Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a quirky gem carnival

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a blockbuster release for fans of all sorts of levels of commitment and skill, but it, like the releases before it, is a particular joy for those who love the sort of quirky properties that never leave Japan. In the past, it came through the collectible trophies, but those were limited by resources and (often) availability of 3D models. As a result, the number that came from the more obscure releases was understandably limited. Ultimate‘s Spirits system changes this in very real ways.

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SoulCalibur VI’s value lies in what it can become

Listen. There are probably a lot of people out there talking about how games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and maybe even PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale give people the ultimate cast list and best cross-overs of all time.

That is absolutely fine, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But maybe, just maybe, we should all think about the potential SoulCalibur VI. With a little effort on our parts, this can feature the ultimate dream fights.

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Dragon Quest XI is like a sky filled with stars

Sometimes, I feel like the star of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age isn’t the actual star of the game.

Which is silly, I know. Within the first twenty minutes of Dragon Quest XI, we learn that our avatar is the reincarnation of the Luminary, a legendary hero who once saved the world from evil and darkness. He is the center of attention throughout the adventure. There are times when he is all that we have.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2’s iconic characters give it purpose

The Yakuza series’ success is largely driven by its characters. Sure, there are big clan conflicts and heart-racing action sequences, but none of it would work if you didn’t care so much about the people involved. It would be too big, too sprawling, too hard to believe. But when you play these games, you just want to spend more time with the cast of sometimes-lovable misfits and learn a bit more about them. They reward that spent time with a surprising amount of camaraderie and heart.

Simply put, Yakuza is the Fast & Furious of video games. And Yakuza Kiwami 2 is its best entry.

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Detective Pikachu gradually builds a spark of joy

There are a lot of weird Pokemon games out there. So far, they’ve taught us how to type, convinced us to spend two or three hours a day walking around our neighborhood, aided warlords in taking control of territories, helped us become better artists and took us on photo safaris. I guess I’m saying that a 3DS spin-off starring a talking Pikachu who is also a gruff, coffee-drinking detective isn’t all that shocking. What is unexpected is the buzz this little electric mouse is generating.

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Kirby Star Allies is a charming, friendly 2018 respite

It’s well-known that there are two types of Kirby games: bold, experimental titles that stretch the idea of what a game can be… and traditional platformers. The first group is constantly lauded for going in its new, different directions, whether they be aesthetic (like Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kirby and the Rainbow Curse) or mechanical (like Canvas Curse and Tilt ‘n’ Tumble).

That second group gets a bad rap, though.

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