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  • Review Super Neptunia RPG - Only You Can Save the Gamindustri

    2D console wars

    Things have definitely changed since the last time we visited the land of Gamindustri (yes, that’s really what the world is called). For one thing, everything is now in 2D which, according to the locals, is the height of modern gaming technology. Super Neptunia RPG is a spin-off from the Hyperdimension Neptunia games, a super cute...

  • Review Zanki Zero: Last Beginning - A Survival RPG from the Makers of Danganronpa

    Eat, sleep, die, repeat

    Zanki Zero: Last Beginning comes from the creators of the Danganronpa series, and if this game isn’t further proof that Spike Chunsoft loves to torture and torment its poor characters then we don’t know what is. While Zanki Zero doesn’t force a group of school students to kill each other, it still has an equally grim...

  • Review Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World - A Light and Breezy Town Building Adventure

    Melting pot

    It really is crazy to think that the Atelier series has been going for over twenty years now. The series is well known for being far more about enchanting coming of age stories than trying to defeat the bad guys and save the world. Nelke & the Legendary Alchemist: Ateliers of the New World is a spin-off game that celebrates this...

  • Review Steins;Gate Elite - The Greatest Visual Novel Just Got Even Better

    El Psy Kongroo

    What would you do if you had the ability to send text messages back in time? Maybe you’d send yourself the answers to a test at school, or maybe even the winning lottery numbers. If you knew what the future held then there are loads of little things you could do to improve your life. It all seems fairly harmless as well, right? But...

  • Review Atelier Arland Series Deluxe Pack - A Trio of Delights

    Atelier what, it's pretty good

    The Atelier series is something of an acquired taste. The games tend to be a mix of super-relaxed storylines with anxiety-inducing time limit systems. The juxtaposition can be a bit off-putting to some, but once you realise that the time limits aren’t as harsh as they first appear then you can start to appreciate...

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    Review Punch Line

    Surprisingly not pants

    Before we started playing Punch Line we weren’t really sure what to expect. All we’d heard about the game was that if the main protagonist looks at a lady's undies twice then the world would end. Yup, the set-up sounds completely bonkers and we were fully expecting the game to be mostly fan service, with a bunch of cheap...

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    Review Rainbow Skies

    Taste the Rainbow

    It’s taken six years for us to finally get our hands on the sequel to Rainbow Moon and thankfully the wait has been very much worth it. Rainbow Skies is bigger and better than its predecessor in pretty much every way. There's a much stronger narrative this time round and you can tell that a lot more effort has been poured into...

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    Review Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time

    You’re a witch, Akko

    Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time is a side-scrolling action RPG based on the hit anime series, which follows a young girl called Akko and her enrolment into the Luna Nova Witch Academy. Unfortunately Akko doesn’t really have much magical ability, but what she lacks in power she makes up for with an endearing passion,...

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    Review Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings

    Double trouble

    Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings is the third and final game in the Atelier “Mysterious” trilogy. If we take a quick look back at the previous two games then you’ll see that there have been some pretty big changes between them. Atelier Sophie was praised by many for getting rid of the time...

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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 Secret of Mana

    Shhh. Be vewy vewy quiet, I’m hunting rabites

    Secret of Mana is a remake of one of the SNES’ best loved JRPGs. It was widely praised at the time for its fun hack-'n'-slash combat, beautiful music, and vibrant graphics. However this 2018 remake feels like its stripped away some of the magic of the original and instead made its shortcomings much...

  • News CounterSpy Servers Shutting Down 31st May

    Calling all Trophy hunters

    CounterSpy joined many people’s backlogs when it was a PS Plus game back in March 2015. If it’s been sat in there gathering digital dust then now might be a good time to bring it out to play. After 31st May the servers will be pulled so you’ll no longer be able to earn the “International Nemesis” trophy. If...

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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 .hack//G.U. Last Recode

    Hacker’s paradise

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the .hack franchise began. It was a franchise with a really unique setting – you were put in the shoes of someone playing a fictional MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) called The World. As well as being able to play in The World, you could also log out...

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    Review Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon

    Let’s get jiggly with it

    Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New Moon is an action role-playing title set an unspecified number of years after the first game. Foul fiends, tainted by the blue blood of the Nightlord, still roam the land and there are rumours that a dreaded Moon Queen has appeared as the new ruler of the demons. If she isn’t sealed...

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    PS Vita

    Review Mary Skelter: Nightmares

    Once upon a time

    Based on some of Compile Heart’s previous games we weren’t expecting a lot from Mary Skelter: Nightmares - just a simple dungeon crawler with a bit of fanservice thrown in. What we actually got, however, was something far more interesting. The opening to Mary Skelter is surprisingly dark. The game’s protagonist Jack and his...

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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 Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

    We’re going on an adventure

    Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is the follow up to Ys: Memories of Celceta. It’s an action RPG which at its heart is all about adventuring and exploration. Ys is a long-running series that has been around since the 80s, but you don’t need to be familiar with any of the previous games to understand what’s...

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    Review God Wars: Future Past

    God loves a trier

    God Wars: Future Past is a strategy RPG developed by the makers of Natural Doctrine. Whereas Natural Doctrine attempted to do too many new and different things and ended up becoming overly complex, God Wars has taken a more traditional route and thanks to this, it definitely feels like a much more solid game. Events kick-off with...

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    PS Vita

    Review The Caligula Effect

    μ got a friend in me

    When a game features a story written by Persona veteran Tadashi Satomi it’s difficult not to get a bit hyped for it. The Caligula Effect is an ambitious sounding action role-playing game set in a high school with over 500 non-playable characters to befriend and a very unique battle system. Sadly, if you were hoping for a game...

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    Review Akiba's Beat

    Just beat it

    If you're a fan of Japan and its wonderful culture then you'll probably be aware of Akihabara, a district in Tokyo filled with all manner of delights that will get any otaku salivating at the thought of it. It's a haven for geeks with plenty of shops filled with anime, manga, collectable cards and figurines, as well as maid cafés for...

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    PS Vita

    Review Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy

    Mission: Aborted

    Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy is the follow-up to Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy - a dungeon crawler which arrived on the PlayStation Vita in 2015 to some fairly average review scores. Experience Inc. has released some really good dungeon crawlers on Sony's handheld, so you'd hope that for Operation Babel it would take some...

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    Review Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom

    Shiny happy people

    Life can sometimes feel like waiting for the proverbial bus. While everyone has been patiently anticipating Yooka-Laylee, it actually isn't the only colourful Kickstarter game to make its way to the PlayStation 4 this month: somewhat lesser known is Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom. This is an action role-playing game, but it's not...

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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...