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  Watch Video 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 it...   read
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  Watch Video 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 fee...   read
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  Watch Video 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 before. Whether that attitude is reasonable or not is debatable, but the fact that we hold it anyway puts My Hero One's Justice 2 in an awkward position.   read
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  Watch Video 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...   read
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  Watch Video Well, look who's chewing on my neck all of a sudden: It's State of Decay 2, a game released back in 2018. Like a freak you didn't behead all the way, it's back up and at 'em, ready to crack your head open and feast on the goo...   read

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  Watch Video 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, A...   read
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It's still hard for me to believe that Star Trek Online has been around for ten years at this point, but it's true: The game my Steam clock tells me I've played the most of any game ever (with more besides that, since I ...   read

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  Watch Video Star Trek Online celebrates its tenth birthday starting this week, and while it looks like its celebratory update, titled Star Trek Online: Legacy, won't contain any hot Picard bombshells, it will be looking back at decade's ...   read

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  Watch Video It can be hard to believe, but not that long ago if you wanted to experience a Star Trek story that didn't involve watching a rerun, Cryptic Studios' Star Trek Online was your only option. Thankfully for Trek&n...   read
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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 tradin...   read

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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 ...   read

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  Watch Video 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 strug...   read
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  Watch Video Type-MOON's Fate franchise is a many-headed beast, but it's not all Holy Grail Wars and gacha hellscapes. Sometimes it's just a bunch of superpowered friends gathering for a nice meal. That's the premise of Today's Menu for t...   read

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There are only five days left until the New Year, but Fate/Grand Order isn't about to give its players rest. Right on the heels of its grind-heavy Christmas lotto event, FGO's website and social media feeds went into a dramat...   read

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  Watch Video Oh sure, another month means yet another Fate/Grand Order event to grind, but this one's a biggie! Indeed, it's time for the third of FGO's Christmas special grindfests. This one is titled Merry Christmas in the Und...   read

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  Watch Video Most folks might get their first taste of Granblue Fantasy with next year's Granblue Versus, but there's another Granblue game slated for next year and dressed to impress: the action-RPG Granblue Fantasy ReLink, now with a new trailer and ten-minute gameplay clip straight from this weekend's Granblue Fantasy Fes convention.   read

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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.  Look...   read
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  Watch Video 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 o...   read

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  Watch Video We're not even a fortnight from the last significant Fate/Grand Order release, but time (and the event schedule) wait for no master. Plus, it's already late October, which means the yearly Halloween event wouldn't be tim...   read

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  Watch Video Any service game that aims to keep the lights on needs a steady flow of new things to do to survive, but even by those standards English-language Fate/Grand Order players have had a rather busy 2019, with content drops o...   read

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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 ...   read

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  Watch Video 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...   read
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  Watch Video 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...   read
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  Watch Video 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 ...   read

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  Watch Video Alcohol and firearms rarely make for a sensible matchup, but they often do make for an entertaining one. So what do you get when you combine two games that couldn't more intimately alcoholic and trigger-happy? You get the upc...   read

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  Watch Video Australians and other residents of the deeper southern hemisphere may be midway through their winters right about now, but it's sunny and bright where it matters - inside mobile gacha games like Fate/Grand Order, whose Englis...   read

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  Watch Video As promised by the "Sega Propaganda Department", a scheduled livestream has dumped more details about New Sakura Taisen (its tentative title), the upcoming sequel to Sega's long-dormant steampunk series.  And what detail...   read

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  Watch Video The sea is loneliness. That's not a spoiler for Sea of Solitude, the latest effort from Berlin-based indie studio Jo-Mei, and a game that, since its announcement some years ago, has been fairly explicit about its allegorical nature, and its willingness to tackle tough topics directly. And now that it's here and ready for players to take on, all that remains is to see if it can stay afloat.   read
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Fate/Grand Order fans might still be recovering from the arrival of Women of Agartha, but Aniplex aren't about to let 2019's packed content schedule up, what with both the 4th of July and the English edition's 2nd Annive...   read

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  Watch Video Get ready to Rayshift, masters, because after a long round of event reruns, Fate/Grand Order is back with another main story chapter. FGO's Epic of Remnant campaign continues with the second "Pseudo-Singularity" cha...   read

 

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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Crowdfunded games backed:
Republique
Pillars of Eternity
Star Citizen
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