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For years, musou games were mocked by critics and consumers alike. Both groups viewed franchises like Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors as repetitive, tedious treks, where players button-mashed their way to victory. At certainly at one time, that complaint had merit, ...Read More »
While a direct-to-video film may lack the budget, quality, and nuance of a theatrical release, merit is often found in the simplicity of the work. Productions produced for the home market typically aren’t recognized for ...Read More »
1989’s SimCity was an irrefutable work of genius. Although a game built around the idea of urban development might have sounded tedious in description, designating industrial, commercial, and residential areas was as approachable as it ...Read More »
Just when it seemed that physical releases were drying up amidst the summer sun, comes a barrage of disk and cartridge-based titles. On the Switch, Splatoon 2 and Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star cases will be ...Read More »
Like many Otaku-Americans, my upbringing had a strong Japanese influence- with video games, manga, and tokusatsu occupying the bulk of my recreational hours amidst the 80’s and 90’s. Moments along the way pointed to a ...Read More »
Across the last decade, gamers have been inundated with Rogue-likes. Some like Shiren the Wanderer, Touhou Genso Wanderer and Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku are exceptional entries, each offering their own adept and distinctive take ...Read More »
As titles like Robotron: 2084, Smash TV, and the sum of the Geometry Wars series have demonstrated, the twin-stick shooter can be a wholly immersive experience. Eluding hordes of encroaching enemies, while simultaneously snatching bonuses ...Read More »
Save for the retail appearance of Aerea, a music themed, role-playing game, every other release will arrive digitally, saving players a trip to the store or at least the mailbox. While that’s been the growing ...Read More »
Popularized by works like Key’s Kanon and Air, as well as Circus’ Da Capo, nakige (meaning a “crying game”) is a common sub-genre in the visual novel medium. But despite the melodramatic moniker, there are ...Read More »