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Review: CRYSTAR

Earlier last month, I had the opportunity to interview both producer and director Fuyuki Hayashi and character designer RIUICHI about CRYSTAR, covering what the game will bring to the genre, their inspirations for the game, and the overall ...

 
 
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New Tales Of Game 'Tales of Arise" Announced

Bandai Namco Entertainment America has announced Tales of Aris, the latest entry in their popular JRPG franchise—Tales Of. Yusuke Tomizawa, who is head of the God Eater franchise, will be in charge the Tales Of development team a...

 
 
 
 
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PS4 Port Report: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

It's been over three years since one of the best JRPGs of recent time reached North America, which my former colleague and friend Sal reviewed at the time as well. A year and a half later, the game hit Steam supporting 4K/resolution as...

 
 
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Japanator Unboxing: Persona 5 20th Anniversary Edition

Persona 5, one of the most anticipated games of the year, has finally hit Japanese shelves as well as the PlayStation Network. We were blessed with the opportunity to obtain the Persona 5 20th Anniversary Edition which includes the gam...

 
 
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Grab your ARCUS units: Trails of Cold Steel II is now out

Listen up, everyone: It's time for us to make the best omelet and/or egg soup in the world, because today marks The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II's arrival in North America for the PS3 and Vita. I guess this means that Elliot Cr...

 
 
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MangaGamer announces two Rance titles, Sona-Nyl, and more

I may not have gotten the chance to dive into more traditional visual novel titles, but I still enjoy keeping with the stuff that gets announced for the West. That way, I have an idea on which games to jump on when I get the chance to consu...

 
 
 
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Despair: Final Fantasy XV delayed to late Fall

One of the most remarkable things about Final Fantasy XV's development isn't its epic length, but how open the process has been over the last couple of years. Since the reins were handed over to director Hajime Tabata (who had previously he...

 
 
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Jam out to Tales of Berseria's fiery opening theme

With E3 '16 still happening as we speak, Bandai Namco decided to show off a new trailer for Tales of Berseria that shows off the new opening theme by FLOW that's simply known as "Burn." From the looks of it, the song's title suits Vel...

 
 
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Review: Trillion: God of Destruction

The Final Boss Battle has been a staple of game design since about as long as games have had combat in them, and for the most part, a game is about how players lead their heroes to that final encounter, often plowing through hundreds or tho...

 
 
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Review: Return to PoPoLoCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

I never thought that I'd live to see the day when the PoPoLoCrois series would cross over with the Story of Season (formerly known as Harvest Moon in the West) games. Even though the Rune Factory titles mixes raising crops and slaying ...

 
 
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Rejoice: Trails in the Sky the 3rd crosses the pond

For a second, I wasn't sure if XSEED's tweet about a priest and a nun was important since they might've been in the mood to tell a great joke. Lo and behold, this statement had a higher purpose as the company announced that The Le...

 
 
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Japanator Live: Recettear's final bill is about to get paid

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here. Also, I started Danganronpa, which can be watched here.] I may have failed to meet Recettear's goals twice, but it looks like I have one more payment left until I rescue Recette from h...

 
 
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Let's dive into a sea of Tales of Berseria screenshots

Whenever I hear about something that's related Tales of Berseria, my desire to check out the game continues to go up each time. With Bandai Namco sharing some more details and screenshots of the title, the game's premise continues to intrig...

 
 
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Japanator Live: How to run a business the Recettear way

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] No matter how well I do in managing my item shop in Recettear, the game throws in many factors that players have to take into account. One of these elements is the price of certain it...

 
 
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Japanator Live: Learn how to overcome debts with Recettear

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] If there's one thing that can cripple many video game heroes, it's having them miss out on paying a huge bill. The debt's damage is worse than any major boss' ultimate attack, as it c...

 
 
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Review: Atelier Escha & Logy Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky

With games like Persona 3, Persona 4, and many of the Hyperdimension Neptunia games coming to portable systems with new features and improvements, it has been a common practice among Japanese developers, and that includes Gust with their At...

 
 
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Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC and Trails of Cold Steel went West during the same year. This outcome has made me believe that Hell has frozen over, as this series happens ...

 
 
 
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Awaken your inner beast with two minutes of Tales of Berseria

From day one, I was on board with Tales of Berseria's idea of letting the players sail through the game's world on a pirate ship. However, I didn't expect to see the game's latest trailer hitting us with werewolf-like creatures. Not that I...

