Review: Atelier Lulua is the epitome of efficiency

Different installments in Gust’s Atelier series can find themselves known for different things. Atelier Firis was about getting more places to go. Atelier Sophie tries to make us realize why each recipe mattered. With Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland, it can feel like the theme is efficiency. That extends to alchemy, exploring a world, telling a story and offering an epilogue to one of the better known Atelier trilogies.

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Review: Slash, spend, get a head in Lapis X Labyrinth

The latest release from the team behind the Disgaea series, Lapis X Labyrinth is a different sort of game for the studio, but one coated with similar trappings and aesthetics. It’s an action game in which you’ll make timed runs through areas to get loot and defeat enemies, but you’re still managing equipment with effects and maneuvering around a hub world taking the place of a more efficient (but perhaps less evocative) menu system. It’s got meters for special moves, reward-multiplying “fever time” and direction-based attack inputs, but you’re ultimately still equipping a small team of customized units and bringing them to a place to slash at gems and take out specifically-marked bosses.

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How to prepare for Atelier Lulua

A new Atelier installment is on the way! This time, the series is returning to a past era. See, with recent Atelier releases, there tend to be trilogies that all take place in the same world. Once they are over, Gust moves onto a new area and storyline. With Atelier Lulua, people are heading back to Arland. But, this might worry some people. Are there things they should know?

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Why are there so many Ys IVs?

Most series are rather straightforward. Once with numbered installments tend to have some semblance of order to them. However, when it comes to Nihon Falcom’s Ys, things get a little odd. There are four Ys IV games. People outside of Japan might not realize this, since only one of them was released worldwide. However, with Ys: Memories of Celceta about to make its PlayStation 4 debut, it seems like a good time to go over what happened and why there are so many Ys IVs.

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Should you get Puyo Puyo Champions or Puyo Puyo Tetris?

It is such a good time to be a Puyo Puyo fan. Puyo Puyo Tetris is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC. Puyo Puyo eSports has been released worldwide as Puyo Puyo Champions for the Switch, PS4, Xbox One and PC. Even Sonic Mania paid tribute to the series with a boss fight that was Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine-themed. Sega Ages Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo 2 are both a thing.

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What do you need to know about Giga Wrecker?

Game Freak fans are going to get a chance to see another game from the developer that isn’t related to Pokemon soon. Giga Wrecker Alt is coming to consoles. It seems like something of a director’s cut of the original PC game. But, those who missed out on it originally may have some questions. What’s going on? Why did Game Freak make this game? Which version do I need? Let’s see if we can help.

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What do you need to know about The Legend of Heroes: Trails games?

2019 is a big year for The Legend of Heroes. Both of the Trails of Cold Steel installments that appeared on the PS3, Vita and PC are coming to the PS4 with more voice acting than every before. This is to prepare for the console’s shift to the PS4 outside of Japan with Trails of Cold Steel III, which is on the way. It is a great time to get into this Nihon Falcom series. But, how should someone get started? Well, reading this guide might help.

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How to pick a Fate/Extella Link Servant for every situation

Fate/Extella Link is the sort of game with lots of options in front of the player. As someone goes through the adventure, they can eventually end up with 27 playable characters. It is a lot to take in. A newcomer might wonder which Servant might be most suitable for certain situations or best suit a person’s style. Fortunately, each one has a sort of niche they fill due to their class, and they also have active skills that can be changed to make them even more accommodating.

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What do you need to know about Ace Attorney?

It is a good time to be an Ace Attorney fan. Capcom’s series of courtroom simulations has a whole new audience, as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is bringing the first three games in HD to the PS4, Switch, Xbox One and PC. But, what if someone isn’t familiar with Phoenix Wright? What if people don’t know the first thing about being a virtual attorney? Let’s go through a debriefing before heading to court.

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