Review: Escape the world of The Caligula Effect

The pitch for The Caligula Effect is a great one: a new Persona-like from the writer of early games in that series, but with a Social Link system that includes everyone and a battle system that relies on true synergy and teamwork. A soundtrack from accomplished artists and a theme that puts that music front and center. A tale that explores loss and trauma but gives you the tools to overcome those troubles.

It’s such a good idea on paper.

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Review: Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is a questionable undertaking

Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy finds itself in a difficult position. It’s an Experience RPG that gives people an opportunity to once again create a party of custom characters and crawl their way through dungeons with a first-person perspective. This is a genre that has done well on the system. However, it is the sequel to Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, one of the developer’s less exciting games. Seeing as how it doesn’t learn from its predecessors’ mistakes, this may be a legacy that fades into obscurity

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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd is complementary

In Japan, there exists a category of games called fan discs. These can be additional games, but might also focus on forms of media. Their goal? To offer additional insight into a story by providing players with side stories or an epilogue. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the 3rd is essentially a massive fan disc for The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky. It not only offers more information regarding Estelle and Joshua, but gives us a chance to learn more about party members or NPCs who might have touched our hearts in the first two games.

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Review: Virtual reality and real love in Period: Cube

MMORPGs are a social experience. People make friends as they play. Relationships form that start out as digital, but become physical. Some even fall in love as they go through these games. Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ is an otome game that explores that notion. Folks who have found themselves sucked into an MMO, à la Sword Art Online or .hack, also have a chance to find love.

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Review: Dragon Quest Heroes II offers hordes of fun

Connection. Dragon Quest Heroes II strives for a cohesive world with lands between towns and battles, for cooperative combat with friends and against large foes, and for compassionate, effusive personalities that interact with energy and wit. It doesn’t want to be a series of battle maps in menus, but rather an experience that feels complete and inseparable.

Don’t worry, though: you can still hit a bunch of monsters with oversized weapons.

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Review: Kamiko keeps you moving

When you get a new system, there’s a period in which impulse buys feel more acceptable. Spending $5 or $10 on a small, new release doesn’t feel like such a big deal when you have a gap between major games. Kamiko is the epitome of such a game. It’s immediately available on the Japanese eShop, has an English language option and comes in at ¥500. Fortunately for all of us, it’s also a delightful adventure.

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Review: Uncover Suda’s lost past in The Silver Case

Goichi Suda, known to many as Suda51, has become one of the more prolific Japanese game writers and designers around. While he was not particularly well known in North America until the release of the cult classic Killer7, that was far from his first game. This brings us to one of the only Suda titles that never saw release outside of Japan at the time: The Silver Case. Nearly two decades later, the now-localized The Silver Case presents us with a bizarre story full of philosophically-inclined characters and plenty of creepy imagery. So yes, it’s a Suda51 game.

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Review: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 unmasks the rebellious youth in us all

It’s been almost nine years and countless spinoffs since the initial release of Persona 4, which allowed many to dip their toes in the world of Shin Megami Tensei without diving too deep into the long-standing franchise. Since then, anticipation has been building for the release of Persona 5, a title that transcends its genre for many people. Thankfully for them, it was worth the long wait.

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