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    PS Vita

    Review Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms

    Choose your husbando

    Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms is a visual novel otome game and a direct sequel to last year’s Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds. The main character Chizuru Yukimura is still trying to find her missing father and is still hanging out with the Shinsengumi, a military police unit made up of hunky ronin. The game tells of a time between the waning...


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    Review Dark Rose Valkyrie

    A thorny rose

    Dark Rose Valkyrie is the latest Japanese role-playing game presented to us by developer Compile Heart and publisher Idea Factory. It’s set in an alternate version of 1929 Japan where Black Garnet, a meteorite, has hit the Earth and caused a virus that transforms the public into deadly creatures called Chimera.  The protagonist,...


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    PS Vita

    Review Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds

    Samurai lovin', had me a blast

    Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds is the latest game in the Hakuoki series, and is billed by developer Idea Factory as a “remastered telling of the beloved 2008 series”. Set in historic Japan, the game follows the protagonist as she's taken in by a group of samurai while looking for her father who has gone missing. Being an...



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    PS Vita

    Review MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death


    From Compile Heart, the developer of the reasonably popular Hyperdimension Neptunia series, comes a new game from a fresh intellectual property. MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death is the story of a world that is suffering an eternal nighttime. Legend tells the story of a chosen Machina Mage who must turn the key to restart the world and restore order...


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    Review Megadimension Neptunia VII

    The same old Neptune

    Playing through the main storyline of Megadimension Neptunia VII, you'd perhaps be forgiven for thinking of the series' first PlayStation 4 instalment as three different games entirely. Packaged as a trio of story arcs tied together by an overarching plot, you fight across alternate dimensions to save the fate of Gamindustri...


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    Review Amnesia: Memories

    A memorable encounter

    Amnesia: Memories is an otome visual novel where you play the nameless heroine who has lost her memories. The reason given in the opening scenes of the game is that a sprite named Orion has collided with you and takes up the space in the brain where your memories used to be. A cute notion, but as the storylines unfold, you...








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    Review Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1

    Queen of Lastation

    Irrespective of allegiance, we’ve all witnessed the console wars. From the days when Nintendo and SEGA contested store shelves, all the way to the triple pronged struggle of the current generation, it’s something that, as gamers, we’re all familiar with. This eternal war is at the heart of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1...


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    Review Monster Monpiece

    Cover-up girl

    It’s fair to say that Western support for the PlayStation Vita has dwindled in the past year or so, setting the stage for several Japanese ports to step up and plug the hole. None, however, are more questionably sexualised than Monster Monpiece; a card game where leveling up monster girls by rubbing the handheld’s touchscreen in a...

  • News See Where It All Began With Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 This Summer

    Who will win the console war?

    With a torrent of titles arriving in the West, it's safe to say that fans of console parody JRPG series Hyperdimension Neptunia have been kept largely satisfied. From saving the Gameindustri in the core series to becoming the ultimate idol in Producing Perfection, it can be confusing to find a good point to jump onto...