How to get The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2’s three endings

The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 is a game with quite a few visual novel segments. While the bulk of a player’s time is spent following the Hundred Knight as he battles for the sake of Amalie and Milm/Chelka, the game does not shy away from telling stories about the sisters, witches and Weisse Ritter members. Combine that with Hundred Knight’s ability to assert his opinions, and it becomes clear that the ending will be influenced by the choices people make. Fortunately, the game is laid out in a way where it is easy to make saves at strategic points and rely on those to help you earn all three.

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The Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime series shows the importance of a good foundation

The Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime series is pretty great. It might be difficult for people outside of Japan to understand, because we have sadly only seen one game localized. Only the second installment, which appeared on the Nintendo DS in 2005 in Japan and 2006 in other regions, came and showed us the joy of careening around a world as a slime, goorabbing allies and enemies as you go. But, when placed alongside its contemporaries, it is easy to see the sense of progression and how a good thing gets even greater over the years.

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The Alliance Alive’s recruitment process is addictive and practical

Games with recruiting mechanics have a difficult line to walk. Giving players an opportunity to collect people for their force has the possibility to offer an addictive gameplay mechanic, but there is also the concern whether or not these these people will provide enough merit to make the chase worthwhile. The Alliance Alive not only makes the recruitment process appealing, it also provides ample reason to keep investing your time in the mechanic with its guild towers.

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One route in The Charming Empire offers a dark view of court life

The Charming Empire is an otome visual novel that does not shy away from darker elements of life as a member of the royal family. While these are themes that can come up in many of its storylines, it is especially evident in Kei Yoshimine’s storyline. After all, he is a kidnapped prince who was brought to Japan in the Taisho era, held as what is basically a prisoner and is left to act as a tutor to players’ avatar as the story begins. The sides of court life players see here and the lessons learned offer an insight into a plausible world that is not as bright and lavish as people might expect.

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What do you need to know about SaGa?

It is a great time for fans of Square Enix’s SaGa series! Romancing SaGa 2 was ported to multiple platforms and released worldwide. SaGa: Scarlet Grace was the first new entry in the series in over 11 years when it was released on the PlayStation Vita in Japan in 2016. Basically, it feels like it is experiencing a renaissance. Which means it is a good time to review what makes it so special.

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Waku Waku Sweets: Happy Sweets Making lends weight to cooking minigames

Ever since Cooking Mama appeared on the scene, we have seen other games attempt new twists on the similar formula. Chain a bunch of baking or cooking-related minigames together for the enjoyment of a player, taking advantage of the DS or 3DS touch screen. The satisfaction in some of these games comes from successfully completing each step to see a finished product. But with Waku Waku Sweets: Happy Sweets Making, there is more to the process. Actual story elements surround these segments, lending more weight to the process.

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The Alliance Alive is extraordinarily efficient

It is always wonderful to see a company learn from its mistakes in past games. It shows an awareness of past problems, a sense of growth as a developer and a willingness to change. The Alliance Alive is a perfect example of this situation. FuRyu, the developer, made some mistakes with the spiritual successor The Legend of Legacy. In many ways, it could be a tedious game. Yet this new one feels like the developer saw ways in which it missed the mark and went out of its way to be sure the next endeavor would be better.

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Review: The Charming Empire’s an intriguing otome

Most otome games tend to be rather straightforward affairs. You have a heroine, someone who is often devoid of personality so the player can better envision themselves in the role, and an excuse for her to be exposed to multiple men she could plausibly romance. It is rare for other story elements to appear around this and be explored, but it does happen from time to time. The Charming Empire is one of those games that offers a little extra exposition. Yes, the heroine is suddenly exposed to five men who all happen to be single, but players also get to deal with the troubles that can come from being thrust into a royal life.

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Hakuoki is big on alternate histories

The Hakuoki series has always been one that offered an opportunity to enjoy alternate histories. Adding supernatural creatures to retellings of historical events is going to do that. As is adding in romance elements, since the players falling for these warriors will want happy endings with the men they love. Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds and Edo Blossoms takes this concept to new heights. These new and expanded storylines offer even more alternate takes, some of which play with the course of fictional events.

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