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.

Read more

Puyo Puyo Tetris’ story is gloriously goofy

For many people, Puyo Puyo Tetris is an introduction to the Puyo Puyo series. As incredible as it is, there have not been that many installments released outside of Japan. Most entries remain trapped overseas, especially ones where the Puyo Puyo heroines and heroes feature prominently. You would think this would be detrimental to Puyo Puyo Tetris‘ campaign. Instead, Sega seized the opportunity to present a goofy and welcoming story for everyone to enjoy.

Read more

Splatoon stays true to all of Nintendo’s philosophies

When you think of Nintendo games, certain things come to mind. No matter what the genre or franchise certain things stand out. Games tend to be family-friendly, even when they involve serious concepts like bounty hunting and war. Many times, they explore gameplay concepts that aren’t often explored in games. They have a colorful and definitive style, keeping them from looking like other games on the shelf. They’ll also have hidden depths to them. Splatoon is a masterpiece that ticks all of these boxes.

Read more

Fatal Frame franchise guide: putting fright in focus

“Inspired by a true story” are the five words that can both inspire delight and strike fear in the hearts of anyone looking for something spooking to enjoy. Koei Tecmo has been using that approach to help sell the Fatal Frame series for years. By offering fictional locations, rituals and situations inspired by Japanese folklore and history, the company has provided people with a shooter that involves defeating ghosts with cameras to survive otherworldly encounters. Join us as we go through the catalog of Fatal Frame games.

Read more