The best part about Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare is building

Building Gundam models is a lot of fun. There are tons of different variations out there. The parts can be interchangeable, meaning people who collect could make their own unique models by playing around with them. They offer a lot of versatility. Players would likely hope a game would offer that same sense of creativity. Fortunately, Gundam Battle: Gunpla Warfare does. However, while it can be a lot of fun, it does have some mobile trappings holding it back.

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Games like Valkyrie Profile are getting more prevalent

Some games have a rather unusual way of conveying information and taking people on an adventure, and we then see that mechanic mimicked. Konami’s Dance Dance Revolution and GuitarFreaks led to games like Pump It Up and Guitar Hero. Tri-Ace’s Valkyrie Profile is a similar sort. It’s an RPG, but blends in platforming and a more active interface for engaging in attacks. But, as interesting as its ideas were, they didn’t really influence other games at the time. Rather, it took years for other titles to start picking up on the concepts and attempting to integrate them into their own experiences.

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Preview: Doraemon: Story of Seasons uses its characters to add new functions

Story of Seasons, more often than not, allow you to tell your own stories. While each town will have some sort of backstory and premise, players can self-insert themselves into roles as new farmers and community members. But occasionally, this formula is played with via crossovers. Doraemon: Story of Seasons is one of those times. A more predetermined path is at play, even though people still have the freedom to farm however they’d like, and the demo helps show how this process works in action.

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Team Rocket succeeds because of its grounded and persistent nature

What makes a good villain? It could be how justified and vindicated someone feels when they get the chance to rise up and defeat them. Ones with intense backstories and motivations that almost a player sympathize with them are intriguing too. But, when it comes to the Pokemon series, one villainous group keeps enjoying one uprising after another. Team Rocket can’t be kept down. (Team Go Rocket even took Pokemon Go by storm.) In the case of this group, one could argue it is their persistence. Because, while the group does have an array of activities that can make people justified in fighting them and does have more affable members like Jessie and James, their in-game activities come down to relying on certain Pokemon they are familiar with, gradually building up plans, never hiding their intention and always being ready to make a comeback.

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What is going on with Japanese Vita games in 2019?

It is all fairly obvious what is going on with the PlayStation Vita outside of Japan. Cartridge production has cut off, so only digital copies of games are being released. The few domestic titles still on the horizon tend to be indie ones, like Conga Master Go!, though The House in Fata Morgana and NG are a notable exceptions. Given even some import games, like Uta no Prince-sama: Dolce Vita, are being canceled, it might make people worry. What is going on with the handheld in Japan? Well, surprisingly, it’s not performing all that poorly.

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What could the Dragon Quest Builders 3 twist be?

The Dragon Quest Builders games have twists to them. Each one has a story that pulls something from a past Dragon Quest game and uses it for the base of its story. The first installment of Dragon Quest Builders pulled from the original Dragon Quest. Dragon Quest Builders 2 further developed a critical character who didn’t get much attention in Dragon Quest II. So, what could happen with Dragon Quest Builders 3? Presuming it follows the same pattern, we might be able to think about some ideas of how things could go.

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What do you need to know about My Hero Academia?

Some anime series can make a huge impact on the world of games. They find an audience, people identify with the characters and, the next thing you know, a company like Bandai Namco is releasing titles based on it. My Hero Academia is pretty much already stepping into that role. Some games have been released. Bandai Namco is on it. They’re even being localized! Which means now is the perfect time to start learning about this new breed of superheroes.

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Umihara Kawase’s latest incarnations inject more life into the game

For many years, who Umihara Kawase is was a mystery. Past games established her as a traveling sushi chef. They never explained how she ended up in a strange world with doors leading to nowhere and bipedal fish. Instead, it offered a “just go with it” approach. Yet now, suddenly new games are adding unprecedented context. By refreshing the series with Umihara Kawase Fresh and bringing her in as a crossover character for games like Blade Strangers, we have more substance.

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