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Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (Switch) 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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Muv-Luv (Vita) Alternative

In contemporary media, commercial success and artistry are inescapably intertwined. Developing a lucrative, long-term property is just as important as the actual storytelling. As evidenced by the output of Hollywood, book publishers, and the game ...

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New Game Releases: June 21st-27th, 2018

With celebrated titles like Lumines, de Blob, Nier, and Minecraft due, this week’s schedule of ‘new’ releases seems dominated by reissues. Beyond these high-profile reprises, retro enthusiasts might be happy to see a few older, ...

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The Lost Child review

For Switch owners, the wait for Shin Megami Tensei V might seem intolerable, with the Setagaya-based team providing scant information on developmental progress. Fortunately, there’s a viable, albeit derivative alternative, with Kadokawa Games’ The Lost ...

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A Magical High School Girl (Switch) review

Players with even a fleeting familiarity with Rogue-likes have probably experienced the mechanics of the prolific Mystery Dungeon series. Conceived by Dragon Quest co-creator Koichi Nakamura, each entry sends players into procedurally-generated levels where they ...

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Ambition of the Slimes review

Pity the unassuming slime. With a gelatinous body and a lack of appendages, they’re repeatedly cast as one of role-playing’s meekest villains, serving as fodder for grind-inclined protagonists. But with the release of Ambition of ...

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Muv Luv (Vita) review

Delve into the recent Vita release of Muv-Luv and you won’t immediately understand why the 2003 visual novel is often considered one of the medium’s most prodigious efforts. Split into two distinct arcs, Muv-Luv Extra ...

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New Game Releases: June 14th-20th, 2018

Although this week is dominated by the building-block based adventures of the Parr family, with LEGO The Incredibles arriving on four platforms, that’s not the only notable title arriving this week. With Arcade Archives: Donkey ...

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Antigraviator review

During the nineties, there was a near surplus of high-speed, futuristic racing games. Popular series like F-Zero, Wipeout, Rollcage, Jet Moto, and Midway’s Thunder franchise all vied for a place on the podium. While some ...

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