What do you need to know about Tokyo RPG Factory?

There are certain smaller studios out there making Japanese games that are gradually growing in notoriety. One of them is Tokyo RPG Factory, a developer that most people probably know as the one that is owned by Square Enix. (Other acceptable answers include “the one that makes sad games” or “the one where all the games look a lot alike.” It’s been five years since its founding in 2014, and the company has kept on trucking. In fact, it has a new game coming out this year! Which means now is the perfect time to figure out more about it and why you may want to take an interest in the team’s games.

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Preview: Doraemon: Story of Seasons uses its characters to add new functions

Story of Seasons, more often than not, allow you to tell your own stories. While each town will have some sort of backstory and premise, players can self-insert themselves into roles as new farmers and community members. But occasionally, this formula is played with via crossovers. Doraemon: Story of Seasons is one of those times. A more predetermined path is at play, even though people still have the freedom to farm however they’d like, and the demo helps show how this process works in action.

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Umihara Kawase’s latest incarnations inject more life into the game

For many years, who Umihara Kawase is was a mystery. Past games established her as a traveling sushi chef. They never explained how she ended up in a strange world with doors leading to nowhere and bipedal fish. Instead, it offered a “just go with it” approach. Yet now, suddenly new games are adding unprecedented context. By refreshing the series with Umihara Kawase Fresh and bringing her in as a crossover character for games like Blade Strangers, we have more substance.

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Looking back at all the weird Neon Genesis Evangelion games we missed

Now that Evangelion is easily accessible by a wide audience, thanks to Netflix putting it up for streaming in 2019, a whole new audience is discovering the anime. This might get people wondering if there are games to go with it. The answer is yes. But, unfortunately, none of them are available in English. They were only available in Japan. Which is a shame, because some of them were really weird in a very interesting ways. In addition to the action games you would expect from the series, odd stuff showed up. I’m not just talking about the Mahjong games either. I’m talking about things like Princess Maker-style simulations and rhythm games.

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Is Super Neptunia RPG a lot like Valkyrie Profile?

When Super Neptunia RPG was announced, it had a very distinct sort of look. Initial screenshots and information from Artisan showed a game that seemed familiar. Both the battle system, presentation and world looked similar to Square Enix’s Valkyrie Profile. Now that its here, people might want to know if it could really scratch that same sort of itch. Is this really a Valkyrie Profile-like? Well, the truth is that it is more attempting to mimic that style, without delivering anything that could be considered even close to some sort of similar successor.

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Which Atelier trilogy should you play?

There are a lot of Atelier games out there, and Gust keeps adding to the lineup with new installments in the main series and spin-offs to keep track of. It is a lot to deal with. Also, the major installments tend to come out in trilogies, which share storylines and sometimes gameplay mechanics. One line might not be as interesting for specific players, but another could be a perfect fit. So, instead of just going with recommendations of best or worst installments, let’s see if Michibiku can’t help you find certain trilogies that might fit your needs.

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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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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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