Gaming Articles

By Exelen | Collection of (mainly) japanese gaming related articles from all over the web.

The Adventure of Valkyrie offers an interesting approach to advancement

<i>The Adventure of Valkyrie: The Legend of the Time Key</i> is a <i>The Legend of Zelda</i>-like that had some issues that kept it from being as memorable as other …

The bit Generations series is an import treasure

Western players are likely at least somewhat familiar with Nintendo’s <i>Art Style</i> games, downloadable WiiWare and DSiWare titles with a shared stark …

Final Fantasy

Review: Princess Maker 2 Refine is a noble attempt

The <i>Princess Maker</i> series helped kick off a genre. When Gainax gave people the opportunity to raise an orphaned girl, determining her schedule and …

RPGs

Interview: Brian Gray on localizing Gotta Protectors

<i>Brian Gray is a veteran of the localization industry, working on big franchises such as</i> Kingdom Hearts <i>and</i> Fire Emblem, <i>cult favorites like</i> The World …

The Idolmaster: Platinum Stars is a slice of idol life

How do the not-so-rich, but wannabe famous people live? Apparently, they’re a lot like the rest of us. In <i>The Idolmaster: Platinum Stars</i>, we’re …

How to play The Idolmaster: Platinum Stars

<i>The Idolmaster: Platinum Stars</i> is a more streamlined <i>Idolmaster</i> experience. It’s nowhere near as complicated or strict as previous games. As long as …

One Way Heroics: Introduction and History

<b>The concept of a “point of no return” is a common one in RPGs: it normally refers to the point immediately before the game’s finale where advancing</b> …

Review: Phoenix Wright remains an Ace Attorney in Spirit of Justice

Phoenix Wright has had 15 years to court fans. I think it’s safe to say he’s doesn’t have to do much to defend himself against critics. Yet, he can’t …

Romancing Saga 2 is a love letter to meritocracies

Think about the kinds of people you imagine ruling over kingdoms and empires in games. Certainly, we encounter situations where elected officials act …

Ys: Sights and Sounds

<b>Much like its gameplay, the overall aesthetic of the Ys series has evolved considerably over time.</b><p>As technology has improved with each new generation …

Pokemon Blue: Inglorious beginnings

The <i>Pokemon</i> rampage is still going on full force, to my wonderment and delight; and after my run of <i>White</i>, I decided to make an audacious jump to the …

The Final Fantasist: A Conversation With Yoshitaka Amano

Jump to: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3<p>The first time I saw — or rather, <i>noticed</i> — Yoshitaka Amano's work was when I stumbled across the Nintendo-published U.S. …

David Bowie

htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary and parenthood

<b>Editor’s Note: this article contains spoilers for htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary.</b><p><i>htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary</i> is a game that offers players the illusion …

Megadimension Neptunia V-II: Historical Context and Mechanics

<b>The Neptunia series may only have been with us since 2010, but it’s already a mainstay of the modern Japanese gaming landscape.</b><p>It wasn’t an entirely …

(PS Vita) MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies Review

<b>Title Screen</b><p>MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies (god, such an awful title to both say and type) is the latest game in the Hyperdimension …

Review: Ray Gigant is the DRPG for people who despise dungeon crawling

Dungeon-crawling JRPGs can be intimidating. Sometimes, you’re dropped into the action with little or no explanation as to how you’re supposed to …

Review: Langrisser Re:Incarnation Tensei is heartbreakingly irredeemable

The <i>Langrisser</i> series is a storied one. It’s had many twists and turns in quality, but it’s always been worth exploring to find the compelling …

Anime
Language

Return to Popolocrois: A case of graphical downgrade

In my last post about the increase of oversimplism in 3DS RPGs and simulation games, I forgot to mention that the involved games also treaded on …

Game Theory: On Digimon, McLuhan, and constructed reality

<i>Article by Matt S.</i><p>Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth is a fascinating game. It’s interesting in part because it’s fun, of course - it’s quite hard to ruin a …

Oversimplistic much?

Something is rotten in the state of 3DS RPGs and simulation games.<p>RPGs and simulation games have always been deemed the deepest genres as far as …

PlayStation Vita imports guide: what you need to know

Want to get into Vita imports? We’re here to help! Whether the 3DS just isn’t your thing or you’re looking for even more, the system has some great …