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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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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Yakuza’s Majima is a perfect complement to Kiryu

When it comes to the Yakuza series, Kazuma Kiryu isn’t the only beloved and iconic character. Equally notable is Goro Majima, a man who is as often Kiryu’s ally as he is an enemy. A rival who happens to be a member of a different family in the same clan, the two men aren’t all that dissimilar. Each one is a renowned member of the underworld, so respected, revered and feared that they have their own nickname. But profession and reputation aside, the two men couldn’t be more different. It is because of this that the Yakuza series becomes more interesting; the two men’s interactions make things more compelling.

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