Preview: Splatoon 2’s Splat Dualies offer focused fire

I’m not a sharpshooter in Splatoon. I tend to focus my efforts on coating the battlefield, not splatting other inklings. Now that the Splatoon 2 Testfire has come and gone, a new weapon has me changing and rethinking my approach. People who participated in this demo had an opportunity to go hands-on with the Splat Dualies, a pair of pistols, and the loadout for the demo’s version of the weapon is perfectly designed for coating both the field and your opponents with paint.

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Preview: A Rose in the Twilight relies heavily on its atmosphere

There is a classic The Simpsons bit in which Grampa is telling Lisa that death stalks them at every turn. He then goes on to call out both Maggie and a cat as “death.” While Abe was a bit off, his statements apply perfectly to A Rose in the Twilight. This is a dark game where death could lurk around every turn, and the game embraces and exemplifies that in every way.

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SubaraCity is a special sort of spacial awareness game

Are you a pigeon or a penguin? It seems an odd question to consider, but makes sense within the realm of SubaraCity. This puzzle game is all about matching blocks to create a city, along the lines of Spry Fox’s Triple Town, but in a more relaxing manner. It’s all about being aware of which blocks to properly combine and eliminate, with moves you wouldn’t expect being the smarter ones, and continuing to grow your city.

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Two new Touhou games may hold wider appeal

To outsiders, the Touhou games may seem inscrutable, intimidating or just plain out of their usual wheelhouse. That’s understandable; the world and characters are a large part of what holds these games together and almost all of their market awareness. A new pair of releases (and we do mean pair; the two are even sometimes sold as a package) certainly will appeal to fans of the world, but their larger appeal may be in serving two cult-favorite genres that could use some more recent entries.

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Review: Toukiden 2 sees more Slayers striking back

Main series Monster Hunter games don’t appear on Sony platforms anymore. Monster Hunter Frontier Z aside, it’s been years since Monster Hunter Portable 3rd graced the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3, leaving other companies to pick up the communal creature questing. God Eater installments aside, Koei Tecmo’s Toukiden has stepped up to offer a similar sort of experience. Enter Toukiden 2, an even more refined experience that offers more hunts, greater variety and extra opportunities to interact with fellow Slayer players.

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Review: Voez makes the Switch more musical

The Nintendo Switch is a versatile system. It has all these different modes, making it ideal for multiple situations. It seemed the sort of thing that would, eventually, receive a game designed for one particular phase, but did anyone expect one to be here right at the start? Yet here it is, Voez available for all to enjoy. While a game that can only be played in tablet mode may seem limiting, it’s actually one of the more freeing experiences on the system.

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Review: Atelier Firis seeks freedom in open worlds

In Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey, the titular Firis feels trapped in a small community, yearning for the open worlds beyond. In many ways, this feels like an expression of developer Gust itself: wanting to expand its horizons and try its hand at more open environments. And just like Firis, Gust may not have been totally ready for that, but they both approach this adventure with a plucky spirit.

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Vampire Knight DS welcomed series fans and otome newcomers

There will always be hits and misses when it comes to games based upon existing properties. Developers need to decide how true an adaptation is going to be or if they’ll be attempting something original inspired by something beloved. It can be uncommon to get something that ticks the right boxes for people, resulting in a game that can be appreciated by players who both are and aren’t familiar with the source material. Vampire Knight DS, a dating sim inspired by the Matsuri Hino series of the same name, is one such game that managed to achieve the lofty goal of pleasing everyone at once.

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