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The King of Fighters XIV (PS4) Review

In most respects, PlayStation 4’s The King of Fighters XIV - which is the 14th core King of Fighters game - is simply more King of fighters, but as a fan of previous entries in the series, that’s exactly what I wanted. There’s a lot that in this latest installment that veterans will find familiar along with new changes that will be welcomed. Familiarity is one of The King of Fighters XIV’s greatest strengths, allowing players to jump straight into the action while cutting through formalities that aren’t needed.

Phantom Brave (PC) Review

The plot to Phantom Brave revolves around the character Marona, a young girl who has the power to communicate with Phantoms, which are essentially the spirits of the dead. In the world of Chromas, her powers carry a negative stigma, and she lives on an island all by herself taking odd jobs to survive. However Marona has a guardian - the phantom Ash - a friend of Marona’s deceased parents tasked with watching over the girl.

A.W.: Phoenix Festa (Vita) Review

A.W.: Phoenix Festa comes by the way of Kadokawa Games, a sizeable Japanese developer best known for its connection with many portable RPG games as well as the popular series Sword Art Online. It is based on the anime series The Asterisk War and it combines elements from dating simulations with action RPG gameplay and still, manages to find its footing with its fun combat system and interesting gameplay elements.

Grand Kingdom (PS4) Review

Grand Kingdom tells the tale of Resonail, a continent which consists of four nations at war over the fallen Empire of Uldein. The story is delivered via voice-acted comic book-esque cutscenes where players engage in turn-based battles. Delivered by lead designer Tomohiko Deguchi, Grand Kingdom takes inspiration from many of my favorite like minded games in the genre – think Fire Emblem or Valkyria Chronicles or even Odin Sphere – but it also shakes things up to keep the experience unique. 

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force (PS4) Review

Let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? I am happy to report that Idea Factory has brought Fairy Fencer F, a PlayStation 3 game, to PlayStation 4 in the form of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force. It’s as much fun on PS4 as it was on PS3, whether it is a replay, or jumping in for the first time. Sure, a port may not have been necessary, but then again, the developers at Compile Heart went to great lengths and have implemented changes by adding a new twist with different story arcs, more challenging battles, and multiple endings.

God Eater: Resurrection (PS4) Review

God Eater: Resurrection is an action role-playing game, delivered by Director and Producer Hiroshi Yoshimura and Yosuke Tomizawa, it takes inspiration from like minded games in the genre – think Monster Hunter or Freedom Wars – but it also does some unique things that help keep it fresh. While it can occasionally bog down in sheer repetition and the rampant overuse of monsters and maps, there’s something inherently and undeniably addicting about God Eater: Resurrection.

Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus (PC) Review

The first time I heard of the Senran Kagura series and its jiggle physics I said ok, this review will be a hit or miss. For those that are unfamiliar, the Senran Kagura series has games available on the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, and PC, ranging from fighting games to cooking games - think cooking mama but with an ecchi spin. From those titles we now get Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus from XSEED for PC originally for the PS Vita it now is available for the PC and is the third game in the series.

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PS4) Review

Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book is the 17th game in the primary Atelier series, and the start of a new setting after Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea concludes the Dusk installment series. It maintains many of the franchise’s long standing traditions but it also finds room to try new and notable things. Developer Gust takes more chances to shake things up, and it pays off. It compliment’s the series’ best parts (like the alchemy system) and supports the weaker aspects of the formula.

The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition (PS4) Review

We previously reviewed The Witch and the Hundred Knight for the Playstation 3 and praised it as an interesting game that was new yet familiar with the signature trademarks of a Nippon Ichi Software video game. Two years later, NIS America brings us an updated version, The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition for the Playstation 4 with all the bells and whistles you’d expect refining the experience.

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