Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls Review

Much like MegaTagmension Blanc + Noire, Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls is set in an alternate history from the rest of the series. The cast is present, but the characters don’t know one another. They take on different roles as the game sees fit. In this case, IF is still her adventurous self on the lookout for knowledge.

Things start off in a pretty rough spot. Gameindustri has transformed into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. While it isn’t immediately explained how exactly that happened, it is clear a war has destroyed the once beautiful scenery. While searching for an ancient library said to contain every piece of the world’s history, she sees what first appears to be a shooting star but is in fact a person falling from the sky (sound familiar?).  Continue reading

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God Eater 2: Rage Burst Review

God Eater 2 traveled a similar trajectory that its prequel followed. It started as a game for the PlayStation Portable, received an enhanced release (this time ported to the PlayStation Vita), before finally making its way to the console. While fans in the West received the superior version of the original release with Gods Eater Burst, they were left grasping for air when every form of God Eater 2 came and went in Japan years ago.

In a single season, Bandai Namco has seen fit to release both God Eater Resurrection and God Eater 2: Rage Burst on the Western shores. In my review, I said Resurrection held plenty of content for the low financial entry it commands. But does the sequel justify its full price tag? 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

MegaTagmension Noire + Blanc vs Zombies Review

MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies takes the already bizarre concept of anthropomorphized game consoles fighting in a world full of memes and throws it into a school setting.

The four CPU Goddesses are attending Gamicademi, a place that allows the rulers to become closer to their subjects. With enrollment at a dangerously low level, the school is threatened by closure (you would think the CPUs could snap their fingers and stop that from happening, but I digress).

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Trillion: God of Destruction Review

Compile Heart has always been known for their rather inconsistent experiences. While I have been a big fan of their focus on character-building and story development, their small budget becomes very noticeable in the production department. This one isn’t much different, and there are other prevalent issues.

Trillion: God of Destruction is a little different than the games the company is used to making. This is a turn-based dungeon crawler not dissimilar from titles like Brandish or the Mystery Dungeon series. Every time you make a move, the enemy makes a move – though status effects and the speed stat of the character/enemy come into play. Continue reading

Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star Review

Gust has this effect on me as a gamer where I can put one of their titles down, and have that experience resonate with me for a long time afterwards. Last year’s Ar nosurge had that exact effect on me.

While I still felt it had faults, I fell in love with the story. The character development that happened during the Genometrics events were heart-rending. Words cannot describe how amazing the soundtrack is. I would still argue it is one of the best the genre has had in years (Rest In Peace, Origa).

Two months ago, Koei Tecmo announced that they would localize Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star for the West. I would have loved to see Ciel nosurge (the Japan-exclusive prequel) make the jump to fill in the blanks missing from the story. That said, I am not about to sit here and argue against having another JRPG in my library. Continue reading

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation Review

From its inception, the Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth series was created to take some of the best features of the previous entries and remake, or rather, re-imagine them.

This meant streamlining the experience and tossing out mechanics that frustrated players – the difference between the first Hyperdimension Neptunia game on PS3 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 on PS Vita and PC embodies this transition. Plus, the developers also introduced new features, like the EXE Drive and Remake system, to keep things fresh and interesting along the way.

With an already refined set of features in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory on the PS3, what exactly does Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 3: V Generation bring to the table? Continue reading