Persona Dancing: Endless Nights Collection Review
All the makings for a good show with a well-established cast, colorful action and good music are there, but with a hefty price tag. To pay hundred bucks for the collection, you really must ask yourself if you’re a fan enough to get something you might not entirely enjoy.
Dragon's Crown Pro Review
Side-scrolling action-RPG Dragon’s Crown, which was released for PS3 and Vita six years ago, may be widely known for its risqué character design. Obscured behind Sorceress’s ridiculously sized and autonomously swaying bosom is actually a very competent example of its genre - far better than any unfortunately superficial values might suggest. It was just a matter of time when PlayStation remaster-train arrived in Hydeland and picked up Dragon’s Crown for a ride for the new generation of players.
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology Review
The original Radiant Historia for the Nintendo DS was a hard-to-find game released near the end of the portable system’s life. The title has found a new home on the Nintendo 3DS as Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, adding a new what-if timeline, dungeon, and quality of life improvements. As a “definitive edition,” the game is well-suited for new players, but my big question was whether this upgrade was enough to warrant a replay.
The Alliance Alive Review
Playing The Alliance Alive is a lot like getting into a time machine and returning to 1997, as it feels a lot like an RPG from that era. For those younger than myself, I'm specifically referring to an era where JRPGs such as Final Fantasy 7, The Legend of Dragoon and Xenogears reigned supreme. If the graphics of The Alliance Alive were downgraded to polygons and shaders, then it would fit right in there. However, it also falls prey to many of the faults the games of the era had as well.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth Review
In an age when role-playing games continue to expand in size and scope, it’s a delight to see Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth hold on to its old-school, dungeon-crawling roots. As a first-person dungeon exploration RPG that asks players to draw their own maps, the game has a specific appeal. But for devoted fans and interested newcomers, this is one of the most refined sequels to date.
Persona 5 Review
Although Persona 5 deals with the everyday angst of your average, magic-wielding teenagers, it is epic in almost every conceivable way, from its combat to its sprawling and surprise-laden story. While some of its large cast of characters strike a sour note and its gameplay can challenge the impatient player, Persona 5 somehow manages the improbable feat of being both an ultimate reward to fans of the franchise and a perfect gateway to newcomers.
The Deadly Tower of Monsters
Chilean developer ACE Team has released several quirky and well-received games, including Zeno Clash and Abyss Odyssey. They seem to specialize in Something Different, and The Deadly Tower of Monsters falls squarely in that camp. As an action game, it’s streamlined and not terribly deep, but the labyrinthine tower itself is an inspired setting and the premise of the game and its excellent execution are fresh enough to fill in the gaps when the combat starts to disappoint.
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker
Devil Survivor game at first glance, it has some new features that make it a must for avid RPG players. And the new features are enough to experience the game again if you already have. And with a solid gameplay, an engaging cast of characters and lots of hours of adventures, Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker is a more than worthy entry in the long running series.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon
Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a deep, engaging and fun game that fans of the series and RPG followers will love at first glance, even though not every player will enjoy it. Hardcore RPG fans will find this entry relatively easy compared to Etrian Odyssey games, while newcomers or casual RPG players will struggle with later dungeons. If you’re curious about what EMD has to offer, you can’t go wrong with this entry; it’s clever, charming and a blast to play.
Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers
More could have been done to clarify the game's myriad battle systems and spruce up the creaky visual engine behind it for less experienced players, most of whom would probably be immediately baffled and turned off by this dated work. Even when armed only with its age and a modern translation, though, Soul Hackers' great storytelling and infectious dark spirit make it a forty-hour-plus proposition that long-time JRPG fans should consider.
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan
There were times when I felt like I was enjoying the game nearly in spite of itself, but nevertheless, I enjoyed Etrian Odyssey IV enough to at least see its appeal past its deluge of menus. The approximation of dangerous, fantastical exploration is emulated here with a lot of thoughtful touches that managed to interest me in ways I was skeptical were possible before beginning. If you're new to the series, this is probably the best possible place to start. The presentational upgrades, while still squished under some heavy tedium, make getting in a little friendlier than before. Unless you're a chronic stat-cruncher and menu enthusiast, though, I can't imagine that this incremental and grind-heavy sequel will resonate with you.