A beginner’s guide to Fire Emblem

With its 30th anniversary, a lot of people have been talking about the long-running strategy franchise, and many are being introduced to what it has to offer. So where do you start if you want to get into the series? What’s the next step if you enjoy Three Houses or mobile hit Fire Emblem Heroes, and where do you go after that? We’re here to help you answer those questions.

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Some of the biggest takeaways from Final Fantasy VII games that aren’t Final Fantasy VII

When it comes to Final Fantasy games, one that has become among the most notorious and far-reaching is Final Fantasy VII. In addition to the original PlayStation game, there is a whole ecosystem involving additional books, games and movies. They aren’t all essential, of course. Some are even impossible to easily access, such as Before Crisis: Final Fantasy VII never receiving an official worldwide release. However, each one does have important information that can help with building characterizations and understanding the world.

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Arknights offers a stylish take on tower defense

With all the import games we see from different regions, sometimes people might forget that there’s a burgeoning scene in China too. HyperGryph and Yostar have come together to create a tower defense title filled with animal people. Arknights is set in a world where an infection is spreading and only the player and their allies have a chance of fighting back and discovering a cure. But what’s really nice about it is how well it introduces people to the genre with stylish characters.

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The King of Fighters Allstars nails the series’ style

When it comes to mobile spin-offs of iconic series, there are a lot of ways they could go wrong. It might not be possible for the genre to adapt well to a touchscreen device or free-to-play model. The King of Fighters Allstars is one of those games that gets around such issues in some rather smart ways. The result is a game that feels like it pays tribute to the series, without trying too hard to mimic it or straying too far from the formula.

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A beginner’s guide to Star Ocean

Star Ocean is one of those series that did, and still does, things that others don’t. Think of it as a JRPG for fans of series like Star Trek. The casts regularly involve people from more advanced civilizations getting involved with those who are still growing, even though there are various measures in place to allegedly stop that sort of interference. As a result, we get energy weapons, cyborgs, magic and people who can turn into cats. It is a lot to take in, and Michibiku is here to help you on your way into this ocean of stars.

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What do you need to know about Groove Coaster?

There are plenty of different sorts of rhythm games available in Japan. Since they typically don’t require much knowledge of the language to succeed, they’re great candidates for importers worldwide to enjoy. Fortunately for fans of the genre, that isn’t necessary with some series. Taito’s Groove Coaster series has been making a big showing worldwide! Which means you should probably know more about it.

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Dragon Quest Builders 2 can help make playing Dragon Quest II feel more worthwhile

Dragon Quest II has a reputation, but it has nothing to do with its positive attributes. The game helped the series take a step forward, what with it having a more detailed storyline, including more playable characters, offering more enemies to fight and having additional travel options. Unfortunately, it is also known for being incredibly difficult. That difficulty has proved rather daunting. Fortunately, Dragon Quest Builders 2 feels like it redeems Dragon Quest II.

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The A3! idol raising game gives people an English ikemen visual novel to appreciate

Now that otome games have a worldwide presence, they are opening the doors to other titles with similar influences. A3! Act, Addict, Actors is among them. It is one of the first purely ikemen games to appear worldwide. But, with it being an unusual property, this might mean people won’t know what to make of it. Fortunately, once people start to spend some time with A3, they might see what makes it worthy of occupying precious real estate on a mobile device.

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