Free Steam games visual novel fans shouldn’t miss

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about visual novels in my various playthroughs, I’ve found that it is very easy to treat them in the same way I do books. That is, I play them until I am done, because once I start reading anything, I have to finish. (It’s a blessing and a curse, really.) That means it can be easy to swiftly speed through such games.

For people like me, there is a resource you can turn to. It is actually Steam!

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Giga Wrecker shows the enduring nature of humanity

What place does humanity have in a post-apocalyptic world? In Giga Wrecker, thousands of robots known as Ajeet have taken over the planet. Most humans are eliminated, enslaved or forced to resort to desperate means as they fight back. The ones we see are our heroine, Reika, who become a cyborg when near death, the mad scientist Koutaro Kouzuki, who made her what she now is, and Amane, a girl that threatens her before being abducted. Yet, even though situations are so bleak, humanity’s best (and worst) traits shine through.

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Review: Cladun Returns: This Is Sengoku! sends players back into a world of their own making

Hey, remember Cladun? It was famous for being a roguelike dungeon crawler that told you right in the title that “This is an RPG!” Well, seven years after the original and six after the sequel, Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! has appeared on store shelves. While it doesn’t do too much to change the formula, it is a solid game that gives more people an opportunity to speedrun through dungeons.

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Seeking Suda51: a guide to Goichi Suda games

It is a good time for people who happen to be fans of Goichi “Suda51” Suda.  The designer is working on something involving No More Heroes’ Travis Touchdown for the Nintendo Switch. The 25th Ward: The Silver Case, The Silver Case’s sequel, is getting a remade. Even Sine Mora is making a comeback as Sine Mora EX. Suda51 is someone whose games you should know. Fortunately, Michibiku is here to help!

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Review: Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada adds slice of life to the series’ move set

I’ve always found it interesting how periods of Japanese history and certain figures develop such rabid fanbases overseas and abroad. I imagine it would be like finding out the teenage girls of the United States suddenly had developed an Abraham Lincoln fixation, reading books based on his life and going through visual novels depicting his rise to power. It’s why Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada is so fascinating to me. This isn’t just a game for people who adore the Sengoku period of Japanese history, but who also happen to be big fans of the Sanada clan.

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Preview: Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada isn’t afraid to get personal

What do you think about first when the Musou series comes to mind? The battle system is always at the forefront for me. I think about the dozens of playable characters that I’ll send hacking and slashing across massive battlefields. Even though I enjoy any and every opportunity to see characters interact with each other in social situations, the fights always feel as though they are at the forefront. Yet, when it comes to my first four hours with Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada, the personal touch feels like the most notable part of this project.

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Review: Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is a questionable undertaking

Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy finds itself in a difficult position. It’s an Experience RPG that gives people an opportunity to once again create a party of custom characters and crawl their way through dungeons with a first-person perspective. This is a genre that has done well on the system. However, it is the sequel to Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, one of the developer’s less exciting games. Seeing as how it doesn’t learn from its predecessors’ mistakes, this may be a legacy that fades into obscurity

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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd is complementary

In Japan, there exists a category of games called fan discs. These can be additional games, but might also focus on forms of media. Their goal? To offer additional insight into a story by providing players with side stories or an epilogue. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd is essentially a massive fan disc for The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. It not only offers more information regarding Estelle and Joshua, but gives us a chance to learn more about party members or NPCs who might have touched our hearts in the first two games.

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