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Game Reviews

Grand Kingdom (PS4) Review stars

Grand Kingdom tells the tale of Resonail, a continent which consists of four nations at war over the fallen Empire of Uldein. The story is delivered via voice-acted comic book-esque cutscenes where players engage in turn-based battles. Delivered by lead designer Tomohiko Deguchi, Grand Kingdom takes inspiration from many of my favorite like minded games in the genre – think Fire Emblem or Valkyria Chronicles or even Odin Sphere – but it also shakes things up to keep the experience unique. 

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (PS4) Review stars

Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? I am happy to report that Idea Factory has brought Fairy Fencer F, a PlayStation 3 game, to PlayStation 4 in the form of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force. It’s as much fun on PS4 as it was on PS3, whether it is a replay, or jumping in for the first time. Sure, a port may not have been necessary, but then again, the developers at Compile Heart went to great lengths and have implemented changes by adding a new twist with different story arcs, more challenging battles, and multiple endings.

God Eater: Resurrection (PS4) Review stars

God Eater: Resurrection is an action role-playing game, delivered by Director and Producer Hiroshi Yoshimura and Yosuke Tomizawa, it takes inspiration from like minded games in the genre – think Monster Hunter or Freedom Wars – but it also does some unique things that help keep it fresh. While it can occasionally bog down in sheer repetition and the rampant overuse of monsters and maps, there’s something inherently and undeniably addicting about God Eater: Resurrection.

Megadimension Neptunia VII (PC) Review stars

Megadimension Neptunia VII is the fourth game in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. New systems and approaches are combined with tried-and-true, traditional Neptunia staples to create a product that complements its already-extensive catalog of titles.

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (PC) Review stars

The first time I heard of the Senran Kagura series and its jiggle physics I said ok, this review will be a hit or miss. For those that are unfamiliar, the Senran Kagura series has games available on the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and PC, ranging from fighting games to cooking games - think cooking mama but with an ecchi spin. From those titles we now get Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus from XSEED for PC originally for the PS Vita it now is available for the PC and is the third game in the series.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PS4) Review stars

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book is the 17th game in the primary Atelier series, and the start of a new setting after Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea concludes the Dusk installment series. It maintains many of the franchise's long-standing traditions but it also finds room to try new and notable things. Developer Gust takes more chances to shake things up, and it pays off. It compliment's the series' best parts (like the alchemy system) and supports the weaker aspects of the formula. 

The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition (PS4) Review stars

We previously reviewed The Witch and the Hundred Knight for the Playstation 3 and praised it as an interesting game that was new yet familiar with the signature trademarks of a Nippon Ichi Software video game. Two years later, NIS America brings us an updated version, The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition for the Playstation 4 with all the bells and whistles you’d expect refining the experience.

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (PS4) Review stars

It’s been over a decade since the launch of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness. The SRPG franchise from Nippon Ichi Software began back on Playstation 2, appeared on the Playstation 3 a few times, showed up on both Sony and Nintendo handheld systems and now it’s making its debut on the Playstation 4. With Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, Nippon Ichi Software President Sohei Niikawa is looking to evolve the franchise to the next level and with its addictive strategy game play, charming characters, and deep character customization, makes Alliance of Vengeance the strongest game in the series to date.

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls (Vita) Review stars

As the latest entry into its ongoing saga, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls shelves away all of the trials, relationship building and evidence collecting from the main flagship titles and replaces them with an action-packed third person shooter (TPS) spinoff that focuses on Makoto Naegi’s sister Komaru and Toko from the first game. Considering that the game was taking away what many considered quintessential pieces of the series, many fans including myself, were worried that something would be lost in developing the spin-off as a TPS rather than as a full-fledged third adventure title.

Fairy Fencer F (PS3) Review stars

Fairy Fencer F is the latest PlayStation 3 exclusive to come from Japanese developer Compile Heart. With franchises like Mugen Souls, Hyperdimension Neptunia, and Record of Agarest War it's no surprise that this game is of the RPG genre.