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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: The bugs are hilarious. Speedrun oldies are all back. I’ll reserve actual ratings until I get to backseat watch hubby play this generation, since I still regret bothering with Sword/Shield and I’m mostly done with the games 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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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: Visual Novel + 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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