Review: Back to murder school in Danganronpa V3

A new Danganronpa is here! While we’ve seen a steady stream of releases in the franchise in recent years (especially in the West), Danganronpa V3 marks the first release that isn’t a port or spinoff since the 2012 PSP release of the second game. It’s been long enough that the development team has had time to breathe and regroup, delivering a new adventure that’s similar enough to past titles without relying on their lore for plot and tension.

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Review: Ys VIII is all about community and combat

For as long as the series has been around, it’s a bit weird that we’re only now getting to the eighth numbered Ys release. The series takes its time, not necessarily to build grander worlds but to give its grounded adventures more time to breathe. Ys games are about engaging combat and a long but fulfilling grind, story and systems surrounding fights that are designed to enhance that core play. Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is the most focused on its strengths the series has ever been, keeping players in comfortable fun for dozens and dozens of hours.

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Calling attention to Warriors All-Stars’ more subdued superstars

In Warriors All-Stars, there are 28 different characters for players to use. Some are incredibly familiar faces who have been around for years, like Dead or Alive’s Kasumi or Ninja Gaiden’s Ryu Hayabusa. Others are slightly less famous, but fans of Japanese games will be aware of the Atelier series’ Sophie or Toukiden’s Oka. But stowed away among these mostly memorable heroes are a few who aren’t as famous as the others. Wondering who they are? Michibiku is here to help!

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Ys Seven’s Aisha shows what happens when power changes hands

What happens when the torch passes from one ruler to another? In some video games, we get an idealized order of events when succession takes place. Perhaps a hero vanquishes a corrupt ruler, an heir that is much better suited to the task steps up and everything is suddenly well again. With Ys VII, we get a slightly more realistic take on events. When the worst happens in Altago, things don’t go from a king to the preferred heir.

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Examining the Zero Escape series’ many rooms

August 2017 is a big month for the Zero Escape series. This marks the first time that every entry in the trilogy is available on the PlayStation 4. Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma has made its way to the console for the first time. Which means it is a perfect time for someone to begin playing these thrillers. But where are can someone find them and how do they get started?

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Figuring out what to do in Airship Q

Airship Q, better known to PC owners as Wondership Q, is one of those games that seems as though it might avoid a Vita launch worldwide. Fortunately, an English patch for the Asian releases means anyone could import a copy of this game, which usually runs for under $20, and enjoy it. While it seems like Terraria with cat people, there’s actually much more to it than that. But, don’t let that confuse you. While there is greater progression here, success comes from endlessly exploring and mining.

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Six tips for surviving Princess Maker 3

If you are here, then you might not have read our review of Princess Maker 3: Fairy Tales Come True. Then again, maybe you did and love the series enough to look past this installment’s issues. In any case, you have bought this game and are about to brave your way through it. You have both my sympathies and offer of aid. This can be a very difficult and unintuitive installment, but I have a few tips that will help get you through this.

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The weird world of Danganronpa: a starter guide

2017 is a big year for the Danganronpa series. The first two games made their way to the PlayStation 4, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls showed up on the PlayStation 4 and PC, a tech demo made its way to the PlayStation VR worldwide and the third installment is showing up everywhere in every region this year. This means it is a good time to consider enrolling in Hope’s Peak Academy. School is in session!

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