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Trine 3: Artifacts of Power Preview: Arguing with myself

What does it take to make an environmental puzzler? In spite of how easy the question is—you need an environment and you need puzzles—developer Frozenbyte has been one of the few studios to continue answering it. They’ve done so with their Trine series, which is now coming up on its third installment, Artifacts of Power. But while the more »

Hyperdimension Neptunia U Preview: Battle goddesses

What happens when a console goddess, an anthropomorphic representation of a video game system, finds herself lounging around Gamindustri with no metaphorical battles against piracy to fight? Well, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed shows us that they still take on random quests to help the people of their world and boost their reputations. When it’s more »

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Preview: Modern Fantasy

Something is rotten in the city of Tokyo. Demonic entities are warping reality, establishing labyrinthine spaces-within-spaces and ensnaring people within. Fortunately, there exist humans with the ability to do battle against these invaders. Unfortunately, these “chosen ones” of Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy tend to be high school kids with an established proneness for getting more »

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition Preview: Line ‘em up

You expect certain things from demos appearing on Nintendo’s eShop. It’s a sample, which means a brief experience and perhaps even a limited number of opportunities to play. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition defies both of these. At least, in a way it does. Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition plays like more »

Omega Quintet Preview: Verse Maiden magical girls

The darkness invades. Monsters consume. Only one thing can hold them back, and that’s the power of song. Sound a bit off? Well, logic doesn’t matter much in the world of video games. Omega Quintet doesn’t have to make sense. It just has to offer fanservice and hours of entertainment. Giving the heroines a plausible more »

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Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker Preview: Revisiting DS

If popular media has taught us anything, it’s not to mess around with suspicious websites. They’re typically tied to death. It happened with the movie Untraceable and the anime Jigoku Shoujo. The only exception is Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, though it may be debatable to some as to whether registering for more »

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Guild of Dungeoneering preview: Finally, a board game I can play by myself

There is no need to beat around the bush on this one. If you’re familiar with dungeon building table top games, then you’re familiar with Guild of Dungeoneering. I’m not saying this as a bad thing, as I’ve had a lot of fun with that type of game in the past. In point of fact, more »

Story of Seasons preview diary 3: Finding a routine

One of the most important things about any Bokujou Monogatari/Harvest Moon games is getting settled into a routine. It’s the key to success. Fortunately, my earliest experiences with Story of Seasons have shown that it’s easy to develop a comfortable rhythm with this installment. Within 3 days, I had a Story of Seasons pattern that more »

Story of Seasons preview diary 2: A Home of one’s own

In most Bokujou Monogatari/Harvest Moon games, players begin with a farm that’s a less than ideal living space. After all, you’re inheriting something that no one has manned for years or only starting a new life. Story of Seasons follows this trend, but there’s a significant difference. A player isn’t stuck with the worst lot more »

Final Fantasy XV preview: Episode Duscae has something to prove

There’s probably more at stake with Final Fantasy XV than we know. I have no doubt in my mind that getting playable proof of this game not being a disaster was priority number one for Square Enix as soon as Tetsuya Nomura was off the project, and slapping that demo onto a bizarre, but almost more »

Story of Seasons preview diary 1: Welcome to the community

I didn’t inherit. I was chosen. My skills were judged, and I was found worthy. Oak Tree Town needs fresh blood. The town was growing, but reached a plateau. That’s why I’m here. Veronica, head of the local guild, sent out an alert. The goal? To invite in a prospective farmer with the most potential more »

Etrian Mystery Dungeon Preview: Hello, Greenhorns

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. This is important, as I like to follow themes when playing certain kinds of games. Titles like Etrian Mystery Dungeon fall neatly into that category. These games encourage ample use of one’s imagination. There is a story there, of course. A town named Aslarga sits at the edge of more »