Review: Fate/Extella is destined to be a constant tug of war

The Fate series has come a long way from Fate/stay night, the adult visual novel that started it all. There have been anime series, films, light novels and manga series. Additional games have offered us the chance to go beyond “Choose Your Own Adventure” interactive experiences, offering us fighting games and JRPGs. Given the number of combatants and in-series war for supremacy, it isn’t surprising to see Musou/Warriors-style beat’em up where we fight for territory.

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Review: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone is all the Vocaloid rhythm action you’ll ever need

We’re finally getting used to regular Project Diva releases in the West, after years of being envious of the series’ import-only fun. We get new games like clockwork, filling our need for Vocaloid rhythm action like it was Call of Duty or Madden. Now, as soon as we’re used to it, it’s over.

Or it should be, anyway, because Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone is such an avalanche of gameplay that it couldn’t reasonably be followed.

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Review: Princess Maker 2 Refine is a noble attempt

The Princess Maker series helped kick off a genre. When Gainax gave people the opportunity to raise an orphaned girl, determining her schedule and helping her find the right path through life, they were setting us up for a challenge that could be harrowing, heartwarming and hilarious. Princess Maker 2 ended up being the most famous entry in the series and now, 23 years after its debut, it has finally received an English release.

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Review: Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity is an introductory experience

The Touhou series is famous for its shoot’em ups covering various incidents in Gensokyo. These aren’t the games that have been localized and released on PlayStation 4s outside of Japan. Instead, we’re getting a series of spin-offs. NIS America brought over Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet, a versus battler where each fighter had bullet pattern attacks, while XSEED took a chance on Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, a beat’em up with RPG elements and projectile-spewing enemies.

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