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Like a Dragon: Ishin! Review

Sega’s Like a Dragon franchise has gone from strength over the years, gaining a number of ports and remakes as its popularity grew. But there were two games that seemed like they would never make…

February 17, 2023 | 10:00 EST

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Persona 3 Portable Review

Persona is a booming franchise currently, with the success of 3 through 5 drawing more people into the franchise as these games carved out their flashy identity in pop culture. While many recent fans…

January 17, 2023 | 12:00 EST

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Shin Megami Tensei V Review

It's always fun to expand your gaming horizons, testing out games with unexplored themes and mechanics but it's just as much fun to settle into familiar territory. Shin Megami Tensei is a franchise…

November 10, 2021 | 09:54 EST

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Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles Review

The immense popularity of the "Demon Slayer" anime cannot be understated. It took the animation world by storm and became insanely popular not just in Japan, but pretty much everywhere that anime…

October 13, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Review

Sometimes, a series will stay really niche even if it deserves to be more popular. That’s why no one will listen to me when I preach the gospel of Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg anymore. It’s sort…

September 29, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Lost Judgment Review

With the Judgment franchise carrying the 3D brawler torch while Yakuza continues down the turn-based path, Lost Judgment has major shoes to fill. While still suffering from a case of franchise…

September 16, 2021 | 09:00 EDT

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A Total War Saga: Troy - Mythos Review

After a year of Epic Games’ Store exclusivity, the latest entry in the Total War Saga spinoff series, A Total War Saga: Troy, is finally hitting Steam. The launch of the new Mythos expansion pack…

September 1, 2021 | 10:00 EDT

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Judgment Review

10 years since the donning of the Ryu ga Gotoku Studios label, the Japanese outfit headed by Toshihiro Nagoshi has seen massive growth. While the talent's roots date back much earlier, its rebranding…

April 30, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Review

Have you ever come across a sequel that is so iterative, it almost feels redundant to talk about? That’s sort of the sensation I've had with Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, the hit sequel to the original puzzle…

March 23, 2021 | 10:00 EDT

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Yakuza: Like a Dragon Review

The creativity of the developers at Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio truly knows no bounds. Yakuza: Like a Dragon sheds the series’ beat-’em-up roots to shake up the formula with JRPG mechanics. While the…

November 4, 2020 | 08:00 EST

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A Total War Saga: Troy Review

Annual franchises can be a bit of scary undertaking these days. Risk of limited development time might translate to limited features, but new tactics abound in the latest Total War entry, thanks to…

August 12, 2020 | 10:00 EDT

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Persona 4 Golden Review

The Persona franchise hasn't been popular for long in the West. Spawning off the even more niche Shin Megami Tensei series, Persona uses a combination of powerful storytelling and strong themes to…

June 13, 2020 | 02:30 EDT

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Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review

Sports games have been a large part of the gaming market for almost its entire lifespan. Even the Magnavox Odyssey, released in 1972, came with table tennis, skiing, and volleyball. Mario and Sonic…

November 5, 2019 | 09:30 EST

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD Review

The Super Monkey Ball series is a masterclass in dichotomy. On the one hand, a relentlessly cheery and upbeat tone. On the other, a monstrous difficulty that leaves a trail of broken controllers and…

October 29, 2019 | 09:00 EDT

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Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth Review - All-out Fan Service

The Persona series has been around the block when it comes to spin-off titles. From dancing to fighting, everyone’s favorite persona users have shown off a variety of unexpected talents. Persona Q2:…

June 3, 2019 | 10:30 EDT

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Team Sonic Racing Review - Gotta Go The Speed Limit

Sonic is once again giving his feet a break and hopping into a car. This occurrence isn't wholly uncommon for our favorite hedgehog throughout his career, but it still feels noteworthy. In his latest…

May 31, 2019 | 02:00 EDT

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Total War: Warhammer II The Prophet & The Warlock Review – Wizards & Weirdos

Total War is one of the most successful and insanely playable RTS franchises out there. The series has covered everything from real historical settings to fantasy war games. Total War: Warhammer II…

April 17, 2019 | 11:00 EDT

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Two Point Hospital Review - Patient Revived

A few years back, I played a bit of Theme Hospital after picking it up super cheap on GOG. It was one of many great titles created by Bullfrog Productions, a legendary company responsible for the…

September 11, 2018 | 02:00 EDT

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Yakuza 6: The Song Of Life Review - Kiryu's Final Chapter

It has been roughly two years since Yakuza 6: Song of Life was released in Japan. This is also the time since Yakuza 5 was first released in the West. This timeline meant that I was simultaneously…

March 15, 2018 | 04:00 EDT

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Sonic Mania Review - Breaking the Cycle

Sonic and Knuckles was released in 1994, and Sega has tried everything to recapture that magic in the years since then. They've given Sonic scarves and a magic sword. He's had several 3D makeovers…

August 19, 2017 | 09:00 EDT


Vanquish Review - Goes Fast, Ends Fast

Sometimes, guessing a game may claw free from console exclusivity and arrive on PC is a testament to great foresight. Sometimes, it's just the culmination of small hints and a deep-seated hope. In my…

June 2, 2017 | 09:00 EDT

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Bayonetta Review - Being Ported Never Felt So Good

Seven years. Enough time to wear out a second-hand car and enough time to see one of the most iconic third-person character action games to arrive from the grasp of the consoles, making a pit stop…

April 20, 2017 | 11:00 EDT

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Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone Review - Hitting the Highest Note

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone is deceptive. No, not in the bad way, but in the sense that although it is a Project DIVA game, it's also very much a different game at its core. Much like…

January 9, 2017 | 10:00 EST

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Total War: Warhammer Review - Warmonger

Total War: Warhammer is both a surprise and an expected iteration, which is perhaps the best that could be hoped for with this entry in the long-running franchise. As such, if you have read my…

June 22, 2016 | 11:00 EDT

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Valkyria Chronicles Review

Sometimes, games make a trip across from console to PC. Many times these games are plagued with bad interfaces, poor optimization, and bugs that show a rushed porting job done by a team not…

December 7, 2014 | 11:00 EST

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Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd Review

I swear, when I started this series, I didn't like Vocaloid. In fact, I've never really been one to particularly enjoy music outside of video games. Get me in a room full of Nihon-Falcom game OSTs,…

November 28, 2014 | 03:00 EST

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Alien Isolation Review

The Alien franchise has had a rough time. Alien is one of the greatest horror films of all time to many, and the same could be argued of Aliens in terms of action. To say that the series is…

October 10, 2014 | 06:00 EDT