned Legacy review

Fantasy Hero Unsigned Legacy (1)

What is the concept? The uprising of the downtrodden is a ubiquitous theme in gaming. For the recent release of Fantasy Hero: Unsigned Legacy, the premise is applied to a quartet of heroes forced to take refuge when a tribe ...

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Aqua Kitty – Milk Mine Defender DX review

Aqua Kitty- Milk Mine Defender (1)

In the grand pantheon of arcade shooters, few are more prestigious than 1981’s Defender. While the William Electronics-developed coin-op wasn’t an immediate success (creator Eugene Jarvis has blamed the groundbreaking five-button control method), the game proved to be immensely popular ...

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Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd review

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA F 2nd (1)

In Japan, Hatsune Miku is an unqualified sensation, with the anthropomorphized singing synthesizer dominating music sales charts, video sharing service Nico Nico Douga, as well as serving as an ambassador for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Google, Domino’s and Toyota. ...

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Rollers of the Realm review

Rollers of the Realm (1)

Over the last few years, it seems like role-playing mechanics have seeped into every conceivable genre. From the inclusion of MyGM mode in the NBA 2K series- where players make decisions via branching dialog trees to Puzzle Quest: Challenge of ...

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Tales of Hearts R review

Tales of Hearts R (1)

Across the last two decades, the Japanese role-playing genre has undergone a number of significant shifts. Many of these changes of obvious- the capability of contemporary hardware now offers the ability to render richly detailed realms or deliver sophisticated battle ...

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Senran Kagura: Bon Appétit! review

Senran Kagura Bon Appétit (1)

Not long ago, localization of the lascivious Senran Kagura franchise would be nearly inconceivable. But gradually, stateside sensibilities have changed, spurring a trickle of Japan’s more salacious titles. Beyond the moe-istic merriment in games such as Abiba’s Trip: Undead and ...

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Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus review

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (1)

Last August, Acquire’s Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed took players to an imaginative interpretation of Toyko’s Akihabara district, where they were tasked with ripping the clothes off of vampiric foes. Although titillation was undoubtedly a driving force behind the design ...

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