Review: Hit? Miss? Tiny Metal seeks to advance war

Tiny Metal has ideas.

That hasn’t been a given in the post-apocalyptic landscape of games seeking to fill the void left by the disappearance of Advance Wars. Some have brought style, and others have delivered faithfully on the sort of combat Wars perfected, but rarely have we seen a game that both seeks to follow in that franchise’s footsteps and further explore the tactical space within.

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Wonder Parade gives players marching orders

Japan has given us an array of wonderful music games. Some are big budget titles, like Hatsune Miku: Project Diva, Taiko no Tatsujin, Dance Dance Revolution and Pop’n Music have all provided toe-tapping entertainment over the years. But we have also seen a number of smaller games like Voez and Love Live! School Idol Festival. Then, there are the exceptionally small games that slip under the radar, but still offer something special to those who notice them. Wonder Parade is one of those games.

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The best JRPGs of 2017

With some long-awaited titles and unlikely localizations mixed in with pure surprises, there were a lot of JRPGs in 2017 and the batch wasn’t lacking in quality. But there are only so many hours in the day! So if you only play three of the year’s role-playing games, it should be these. (But also you can play more than three and we wouldn’t exactly be mad at you.)

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The best visual novels of 2017

Each year, more and more visual novels find their way into our gaming libraries. Major Japanese games are localized and developers in other regions decide to dabble in the genre. This year, a few incredible tales from Japan were finally told in other regions, and we appreciated the opportunity to play these three in particular.

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The best musou games of 2017

There are so many musou games out there, people. Do you know how many there are? So many that this year, Michibiku had to actually make a “best musou games” category! We beat up hordes of enemies this year with all sorts of heroes and had a rather good time as we did! These three games really stood out!

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