Review: Toukiden 2 sees more Slayers striking back

Main series Monster Hunter games don’t appear on Sony platforms anymore. Monster Hunter Frontier Z aside, it’s been years since Monster Hunter Portable 3rd graced the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3, leaving other companies to pick up the communal creature questing. God Eater installments aside, Koei Tecmo’s Toukiden has stepped up to offer a similar sort of experience. Enter Toukiden 2, an even more refined experience that offers more hunts, greater variety and extra opportunities to interact with fellow Slayer players.

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Review: Voez makes the Switch more musical

The Nintendo Switch is a versatile system. It has all these different modes, making it ideal for multiple situations. It seemed the sort of thing that would, eventually, receive a game designed for one particular phase, but did anyone expect one to be here right at the start? Yet here it is, Voez available for all to enjoy. While a game that can only be played in tablet mode may seem limiting, it’s actually one of the more freeing experiences on the system.

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Review: Atelier Firis seeks freedom in open worlds

In Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey, the titular Firis feels trapped in a small community, yearning for the open worlds beyond. In many ways, this feels like an expression of developer Gust itself: wanting to expand its horizons and try its hand at more open environments. And just like Firis, Gust may not have been totally ready for that, but they both approach this adventure with a plucky spirit.

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Review: Giga Wrecker perfectly falls into place

There’s a charm to Game Freak games. Each one tends to look very distinctive while offering unconventional gameplay. Pocket Card Jockey, HarmoKnight, Tembo the Badass Elephant, Drill Dozer and even Smart Ball all revel in lavish areas with bright color palettes, memorable character designs and unexpected motivations. I’m happy to report that Giga Wrecker is continuing that tradition. Again we’re presented with a title that doesn’t look or play like anything else out there.

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Review: Disney Magical World 2 is still the happiest (virtual) place on Earth

There are times when we need a distraction. Safe spaces are essential for everyone. We want somewhere to go where we can enjoy ourselves, relax and forget about anything else troubling us. Games like Disney Magical World 2 fill this niche. It is a virtual respite. While such a thing is welcome, it would be even better if it offered more variation than the original game.

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Review: Goodbye! BoxBoy! squares everything away

Qbby, we hardly knew ye. Two years after his exceptionally entertaining debut, our favorite cube is cutting out. Goodbye! BoxBoy! is forcing us to bid you adieu; what a send-off it is! This puzzle game tasks us with traversing levels using all sorts of new mechanics. Far from a pointless endeavor, this game squares everything away quite tidily, giving us a wonderful adventure that never leaves us feeling boxed in.

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