Preview: void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium adds a new sense of roguelike pressure

When it comes to roguelikes, there are certain sorts of weights people have bearing down on them. How much do you take into a dungeon with you, if you can? When should you abandon a run and attempt to escape to safety? Could that be the monster that kills me? With void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium, NIS’ latest digital title about some poor unfortunate souls, there’s another pressure. It’s keeping a fragile child alive.

Read more

Preview: Persona 5 Scramble shows how a Musou incorporates Persona elements

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is a strange new world for the Shin Megami Tensei series. Never before has one taken such an active approach to battles, but Omega Force is welcoming it into the Musou line with this installment. While the idea may seem intimidating, especially since all previous Persona installments take a more leisurely, turn-based approach to battles, the demo shows off all the ways in which it is still true to the series.

Read more

Berwick Saga can be a brilliant strategy game

The TearRing Saga series has always been an option for people who enjoyed Fire Emblem elements and the work Shouzou Kaga, a former Intelligent Systems scenario writer, brought to the series. Each one has similar sorts of concepts, but different tweaks that might make it feel a little bit different or perhaps more intense. TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga does a lot to make you think more critically as you play. We’ve talked about this a bit before, but people who take the time to play might see it as a good “next step” after Fire Emblem.

Read more

What do you need to know about Warriors Orochi?

What is old will become new again! Warriors Orochi 4 is coming back in 2020 as Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate. You know that “second verse, same as the first” from “I’m Henry VIII, I am?” Well, I suppose you could say this is something like that. But why would it be so similar? And what sets Warriors Orochi apart from all of the other Omega Force Musou games out there? Michibiku is here to help with that.

Read more

Arknights offers a stylish take on tower defense

With all the import games we see from different regions, sometimes people might forget that there’s a burgeoning scene in China too. HyperGryph and Yostar have come together to create a tower defense title filled with animal people. Arknights is set in a world where an infection is spreading and only the player and their allies have a chance of fighting back and discovering a cure. But what’s really nice about it is how well it introduces people to the genre with stylish characters.

Read more

Hatena Satena deserves a larger audience

Some games stand out; everything about them is compelling in some way. Yet, for some inexplicable reason, they end up lost to the sands of time. Perhaps it is because they belong to a genre that isn’t among the most popular. They could be trapped in Japan. Maybe there are even issues with a developer or they were released at the end of a system’s cycle. Hatena Satena, a nonogram game with Minesweeper elements from Hudson Soft, is one of those stellar titles that became a victim of circumstance.

Read more

Atelier Dusk Trilogy shows beauty in a dying world

The Atelier series is no stranger to alluding to past civilizations that were far more advanced than the ones we inhabit in the games. We’ll see artifacts and ruins, some of which can lead to new discoveries or advance plots. In most of these situations, they’re things that happen to exist. They add extra depth and more mysteries to solve. Atelier Dusk Trilogy is different. Its past is a deadly one with a far-reaching effect on the people of the present. This trio’s world is dying, but it is one of the prettier apocalyptic situations.

Read more