A Rose in the Twilight says so much without saying a word

There are games that rely heavily on exposition. Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes line touts its massive amounts of text. Then, there are others that show how little you really need to know to appreciate what’s happening in a game. A Rose in the Twilight is such a game. You go in knowing the bare minimum and are given very little information as you proceed throughout the adventure. Yet, despite this lack of information, it does a wonderful job of making itself understood.

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Preview: Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker digs deep on the Nintendo Switch

Do you remember Spelunker World? It was a free-to-play PlayStation 4 game released worldwide by Square Enix. The goal was fairly simple, as it tasked folks with heading into underground areas alone or with friends to find treasure. Naturally, this was accompanied by in-game purchases, namely Moon Gems, which would allow you to proceed through hazardous activities. With Minna de Wai Wai! Spelunker on the Nintendo Switch, it abandons these trappings for a more traditional and full approach.

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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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Soldam fills a void on the Switch

When a new system launches, there are certain holes you hope developers fill. One is for the must buy games. These are the ones that make you buy the console and play it as often as possible. Others are the multiplatform releases where it is nice to have the option of playing on either an old, faithful system or your new BFF. Finally, there are the time sinks. These are the games that you might not buy the first day they launch or necessarily adore after the launch window ends, but do a good enough job of keeping you satisfied. Soldam: Blooming Declaration is one of those precious Nintendo Switch time sinks.

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Where did Kemono Friends begin?

Kemono Friends is an anime that is taking the internet by storm. People are captivated by the cavorting of a young girl named Kaban and her various animal Friends in the Japari wildlife park. Said Friends being animal and human hybrids. This slice-of-life series has a sense of innocence and charm that tends to captivate people. But, this isn’t some show that got its start as a manga and exploded. Rather, it began its life as a game.

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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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Toukiden 2’s newest weapons are both traditional and nontraditional

The Toukiden series has always featured these massive games where you’re using the best equipment available to you to fight monsters. As to be expected, new installments means new weapons. With Toukiden 2, the game does something a little special. In introducing the sword and shield and chain whip, people are getting traditional and nontraditional weapons at the same time. As such, it injects practicality and whimsy into the series and encourages two new means of engaging opponents.

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Shall We Date? Princess Arthur shows it isn’t gung-ho about girl power

There are games that glorify girl power. Otome games are quite good at such things, particularly Idea Factory Otomate titles. Sweet Fuse: At Your Side, Norn9: Var Commons and Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth are three that put forward heroines who can grow into quite formidable and strong women. Which makes it more than a little odd that Shall We Date? Princess Arthur, a visual novel that replaces King Arthur with a young woman who’ll head Camelot instead, is reluctant about having a strong heroine.

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