Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Review

Let us first address how Advent Dark Force is not a sequel. Instead, it acts like an expansion pack to the original Fairy Fencer F (read our review of this version here). Having first appeared only a couple years ago, there hasn’t been a noticeable upgrade to the visuals, but Compile Heart has taken the time to redress almost every other feature in the game.

Players take on the role of Fang, a lazy good-for-nothing who only dreams about the quality of his next meal. While walking through a small town, he comes across a sword stabbed into the ground. A passerby explains that whoever managers to pull the sword out will have one of their wishes granted. With dreams of a large feast filling his brain cavity, the young man takes a chance and removes the weapon with barely any effort. Continue reading

I Am Setsuna Review

The main story opens with a lone mercenary traveling through the snowy banks of a desolate land, his legs carving a path through the mounds of soft powder. The masked man takes on different tasks in order to survive this harsh arctic environment, seeing them through to completion no matter how arduous they may be.

Approached by an unknown figure after completing a job, he is told to visit a small village on a tiny isle off the coast of the mainland. In that village, once every ten years, a ceremony is held where a sacrifice is chosen. That person must set out on a journey to the Last Lands to fulfill their prophecy. There resides a young girl there who is about to reach the target age, and he is ordered to eliminate her. Continue reading

Summon Night 6 Hands-On Impressions

Far away from the sensory overload that is E3, I had the chance to visit famed localizer Victor Ireland. This is a man many an RPG fan should know as the former president of Working Designs – best known for bringing the Lunar series to our shores.

Nearly a decade after forming his new studio and working on smaller titles, Gaijinworks is now focusing on giving the Summon Night series a chance to penetrate the Western market. After last year’s well-received 5th entry, they look to capitalize on their efforts with Summon Night 6: Lost Borders. Continue reading

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book Review

Atelier Sophie represents a jumping-off point for the series as it finally makes its way to the PlayStation 4 after continuing on in the last generation of consoles. Granted, the game was still released on the PlayStation Vita and on the PlayStation 3 in Japan (that version was not localized).

However, with the leap to the latest hardware, we should get a glimpse in what developer Gust is capable of with more horsepower at their disposal. While there is an indication of that happening here, it still falls short of what I would have loved to see. But that isn’t to say it was a disappointment. Continue reading