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    Review Grand Kingdom

    A heavenly kingdom?

    Republished on Wednesday 31st January 2018: We're bringing this review back from the archives following the announcement of February's PlayStation Plus lineup. The original text follows. Grand Kingdom is a good looking turn-based battle-'em-up that sees you getting to pick and command a group of mercenaries in...


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    PS Vita

    Review Tokyo Tattoo Girls

    Tattoo nightmares

    Tokyo Tattoo Girls is definitely a strange game. If you’ve taken a look at any of the trailers for it then you can be forgiven for assuming that it’s going to be some kind of JRPG – even the opening cutscene feels like typical JRPG territory. But ignore your initial preconceptions, Tokyo Tattoo Girls is actually a...


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    Review Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle

    Touhou want to fight?

    If you’ve ever wanted to make super cute anime girls beat the living daylights out of each other for fun but balked at the Dead or Alive series, then NIS America has just delivered what you’re looking for with Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle. This is a twist on the arcade fighting games that gives you guns as well as swords...


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    Review Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony

    Bear with me, I’ll think of a pun soon

    The Danganronpa series is known for being delightfully dark and twisted while at the same time wrapped in a layer of light-hearted eccentric silliness. The main crux of the series centres around Monokuma and his ‘killing game’, where a group of students are forced to live together and the only way to...





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    Review The Silver Case

    Basket case

    The Silver Case is one of the early titles developed by renowned auteur Suda51 and his studio Grasshopper Manufacture. Unsurprisingly, the ticks and quirks that have come to define his recent output are present in abundance. Indeed, this is a profoundly strange game, and one that – for both better and worse – often feels...

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    Review Birthdays the Beginning

    Life finds a way

    Birthdays the Beginning is a pretty strange title for a pretty strange game. It’s a god game in which you manipulate a cubic world in order to create new lifeforms. As far as elevator pitches go, it doesn’t sound terribly interesting, but it does just about enough to hold your attention – if only for a short time. You...


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    PS Vita

    Review A Rose in the Twilight

    The rose beyond the wall

    Nippon Ichi certainly knows how to tell gruesome tales featuring adorable looking young girls! The creators of Yomawari: Night Alone have returned with a brand new puzzle platformer, A Rose in the Twilight. It's a tale of innocence, friendship, and blood. A young girl with a thorn upon her back awakens in the rubble, deep...

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    Review Touhou Genso Wanderer


    Rogue-like role-playing release Touhou Genso Wanderer follows the story of adorable protagonist Reimu Harukei. Reimu becomes entranced by the 'golden sphere' that soon-to-be antagonist Rinnosuke Morichika is holding, and tries to steal it from him. Clearly under the sphere's spell, Rinnosuke fights back, and Reimu soon finds herself away...


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    Review Danganronpa 1&2 Reload

    The kids aren't alright

    The Danganronpa series is built around a deliciously gruesome premise: a bunch of high schoolers are held captive - in a school in the first game, a tropical island in the second - and they're told that the only way they'll ever be allowed to go back to their normal life is if they kill one of the other members of the group...









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    Review Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

    Revenge is a dish best served on the PS4

    In a genre that prides itself on balanced gameplay and character building, you can always count on the Disgaea franchise to be the outlier in the strategy role-playing realm with its ability to not take itself too seriously. If you've played previous instalments, you'll know that a wacky cast and...











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    Review Natural Doctrine

    Doctorate encouraged

    Most strategy games have consistent traits, from the required line of sight to turn-based attacks and environmental multipliers. Natural Doctrine takes these basics and develops them beyond recognition. This is a devilishly intelligent title that’s perhaps a little too clever, and it alienates itself somewhat as a result...






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    Review Mugen Souls Z

    The questionable quest for cute

    There aren’t many games as unusual as Mugen Souls Z. Its main character is a young goddess who carries around a coffin, not for any reason in particular, just because the writers needed some kind of container and that seemed to make sense. That’s not the weirdest thing that you’ll see either. Charged with...

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    Review Demon Gaze

    Should have gone to Specsavers

    When Demon Gaze first burst onto the scene in Japan last January, it sold 25,316 physical copies in its first week alone, outselling Compile Hearts' Monster Monpiece which launched on the same day. Subsequently, PlayStation Vita owners outside of Japan rejoiced as Kadokawa Games’ dungeon crawling success story was...




