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Top Games of 2017: Persona 5

The year of 2017 will go down as one of the best in all of gaming. From the release of Nintendo’s Switch console to the abundant amount of triple A titles worth your time released this calendar year, it’s hard to find any other time it’s been this great to be a gamer. As the year wraps up I wanted to look back at some of the games that shaped the past 12 months for me. While there were many games I played this year, only a select few stand out as truly awesome. This is one of them. (more…)

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Pro Tips for Playing The Legend of Legacy

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A spiritual successor to the beloved old Saga series, being developed by past developers from Square Enix and Level-5, and featuring wonderful visuals and an intricate battle system caused Legend of Legacy to get a small amount of buzz from RPG fans before its release. Regrettably I haven’t played a Saga game, but I have played plenty of RPGs and really love me some Level-5, so I was all on board to give this game a go. A few hours in I found out just how difficult the game was: I was losing to small mobs, getting absolutely devastated by bosses, and generally not having a great time with the game. I stuck with it though, and discovered how to actually play the game. If you were like me and you are struggling to get a foothold in the world of Avalon then use these tips to better your adventuring and conquer even the most difficult of foes! (more…)

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The Inescapable Allure of Etrian Mystery Dungeon

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Dungeon crawlers have been one of the biggest surprises for me in all my years of gaming. The idea of rigorously treading through a seemingly endless dungeon full of ridiculously challenging enemies and assured failure around nay every corner just didn’t seem all that fun. When I had the opportunity to play Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan on Nintendo 3DS, all my perceptions shifted. Suddenly the idea of immense challenge and discovery was fun, fresh, and exciting. Exploring a dungeon for the first time was unlike any other RPG before, and I found myself bleeding countless hours into the game only to progress forward a small bit. Being able to map out the dungeon floor, marking the location of items and major enemies gave myself a grand sense of security, like I had an advantage over the once threatening world which spelled my doom numerous times before.

So then why is Etrian Mystery Dungeon, a game which strips away that safety blanket of knowing the coordinates of each dungeon and replaces it with randomly generated floors while still maintaining the degree of difficulty of past Etrian games, still incredibly fun, fresh, and exciting?

It comes down to Etrian Mystery Dungeon doing two things right: exploration and development. (more…)

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Persona Q is a Great Game! Persona Q is a Long Game. I’m Not Going to Finish Persona Q…

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I’ve spent a great deal of time with Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and enjoyed every minute of it. I formed teams with my favorite characters from Persona 3 and made new friends from the lineup of Persona 4 characters. I’ve played cartographer and constructed 100% complete and perfect maps for over a dozen floors in the labyrinth. I’ve fused, sacrificed, and leveled up countless Personas, performed hundreds of all-out attacks, and helped Junpei Mr. X hit on girls. I’m not close to finishing the game, but I think I’m done. At least for now. (more…)

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Review: Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl

SoulFinalSome RPGs are about telling a story.

Some are about finding the best loot.

Some are just about surviving, plain and simple.

And then there are RPGs like Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl that has the whole package: it constantly pits you against fearsome foes, always tempts you with a shiny new piece of equipment, and has an interesting story to boot. Etrian Odyssey Untold acts as both a remake and reimagining of the original DS game, and incorporates aspects from the recent Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan to create a game that is arguably the best in the series and one of the finest in the entire dungeon crawler genre. (more…)

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Review: Dragon’s Crown

Dragons Crown CoverMultiplayer usually plays second fiddle to character progression and storyline in RPGs. Games like Castle Crashers and Dungeon Defenders are the exception to the rule, offering a solid RPG experience while giving players mountains of replayability with friends. These multiplayer romps are few and far between, and the ones worth your time even less so. Put together the addictiveness of a good co-op RPG with breathtaking visuals and a deep leveling and combat system and you have the trimmings for the next great action RPG.

Enter Dragon’s Crown, the newest RPG from Atlus and Vanillaware. Dragon’s Crown is an action RPG that successfully manages to not only play well, but be incredibly fun with friends and look damn good while doing it. (more…)

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Review: Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV CoverThe Shin Megami Tensei franchise has been around for decades and includes a variety of roleplaying games such as the Devil Survivor and the popular Persona hits, with each series being a branch of the same universe. Regardless of the series there are several common themes that shine through in each game, including fighting with and against demons, a mature setting, and story-driven gameplay. The newest game, Shin Megami Tensei IV on the 3DS, has elements that will please many different types of gamers. (more…)

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Review: Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan

Etrian Odyssey IV CoverI recently had the opportunity to review a game very similar to Etrian Odyssey IV on the 3DS, Unchained Blades, itself a port from the PSP. I reference this past review because Etrian Odyssey IV does everything right that Unchained Blades did wrong. This fourth installment in the Atlus dungeon crawling RPG series is the best entry the entire genre has seen in a long time, and if we’re lucky it will start a steady influx of quality titles.

 

 

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Review: Growlanswer: Wayfarer of Time

Hold on tight PSP fans, another tactical RPG is upon us. Published by Atlus, Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time is the fourth chapter in the Growlanser series, but only the third time Americans have been able to get their hands on the franchise. Touting hours upon hours of gameplay and 40 unique endings, Wayfarer of Time promised to be one of the last great PSP strategy games to be released. That’s why it’s disappointing the game is just mediocre.

 

 

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Review: Gungnir

Leave it to Atlus to give early adopters of Sony’s PS Vita a reason to play another PSP game. Gungnir is a brand new strategy title for Sony’s first handheld system. The combat is deep, the story grandiose, and the characters sport equally extravagant hairstyles and weapons. It’s everything a strategy fan would want, but it’s nothing you haven’t experienced before.

 

 

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