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
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
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
Welcome to Kirby25! To celebrate the Kirby franchise’s 25th anniversary, we’re playing all the games in the series in weekly video features. It feels like 2017 could use some happy, relaxing fun, and we hope these episodes will be a welcome respite from the stress of life.
This week, Lucas White (@HokutoNoRucas) joins in as we play through the very first game: Kirby’s Dream Land for the original Game Boy. The game’s a fascinating case study in just how much of the eventual formula was in place in the first title and how much wasn’t.Read more
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone is a heaping helping of songs, bringing the robust lineup of the arcade version of the game to Western PS4s next week. As part of that, it’s a deep repository of the series’ crossovers with other Sega franchises! We’ve seen a bit of this stuff here and there in the games that made it here, but gathered like this? It’s really cool.Read more
It’s a new year and time for new games! So what titles are on the horizon for Western fans? We’re breaking it down, as usual, with looks at the localizations we’re most likely to see announced in the next few months.Read more