Yomawari: Midnight Shadows’ Mr. Kotowari is quite complex

In the Yomawari games, players are introduced to a world of spirits. Most of these creatures are actively hostile. In Yomawari: Midnight Shadows, being irresponsible can very quickly get Haru or Yui killed. But there are instances that show that hostility does not necessarily serve as an indication of morality. Of all the otherworldly residents seen in the game, Mr. Kotowari is an excellent example that proves this is a foreign and wild environment where creatures will act upon their natural impulses, ones that just happen to be hazardous to human health.

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Review: Summon Night 6: Lost Borders looks nice and friendly, and that’s something at least

Summon Night 6 is such a pleasant-looking game. It has such a nice pastel palette, and it’s a refreshing break from the usual fare. There’s nothing grating or eye-straining about the aesthetics of the game, and that’s definitely worth applauding!

That’s a weird thing to lead off with, we know, but frankly a scrappy, unlikely localization like Summon Night 6 deserves some optimism and praise for what it does right. And… that was what we had.

Let’s get into it.

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Review: Yomawari: Midnight Shadows is a dark and haunting tragedy

How powerful is friendship? What lengths will people go to in order to reconnect with someone important to them? The Yomawari games have always explored the impact of the supernatural on such bonds, showing people won’t allow even the most horrifying situations to hold them back. Yomawari: Midnight Shadows offers a more comprehensive and richer view of such a situation, allowing players to see two sides of a situation and engage with even more otherworldly creatures and unfortunate altercations.

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Review: Absolutely everybody adores Aluche in Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon

With every sequel, people hope for something better. After all, it is a second chance. If a game was good, it could be a an opportunity to be even better. Should the original have faltered, the next installment could right those wrongs. Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon does its best to fix the problems with the original and make the sequel a stronger game, but in the process ends up making things feel a little more generic and less unique.

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What do you need to know about the Science Adventure visual novels?

It is a good time for people who love visual novels. Many publishers are taking chances on the genre. This means there aren’t just indie games or smaller titles showing up on PCs, but actual console games being treated as major releases. One of the most famous is the 5pb and Nitroplus Science Adventure line. Though, many may not know it as such. This is the name for the series that includes games like Steins;Gate and Chaos;Child. In the last few years, multiple entries in the series have been released outside of Japan, which means its the perfect time to go over this thrilling line.

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Review: Touhou Kobuto V lets fans down

There are so many good Touhou Project games out there. I mean, Team Shanghai Alice has created some revolutionary bullet hell shooters. Touhou Genso Wanderer is an enjoyable roguelike. Even Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, though a bit rudimentary, is fun. So why is it we keep getting games like Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle, installments that do nothing but tarnish the reputation of the series?

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Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash’s cards set the game’s tone

Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash is a new approach for the series. It is a third-person shooter where players choose a ninja, equip her with a deck of cards that determine her attacks and skills, then send her out into water gun wars against other ninjas. But really, it can often play more like a standard Senran Kagura game, making them beat’em ups with flashy skills, occasional physical attacks and tons of enemies. While this might seem weird, the card system helps tie it all together and make it work.

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