Who says JRPGs are dead? Take a look at some of the best games of 2013: Fire Emblem: Awakening, Ni no Kuni, Shin Megami Tensei 4, Etrian Odyssey 4...


 
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Shin Megami Tensei 4 - Full Review

Review by Philippe – 10/17/2013

 

It's no secret I'm a fan of the Shin Megami Tensei (SMT) series. Nocturne, the Digital Devil Saga, Persona 3 and 4; I consider these games to be not only among the best JRPGs I've played, but among my favourite games of all time. That's not to say I wasn't disappointed/shocked when I heard numero quattro was for 3DS, and used 2D sprites. Really? 2D sprites, on a console that does 3D? I still trusted Atlus enough to overlook these "mistakes", and crossed my fingers as I pre-ordered my copy.

Desolate landscape? Check.
Desolate landscape? Check.


 
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The Crazy World of 3D Gaming

Review by Philippe – 7/15/2013

 

I grew up a Nintendo fanboy, but the 3DS just did not excite me. I thought the 3D was gimmicky, and the effect gave me a headache during my 5 minute test run at a store, I was unimpressed by its game catalogue and region locking, and of the two colours available, one was hideous.

Statistics show that 0% of the world's population likes Teal
Statistics show that 0% of the world's population likes Teal

 
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Indie Game Review Bonanza!

Review by Philippe – 4/17/2013

 

Since installing Steam on my Linux TV computer, I've been spending lots of time playing indie games. If you remember my Bastion review, you know that I have high hopes for this area of the gaming industry. Bastion is still an endeavour beyond most indie developers' capabilities, a sort of A+ title of the indie world. More often, indie games are springboards for future projects, testing the waters for style and substance. My review will include the three following games: Lume, a puzzle-game; Eversion, a platformer; and Evoland, an RPG/Adventure hybrid. I got all three of them for less than 15$. Sounds good? Let's check it out.

 
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For a good portion of my playthrough, Borderlands 2 felt to me like Borderlands 1.1. I didn't really see then differences at first, until I played the first one again to compare. And that's when it really hit me. Kind of like when you buy a new amplifier for your guitar or bass, and think, "Well, it's a bit better I suppose". Then you plug in the old one and say "Holy fishcakes, Batman! How did I ever play with this crap?"

Bigger for sure, but better?
Bigger for sure, but better?


 
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