How slightly weird dice make Culdcept Revolt a much more tactical game

Culdcept Revolt is the latest in a line of board-based strategy games that, while tactically deep, have generally kept to their particular method of doing things for two decades. Revolt certainly changes some things around elsewhere, but its biggest contribution to the series is what would seem at first to be a simple, inconsequential change to how players move around.

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Review: Back to murder school in Danganronpa V3

A new Danganronpa is here! While we’ve seen a steady stream of releases in the franchise in recent years (especially in the West), Danganronpa V3 marks the first release that isn’t a port or spinoff since the 2012 PSP release of the second game. It’s been long enough that the development team has had time to breathe and regroup, delivering a new adventure that’s similar enough to past titles without relying on their lore for plot and tension.

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Review: Soldam: Drop, Connect, Erase offers colorful Reversi-like puzzling

The Switch is a great platform for Japanese obscurities as well as puzzle games, so it’s not as surprising as it would normally be to see a revival of Jaleco’s Soldam pop up on the dockable handheld. But localized? That’s a true surprise, as new publisher Dispatch Games popped up to bring the game to the West. So it’s great to see! Is it great to play?

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Review: Ys VIII is all about community and combat

For as long as the series has been around, it’s a bit weird that we’re only now getting to the eighth numbered Ys release. The series takes its time, not necessarily to build grander worlds but to give its grounded adventures more time to breathe. Ys games are about engaging combat and a long but fulfilling grind, story and systems surrounding fights that are designed to enhance that core play. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is the most focused on its strengths the series has ever been, keeping players in comfortable fun for dozens and dozens of hours.

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