Tales of Zestiria Takes a Cue from Classic Literature

Imagine if Don Quixote was a JRPG and the title character really was fighting giants while everyone else saw windmills. That game exists and it is Tales of Zestiria. » 3/20/15 6:00am 3/20/15 6:00am

Dragon Quest Heroes is a Solid Crossover Game

Dragon Quest Heroes is far from your standard Dragon Quest RPG. Rather, this game is as much Dynasty Warriors as it is Dragon Quest—and that is in no way a bad thing. » 3/13/15 5:00am 3/13/15 5:00am

The Legend of Legacy Doesn’t Live Up to Its Pedigree

The Legend of Legacy has a pedigree other JRPGs can only wish for with its development team consisting of former Square Enix and Level-5 employees. But given that it comes from a team who had a hand in some of the most popular classic JRPGs of the 90s and beyond, this game is more than a bit of a letdown. » 2/17/15 7:40am 2/17/15 7:40am

Box Boy is Full of Puzzles, Platforming, and Cuteness

What happens when you take a bit of Mario and cross it with a bit of Tetris? You get the cutest little box-person in the world. » 1/23/15 7:00am 1/23/15 7:00am

The New Attack on Titan 3DS Game Is a Solid Upgrade of the Last One

Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind -Chain- is an update of last year's similarly titled Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind. And while it has only one major new feature, it is one that changes the entire game for the better. » 1/09/15 4:00am 1/09/15 4:00am

Danganronpa Another Episode is a Dark Tale Where Children Kill Adults

Danganronpa has never been a "happy" series—as it centers around imprisoned high schoolers whose only means of escape is to kill a classmate and get away with it—but Zettai Zetsubo Shoujo: Danganronpa Another Episode takes it a step further by making its backdrop a city where children are mass murdering adults. » 12/16/14 8:00am 12/16/14 8:00am

That Anime Crossover Fighter is Actually Pretty Darn Fun

Over the past few weeks, we've taken a detailed look at specific aspects of Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, a fighting game where characters are pulled from across some of the most popular anime of the past few years to battle it out. And if nothing else, Fighting Climax certainly delivers on that premise. » 12/05/14 5:00am 12/05/14 5:00am

OneChanbara Z2: Chaos Brings Zombie Killing and Fanservice Galore

The New 3DS Is the Portable Nintendo Should've Released Years Ago

I'm not saying the original 3DS is bad. I'm not saying that at all. What I'm saying is that the New Nintendo 3DS seems so good. It would've been nice to have this from the get go. » 10/21/14 10:00am 10/21/14 10:00am

Fatal Frame V is a Solid Survival Horror Game

I am a long-time fan of the Fatal Frame survival horror series—despite my aversion to scary things. And while I'll be the first to agree the franchise has had its ups and downs, the series' Wii U debut, Fatal Frame V, is a solid outing for the series. » 10/21/14 5:30am 10/21/14 5:30am

Bayonetta 2 Is Like Eating All Your Halloween Candy at Once

The original Bayonetta was touted as “non-stop climax action.” But that tag line fits the sequel even better, as Bayonetta 2 starts with what would be any other game's climax and attempts to continue on at that level for the next eleven hours—even when it probably shouldn't. » 10/03/14 8:00am 10/03/14 8:00am

Hyrule Warriors is Far More Dynasty Warriors than Zelda

While the plot, setting, and characters may all be of Zelda lineage, make no mistake, when it comes to gameplay, this is a Dynasty Warriors game through and through. » 8/29/14 5:30am 8/29/14 5:30am

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines Is a Throwback to Classic JRPGs

Tied together by a beautiful Japanese watercolor art style, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines mixes RPG dungeon crawling and multi-generational breeding to create a gaming experience that will have classic JRPG fans giddy with joy. » 8/15/14 8:00am 8/15/14 8:00am

Gundam Side Stories is Nothing But an Inept Play on Your Nostalgia

For decades, Gundam has had some impressive side story games that explore the war in the original Gundam. So you’d think an HD collection like Gundam Side Stories would be a godsend—and it would be if it were more than just an inept play on your nostalgia. » 7/18/14 7:00am 7/18/14 7:00am

With Some Work, Freedom Wars Could Be The Vita's Next Big Game

In Freedom Wars, you are a prisoner living in a dystopian future where simply existing is a crime worth a million-year sentence. The game is basically another mission-based multiplayer hunting game, a la Monster Hunter, but it's got enough originality going for it that it still managed to catch my heart despite some… » 7/11/14 6:40am 7/11/14 6:40am

Pokémon Art Academy Will Teach You How to Draw Pokémon

So, you like Pokémon? Are you looking to learn how to draw or to improve your drawing? Well, Pokémon Art Academy can help you with that—as long as you're drawing on the 3DS anyway. » 7/04/14 5:30am 7/04/14 5:30am

The Biggest Obstacle in Hotaru no Nikki is You

When I first saw the promotional video for Nippon Ichi software's upcoming game, Hotaru no Nikki, I was instantly captivated by the overall aesthetic. It had the feel of a game like Ico, but with less action. And that's pretty much what I got. » 6/26/14 7:00am 6/26/14 7:00am