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Senran Kagura Reflexions Review

Developer: HONEY∞PARADE GAMES

Publisher: XSEED

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch

ESRB Rating: M

A Review Copy Was Provided by XSEED for the Purpose of Review

Senran Kagura: Reflexions is a new take on the Senran Kagura franchise. This iteration of the franchise is a bit different from the others.It’s set with Asuka trapped in an illusion and she needs your help with getting out of it.

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Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk Review – Don’t Sleep on This

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software USA

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

ESRB Rating: M

A Review Copy Was Provided by Nippon Ichi Software USA for the Purpose of Review

 

It’s always interesting to see companies branch out from what they normally do. Granted, NIS has been branching out for the past few years to a point where the only real current staple  series they have is: Disgaea and for being known for having some needlessly complex systems. some games. Unfortunately, this review isn’t about the marriage of these two things as Disgaea in some ways can be considered complex on its own. Instead, this is about NIS adding needlessly complex systems to a genre they’re unfamiliar with.

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428 Shibuya Scramble Review

Developer:Abstraction Games

Publisher: Spike Chunsoft

Platform: PS4, PC

Release Date: September 3rd

A Review Copy Was Provided by Spike Chunsoft

It’s been a long time coming, but 428 Shibuya Scramble finally makes its way westward after its initial release in Japan almost 10 years ago on the Nintendo Wii. Now on PS4 and PC, the west gets a chance to see why people have been clamoring for this title.

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Shining Resonance Refrain Review- Not a Shinning Example

Developer: SEGA

Publisher: SEGA

Platform(s): PS4*, Nintendo Switch, XBO, PC

Release Date: June 10th, 2018

ESRB Rating: T

MRSP: $49.99

It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen anything Shining related here in the west, the last game being a 2016 fighting game featuring characters from Shining games that were never localized, Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena. Before that, despite the constant release of Shining games in Japan on PSP, Shining’s presence in the west more or less disappeared after the release of Shining Force EXA for the PS2 back in 2007. That said, Shining moved back to consoles in 2014 with the release of Shining Resonance on PS3. That version wasn’t localized, but it has been remastered for current generation consoles.

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Demon Gaze II Review The Demon’s Gaze Back

Developer: Experience

Publisher: NIS America

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita*, PC

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: 11/14/17

Thank You NIS America for A Review Copy of this Game

Experience does it again in releasing yet another DRPG on the Vita. However this time, it’s a sequel to one of their most popular hits – Demon Gaze. However the landscape of DRPG’s have changed since then. Experience themselves have released more than half a dozen DRPG’s on the platform since Demon Gaze released. Not to mention other games from other developers as well.

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Yomawari Midnight Shadows Review

Developer: Nippon Ichi Software

Publisher: NIS America

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita*, PC

ESRB Rating: M

Release Date: 10/24/17

Thank You NIS America for A Review Copy of this Game

It’s that time of the year again – horror games are releasing and this year brings us Yomawari: Midnight Shadows. Yomawari Midnight Shadows is the sequel to Yomawari: Night Alone. This time, the game features dual protagonists: Haru and Yui and it’s in a new town. Haru and Yui go to a mountain to view the fireworks. On their descent from the mountain they get separated, with the main story of the game getting them back together.

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Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash review Not a splash. Just a drip.

Developer: Marvelous

Publisher: XSEED

Platform: PS4

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: September 26th, 2017

MRSP:$69.99/$59.99

Thank you to XSEED for providing the game for reviewing purposes.

While Summer is over, you can keep it going forever in Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash. The titular series takes us to the pool this time around for some crazy ninja water gun fights. But wait, melee attacks and ninja arts are more or less banned, so how does this play out? By being a third person shooter of course. That said, we’re going into complete uncharted territory here since the franchise is known for being a brawler/musou-esque gameplay design depending on which game it is. Not only that, but this game is also the series’s 5th year anniversary game go figure.

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Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Review – So Long, Bearwell

Developer: Spike-Chunsoft

Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software (PSV/PS4) Spike-Chunsoft (PC)

Platform: PSV/PS4/PC

ESRB Rating: M

Release Date: September 26nd, 2017

Thank you NISA for supplying a copy for the review

It’s time. A new Danganronpa has arrived. This isn’t like Ultra Despair Girls where it became a 3D puzzle shooter/action game hybrid. But instead, we’re going back to the traditional scenario of 16 high school kids with ultimate abilities trapped in an unfamiliar environment killing each other while you have to figure out who killed who. Don’t worry though, if you’re new to the series, this is a meant to be a new starting point so knowledge of the previous entries aren’t needed. Also, please know that is not to be confused with Danganronpa 3 which is the ending to the previous Danganronpa games.

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Mary Skelter: Nightmares Review – This Fleece is Pink With Blood

Developer: Compile Heart

Publisher: Idea Factory International

Platform: PS Vita

ESRB Rating: M

Release Date: September 19th, 2017

MRSP:$39.99

Thank you Idea Factory International for allowing us to review the Vita version of this game.

It’s been about a year since I’ve played a DRPG. It’s been a year since I’ve played MeiQ, the game that made me take this much time away from the genre. Yet here we are, with IF taking on the genre once more (albeit this one not being a Makai Ichiban Kan title) by the name of Mary Skelter: Nightmares. Thankfully, unlike the last one, going through Mary Skelter isn’t a living nightmare.

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Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Review

Developer: Aquaplus and Sting

Publisher: Atlus

Platform: PlayStation 4, PS Vita

ESRB Rating: M

Release Date: September 5th, 2017

MRSP: $49.99 (PS4),  $39.99 (PSV)

Thank you Atlus for allowing us to review the Vita version of this game.

Utawarerumono is a pretty interesting franchise. It was once just a simple game back in 2002. Then it received a manga and anime adaptation a few years afterward. Out of nowhere in 2015, Aquaplus decides to go back to the franchise and gives us Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception. It didn’t end there though as the second half of this come back released in 2016 – while the rest of the world had to wait for both pieces in 2017. And now, the time has come as the end has arrived with the release of Mask of Truth.

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