Blue Reflection is developer GUST’s final entry into their “Beautiful Girls Festival” trilogy, and it deserves the title whole-heartedly! With gorgeous visuals, strategic turn-based combat, and an emotionally resonant story, this release from publisher Tecmo Koei deserves a spot on everyone JRPG lover’s shelf. Grab your controller, your box of cry-tissues, and brace yourself to defeat the invading Sephiroths, and dance again!
Check out my full review of this unique and awesome RPG at KeenGamer.com!
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA marks Falcom’s triumphant JRPG return to the world of Ys! Follow fan-fave Adol through a mysterious island littered with monsters, loot, and a mystery involving a beautiful maiden that invades his dreams. Grab your rusty sword, don your armor, and dive headlong into fast-action and exploration-heavy adventure!
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA is both the eighth title in the main Ys series, and developer Nihon Falcom‘s first numbered title in the series in eight years. Featuring smooth action combat, collectibles, crafting, and an adventurous story, fans and newcomers have plenty of reasons to give Ys‘s freshman entry on the PS4a try, especially if you’ve finished Tales of Berseria, and need another action JRPG fix.
Falcom has a real winner here, so check out my full review for more details and screenshots at KeenGamer.com!
In case you missed it, here’s my review on the BUTCHER game, currently on sale for 30% off on PSN from 8/1/17-8/15/17!
BUTCHER is a 2D love letter to 90’s low-res blood-splattered gameplay. DOOM-like textures? Check. Chainsaws and shotguns? Check. Hardcore difficulty to melt your face off? CHECK (this game out!)
BUTCHER, from Transhuman Designs (the folks who made the 2D building sidescroller King Arthur’s Gold,) is a fun romp through the guts of your human enemies the likes of which we have never seen . . . since 1995.
Inspired by the Id classics Quake and Doom, and taking gameplay cues from the Apogee classic Duke Nukem and Super Meat Boy, BUTCHER throws the player into the role of a lone cyborg charged with eliminating the last stubborn remnants of humankind.
Grab your keyboard/mouse or gamepad (make sure they’re indestructible), and jump on the incredibly tough carnage-train to extinction town!
Check out my full review and get more screenshots at KeenGamer.com!
The classic dungeon series is back with Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! With a new Nobunaga-era backstory and more dungeons than you can shake a pixel at, NIS’s brilliant bite-sized RPG is bigger, funnier, and more loot-filled than ever! Grab your controller, laptop, or Vita, and dive into this retro-themed masterpiece that’s sure to take years of your life (and you’ll love it!)
It comes down to this: Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! is a treasure trove of time-killing pleasures, the kind of game where boredom has to be sought to be found. Between dungeon crawling, loadout tweaking, magic circle and fortress-fortifying, drawing, and composing, there’re just too many play options to detail. The dungeons look good, play great, and will have you coming back for more.
Check out my full review with more info and screenshots at KeenGamer.com!
Is Akiba’s Beat kicking your butt? Then you need this handy-dandy guide on how to hack and slash those encroaching Delusions into submission! Strategies, item suggestions, and more are here to give you a much needed edge to free Electric Town from the grip nightmares made reality!
Get my pro-tips on 100%-ing this new Action-RPG NEET-fest at KeenGamer.com!
Ever have a desire to geek out on anime, games, and do absolutely NOTHING else? So does Asahi, the hero of AKIBA’S BEAT, and his lazy dreams are shattered by the pro-active Saki and her talking plush toy–er, familiar–who drag him into a monster-fighting quest to shatter people’s delusions. Get pumped for some J-Pop, Idol worship, and otaku-fueled hijinks in Japan’s famous “Electric Town” in this 3D action RPG!
Akiba’s Beat is a decent action RPG that lacks flash, but has above average elements, such as a great real-world setting, awesome music, and peerless voice acting. The story is entertaining enough, but the zaniness of prior Akiba’s games is gone, leaving an absence felt right to the core of the experience.
Is it worth it? To otaku freaks like us, sure–Akiba is still a totally cool place to experience, and while the look and actual licensed content is limited, the story and NPC commentary build up a social outline of the anime-fan lifestyle that those of us outside of Japan can only imagine. But if that’s not your thing, you’ll probably find too much loading, and too little visual flare to keep on fighting other people’s delusions.
Check out my full review with screenshots at KeenGamer.com!
Suda51 fan’s, unite! The Silver Case, the cult-developer’s first title from the PSX era, comes to U.S. consoles for the first time in a remastered and expanded edition. A visual novel with graphic crime content and supernatural undertones, The Silver Case grants players a rare chance to see the beginnings of a great game-maker, and experience one of the strangest visual novels ever to grace the genre.
Anyone looking for something different to pop into their PS4’s will never find something as different as The Silver Case. It’s proof-positive that Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture were breaking the mold right out of the gate, and those willing to fight with a UI better left to history will be rewarded with an experience like no other.
If, like us, you’re rabid Suda51 fans, then consider The Silver Case a must-buy. The influence of it on later titles like Killer7 are visible almost immediately, and the story is yet another example of how Suda51’s versatility is unmatched. If, however, you’ve only ever played the lovably wonky No More Heroes series, but think the idea of a visual novel sounds dreadful, then you may have to pass on this one. Unless, of course, you’d like Grasshopper Manufacture‘s other quirky titles to get re-releases (or better yet, sequels!)–then you ought to do yourself a favor and give The Silver Case a try.
Check out my full review, plus a ton of screenshots, at keengamer.com!
If you’ve every played a fighting game where you want to blast the hell out of your opponent instead of throwing wussy punches, then TOUHOU GENSO RONDO: BULLET BALLET is for you! Anime tropes and dazzling bullet-hell collide with the versus-fighting game format to offer a trip that’ll get any gamer’s fingers aching. Grab your PS4 controllers, a buddy, and get ready to button-mash FTW!
I enjoyed launching a game that I can jump right in and play, one that’ll fulfill my need for twitch-combat goodness and edge-of-my-seat competition, and Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet fits the bill.
Some are bound to be turned off by the low-polygon count and lack of fancy storylines, but the gameplay allows for barrels of strategy and quick rounds that can go either way until the very end. Each match is like a close superbowl heading into the final stretch, and that’s what every fighting game should strive to achieve.
Check out my full review at KeenGamer.com
King Oddball is a physics-based game that puts you in control of a sentient ball of rock set to destroy a cartoon world-at-war. While it may look like an Angry Birds clone, King Oddball adds a bizarre visual style and plethora of tank-exploding levels to the mix, making for hours of block-busting fiery fun!
Check out my full review at KeenGamer here.