Review: Blue Reflection’s a slice of magical girl life

The magical girl genre is a robust one in Japan. Series like Card Captor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, Pretty Cure, Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon have given us some idea of what to expect when young women are tasked with protecting others. Which makes it a bit odd that we do not see many games with original characters and storylines exploring the premise. This makes Blue Reflection an unexpected delight. It is a gorgeous game that borrows from both the magical girl and Persona formulas to tell a heartfelt story.

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What do you need to know about PopoloCrois?

Something really weird happened last year. A PopoloCrois game was released outside of Japan. Well, to be fair, it was simultaneously a Story of Seasons. That helped its odds quite a bit. But while everyone is (or should be) rather familiar with that series of farming simulations, the same may not be able to be said for PopoloCrois. Michibiku to the rescue! Let’s learn more about this charming RPG series.

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Preview: Project Octopath Traveler explores the different sorts of duty

There have been many games that explore multiple characters’ storylines and paths. The SaGa series is known for it. Now, with Project Octopath Traveler, another is about to appear. Square Enix is about to tell the tales of eight more heroes and heroines. But, Nintendo Switch owners do not get to see all that just yet. For now, all we get to see are samples of the tales of Primrose the dancer and Olberic the warrior.

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How to make the most of Love Nikki

Can a mobile game about playing dress-up be complicated? Why yes, yes it can. Especially when said game requires you to craft and evolve clothing, complete challenges with varying guidelines, devote time to an in-game guild and keep up with special events within monetary and stamina limits. I’m talking about Love Nikki, of course. Fortunately, it is not difficult to excel. You just need to keep up with activities and play smart.

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Review: Drive Girls crashes and burns

I like weird games. Nothing makes me happier than a game like Katamari Damacy, Car Battler Joe, Pocket Card Jockey, Duel Love or Chulip. Naturally, I wanted Drive Girls to be good. It is, after all, a game about women who also happen to be cars and both fight and race giant, invading robot bugs. Instead, it squanders a novel premise and takes you on one of gaming’s worst road trips.

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Review: Mononoke Forest is a soothing strategic simulation

Every once in a while, you come across a game where the whole reason for its existence seems to be as cute as it can possibly be. Maybe, if you are lucky, the rest of the game will have a sense of purpose and offer actually engaging gameplay. With Mononoke Forest, we have a game that nails that balance. This eShop exclusive is absolutely precious, but it also has compelling gameplay. It is a thoroughly pleasant thing.

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Review: Mary Skelter: Nightmares involves some rather risky (and risque) business

The PlayStation Vita is rife with dungeon-crawling JRPGs. Traversing expansive spaces in the first person with a group of characters you are able to customize and organize in some way is commonplace. This means new games need to try something different to stand out. Enter Mary Skelter: Nightmares. In this Compile Heart and Idea Factory International release, players follow characters inspired by fairy tales as they attempt to escape a sentient jail. Sound weird? It totally is.

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Love Nikki eases people into coordination and smart decisions

Love Nikki has become something of a mobile sensation. Surpassing the popularity of its predecessor, Nikki Up2U, this entry kicks things up a notch. There is a madcap story and a much larger closet. But that is not what we are here to talk about today. We are here to talk about how effective the game is at easing people into meeting fashionable objectives and developing a sense of style that will help them make Nikki the most adept stylist.

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Preview: Mary Skelter: Nightmares puts tremendous pressure on players

What happens when confinement, torture, blood and pain become all people know? Do they lose all sense of hope and withdraw? If Mary Skelter: Nightmares is any indication, they will do their best to overcome a dark and dismal situation. Thus, players are placed in a position where they will attempt to save people from this living Jail. It is an apparently sentient prison calling out for blood and filled with monsters called Marchens. Naturally, this means it attempts to infusing horrific and unsettling elements into the formula.

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