The proliferation of Persona-likes

When Atlus released Persona 3, it hit upon a formula that resonated with people. Players were doing the typical “save the world” thing, but in a modern environment that required them to also interact with other people and maintain something of a normal life when they weren’t involved in dungeon-crawling and life-or-death battles. In the years since, we’ve seen multiple games that attempt to capture the magic of the Persona series.

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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: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 unmasks the rebellious youth in us all

It’s been almost nine years and countless spinoffs since the initial release of Persona 4, which allowed many to dip their toes in the world of Shin Megami Tensei without diving too deep into the long-standing franchise. Since then, anticipation has been building for the release of Persona 5, a title that transcends its genre for many people. Thankfully for them, it was worth the long wait.

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Honoring Kingdom Hearts’ Aqua in 2.8 HD

Kingdom Hearts is a series that’s been meandering for the last few years. We’ve seen a lot of running in place, rather than actual movement forward. When it comes to Kingdom Hearts 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue, we’re getting a rare bit of progression. While the meat of this meal is an HD port of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, there’s something more substantial here too. A Fragmentary Passage will finally advance Aqua’s story.

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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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