[Video Game Review] Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea

ateliershallieplus_box_art1Two years ago, Gust released Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea for the Playstation 3, which was supposedly to be the conclusion to the Dusk trilogy. Getting a few complaints from fans aside from the general gameplay, the narrative was the most criticized element as it felt incomplete as well as effacing all the developments made in the prior installments. Vowing to fix this mistake with another entry into series, there is no mistaking that the Playstation Vita title Atelier Shallie Plus is what the team had in mind. With inclusion of new events, bosses, and prominent returning characters, does it manage to succeed where the PS3 title failed?

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[Video Game Review] Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics

mystery-chronicle-one-way-heroics-boxDeveloped by Spike Chunsoft, Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics is a forced side-scrolling rougelike RPG that is actually a re-imaging of the indie PC game One Way Heroics. With the original developer Smoking Wolf giving their blessings to Spike Chunsoft, this version is chock full of new classes, bosses, and a few changes while still retaining the same old gameplay that made its counterpart so engaging, only being marred with what the Mystery Chronicle brand can bring to the table. So does this entry in the series manage to elevate it to greater heights?

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[Video Game Review] Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & The Monster Seal

Dungeon Travelers 2 BoxDeveloped by Aquaplus & Sting, Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & The Monster Seal is a dungeon crawler role-playing game (DRPG for short) that is similar to many of its other brethren such as Demon Gaze and Operation Abyss. Knowing the Vita to be a haven for many unscrupulous titles that many Western gamers (unless of a certain audience) wouldn’t touch and the demo version reinforcing that point, I did honestly feel that a decent game could be found behind the fluff. Lo and behold, after playing the complete version, I am glad to say that the sentiment definitely holds true in some respects and should come of a surprise to many that dare take it on.
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[Visual Novel Review] Amnesia: Memories

Amnesia_keyart_1000pxDeveloped by Idea Factory under its Otome game brand Otomate, Amnesia: Memories is among one of the companies pioneering titles that finally gets a western release. And while Otoge or Otome games are meant to cater specifically toward a female audience, a male audience can also partake of them. The story puts players into the shoes of an unnamed female protagonist that has lost her memories after a strange incident. With help of mysterious young boy named Orion, the two work together to help make sense of the heroine’s past life, while trying not raise suspicion from friends and a boyfriend she never knew existed.

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[Video Game Review] Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Century

HDN Rebirth 3 boxGiven the fact that most remakes and reboots range between doing exceptionally well for themselves to outright terrible, tracking the Hyperdimension Neptunia series conversion from the Playstation 3 to Vita has been a great joy and can say that the games definitely belong in the former category. Starting with Rebirth 1 that amended gameplay mechanics and technical issues all the way up until the many spinoffs that traded ideas between the mainline titles, this little brand has come along way. With Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3, the sentiment of improvement is still going strong and proves to make this entry somewhat more than another incremental enhanced port.

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[Video Game Review] Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed

hyperdimension-neptunia-u-action-unleashed box-2015-04-03-11From the creative impulses that brought you the Senran Kagura and OneChanbara series, Tamsoft lends its “unique guidance” to Complie Heart once again for the next entry in the Neptunia catalog, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, an action based spinoff that shares close similarities to the Senran Kagura and Dyntasy Warriors family. If you always dreamed of laying down the law to a hoard of Doogos or familiar looking green pipes that Nintendo would most likely file a lawsuit over  – the dream is now a reality.

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[Video Game Review] Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart

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Sting Entertainment and Compile Heart partner up once again after their last collaboration to create Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart, a spin-off the Neptunia franchise. From the minds that brought us Yggdra Union and Riviera: The Promised Land, this certainly isn’t new territory for Sting or Compile Heart that are both known for strategic infused titles, but bringing the two together does make for an interesting combination and use of the Neptunia brand. In a myriad of ways, this little spin-off is better than the main series, but not completely without a few nagging issues.

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