  • News Fairy Fencer F Takes the PS3 by Surprise This Year

    Man made weapons

    What's better than a cute anime girl? A cute anime girl that you can use to lop people's heads off with, of course. And that is exactly what you'll be signing up for in NIS America's latest acquisition, Fairy Fencer F. Indeed, the localisation specialist recently confirmed that the turn-based role-playing game will arrive on the...

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    Review Ys: Memories of Celceta

    Never forget

    The Ys series has a peculiar past consisting of large gaps between sequels, a slew of different developers creating non-canon side projects, and an overall lack of localisation in Europe and North America. However, despite all of this turmoil, its refined mechanics and generally dependable quality has earned it a loyal following all...

  • News Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Performs Its Best Poker Face on PS Vita

    Would you like to play a game?

    You may be celebrating the release of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc right now, but you haven’t got long to wait until its sequel arrives. During a press event overnight, NIS America announced that Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair will shoot down more lies on the PlayStation Vita in Europe and North America later...

  • Rumour Voice Actor Guilty of Accidentally Spilling Danganronpa 2 Localisation Plans

    Do a google search first

    Today might mark the launch of the engrossing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc in North America, but the game's sequel may already be in the process of being localised. Earlier in the day, voice actor Kyle Hebert tweeted about his role as Kazuichi Souda, and the title's release. The problem is that Hebert's previously...

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    Review Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

    Addicted to despair

    Hope's Peak Academy: a social melting pot for Japan's best students, and home to a horrific killing game that provides teenagers with the motives for murder. This is Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, a title that's part visual novel, part point-and-click adventure, and part courtroom craziness. But is this sinister scenario worth...



  • News Ys Memories of Celceta Dashes onto European Vitas in 2014

    Ys please

    Always on the lookout for a new adventure, the Ys series' red-haired protagonist Adol Christin will be journeying to Europe in early 2014, as he races like a maniac through the PlayStation Vita's Ys Memories of Celceta. As foretold earlier in the year, the release is due out imminently in North America. Tackling an expansive overworld...

  • News Demon Gaze Casts a Monstrous Eye Upon European PS Vitas

    It's rude to stare

    As part of a flurry of announcements earlier today, niche publisher NIS America has confirmed that European gamers will be able to point their pernicious peepers at Demon Gaze in early 2014. The dungeon crawler – which deployed in Japan in January – sees you assume the role Oz, a brave adventurer with the ability to seal...

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    Review Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness

    Explosive penguins, dood!

    Strategy RPGs aren't usually known for their humour. Sure, Fire Emblem: Awakening inspired the odd chuckle, but for the most part, devising grid-based battlefield attacks is serious business. Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness on the other hand is chaotic, nonsensical, and absolutely mad – and we mean that in the most...

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    Review The Guided Fate Paradox

    Fate fighter

    The Guided Fate Paradox starts incredibly slowly. Tutorials hold your hand for the first hour, with only a mere sliver of actual gameplay putting in an appearance. Even when it's over, there's still more to learn, although these intricacies are thankfully taught through a staggered approach over time. This initial phase is also thick...


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    Review Time and Eternity

    Love will tear us apart

    Naughty bubble-baths and tongue-in-cheek dirty jokes are often commonplace in the JRPG genre, but they don't typically accompany an array of mature issues, such as the death of a loved one and secrecy. This is because contrasting potty humour with a deep storyline rarely works, as it’s difficult to empathise with any...

  • News Dragon's Crown Rules Europe on 11th October

    King of the continent

    Dragon’s Crown may already be setting hearts aflutter in North America, but you won’t have to wait an eternity for the European release. NIS America has revealed that the brawler will bash both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita to bits on 11th October overseas. Those of you that pre-order at participating retailers...


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    Review Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory

    "Is that your 'please punish me' face?"

    Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory is a hard-sell. It’s what reviewers like to call ‘a niche title’, meaning a game that the majority of PlayStation 3 owners will pick up and then swiftly put back down. Set in a land governed by gaming tech, it's the third instalment in the Neptunia JRPG series, a franchise...