Yakuza 0 serves as a fitting reintroduction of the series to the West, an origin story for a new generation that may not have checked out the earlier releases. It refines and focuses on what Yakuza is all about, taking this opportunity to make a statement about what’s important: the combat and the storytelling.Read more
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is one of the best entries in Gust’s Atelier series. It introduced so many quality of life improvements and anti-frustration features. When the ultimate edition comes to the Vita, of course it’s going to be a welcome addition to the handheld’s library.Read more
The Fate series has come a long way from Fate/stay night, the adult visual novel that started it all. There have been anime series, films, light novels and manga series. Additional games have offered us the chance to go beyond “Choose Your Own Adventure” interactive experiences, offering us fighting games and JRPGs. Given the number of combatants and in-series war for supremacy, it isn’t surprising to see Musou/Warriors-style beat’em up where we fight for territory.Read more
Neko Atsume was an unprecedented success for Hit Point. The cat collecting game where you set down food, leave the app, then stop by at various intervals to check for cats. It’s achieved worldwide fame. While there’s no Neko Atsume 2 yet, Spoon Pet Collector is the next best thing.Read more
Let’s head back to 1988! In this video preview, we show you a slice of life in Yakuza 0, following Goro Majima as he heads to the arcade, swings a bat around really hard and tries desperately to get back into the family.Read more
Kirby25 is a week-by-week video celebration of the Kirby series’ 25th anniversary. For more, check out the Kirby25 archive.
This week, Henry Skey (@Dollerz) helps us start our journey into Kirby’s Adventure, the lone NES release in the franchise. This entry adds the trademark copy abilities and a host of surrounding comforts that would become a mainstay. Come back next week for the (thrilling?) conclusion!Read more
Games can be an endless series of accomplishments. Tasks are presented to you; success comes from meeting or exceeding expectations. Eventually, you’re left feeling as though what you did made some sort of difference. Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star leans heavily into that notion. You’ve won Fate/Extra’s Holy Grail War, but the fighting is far from over.Read more
We’re finally getting used to regular Project Diva releases in the West, after years of being envious of the series’ import-only fun. We get new games like clockwork, filling our need for Vocaloid rhythm action like it was Call of Duty or Madden. Now, as soon as we’re used to it, it’s over.
Or it should be, anyway, because Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone is such an avalanche of gameplay that it couldn’t reasonably be followed.Read more
The 3DS has proven to be a welcoming home for tactical role-playing games. Still, though, there’s room for a franchise like Mercenaries Saga to carve out a nostalgic niche, providing the sort of grind that leaves doors wide open to exploiting the games’ systems. Mercenaries Saga 3, thankfully, doubles down on that feel.Read more