When Americans travel to Japan, they often remark on how safe the country feels. Unlike many parts of the U.S., you’re able to walk freely without the fear of assault or mugging- at any time ...Read More »
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Decades of shoot-‘em-up games have imparted a crucial message to players: the enemy projectile should be avoided at all costs. But that enduring adage get challenged in Graze Counter, Hyogo-based Henteko Doujin’s absorbing sophomore PC ...Read More »
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 »