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I Am Setsuna Review (PS4)

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JRPGs have been well known for making some of the most beloved stories known in the gaming world. A genre that primarily needs to have a good story element, Square Enix seems to be the company that is consistently creating memorable tales for the genre. From Final Fantasy to other memorable cult classics like The Secret of Mana, Square Enix is at the top of the game for creating beloved JRPGs even to this day with the long awaited Final Fantasy XV. When I Am Setsuna was originally announced, one could say that Square Enix was paying homage to its cult classic Chrono Trigger. The same style of gameplay, yet an entirely different vehicle in which to experience it in, I Am Setsuna manages to have all of the classic JRPG fans’ eyes on it. In an era where people desire more classically made JRPGs that don’t fully push the boundaries, like Bravely Default, does I Am Setsuna scratch that itch as effectively as others?

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Paper Mario: Color Splash Review (Wii U)

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After what many consider Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Old Door (GCN) to be the best of the franchise, other Paper Mario games are always unfairly compared. When the game was shown during a spring Nintendo Direct, everyone was ecstatic that a Paper Mario game was finally coming to the Nintendo Wii U. That moment was short lived when gameplay of the battle system looked similar to the poorly received Paper Mario: Sticker Star (3DS). After that, the game wasn’t shown again until E3 during the Treehouse presentation. It appeared to be Wii U’s swan song on the console until The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild release date was announced. Does Paper Mario: Color Splash make right where Sticker Star went wrong or should you wrap this game up in a paper ball and trash it?

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Battlefield 1 Review (PS4)

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Are you tired of futuristic shooters from the unforeseeable future with giant robots or exosuits that allow people to fly? Are you wanting to go back in time and use the machines of a forgotten war? DICE, the creators of Battlefield 1 clearly thought people did, so they brought you this World War I based first person shooter.

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Monster Hunter Generations Review (3DS)

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Monster Hunter Generations is an Action RPG where you hunt monsters of all shapes and sizes in order to craft awesome looking gear from their carcasses. You begin as a fresh faced upstart hunter and rise through the ranks until you’re taking on the biggest and baddest creatures there are or play the all new prowler mode. Monster Hunter Generations introduces four new signature monsters, as well as incorporating signature monsters and elements from previous titles.

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Super Mario 3D Land Review (3DS)

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Mario has been a household name all the way since the 1980s, and still is going strong even to today. Mario does sports, parties, go-karting, but none have been as popular as the platformers. Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy; the list goes on from both 2D and 3D platformers. Super Mario 3D Land is yet another platforming Mario game in the ever-growing Nintendo franchise, yet it hopes to deliver an experience of a 3D Mario game, along with the format of the more traditional 2D Mario games. This is arguably the first time this was ever truly tried, as the New Super Mario Bros. focused more on a 2D experience with 3D models rather than the other way around. In a franchise filled with an ever-changing design model, will Super Mario 3D Land prove to be one of the more memorable experiences?

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Mighty No. 9 Review (Wii U)

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When Keiji Inafune announced that he wanted to crowdfund a spiritual successor to the Mega Man franchise, the fans let it be known. It became one of the fastest crowdfunded game and backers waited in anticipation, as it seems Capcom has no plans to continue the Mega Man series. Sadly, the progress of the game was met with delays and controversy behind the scenes. The once most hyped game almost became forgotten.

The game was finally released and it was met with mediocre reactions, causing people to think twice about crowdfunding games. Is there something about this game people are overlooking or will this have you crying on prom night?

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Furi Review (PS4)

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Difficulty is often a thing most gamers look for depending on what experience they want. Some games are meant to be enjoyed leisurely and others are meant to be a test of both skill and patience. Sitting on both extremes are games like Animal Crossing and Dark Souls. Animal Crossing being a leisurely simulation game of living in a town and making your own way in this world helping both your neighbor and paying off your loan. Dark Souls on the other hand is a third-person action-adventure game that revels in its responsive fighting mechanics, yet its level design is merciless in its difficulty causing multitudes of deaths during a playthrough. Both games have their focuses and both games have their niches. Furi is a game that tries to be cruel in how tight your response times need to be during close combat, as well as its intensive bullet hell sections creating a weird amalgamation of a game; a fusion of both fighting game and shoot ‘em up mechanics. Does Furi confuse the term “challenging” with “unfair,” as many other games of its ilk have been criticized for in the past?

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Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX Review (3DS)

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What started as software for creating vocaloid (sound generator) from Crypton Future Media, to becoming the company to create a cute blue-haired diva and help resurrect rhythm games (though the popularity in the US died with Guitar Hero and Rock Band), the Project Diva games have become a hit on PlayStation 3, Playstation Vita, and arcades. Only one platform is missing out on the fun; Nintendo. While the boom hit when the Nintendo Wii U was being released, its little brother, the Nintendo 3DS, has been selling well after the price drop. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai was released, but only in Japan and thanks to region locking, importing the game was out of the question. Its sequel Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX (which is mostly an update) would be released the following year, but this time the game would get a worldwide release…two years later. Does Hatsune Miku and company still have what it takes on the 3DS, or does their new look have you go back to the PlayStation version?

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