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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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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Review: The Alliance Alive binds many RPG mainstays together

False starts happen. People can attempt to create or do things with the best of intentions, with the end result ranging from passable to a miserable failure. FuRyu found itself in that exact situation with The Legend of Legacy a few years ago. It wanted to create a SaGa-style JRPG, but ended up with a drawn-out, tedious affair. Now, The Alliance Alive has come along to not only rectify every failing of its predecessor, but deliver the sort of experience FuRyu likely intended and Nintendo 3DS RPG fans deserve.

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Who are Animal Crossing’s more unorthodox villagers?

In each Animal Crossing game, players get to meet an array of villagers who move into their towns and become their neighbors. These characters tend to be part of certain species. There are alligators, anteaters, bears, birds, bulls, cats, chickens, cows, cubs, deer, dogs, ducks, eagles, elephants, frogs, goats, hamsters, hippos, horses, kangaroos, koalas, gorillas, lions, mice, penguins, pigs, ostriches, rabbits, sheep, squirrels and tigers. All of these are rather typical and ordinary creatures. Yet within these confines, it is still possible to see more unusual creatures. There are, at this point, six characters that are a little more legendary.

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Monster Hunter enters morally gray areas

When players step into the world of Monster Hunter, they enter an untamed area where gigantic creatures roam free. Some are openly hostile. Others are not. No matter their demeanor, people’s goals are to wipe them out. While this makes for exciting gameplay, it may get players thinking. While we often engage in positive actions in the Monster Hunter series, some actions within the game can be suspect.

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Let’s talk about Sega’s rhythm games

Plenty of companies make a name for themselves by specializing in certain genres. People may not realize that Sega is responsible for plenty of great rhythm games. It has been musical for years, with plenty of titles that are entirely original properties or giving people an opportunity to tap along with characters or musicians from other iconic series. Let’s look back at some of the many games that can be found either immediately worldwide or easily imported.

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Kiniro no Corda: Full Voice Special deserved more attention

Ruby Party’s Kiniro no Corda series is one the developer and Koei Tecmo likes to constantly bring back up again. Many entries in this series have received ports and follow-ups with additional content. This means that some people might wonder which one is better than the others. It might even cause a few of the follow-ups to be forgotten along the way. One of these might just be the Nintendo 3DS version of Kiniro no Corda 3: Full Voice Special, which is the third version of this particular game and happened to arrive after this installment’s Another Sky fan disc.

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