There are certain sorts of games that are compelling and enjoyable because of the patterns they provide. Players fall into a routine that is fulfilling because each time we go through this activity loop, we make a little more progress and grow a little bit stronger. Marenian Tavern Story: Patty and the Hungry God is a game that lives and dies by its virtual way of life. Players participate in certain actions, see their world expand, then have an opportunity to keep doing so and growing stronger.Read more
Rather than follow Persona 4: Dancing All Night with a release covering the music of another mainline release in the franchise, Atlus instead opted to make titles for two games simultaneously: Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight. What’s more, the games expand from Vita-only origins to PS4 releases that still make one last cameo on the handheld. It’s an ambitious sort of plan, one that seeks to disappoint fewer by pursuing as many possibilities as it can.Read more
The console editions of RPG Maker MV are headed Westward in February 2019, but they’re making their Japanese debut this week! We asked Yuki Watanabe, a Kadokawa veteran and the director of this console release, about what we should expect from this new version of the game.
Michibiku: What is the driving force behind the development of RPG Maker MV? What are you trying to deliver to players that previous games haven’t done, or haven’t done as well as you’d like?
Yuki Watanabe, Director, RPG Maker MV: This is actually the first time we have ported a PC version to console. Usually, the console version is different, because we have to pay attention to memory and things like that, but this time, we could bring nearly the full PC experience to everyone.
During the 2018 Idea Factory International Press Event, there was a rather surprising game announcement. Date A Live: Rio Reincarnation is coming to the PlayStation 4 and PC outside of Japan. It will give people another romantic visual novel to enjoy on multiple platforms, which is good for people who have been hoping for a new dating sim. But, it might also be a bit overwhelming, since it has three games in one compilation and comes from an established series. Let’s see if we can make things a little less confusing!Read more
This week sees the release of not one but two games in the Taiko no Tatsujin series, after an absence that has spanned a decade and a half. It’s a great time to give it a try! But what is Taiko about, and which should you get?
Yep, you’re in the right place. Let’s get to it!Read more
A new Puyo Puyo game is out in Japan, and with easy digital importing and a last-minute launch discount that brings its price down to about five bucks, it’s an enticing proposition. So what’s it all about, then?Read more
Since 2003, NIS has been giving people a way to help groups of antiheroes accomplish goals of varying degrees of morality. With new versions and iterations arriving every few years, someone might wonder how they could hop into these strategic scenarios. Well, if you check out our guide, you might find a way to make the Netherworld your new second home.Read more
The world of Valkyria Chronicles is more accessible than ever, making it a great time to get into the hybrid strategy franchise. But where should you start? Check out our guide for getting the most out of your time in Europa.Read more