 
 
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Go nuts for doujin games with Steam's Summer Comiket Sale

If there's one thing otaku like more than otaku things, it's otaku things bought for cheap, which makes Steam's latest excuse to have a sale especially relevant. Y'see, Summer Comiket is happening right about now, and the otaku world's twic...

 
 
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Anchors Aweigh: Tales of Berseria enters the high seas

There's something nice about sailing to places in video games. Whether it's Wind Waker's open seas or Skies of Arcadia's vast skies, the idea of exploring vast areas on a ship has always been a thing that I've enjoyed for a good ...

 
 
 
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Review: Omega Quintet

Omega Quintet is a game of firsts. Chronologically, it's the PlayStation 4's first exclusive Japanese RPG (Final Fantasy Type-0 originally being a PSP game). It's also developer Compile Heart's first PS4 game, and by certain logic...

 
 
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Humble Weekly Bundle is Turning Japanese

The Humble Bundle is a collection of games often related to a theme that allows customers to pay what they want for the set. Usually there is an extra pair of games added in if you pay above the average amount. These bundles have been succe...

 
 
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Big Persona announcement coming May 2

In a move that coincides with the marketing build up to the second Persona 3 movie, Midsummer Knight's Dream, there will be a live Persona-related stream on NicoNico come May 2, 11:30 p.m. JST. In the stream, there'll be a brief "digest" of...

 
 
 
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New trailer shows off Persona Q's robust battle system

After weeks of character trailers, Atlus is finally ready to start hitting the internet with full on gameplay trailers for their upcoming RPG, Persona Q. This first one shows off some of the game's Etrian Odyssey-like dungeon exploration a...

 
 
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Drakengard 3 DLC gets a trailer full of crazy

Square Enix's Drakengard 3 is one of the weirdest games I've played in recent memory. It's full of bugs, jank, is graphically unimpressive, and generally feels like a very early PS2 game.  Drakengard 3 is also filled with enthralling ...

 
 
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Japan's 30 most wanted games

Famistu has made a list of the top most wanted games in Japan, and there's a bunch of good ones on it. First on the list, is without a doubt Persona 5. Japan, you aren't the only ones who want this game now! Persona 5 is set to release late...

 
 
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Quick, throw more money at Unsung Story

Hey, remember that awesome Kickstarter for strategy RPG-auteur Yasumi Matsuno's newest magnum opus,  Unsung Story, that I told you about a month ago? Well, as of this writing the project still needs about $35K to become reality, with a...

 
 
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GameStop leaks the localisation of Mind Zero

Remember Mind Zero? It was an RPG released by Acquire in August of last year, though it never made it out of Japan. Nothing to lose hope over, as games like Bravely Default continue to demonstrate, but news of the game and potential localis...

 
 
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Import Preview: Exstetra

Every now and then a game comes along that changes the way you think about entertainment. It flips conventions on their head, and tackles common tropes in a way that completely alters the gaming experience. Video games have the power to eli...

 
 
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Unsung Story is basically Final Fantasy Tactics II

Now this is what I call a Kickstarter project. Yasumi Matsuno, famous for creating Final Fantasy Tactics and Vagrant Story (also known as THE BEST GAMES EVER) has partnered with California-based Playdek to create a new tactical magnum opus,...

 
 




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AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES"A-Set, You Bet! "

 

CRYSTAR"Welcome to Purgatory"

 

Millennium Actress (Remastered) "A Millennium Journey"

 

KILL la KILL -IF"The Clothes Make The Fans"

 

Pokémon Detective Pikachu"Detective Pikachu Is On The Case! "

 

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (NS)" Control the Arisen On The Go"

 

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy"The Ace Attorney Arrives On Modern Platforms"

 

Tokyo School Life"A Crazy Trip To Japan"

 

The World Next Door"A Journey To A Parelell World"

 

Disgaea 5 Complete (PC)"Another Disgaea Entry Enters PC Gaming"

 

The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince"A Beautiful Game with Lackluster Puzzles"

 

The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist"Includes Illustrations & Artwork From 2001 through 2017"

 

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms"A beautiful tale about immortality"

 

Batman Ninja Blu-Ray Set"Travel to the Feudal Era"

 

Ponyo 10th Anniversary"Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea"

 

Sound Of The Sky Blu-Ray Set"Moe Girls in the Military"

 

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light Remastered"The King of Games is Back in Theaters!"

 

Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-Ray Set"We Call Everything on the Ice 'Love'"

 

Akiba's Trip: The Animation"More disappointing than I expected it to be"

 

Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set"IN MY DREAM, LET'S FIGHTING!"

 

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection "Epic fights but lackluster story"

 
 
 
 
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