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Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse

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To understand Shin Megami Tensei 4: Apocalypse, you need to think of it as a b-side. The Nintendo 3DS title — known as Shin Megami Tensei 4: Final in Japan — is not exactly a sequel to Shin Megami Tensei 4, but it’s more than a director’s cut of the …

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Dragon Quest 7: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

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For those who have never heard of Dragon Quest 7, a Japanese role-playing game originally released by Enix on the PlayStation 1, it’s a game with one historically significant feature that has remained a part of its legend in the 15 years since it came out: its length. Japanese RPGs …

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Mighty No. 9

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It seems impossible to separate Mighty No. 9 from the series that birthed it: Mega Man. From its inception, Mighty No. 9 was pitched as a spiritual successor to Capcom’s “Blue Bomber.” Keiji Inafune, the Mega Man franchise’s most recognizable figurehead, is at the helm of Mighty No. 9. He …

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Kirby: Planet Robobot

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Power armor may be the most meaningful addition to the Kirby canon since yarn and sequins. Kirby: Planet Robobot ticks nearly every box that a Kirby game should. It’s adorable. It’s fun. It’s inviting. Kirby eats things. At the same time, Planet Robobot also introduces some significant new mechanics into …

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Severed

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Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack was the first game I ever loved on PlayStation Vita. It was a charming, smart little game with a distinctive art style that looked dynamite on the new portable’s expansive screen. It’s fitting, then, that its creator, DrinkBox Studios, has returned with what I …

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Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

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Return to Popolocrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale tries to be two things at once. Although it’s a standalone game, Return to Popolocrois is based on a long running series of Japanese novels, television shows, and previous handheld/console installments. Popolocrois was the first title published in the west, and Return …

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Fire Emblem Fates

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Fire Emblem has always been a series about the brutal decision-making of war, but that concept has never been as crystallized as it is in Fire Emblem Fates. Fire Emblem Fates is technically three games that diverge at a crucial decision point early on in the campaign, a split that …

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Final Fantasy Explorers

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Despite the name, Final Fantasy Explorers isn’t really about breaking new ground. Explorers takes its new-to-Final-Fantasy inspiration from grind-heavy resource-gathering action role-playing games like the Monster Hunter franchise. Instead of gaining experience points and leveling up as you work through an epic storyline, you simply become more powerful by fighting …

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