Preview: A Rose in the Twilight relies heavily on its atmosphere

There is a classic The Simpsons bit in which Grampa is telling Lisa that death stalks them at every turn. He then goes on to call out both Maggie and a cat as “death.” While Abe was a bit off, his statements apply perfectly to A Rose in the Twilight. This is a dark game where death could lurk around every turn, and the game embraces and exemplifies that in every way.

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Review: Toukiden 2 sees more Slayers striking back

Main series Monster Hunter games don’t appear on Sony platforms anymore. Monster Hunter Frontier Z aside, it’s been years since Monster Hunter Portable 3rd graced the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3, leaving other companies to pick up the communal creature questing. God Eater installments aside, Koei Tecmo’s Toukiden has stepped up to offer a similar sort of experience. Enter Toukiden 2, an even more refined experience that offers more hunts, greater variety and extra opportunities to interact with fellow Slayer players.

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Review: Giga Wrecker perfectly falls into place

There’s a charm to Game Freak games. Each one tends to look very distinctive while offering unconventional gameplay. Pocket Card Jockey, HarmoKnight, Tembo the Badass Elephant, Drill Dozer and even Smart Ball all revel in lavish areas with bright color palettes, memorable character designs and unexpected motivations. I’m happy to report that Giga Wrecker is continuing that tradition. Again we’re presented with a title that doesn’t look or play like anything else out there.

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Review: For better or worse, Double Dragon IV maintains the retro feeling

Thirty years ago, Technos Japan helped define a genre. With Double Dragon on the NES, it helped introduce a new kind of gameplay. People could team up with a friend to face waves of enemies and attempt to complete missions. The series survived, even though Technos didn’t, and now that Arc System Works holds the rights to the series, it has celebrated this hallmark anniversary with a callback. Double Dragon IV takes us back with a nostalgic adventure.

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Chronicling Akuma’s Street Fighter appearances

Akuma isn’t one of the original Street Fighters. He made his first debut in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, the fourth version of Street Fighter II. Though, you might not have seen him unless you were an especially proficient player or had access to cheats. Akuma began as a secret character. Rather than only remaining hidden for one game, he’s remained a secret through many installments in the series. If you wanted Akuma, you almost always had to work for him.

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Valkyria Chronicles’ Marina is one of the Gallian Militia’s best

We all have our favorite characters in games. Especially in RPGs and strategic titles, where each person has their specialty. When it comes to Valkyria Chronicles, Marina Wulfstan is by far my favorite, and she should be one of yours too. This heroine is one of the strongest soldiers in your militia. She’s not only well-rounded, with a strong backstory, she’s also skilled and quite human.

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Shopkeeping is fine in AL・FINE

We’ve gone from a time in which shop keeping simulations are rare, precious things to savor, to one where they’re far more common. Thanks to games like Recettear, Style Savvy, Adventure Bar Story, Conveni Dream and Kingdom Item Shop, we have outlets for people who want to run a retail empire. AL・FINE may not offer new and amazing takes on the formula, but is a casual option for people looking for a new market to dominate.

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