Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is a brave experiment

The Fire Emblem games released in recent years tend to remain rather consistent. Each installment has gameplay that follows a similar pattern. You take on a map with enemies. You either escape the map or fulfill certain conditions to win. Weapons can be acquired as a reward after defeating a foe, from opening a chest or by stopping at a shop. There is always a weapon triangle, to help you determine which units to send against others. But some titles stood out for being different. Fire Emblem Gaiden was one, but no game went against the grain more than Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. This is a game that takes chances, forcing you to take chances too.

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Kairosoft Nintendo Switch demos can be quite extensive samples

Kairosoft games are on the Nintendo Switch now! It makes a lot of sense. These are strategy games that were designed to be played on a small screen on the go. Making the leap from a mobile device to a console would provide more exposure and help point out that these are more than brief novelties. Each game does have quite a bit of depth to it. But, there is something even more important to note about these titles. Each one has a substantial demo that is basically giving you a rich experience on a smaller scale.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a quirky gem carnival

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a blockbuster release for fans of all sorts of levels of commitment and skill, but it, like the releases before it, is a particular joy for those who love the sort of quirky properties that never leave Japan. In the past, it came through the collectible trophies, but those were limited by resources and (often) availability of 3D models. As a result, the number that came from the more obscure releases was understandably limited. Ultimate‘s Spirits system changes this in very real ways.

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SoulCalibur VI’s value lies in what it can become

Listen. There are probably a lot of people out there talking about how games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and maybe even PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale give people the ultimate cast list and best cross-overs of all time.

That is absolutely fine, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But maybe, just maybe, we should all think about the potential SoulCalibur VI. With a little effort on our parts, this can feature the ultimate dream fights.

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Dragon Quest XI is like a sky filled with stars

Sometimes, I feel like the star of Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age isn’t the actual star of the game.

Which is silly, I know. Within the first twenty minutes of Dragon Quest XI, we learn that our avatar is the reincarnation of the Luminary, a legendary hero who once saved the world from evil and darkness. He is the center of attention throughout the adventure. There are times when he is all that we have.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2’s iconic characters give it purpose

The Yakuza series’ success is largely driven by its characters. Sure, there are big clan conflicts and heart-racing action sequences, but none of it would work if you didn’t care so much about the people involved. It would be too big, too sprawling, too hard to believe. But when you play these games, you just want to spend more time with the cast of sometimes-lovable misfits and learn a bit more about them. They reward that spent time with a surprising amount of camaraderie and heart.

Simply put, Yakuza is the Fast & Furious of video games. And Yakuza Kiwami 2 is its best entry.

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