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June 11, 2016

Witch and The Hundred Knight Revival Review

Game: The Witch and The Hundred Knight Revival Edition Platform: PS4 Developers: Nippon Ichi Software Publishers: NIS America Inc Genre: Action role-playing Price: $39.99

This review was completed with a review copy from the publishers

The Witch and the Hundred Knight is a somewhat shallow attempt to couple the well known “cutesy” Disgaea art style with some darker themes in the pursuit of humor. It’s quite hit and miss, and the overall gameplay while striving for depth, seems just to fall short of its goal. The gameplay is competent enough, and the quality is quite high, but it just makes for one fairly cliche action-role-playing title. It’s a [...]

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April 24, 2016

Dark Souls 3 Review

Game: Dark Souls 3 Developer: FromSoftware Publisher: Bandai Namco Games Reviewed On: PS4 Price: $59.99

As fans and observers of the Dark Souls series know, Dark Souls games are not like other games. While the series consists of easily identifiable game design – things like a third-person camera, RPG stat-investment, inventory management, and large explorable areas – it also has an ineffable quality about it; a mixture of mystery, trepidation and awe that makes the Dark Souls games as harrowing as they are rewarding for those who take the plunge. This has what has propelled Dark Souls from an obscure exercise in masochism to a [...]

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April 2, 2016

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Review

Developer: Spike Chunsoft Publisher:  NIS America Platform: PC (Steam) Price: $29.99

Danganronpa was reviewed due to a code received from the publisher, NIS America.

Danganronpa does something truly fascinating. It features such brutality mixed with utterly goofy antics spliced with various genres including social sims, murder mystery along with a bit of Phoenix Wright courtroom drama for good measure. If this is how good visual novels can be then it should come as no surprise that more titles are making their way across the ocean.

I’ll fully admit to being entirely new to Visual Novels. It is an oddity considering how many video games from Japanese [...]

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March 24, 2016

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel Review

Game: Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel Developer: Examu Publisher: Marvelous USA Reviewed on: PS4 Price:  $39.99

The publisher provided a copy of this title for this review.

This week we will be taking a look at Nitroplus Blasterz, a fighting game starring the various heroines from the visual novel publisher Nitro Plus’ vast library of titles.

Gameplay here is very typical of the anime sub-section of the genre; players pick from among the game’s 14 playable characters then brawl with a friend or the CPU with over the top attacks, special moves, [...]

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March 18, 2016

Street Fighter V Review

Game: Street Fighter V Developer: Capcom, Dimps Publisher: Capcom Platforms: PC/PlayStation 4 Price: $59.99 Reviewed On: PlayStation 4

A code was provided by the publisher for this review.

There was a dark time in the landscape of fighting games. The genre was stagnant for what felt like ages before Capcom unleashed Street Fighter IV onto the scene. The home console release back in 2009 was equivalent to Third Impact, honestly. It was a mega-ton that bombarded the entire FGC (Fighting Game Community) and got people to pay attention to a genre of games that was, frankly, not great at the time. It is no secret that Street Fighter is the fighting game. Few other names [...]

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March 14, 2016

Strawberry Vinegar Review

Title: Strawberry Vinegar Developer: ebi-hime Publisher: Sekai Project Played on: PC Price: $9.99

A review copy of this game was provided by the publisher for this review.

Visual novels are unique among video games, if one wishes to consider them such at all, in that without gameplay, they must rely on their story, music, and art to captivate the player and immerse themselves in the story’s world. This, in particular, is what Strawberry Vinegar fails to do even from the outset.

Regarding narrative, Strawberry Vinegar spins a tale that anime and manga fans have heard many many times before. Our heroine, a girl, named Chiri, suddenly finds a cute [...]

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March 5, 2016

Shadowrun Hong Kong Review

Game Name: Shadowrun: Hong Kong Developer:  Hairebrained Studios Publisher:  Hairebrained Studios Platform: PC Release Date: August 20, 2015 Price: $19.90/£13.78 Genre: Strategy, Role Playing ESRB Rating: M

A copy of this game was gifted by the developers for this review.

Shadowrun: Hong Kong shares many similarities with the previous campaigns in the series. It takes a fresh look at SIN, explaining a little about what life is like for people who aren’t shadowrunners. Thrust into the lifestyle, they must do all they can, merely to survive the harsh streets of Hong Kong. It also, unfortunately, shares some of the problems the previous campaigns had. I had a lot of [...]

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February 5, 2016

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Review

Game Name: Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Developer:  Alpha Dream Publisher:  Nintendo Platform: Nintendo 3DS Release Date: 1/22/2016 Price: $39.99/£27.80 Genre: Action, Role-Playing ESRB Rating: E

A download code for the game was provided by the publisher for this review.

AlphaDream’s previous title Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, released in a very crowded year of Mario-related titles, was a huge breath of fresh air for a series that started to feel a bit stale. That twist on the formula of offering the fully-realized cartoony RPG experience that began way back with the mythical Super Mario RPG cross focused 2D-platformer sequences made for a full menu of dynamic [...]

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January 28, 2016

Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster Review

DEVELOPER: Capcom PUBLISHER: Capcom PLATFORMS: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 PRICE: $19.99 RELEASE DATE: January 19th, 2016

The publisher provided a review code for this review.

The events of Resident Evil Zero take place a mere 24 hours before the infamous Spencer Mansion incident (Resident Evil) and introduce the classic survival formula with a twist. S.T.A.R.S. member, Rebecca Chambers, and her other teammates make an emergency landing in the woods nearby only to discover an overturned military police vehicle. Bodies are strewn about along with evidence indicating that convicted felon, Billy Coen, is lurking around. The group splits up to cover more ground and [...]

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December 7, 2015

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Review

Game: Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Developer: FROM Software Publisher: Sony Platform: PS4 Price: $19.99

The copy of The Old Hunters used for this review was personally bought by the writer, at their country’s asking price of $29.99.

The Old Hunters is finally here. Yes, the much awaited downloadable expansion for  Bloodborne has landed, and we at the Nation want to give you the rundown. Does it live up to the quality of the previous content? Does it fill in some of the missing pieces in Bloodborne’s story? Does it answer questions or just raise more of them? Is it worth the $20 asking price? The answer is yes, and no, depending on what the player is looking [...]

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