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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Review: In A Rose in the Twilight, challenges bloom

Since 2014, Nippon Ichi Software has been releasing a series of games that combine action and puzzle elements with melancholy atmospheres. It all began with htoL#NiQ, led to Yomawari: Night Alone and has now brought us to A Rose in the Twilight. Each one is designed to make us think as we attempt to aid nearly helpless women through unsettling scenarios. With A Rose in the Twilight, we get a game that gets us thinking about mortality and the passage of time in a way that’s nonthreatening and never too grotesque or uncomfortable.

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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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