Review: Gal Metal is an ambitious cacophony

There exist in this world games that have appealing concepts and flawed executions. Gal Metal is one such game. The idea of a rhythm game that focuses on drumming is a good idea. Bandai Namco has a successful series based on that very concept. One that also introduces a storyline and character building could be exciting, but Gal Metal falters when it comes to making everything work together.

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Review: Black Bird is a feather in Onion Games’ cap

Onion Games’ Black Bird and Sega’s Fantasy Zones feel like the sort of creations that come from fever dreams. Both have otherworldly spaces, unconventional characters, strange enemies and leave players wondering about the premise behind them as they shoot through scrolling worlds. The difference is that one is a more colorful flight of fancy, while the other might have you wondering about the dark implications and undertones of its nearly monochromatic world.

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Iris School of Wizardry: Vinculum Hearts shows a sense of progress in mobile-to-Switch otome ports

We are seeing a sense of growth, when it comes to Nintendo Switch otome games. The system is starting to find a niche for itself, especially with companies like D3 Publisher, Idea Factory and Digimerce porting over existing titles to the system. The OperaHouse and Digimerce titles are ones that may give some pause. If you play in Japanese and can understand the language, things are fine, but the English localizations range from adequate to difficult to understand. There are sometimes trappings left over from the mobile versions, such as a UI that relies on touch-screen controls or preset routes. But with Iris School of Wizardry: Vinculum Hearts, the company’s latest worldwide Nintendo Switch otome release, we are seeing some positive growth.

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Review: Warriors Orochi 4 can be a godsend

Good news! Koei Tecmo and Omega Force finally decided they are done porting and updating Warriors Orochi 3. Which is great, because the companies were running out of words to append to it. (It already had Special, Hyper and Ultimate.) This means everyone finally gets to move on to Warriors Orochi 4. Which is largely a good thing. While it is not some massive renovation, it makes some positive changes that shake things up after Warriors Orochi 3’s many ports and results in a more solid game.

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Why The Legend of Zelda SP is so important for Nintendo Switch owners

Nintendo Switch Online is here, which means subscribers have access to an array of NES games that can play on their new console. This is a fantastic move, but the October 2018 update brought with it something extra exceptional. Nintendo has offered people an official, hacked version of a game. The Legend of Zelda Special version that starts you off with all sorts of good things is now available in the list as its own distinct and special entity, and that is pretty great.

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