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The Royal Trap prioritizes intrigue over romance

If a game has dating sim elements, that doesn’t mean it only has to be about abruptly stumbling into true love. Sometimes, the more realistic visual novels are more interesting. Which is exactly what Hanako Games’ The Royal Trap is. It’s an otome game, which means a major element is helping a character fall in more »

Fall in love with Amnesia Memories on your Vita

Ah, it’s finally here. Idea Factory Internation’s first otome game announcement. And really, Amnesia Memories is a good place to start. The dating visual novel for women originally appeared on the PSP, and was so popular that it spawned fan discs and an anime. And, come August 2015, we’ll see it on North American and more »

You can beat Deus Ex: Mankind Divided without fighting a single enemy

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will be “ghostable”—that is, possible to beat without killing a single enemy. Executive Game Director Jean-François Dugas confirmed the option himself, adding that bosses can also be given the slip in one way or another. This improves upon the stealth pathways of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, which could only be partially ghosted due to a more »

White Night Review: Resident Evil meets Sin City

White Night Price: $14.99 System(s): PS4, PC, Xbox One Release Date: March 3, 2014 Publisher (Developer): Activision (OSome Studio) ESRB Rating: “Mature” for Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes and Violence White Night asks the question, what would happen if you took the color, the zombies and the gunplay out of the original Resident Evil? more »

Monster Hunter Stories announced in colorful new trailer

During a recent event, Capcom unveiled the next installment in the Monster Hunter franchise: Monster Hunter Stories. As evidenced by the trailer above, Monster Hunter Stories is a significant departure from the tried-and-true formula of the franchise. Stories is ostensibly an RPG, and there are indeed monsters, but how you’ll go about hunting them remains to be seen. The game more »

Dreamfall Chapters Book Two: Rebels Review: Moving on

Dreamfall Chapters Book Two: Rebels Price: $29.99 System(s): PC Release Date: March 12, 2015 Publisher (Developer): Red Thread Games (Red Thread Games) ESRB Rating: Rating Pending (Most likely “Mature.”) Dreamfall Chapters Book One: Reborn was all about introducing new players to the Dreamfall universe, as well as reminding old fans of what happened in Dreamfall: The Longest Journey. And yet, more »

LEGO Dimensions mixes your favorite LEGO franchises with collectible figures

Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, developer TT Games, and The LEGO Group today announced LEGO Dimensions, the next title in the longstanding LEGO video game series. LEGO Dimensions will launch for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Wii U September 27, 2015, and will mix together LEGO Lord of the Rings, DC Comics, The Wizard of Oz, Ninjago, more »

Dreamfall Chapters Book Two: Rebels is not all dour

I’ve just recently finished Dreamfall Chapters Book Two: Rebels, and there was one moment that needed to be singled out and discussed. That of course, is the one that featured this little gem of a pub in Arcadia, the Rooster and Kitten. To those who might be confused, Arcadia is one of two worlds featured more »

Tusks: The Orc Dating Sim is now in development

The NaNoRenO Visual Novel game jam for 2015 has just ended, and something very good has come of it. Well, good if you enjoy dating sims with rather unusual backgrounds. A developer by the name of Mitch Alexander took this game jam as the opportunity to create Tusks: The Orc Dating Sim. I am not more »

I fell in love with Evoland in time for the sequel

Ever have those moments where you play a game a few years after it comes out, and wonder why the hell you didn’t know about it sooner? Evoland is definitely one of those games for me. I bought it as part of a bundle, and there it sat in my Steam library for a month more »

Bloodborne’s combat loves me as much as I love it

I was a turtle once. Really, I was. When I got my first taste of From Software’s Souls series in the form of Demon’s Souls, you couldn’t pry my shield away from me. It was my lifeline, my best friend, and my de facto strategy. Let enemies hit my shield, watch them recoil, hit enemies. Repeat. I more »

Terraria multiplayer made easier with Steam integration

Terraria rocks. It’s a fantastic game and even now, 4 years after its release, it continues to grow in content, quality, and popularity. There’s only one downside, and that’s the Terraria multiplayer mode. It isn’t an issue on the console and handheld ports, but the original PC version can be… troublesome. It isn’t terribly difficult, more »