In 2019, you really will be hard pressed to find another traditional Japanese roleplaying game that completely satisfies all checkboxes as well as The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. While certain portions of the game did feel like filler and every chapter is laid out in an almost identical fashion, this is easily overlooked thanks in part to the memorable narrative, amazing cast of characters, addictive battle system, and incredible soundtrack. Keep in mind that this is also part one in a series, so some of the filler may have more meaning in Cold Steel 2, Cold Steel 3, and Cold Steel 4.
There’s definitely fun to be had with One Piece World Seeker. I know it may not seem that way after reading through the review, but trust me when I say fans of the anime are going to get a lot of enjoyment out of this title, even if it gets dull rather quickly.
Here’s the deal. I have an intense love for all things Japanese, and companies like Nippon Ichi Software tend to release games that speak to my soul. I’ve loved so many things they’re developed as a team and published as a studio, and they’re willing to take risks which I appreciate more than anything. Every now and then, a game comes along that makes me question that, as the disconnect is just too high.
This entry is a giant leap forward with what we saw in the previous game, and with some slight revisions and changes to certain mechanics, we could be looking at a contender for the best Musou around in future installments. For now, Fate/EXTELLA Link is a great game and exists for that core purpose I mentioned at the beginning… let’s just have some fun!
The amount of fun that you and a friend will have while playing through Tick Tock: A Tale for Two far outweighs any small negatives that are present. We need to see more of these types of games releasing on a regular basis, as they offer a different type of gameplay we don’t normally see from traditional multiplayer games.
I’m glad the team at FuRyu didn’t give up on The Caligula Effect after it received such a poor reception when it first released. While still far from being amazing, this enhanced edition is a step in the right direction for the team and the franchise if they want to continue moving it forward.
I wish I could say this was the definitive Dead or Alive experience. I really do. That honor still belongs to Dead or Alive 4. There’s an insane amount of fun to be had in DOA6, and it truly is a great game for pure fighting mechanics and unique characters.
After playing through A Rose in the Twilight and now this, I think Nippon Ichi is close to formulating a game using this style that will really break the mold and be great. For now, the latest entry is just good, but I’m glad I had the pleasure of playing through it.
Kingdom Hearts 3 is a technical marvel and was well worth the wait fans of the franchise have been complaining about. Thirteen years is indeed a long time, but things are starting to feel like we’re back on track and maybe, just maybe, it won’t be that long again until we see another mainline entry in the franchise.
Featuring deep puzzle solving mechanics, a unique graphical style, and a tale that will leave you guessing until the very end, it’s definitely a game worth experiencing at some point. The technical issues and bugs currently present at the time of release really do hold Vane back from being a good game to just being mediocre, and that’s unfortunate.
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight features the reunion of the Phantom Thieves, and let me just say. It truly made me want a Golden type of experience for Persona 5, with added content and a new character or two. Both Persona 3 and Persona 4 had that treatment done, so there remains hope we haven’t seen the last of this cast of characters yet!
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight reunites the cast from Persona 3, and it truly felt like a high school reunion taking place. What’s interesting about this release is the fact that ATLUS had to create brand new character models for all of the playable characters, and to see them fully rendered and in 3D, it almost makes you wonder if we will ever see a full remake of Persona 3 as fans have been hoping for.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night was the original Persona Dancing experience, having released on the PlayStation Vita back in 2015. While I didn't finish it then, I have since finished it now on the PlayStation 4, and seeing this through to completion really made me miss all of these characters. I'm itching for a new Persona 4 story to be told.
The imagery used in several key scenes in Shadow of the Tomb Raider are still weighing on my mind days after finishing the story. I was invested from start to finish in this emotional journey Eidos Montreal is taking players on, and it was truly hard to stop playing.
The choices made by SNK to really focus on the visuals of the females and the customization options ultimately ended up hurting the overall game itself. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is fun for a short amount of time, but once the story mode is complete for all the characters, there really isn’t much left except to keep jumping into online lobbies.