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Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV review

More Vocation Than Mere Recreation Luo Guanzhong’s fourteenth-century novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, probably isn’t suited for most modern readers. Most contemporary works are born into a mass mediated ecosystem where immeasurable amounts of ...

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Yakuza 0 (Windows 10) review

Setting is Indispensable Context is an oft overlooked constituent in gaming. Although 2009’s The Saboteur replicated the familiar driving and destruction mechanics of the sandbox-action title, it was the colorful recreation of Nazi-occupied Paris which transformed the ...

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Katana Kami: A Way of the Samurai Story review

History ‘Acquire-d’ Traditionally, franchises grow with each successive iteration. But spin-offs sporadically scale things back, pushing the property in daring, new directions. From Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart’s reimaging of Hyperdimension Neptunia as a tactical ...

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3000th Duel review

Solid Game from a Lesser Known Name 3000th Duel arrives without the benefit of a generous marketing budget or the pedigree of a prominent developer. But those things shouldn’t dissuade you from seeking out this ...

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Rune Factory 4 Special review

Time to Get Busy! In the real world, those days where outstanding duties outstrip daylight hours can be exasperating. In the Rune Factory franchise, the onus of being overburdened cultivates a completely different sentiment. Deciding whether to ...

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Psikyo Shooting Stars Bravo review

Psikyo=Colorful Art Kyoto Across the company’s thirteen-year lifespan, Psikyo cultivated a rich legacy. Although the Kyoto-based developer dabbled with erotic mahjong games and even a sequel to Lode Runner, it was their arcade shooters that ...

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Azur Lane: Crosswave review

‘Ship These Ships At least two of acclaimed director Quintin Tarantino’s feature films demonstrate the power of the medium. Both Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood entangle history and fantasy so tightly, ...

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The Yakuza Remastered Collection Review

Kiryu, Culture, and Cut Content Changes across SEGA’s Yakuza franchise often reflects the West’s growing cultural awareness. When the inaugural entry was released stateside in 2006, few games had reflected the societal nuances of contemporary ...

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Daemon X Machina review

Mecha Exodus Not long ago, mech-based games were exceedingly prevalent. Franchises like MechWarrior, Armored Core, Zone of the Enders, Steel Battalion, and Titanfall let players live out their futuristic fantasies. Each provided the opportunity to ...

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