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The Caligula Effect: Overdose review

Japanese role-playing aficionados know that allegory is a frequent storytelling strategy. Whether it’s Hyperdimension Neptunia’s spirted take on game console competition or the Persona series’ ruminations about our inner psyches, there’s something rather potent about the technique. Pleasingly, ...

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Trials Rising review

Released as a Java game nineteen years ago, Trials was a prototypical example of brilliant game design. Each stage tasked players with maneuvering a motorcycle across a series of obstacles. Difficulty was rooted in the ...

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Dead or Alive 6 review

The Dead or Alive series is probably best known for its pendulous breast physics and revealing costumes, which is a rather reductive assessment. Team Ninja’s franchise is quite far from being skin-deep, with a distinctive ...

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Heart of the Woods review

Yuri is a broad term that’s used to describe media which depicts attraction between women. While it’s often associated with representations of explicitness, it also describes works where there’s an implicit or even a platonic ...

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Arcade Spirits review

Typically, visual novels aspire to entertain audiences. Rarely are they used as a tool for self-analysis. That’s not the case with Fiction Factory Games’ Arcade Spirits. Instead of providing a handful of routes to emulate ...

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Steins;Gate Elite review

Time travel is a popular premise across almost every medium. But like most high-concept narratives, it’s often used as a catalyst for absorbing human interaction rather than an opportunity for scientific speculation. From the comical ...

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Worbital review

With popular entries like Scorched Earth, Shellshock Live, and the ever-popular Worms series, the artillery genre has enjoyed a lengthy legacy. But beyond the shift into the third-dimension with games like 2001’s Scorched 3D and ...

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown review

Recurrently, players have felt the temptation of chasing a secondary objective across the Ace Combat series. While you’re doggedly chasing a bandit and angling to get a solid lock, a tertiary target will streak across ...

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