Player(s): 1-4 (Unlockable Multiplayer)
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Steam
Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! Has all the trappings of a game I should be all about: good sprite work, lots of grinding, a myriad of character editing options, a breadth of gameplay offerings, a choice between a modernized soundtrack and a chiptune one, the works. I can be a girl with blue pigtails! Or a boy with blue pigtails! There’s so many classes to choose from and I can form endless parties for my dungeon crawling! Yet… I’m not having fun.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PS Vita
God Wars: Future Past is a Tactical RPG that is based on Japan's oldest historical book, The Kojiki, with Buddhist mythological figure Shaka. The premise of the game sounds very interesting. On concept alone it should work as long as there is a nice story to follow. Is it one to consider playing or perhaps even purchasing? Let's take a look.
Neko Navy is the indie shmup/bullet hell game I didn't know I needed.
Although I grew up loving shmups in arcades, I never really got into playing them at home and thus I'm not particularly skilled at them. I do still enjoy them however, and Neko Navy has just the right amount of gimmick -- playable cats, silly enemies, and an enjoyable soundtrack -- all rolled together to make for a fun, simple game.
It's been over ten years since we had a new Jet Set Radio game. For many, this is a void which can only very rarely be filled. Enter: Fusty Game and Midgar Studio - two European dev teams who took the fast-paced skating gameplay Jet Set fans love so much, threw in some Mirror's Edge cyberpunk flavor and platforming, and created Hover.
Platforms: PS Vita
I love visual novels and in particular, I love otome games. The Hakuoki series in particular is very popular and well known in the genre. How does the new addition to the series rank among them? Let’s find out!
Platforms: Playstation 4
From Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada comes Birthdays the Beginning, a sandbox style game that relies on evolution and experimentation. Birthdays the Beginning has you start off with a cube that is in your control as you shape a world where humans and dinosaurs can possibly co-exist. Any action you do can create an entire species or drive it to extinction.
This upcoming action-RPG from Shift and Bandai Namco has gamers and critics alike eager for the smallest scraps of information; Code Vein, set to release some time in 2018, looks like an anime-themed Dark Souls with vampires thrown in for good measure. Today, Bandai Namco released a trailer with our first real look at gameplay - watch it below!
Platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4
One of the biggest issues with Final Fantasy XV was the inconsistent story and the huge lack of character development when it comes to the main four characters. Episode Gladiolus is an opportunity to expand on one of the characters. Does it accomplish this though?
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U
As I glide through the air, I land on an isolated island only to discover all of my gear non-functional. I’m tasked with finding three orbs and returning them to their homes on this seemingly deserted island. While exploring, I find that I’m not alone. There’s Mokoblins and other beasts on the island. I hunt for a weapon, finding some sticks on the ground, and summarily beating a Mokoblin over the head with it, only to be shot at by another with arrows. Dodging to the best of my ability, I pick up the arrows and a discarded bow and discover a towering Hinox as I flee from the coast, slumbering, with one of the orbs tied to his neck with a rope. Full of determination, I carefully take aim with my bow and cut the rope with arrows, waking him up. With no armor and all my weapons broken, I quickly grab the orb, running for my life as I’m being chased by the lumbering Hinox who is not even remotely happy about being woken up and losing his treasure. As I barely make it to the first orb pedestal and drop the orb in, I notice a large camp in the distance where the next orb is. I stare at it, adrenaline pumping, all gear broken, practically no life left, and completely determined to finish my task and get off the island with the treasure that will be rewarded to me for completing the challenge.
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party Star Rush is the latest entry in the popular Mario Party franchise. Regardless of quality, it’s been a long running series that has helped to create frenetic and fun multiplayer sessions with friends. Star Rush is no different in that regard, for better and worse.