Japanese games can help bring myths to life

How do you introduce people to folklore and fairy tales? Introducing people to mythology can be easy when they are young or in school, as such stories can sometimes be used to teach morals, introduce concepts that might be difficult for people to otherwise understand, act as warnings and get imaginations working. Once folks get older, it can be more difficult to get them engaged and interested in legends. Fortunately, some Japanese video games can step in to bridge the gap.

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What are sound novels and kinetic novels?

Visual novels went from being a rare genre outside of Japan to one we see appearing on major consoles! This is great news, but it also means that there can be some ambiguity. Lots of games are having the “visual novel” label applied to them. Which is fine for beginners, but it does not really show how distinct and unique some games can be. There are different categories falling under the visual novel umbrella, after all. With games like Nekopara and 428: Shibuya Scramble finding their ways to consoles, now is a great time to go over the different kinds of visual novels, so you can be better informed before you start reading!

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A beginner’s guide to first-person, party-based dungeon-crawlers on the PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation Vita has become a haven for RPGs, but there is one particular type that has really made itself at home on the system. People who love first-person dungeon-crawlers with turn-based battles and often customizable parties can find tons on the system. Developers like Experience and Compile Heart have taken to the system. This means people who enjoy level grinding and customizing characters have plenty of options to choose from when looking for a new game to play. To help you out, here are some English-language options you can find for the system.

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Review: Musynx roughly rounds up radical rhythms

Between PM Studios and acttil, quite a few rhythm games have received releases in new regions. I mean, Superbeat: Xonic, Deemo: The Last Recital, DJ Max entries and a physical copy of Voez are all available as a result of their influence. It is no surprise they are also behind the appearance of Musynx, another title where people tap in time with icons as they fall towards an indicator line. A pleasant enough port of a mobile game, it literally tosses over 90 titles at you and hopes you have a good time listening to them.

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Review: The Lost Child finds its place

There comes a point where people develop certain expectation when they hear a game is a first-person dungeon crawler. Long slogs into labyrinths to map out their intricacies, character management, devious traps and hours spent exploring all come to mind. But this is not necessarily the case with The Lost Child. This game mixes in elements from other genres, like visual novels. It inhabits the same world as El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, Director Takeyasu Sawaki’s previous game. It even factors morality into party building. It is an interesting blend that helps stave off monotony and offer additional intrigue.

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Preview: How’s Musynx changed on Switch and PS4?

Have you ever heard of Musynx? Or maybe you would know it as Musync. This is one of those situations where, “I’ve heard it both ways” would work. Musynx is coming to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on June 19, 2018. But, the game has already been around for quite a while! In fact, it was a part of the PlayStation Mobile library, when it was a thing, and its Android and iOS versions are regularly updated. It may make you wonder why you may want to pick up the game. Well, I have been playing the Switch version and have some answers!

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What do you need to know about Vanillaware?

2D games are great, right? If there is one Japanese developer that has embraced the idea of them and ran with it, it is Vanillaware. The company is committed to the idea of games that are incredibly artistic and totally flat. Just recently, Dragon’s Crown came back into the spotlight with a PlayStation 4 release. But what do you need to know about this developer? Let’s go over some of the more important details.

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Which Otomate otome games can people enjoy in English?

There is a name people caught up in the otome game craze should know: Otomate. This is the branch of Idea Factory that devotes itself to making games for women. These tend to be visual novels with dating sim elements, though Library Cross is a mobile RPG and I Will Protect You was an Otomate Forte Metroidvania. Lots of Otomate games have been released in English for people to enjoy! Depending on the system you own, you could have at least one title to try.

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What do you need to know about SaGa?

It is a great time for fans of Square Enix’s SaGa series! Romancing SaGa 2 was ported to multiple platforms and released worldwide. SaGa: Scarlet Grace was the first new entry in the series in over 11 years when it was released on the PlayStation Vita in Japan in 2016. Basically, it feels like it is experiencing a renaissance. Which means it is a good time to review what makes it so special.

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