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17th January
2023
written by Splash

Title: Fire Emblem Engage ファイアーエムブレム エンゲージ
Platform: Switch
Genre: SRPG
Language: Japanese
Company: Intelligent Systems, Nintendo
Summary: Cleared Hard without skipping cutscenes, watching all the supports I got on the way etc, in less than 60 hrs.

I early on preordered two copies of 3H, one physical for the limited edition bonuses, one digital so I wouldn’t have to wait on shipping. For this one however, I’m just sticking with just the physical limited edition. The main selling point would’ve been an art designer that I really like (the character designer’s art is nice, but it’s not Kozaki Yuusuke or Kurahana Chinatsu levels for me), or confirmation of Kondoh Rei’s involvement with the music, and this title has neither of those. Many aspects I’ve heard about the game have been positive though, so I still look forward to it once it arrives within a week after launch. Just a few days to wait! XD

Also still seeking confirmation on Koei Tecmo/Gust involvement for this title? No one seems to have the full deets on this. I’ve been informed that this is this game is built on Unity though, so modding is fairly easy.
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8th January
2023
written by Splash

Title: Live A Live
Platform: Switch
Genre: RPG
Language: Japanese, English
Company: Square Enix
Summary: Significantly better than I thought it’d be, after some dulling experiences with Squenix’s modern pixel games in general. But this one’s a big remastering of an old SNES title, and another good one to add to the resume after FF7:CCR

Big kudos to raising Akira out of joke status, I am a big fan
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26th December
2022
written by Splash

Title: Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core Reunion
Platform: PC
Genre: Action RPG
Language: Japanese
Company: Square Enix
Summary: HQ Remaster of the PSP game, which was my first PSP game ever! Hello again, Gackt/Genesis.

A solid, enjoyable remaster. They nerfed Costly Punch apparently, but not enough to kick it off top tier move lol.
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23rd November
2022
written by Splash

Title: Switch: Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
Platform: Switch
Genre: RPG
Language: Japanese, English
Company: Gamefreak
Summary: Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse than Sword/Shield…
The bugs are hilarious. The lag is not fun. Speedrun oldies are all back. I still regret bothering with Sword/Shield and I’m mostly done with the mainline Pokemon games at this point, so I only backseat watched hubby play–aka suffer through the bugs and lag. Spoilers under the cut, but tldr spare yourself the waste of time and don’t care about spoilers for Pokemon at this point.
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20th October
2022
written by Splash

Title: Ghosts of Tsushima
Platform: PS5
Genre: Action RPG
Language: English/Japanese
Company: Sucker Punch Productions
Summary: For a company that isn’t Ubisoft, it’s quite funny how much this game really is just an Assassin’s Creed game set in Japan. Since Asscreed is doing a game set in Japan, it’ll surely become a point of direct comparison.
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15th September
2022
written by Splash

Title: Assassin’s Creed
Platform: PC
Genre: Action RPG
Language: English
Company: Ubisoft
Summary: Just putting it all in one post since I don’t have any huge attachment to this series in general, just backseat watching.~ I don’t even remember the AC’s before Black Flag, so I’ll just list these others here:
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013)
Assassin’s Creed Rogue (2014)
Assassin’s Creed Unity (2014)
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (2015)
Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017)
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (2018)
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (2020)
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29th August
2022
written by Splash

Title: Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Platform: Switch
Genre: RPG
Language: Japanese, English
Company: Monolith Soft
Summary: I’ll probably never bother putting up entries for the first two, because neither of those two really left enough of a (positive) impression on me to bother. This one’s pretty decent though.

Also another big case of playing it on PC instead of the Switch adds a TON of QoL, just like with X. The biggest thing that keeps the Xenoblade series back from its “full potential” is Nintendo hardware. :V …but I’ll keep it in the Switch category here.
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11th August
2022
written by Splash

Title: Jewelic Nightmare
Platform: PSP
Genre: Otome
Language: Japanese
Company: Otomate, Idea Factory
Summary: Chugging through backlog starting from this 2014 game.
Gimme that Yamamoto Kana art hnggg


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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
Summary: The only thing really holding this game back is the Switch itself, but what can you do LOL. (besides emulate cough). The Treasure Box is really beautiful though ^q^ no regrets https://twitter.com/SplashTOMATO/status/1541885303211696130

I’ll try to go into more detail once I’ve finally done the Arval paralogue and completed these alternate routes.
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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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