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17th June
2022
written by Splash

Title: Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes ファイアーエムブレム無双 風花雪月
Platform: Switch
Genre: Action Musou
Language: Japanese
Company: Koei Tecmo, Intelligent Systems, Nintendo
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26th May
2022
written by Splash

Title: Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon
Platform: PC
Genre: Turn-based RPG
Language: Japanese
Company: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, SEGA
Summary:
After the entire Kiryu saga, I had plenty of reservations about a new gen of Yakuza, with a change from action to turn-based combat to exacerbate my concerns. Still…
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26th May
2022
written by Splash

Title: Trinity Trigger
聖塔神記(せいとうじんき) トリニティトリガー
Platform: Switch
Genre: Action RPG
Language: Japanese
Company: FuRyu
Summary: What is with Japan and these cringey names dealing with triangles and trinities these days.
Anyway, some comments about the demo, as the full game releases September 15 in Japan:

Very very much a Secret of Mana clone with even the composer for it on board (Hiroki Kikuta). I’d still give it a try since I love the Mana series so much. Honestly, having the same composer is enough for me to want to give it a full playthrough, and seeing the 8 weapon circle ring clinches it hard lol.

I actually just played a couple hours on the demo currently in JP eshop, and it’s still going (I thought it would be over after this boss fight but I guess there might be some more stuff afterwards). Overall, it feels mobile game quality (think Dragalia Lost), but at least I can see getting a whole console game experience out of it, and local coop will definitely be fun. The original price tag for the game is on the expensive side (7,800 yen), so I would expect a lot of content from the full game.

Overall… well, it’s rare to get a good local coop action RPG these days that doesn’t force you to deal with trashy gacha systems, and having a new Kikuta music experience is very welcome in my book. Looking forward to seeing more of this and hope there’s news for a western release (so that I can coop with my hubby who doesn’t read JP~).
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26th May
2022
written by Splash

Title: Triangle Strategy
Platform: Switch
Genre: Strategy RPG
Language: Japanese
Company: Artdink, Square Enix
Summary: Full backseat mode watching hubby play this one. Some peeps in the FE community got very hype and all about this, but… no it’s nothing to be excited for tbh.
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24th May
2022
written by Splash

Title: 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
Platform: Switch
Genre: Adventure + RTS
Language: Japanese
Company: Vanillaware
Summary: I had mixed expectations for this game from Vanillaware but they very much exceeded overall!
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24th May
2022
written by Splash

Title: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
Platform: PS4
Genre: Action RPG
Language: Japanese
Company: Vanillaware
Summary: Uhh I’ve had this for a long time and have been slacking on finishing it. It’s been loads of fun though!
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23rd May
2022
written by Splash

Title: The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe
Platform: PC
Genre: Adventure
Language: English
Company: Davey Wreden and William Pugh
Summary: Played the original a long time ago, amazed to see this Ultra Deluxe out. And it doesn’t disappoint!
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15th February
2022
written by Splash

Title: Switch: Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Platform: Switch
Genre: RPG
Language: Japanese, English
Company: Gamefreak
Summary: Generally agree with most of the gaming veteran crowd who aren’t overrun with their Pokemon biases. 9/10 for Pokemon standards, only 6/10 by game standards. Basically, if you appreciate anything about Pokemon, I guess it’s worth playing. If not, then abbbsolutely skip lol. I WILL apply the full game standard to my rating here, unlike how I feel a lot of the “bigger” gaming critics out there put out.
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12th January
2022
written by Splash

Title: La Corda d’oro Starlight Orchestra 金色のコルダ スターライトオーケストラ
Platform: Android
Genre: Otome RPG
Language: Japanese
Company: Koei Tecmo
Summary: Playing it for Nojinii even if he’s not voicing an archetype I even particularly like (outgoing + sporty) TwT;;; The game quality is pretty good though, and it’s still La Corda series which has its classical music perks. Going full f2p though, even though subscription options are quite generous. Extra perks for MC being KonMisu (concert mistress) and Yokohama based (lots of traveling involved too).

Twitter thread for updates, I guess.
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8th November
2021
written by Splash

Title: Digimon Survive
Platform: PC, Switch
Genre: Strategy RPG?
Language: Japanese
Company: Bandai Namco
Summary: Some day.
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