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Review: Trials of Mana

Remakes, no matter their quality, are always a tricky business. How much of an old game's ideas or mechanics do you preserve? What do you update, reinvent, keep as-is, or discard outright from an old game that won't betray its essence, or r...

 
 
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Review in Progress: Trials of Mana

I couldn't tell you right now if Trials of Mana, the modernized 3D remake of the now-legendary 1995 SNES classic Seiken Densetsu 3, does justice to its 25-year-old forebear. I don't say that because I have mixed feelings about thi...

 
 
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Review: My Hero One's Justice 2

Video game sequels are weird. Whereas the sequel to a book or film need only continue or conclude the story set out in the previous entry, most players generally expect a video game sequel to be substantially better than what came...

 
 
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Review: One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows

How do you make a game about a character that's literally invincible and unbeatable? It's a problem everyone that's thought about making something about Superman has had to face, and it's a problem that Spike Chunsoft is also saddled with. ...

 
 
 
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Review: Azur Lane: Crosswave

Azur Lane has had a rather rapid rise to the upper echelons of gacha gaming. Once, it was derided as a Chinese "clone" of the Japan-exclusive Kantai Collection. Now, less than a year after its official English release, Azur Lane i...

 
 
 
 
 
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Fate/Grand Order's Oni Pagoda will test your roster

Fate/Grand Order may not be quite ready to debut its next big story expansion, but the time between now and Spring won't be empty, if the game's handlers at Aniplex have anything to say about it. Players are still trading in their curr...

 
 
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The complete Utawarerumono trilogy is headed to PC

Its title might be a bit of a mouthful to pronounce, but Utawarerumono is a good time. I've sung its praises over the years, and despite some missteps, I'd recommend the core series wholeheartedly...bar one problem: The original story ...

 
 
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Josh Tolentino's personal picks for Game of the Year 2019

2019 sure was a year, and if I do say so myself, it felt like a pretty strong one for games. Strong enough that I actually had genuine trouble just narrowing down the entries that stuck out in my mind, where usually the struggle is in bendi...

 
 
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The Games that Defined the Decade: Fortnite

Fortnite is a latecomer to this decade, only really breaking out in the halcyon days of last year once it became clear that Epic had something lasting on its hands, and not another also-ran riding PUBG's coattails.  Looking back, it fe...

 
 
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Fate/Grand Order kicks off the season of the witch-hunt

Fate/Grand Order players have been having a hectic quarter, with back-to-back events threatening their supply of stamina-refilling Golden Apples. First there was Shimousa, then this year's Halloween event, then a rerun of last year's C...

 
 
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Review: Code Vein

When reviewing a game, it's a given that one would play the game being reviewed to learn more about it, but it's decidedly less common that just posting a game review would make for a similar learning experience. That's what happened when I...

 
 
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Review in Progress: Code Vein

If it wasn't obvious enough yet, it's worth saying right now: Code Vein is like Dark Souls. It's cliché to try to compare From Software's landmark series to anything these days, but the shoe fits in this case. It fits so we...

 
 
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Review: Utawarerumono: ZAN

When reviewing a game, it's usually a good idea to try to ask the question "Who is this game for?" Sure, it's a bit presumptuous, but attempting to figure out what theoretical audience a given game is trying to serve can shed light on what ...

 
 
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Homeworld 3 announced by Blackbird Interactive at PAX West

It's actually happening. Long after becoming an in-joke/pipe dream for aging PC gamers, Homeworld 3 is a thing that will be coming to computer shelves sooner or later. Gearbox, who picked up the rights for the franchise and produced th...

 
 


About Josh Tolentinoone of us since 9:23 PM on 02.07.2007

When not posting about Japanese games or Star Trek, Josh serves as Managing Editor for Japanator, Dtoid's sister site for the best in anime, manga, and cool news from Glorious Nippon.

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