What do you need to know about Phantasy Star?

Man, Phantasy Star can be confusing. There are so many different kinds of games in this series, but they all get tossed under the same umbrella. The oldest games are turn-based RPGs. The newer ones vary between MMOs and action-RPGs. Wouldn’t it be nice if things were simplified, so you could better understand what’s going on? Hey! Look! It is a Phantasy Star guide! How convenient.

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Yomawari: Midnight Shadows’ Mr. Kotowari is quite complex

In the Yomawari games, players are introduced to a world of spirits. Most of these creatures are actively hostile. In Yomawari: Midnight Shadows, being irresponsible can very quickly get Haru or Yui killed. But there are instances that show that hostility does not necessarily serve as an indication of morality. Of all the otherworldly residents seen in the game, Mr. Kotowari is an excellent example that proves this is a foreign and wild environment where creatures will act upon their natural impulses, ones that just happen to be hazardous to human health.

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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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Preview: Style Savvy: Styling Star sets goals

Every Style Savvy game starts the same. Players are a new arrival in a small, but fashionable, town. Residents immediately recognize them for their sense of style. One of the people there will be so captivated by their abilities after watching them in action that they will bestow upon them their very own shop. The task from that point is to sell as much as you can, have an impact on the community and take part in styling contests that show how well coordinated you are. It is all rather freeform. However, initial impressions of Style Savvy: Styling Star seems to suggest more goalposts for people to pass as they play.

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Some of Bad Apple Wars’ endings are much better than others

Bad Apple Wars is an odd sort of game. It is one filled with plotholes. There are more than a few instances where things make sense, all so the game can tie up various loose ends at the end. Naturally, this extends to its endings. After all, this is a game where people end up at a high school in limbo after death, congregating in the same space despite living and dying during different periods of time. Of course the conclusions will be as convoluted. But some make more or less sense than others, which might be a little frustrating for otome fans trying to rationalize things.

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Review: Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is a dark and haunting tragedy

How powerful is friendship? What lengths will people go to in order to reconnect with someone important to them? The Yomawari games have always explored the impact of the supernatural on such bonds, showing people won’t allow even the most horrifying situations to hold them back. Yomawari: Midnight Shadows offers a more comprehensive and richer view of such a situation, allowing players to see two sides of a situation and engage with even more otherworldly creatures and unfortunate altercations.

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Review: Absolutely everybody adores Aluche in Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon

With every sequel, people hope for something better. After all, it is a second chance. If a game was good, it could be a an opportunity to be even better. Should the original have faltered, the next installment could right those wrongs. Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon does its best to fix the problems with the original and make the sequel a stronger game, but in the process ends up making things feel a little more generic and less unique.

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