What happened in Chaos;Head?

Okay, Chaos;Child is getting a worldwide release. Which is great! More games are always awesome. But, there is an issue with this title. The problem is, while it happens to be part of the Science Adventure series, it is a sequel to Chaos;Head, a game never released outside of Japan. Though such adventures are self-contained, this is a situation where having prior knowledge of the previous game could really help. So, let’s go through the story of Chaos;Head.

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Candy grinding makes every Penguin-kun Gira Gira Wars character better

Every Penguin-kun Gira Gira Wars character starts out as a blank slate. Different characters may feel as though they hit harder or move faster, but such differences are negligible. Unless someone is playing in a versus mode and specifically chooses not to use player data, it is a level playing field. But anyone who spends any time with the game will quickly realize that putting the effort into improving characters is well worth it.

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Review: Touhou Kobuto V lets fans down

There are so many good Touhou Project games out there. I mean, Team Shanghai Alice has created some revolutionary bullet hell shooters. Touhou Genso Wanderer is an enjoyable roguelike. Even Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, though a bit rudimentary, is fun. So why is it we keep getting games like Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle, installments that do nothing but tarnish the reputation of the series?

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Review: Bad Apple Wars may not appeal to everyone

A teenager dies. It is an unexpected end, but not quite as final as people are led to believe. Instead of nothingness or an afterlife, this person ends up in limbo. Which, coincidentally, is basically a boarding school. While some students follow the rules and work toward “graduation,” others join a rebel organization and fight the power. Sound familiar? No, I am not referring 2010’s Angel Beats!, the anime/light novel/manga/visual novel. It just so happens that Bad Apple Wars, Aksys and Otomate’s latest otome visual novel, is an unrelated game with an incredibly similar premise.

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Pokémon Mini broke a few boundaries

When it comes to Nintendo handhelds, people tend to recognize and remember only the most important ones. Everybody knows the Game Boy and its various models, the Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS. Those who really pay attention will recall the Game & Watch models released. But there is one system that is often forgotten: the Pokémon Mini. This short-lived handheld may not have made much of an impression, but packed in quite a few features that people wouldn’t have expected from such a small system at such a time.

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Review: Penguin-kun Gira Gira Wars is on a roll

In 1985, a major war rocked the world of anthropomorphic animals. The Penguin Wars, as they would come to be known, pitted penguins and other animals against one another. They faced off the only way they knew how: dodgeball. Well, a variant of it. While there was a secondary scuffle in 1990, the differences seemed to largely be resolved. Until now. The animals are angry, my friends, and the Penguin Gira Gira Wars have begun.

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Star Fox 2’s universe feels active and alive

When it comes to Star Fox games, people tend to expect certain things. Fox McCloud and his team will be attempting to save the universe. Most likely, this will be accomplished through bite-sized missions across a solar system. People from other groups may come in to aid or impair proceedings. The day is saved. They have always been good about conveying a sense of scope with their paths. With Star Fox 2, players see it accomplishing another objective. This installment offers a sense of movement, showing the world doesn’t revolve entirely around Fox and his actions.

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Super NES Classic Edition gives the ’90s’ greatest RPGs another chance to shine

Every console makes a name for itself when it comes to providing games from certain genres. With the Super NES, Nintendo provided a system renowned for its RPGs. Japan came out in full force to support it with 30-60 hour adventures every few months. It was a wonderful time. But, there is a downside to all of these games being so good, and that is that their value only increased over the years. Their reputation preceded them, making them near impossible to find until Virtual Console releases. Even then, people needed to have a Nintendo 3DS or Wii U to properly access each one. The Super NES Classic Edition is important because it is a tool providing easy and immediate access to some of the most influential RPGs of all time.

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