What do you need to know about Phantasy Star Online 2?

E3 2019 kicked off with some rather unexpected news. After years of never getting any sort of official English release, Phantasy Star Online 2 was revealed. It actually will be appearing outside of Japan, and there will be some changes that really shake things up. Like, you know, it being exclusive to a console on which this game has never appeared before. To help people prepare for the sudden arrival of this beloved MMORPG, Michibiku is here to take you through everything you need to know!

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Which E3 2019 events and companies should Japanese game fans be watching?

E3 2019 is here, and people might be wondering what to watch. The field has narrowed a bit. Sony is abstaining this year. A few companies that would normally have had booths or some sort of presence at the event won’t. Things might look a bit different. But, while things have changed a big, there is one thing people can count on. There will still be companies showing off Japanese games. Publishers could announce new localizations. A major member of a development team could appear. It’s important to keep tabs on such things.

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Which mobile otome games are worth your time?

Otome games, be they visual novels or other sorts of titles with relationship-building elements, are finding more and more of a place for themselves. It is easy to find something new to play. This is especially true if you have a phone or tablet. Tons of mobile otome games are out there. However, they’re not all worth your time. Finding the right sort to play can be tricky. Fortunately, Michibiku is here to help you find the perfect kind of virtual love.

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Atelier Lulua is a love letter to Arland trilogy fans

The Atelier series’ Arland trilogy was a memorable one. It came after a trilogy and a duo that felt more like traditional JRPGs at times and returned the series to a formula where more of the focus was on the actual creation of items and heroines attempting to better themselves. People grew attached to Rorona, Totori and Meruru, so much so that Gust and Koei Tecmo would return with slightly updated version. Now, ten years later, we go back again. This time, with Rorona’s daughter, Lulua. The result is a game that is a warm and inviting nook filled with all of the things people who enjoyed those original three games would appreciate.

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Which Pokemon mobile game fits your lifestyle?

It is a brave new world for the Pokemon series. Thanks to the prevalence of mobile devices and lowering of walls, all sorts of spin-offs are showing up in new spaces. Android and iOS devices are getting their own kinds of games involving our favorite pocket monsters. None of them are traditional Pokemon titles, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have value or should be ignored. In fact, you probably should be trying out and experiencing some of the ones immediately available now. (Especially while you wait for the DeNA Pokemon Masters game and the sleep-tracking Pokemon Sleep application.) But, which ones should you consider playing?

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Review: Atelier Lulua is the epitome of efficiency

Different installments in Gust’s Atelier series can find themselves known for different things. Atelier Firis was about getting more places to go. Atelier Sophie tries to make us realize why each recipe mattered. With Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, it can feel like the theme is efficiency. That extends to alchemy, exploring a world, telling a story and offering an epilogue to one of the better known Atelier trilogies.

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How to prepare for Atelier Lulua

A new Atelier installment is on the way! This time, the series is returning to a past era. See, with recent Atelier releases, there tend to be trilogies that all take place in the same world. Once they are over, Gust moves onto a new area and storyline. With Atelier Lulua, people are heading back to Arland. But, this might worry some people. Are there things they should know?

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Otome games with rhythm elements can help ease people into the genre

There are many different kinds of otome games on the market. The most prevalent sort fall into the visual novel genre. People go through a story, pick certain choices or dialogue responses at major moments, then end up on a path for a specific character. Sometimes, we get ones that are RPGs, like Angelique, or simulations, like Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side. However, there is one route people can take to get into otome games that is rather welcoming, eases them into the genre and offers an alternate sort of gameplay that can be enjoyed even if you find you don’t dig the romantic elements. Rhythm games with otome elements can be a great way to ease into the genre.

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