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Metal Max Xeno review

Save for Altus’ localization of Metal Saga in 2006, the Metal Max series has largely eschewed Western releases. From a financial perspective, that decision might be defensible. Although the series is often commended for its ...

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NBA 2K19 review

A 1985 study from scholars at Cornell and Stanford refuted the notion of shooting streaks in professional basketball. The researchers asserted that people mistakenly attribute successions of successful shots as ‘hot hands’, when every attempt ...

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Senran Kagura Reflexions review

Since its 2011 debut, the Senran Kagura franchise has been remarkably prolific. Beyond five different manga series, two anime, and five mainline games, the property has prompted a number of interactive spin-offs. From a Japan-only ...

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Azure Reflections (Switch) review

With ports of Deathsmiles, DoDonPachi Resurrection, and Mushihimesama, PC owners are privy to a number of excellent danmaku (often referred to a ‘bullet hell’ games). Switch owners don’t have it quite as good. Beyond Ikaruga, ...

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Chiki-Chiki Boxy Racers review

Today, racing games typically simulate driving exotic, prohibitively expensive real-world vehicles. But that wasn’t always the case. The eight and sixteen-bit eras had a number of high-profile properties that revolved around contests with toy cars. ...

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SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy review

For the last two decades, fighting games have been climbing a foothill of complexity. Long-running series like Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, and Tekken are built to the tastes of hardcore fans, adding new intricacies to each ...

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428: Shibuya Scramble review

Even the most passionate fan of visual novels must admit the medium often clings to several conventions. Many of us are drawn to the works because of their manga-inspired aesthetic, which routinely depicts characters like ...

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God Wars: The Complete Legend review

The Nineties were a glorious time for the strategy role-playing genre, with SEGA crafting the Shining Force series, while Quest Corporation earned critical acclaim with the Ogre Battle franchise. Later, key Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together members Yasumi Matsuno, ...

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de Blob 2 (Switch) review

Last June, de Blob was ported to the Nintendo Switch, bringing one of the highlights of the Wii’s third-party library to a new audience. Challenging players to revitalize dreary, monochromic backdrops into vibrant cities, the ...

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