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Earth Defense Force 5 (PC)

A Cautious Step Forward for the Fifth Installment Sequels typically attempt to polish the rougher aspects of their predecessors. As such, Sandlot, the dominant developer behind the Earth Defense Force series has faced an atypical dilemma. If ...

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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 Reflexions (PC) 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 card battling ...

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Super Neptunia RPG review

Sporadically, Hyperdimension Neptunia co-developers Compile Heart and Idea Factory endorse the use of character by other development studios. The results of these spin-offs often approach the quality of the main franchise. With titles such as ...

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My Friend Pedro review

Games have sporadically tried to capture the balletic gunplay of film director John Woo, often with rewarding results. Titles such as Stranglehold, Wet, Total Overdose: A Gunslinger’s Tale in Mexico, and the Max Payne series ...

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Citizens of Space review

2015’s Citizens of Earth was a decidedly mixed experience. Although developer Eden Industries’ procession of pop-culture references, Earthbound-inspired quirk, and ever-growing entourage of recruitable everyday types was occasionally clever, it also suffered from serious executional ...

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Horgihugh review

The shoot ‘em up is one of the foundation genres of gaming, pitting a solitary ship against a legion of enemies. Bolstered by classic titles such as Space Invaders, Galaga, Gradius, 1942, and R-Type, early ...

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Neptunia Shooter review

Occasionally, April Fool’s gags become reality. Famously, that was the case with Street Fighter II’s Sheng Long. Originally a mistranslation of in-game text, Electronic Gaming Monthly tricked readers into thinking it was an actual, unlockable ...

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