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Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark review

Tactical role-playing games are complicated affairs, with components like character growth and combat precariously built upon a myriad of variables. As such, it’s exceedingly easy for genre entries to drift into unfairness, forcing level grinding ...

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The Forbidden Arts review

At their best, games offer a captivating fusion of components. When storyline, play, visuals, and sound converge in a cohesive manner, the results can be riveting, reminding us of the medium’s potential. But all too ...

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Omega Labyrinth Life review

As evidenced by the complaints faced by prominent sports series, many are irked by publishers who pump out iterative sequels with unremitting regularity. But the practice has an undeniable upside. Gradually, these franchises evolve, jettisoning ...

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Raiden V: Director’s Cut (Switch) review

In the shoot-‘em-up pantheon, every prodigious title has a distinguishing play mechanic. R-Type is built around a fascinating risk/reward where players can augment their offensive output by abstaining from fire, accumulating energy in their wave cannon. Players ...

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Kill la Kill IF review

Arena-based fighting is a popular approach for adapting anime into interactive form. Franchises like Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, My Hero One’s Justice, and J-Star Victory/Jump Force have all demonstrated there are a ...

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Pawarumi review

Any respectable shoot ‘em up needs at least one distinctive characteristic to succeed. Gratifyingly, the release of Manufacture 43’s Pawarumi has several. The first is the inclusion of a mechanic called Trinity. Recalling Ikaruga, the ...

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Tiny Metal: Full Metal Rumble review

Originally released stateside in 2001, Intelligent Systems’ Advance Wars series was a success, inspiring a trio of sequels, and with Battalion Wars, even an action-driven spin-off. But long-term triumph was gradually overshadowed by the Kyoto-based ...

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SolSeraph review

When a major publisher is squatting on a beloved property, occasionally it’s indie developers who come to the rescue. From A Hat in Time and Yooka-Laylee’s reinvigoration of the three-dimensional, character-driven platformer to Petroglyph Games’ ...

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Senran Kagura: Peach Ball review

The Senran Kagura franchise is approaching a pivotal junction. Across four main entries and a multitude of spin-offs, the unabashedly cheeky series has centered on the exploits of scantily clad shinobi, extending as much cavorting ...

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