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The Xenoblade Series Plot, Quickly Summarized

Believe it or not, it's been well past a decade since Xenoblade Chronicles first launched for the Nintendo Wii back in 2010. A lot has happened since then for studio Monolith Soft, and the series that once was too niche for a proper localization is now at the forefront of simultaneous worldwide releases for JRPGs. The latest entry for the IP und...

Hail Mary Plays: Video Game Companies That Came Back From Failure With One Hit Title

With each passing year, the video game industry only seems to get bigger, cultivating an ever-growing audience that's ripe for the taking. But the world of video game development is a harsh place. And when new titles seem to launch every week, or even every day, it can be hard to sway the interest of the masses without the reputation, money, or res...

Triangle Strategy Nails Tactical Role-Playing But Holds Itself Back

Platform: Nintendo Switch Genre: Turn-based strategy game throwback to Tactics Ogre Since the release of Octopath Traveler in 2018, Square Enix has expressed a newfound interest in its era of retro games, as well as the visual aesthetic known as HD-2D. Easily spotted by a depiction of pixelated 2D sprites in a lavish 3D world, we're now seeing ...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Takes A Step Forward, But A Flight Of Stairs Back

When it comes to video games, you won't find a more household-friendly name than Pokémon. Known far and wide for its addictive gameplay loop of collecting curious creatures called Pocket Monsters, the Pokémon games have thrived on this simple but effective concept. The idea of starting as a fledgling nobody and becoming the best Pokémon...

Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Marks The End & A Series’ Triumph

How does one bring an end to an 11-year old saga? It's not something most people get to think about, let alone seriously consider. But for the Final Fantasy XIV team, this was an ever-encroaching conundrum that they could not ignore. Final Fantasy XIV's story has been a monumental piece of work in the making, what with its droves of unique chara...

Shin Megami Tensei 5 Will Punish You Hard, And You’ll Love It

Platform: Nintendo Switch Genre: JRPG with demon summoning & hardcore difficulty Let me paint a picture of the Shin Megami Tensei 5 JRPG experience for you: You decide to pick up a harmless fetch quest. Just walk around and gather some items, it tells you - no big deal, right? You follow the questline and embark to different points on th...

A Spoiler-Free Introduction to JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is one of the longest-running manga series out there and a staple name that has been around for the past three decades. The series is popular for its uniquely absurd battles, often depicting supernatural showdowns between good and evil with the most insane gimmicks you could possibly think of. Though the series has been ...

The Top 15 JRPGs With Female Leads

The concept of a female lead in a video game has always been a struggle to realize. Whether due to the large male-player demographic or simply creator preference, the number of games out there with female protagonists are comparatively low, and that list gets narrower the deeper into a genre you go. Complicate this with more recent trends of dev...

5 Games Want To See For Persona’s 25th Anniversary

The Persona series has made a big splash in recent years, having peaked in popularity with the critical success that was Persona 5. Originally a spin-off from Atlus' staple Shin Megami Tensei franchise, Persona has now become its thing, and the series has even found a steady spot in the hearts of avid JRPG fans. Persona now approaches its 25th b...

Guilty Gear Strive: 10 Characters We Want Back As DLC [Update]

Arc System Works has hit its stride with Guilty Gear Strive. The latest in the long-running fighting game series has created a lot of buzz for its unique anime style, newfound accessibility, as well as robust netcode. However, like a lot of fighting games at launch, Strive's base roster holds a modest cast of just 15 characters. For a series tha...

Six Tips To Max Out Your D4DJ Groovy Mix Rhythm Gaming

From the same folks that brought you BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!, D4DJ Groovy Mix is an anime-styled rhythm game focusing on DJ girls instead of girl bands. Part of a multimedia project that combines DJ concerts, anime, and games into one dynamic experience, Groovy Mix represents the game portion of this project with frenetic music beats. B...

Violet Evergarden: The Movie Is a Sincere Love Letter That Rekindles the Magic of Kyoto Animation

As I began my viewing of the two-hour emotional ride that was Violet Evergarden: The Movie, I found that it was not easy to disconnect my thoughts from the recent and unfortunate circumstances of Kyoto Animation. A renowned animation studio in Japan known not just for its quality projects, but because it was an outlier in the cutthroat industry ...

Monster Hunter Rise Weapons Guide: Which One Is the Best for You?

The Japan-inspired setting of Kamura is filled with monsters both new and old that seek to terrorize the wildlife. With various ecologies to explore and an assortment of tools at your disposal, Monster Hunter Rise offers a fresh experience for players determined to slash some monsters and bring balance to the ecosystem. The game is all about fig...

Monster Hunter Rise Guide: Basic and Advanced Wirebug Techniques

Monster Hunter Rise has made hunting dangerous wildlife even more exciting with anew core mechanic called the Wirebug. With the help of a tiny glowing insect that can apparently carry even the heaviest of humans, the Wirebug is a handy pseudo-grappling hook that can be used anywhere and anytime. The Wirebug provides all kinds of tricks at your d...

Ganyu Is Broken: What This Means for Genshin Impact’s Future

Genshin Impact's Ganyu is broken - there's no other way to put it. Not in a bad way, but probably in the best way possible, especially if you’re one of those lucky people who managed to get her. https://youtu.be/047qGgyJl7o On paper, she’s hitting damage numbers way beyond anyone else in the game. Way more than even the premium ...

Princess Connect! Re: Dive Gameplay Guide & Character Tier List

Heyas! If you’re here, then odds are you’re joining the perpetually peckish Pecorine and her Gourmet Guild on an adventure into the world of Princess Connect! Re: Dive. There’s delicious food to eat and a colourful cast of characters to meet. In terms of presentation, this game has a lot to offer. Between the detailed CGs, a...

Genshin Impact Endgame: 6 Tips to Help Save You Lots Of Time

Genshin Impact is a massive open world, offering players a countless number of things to do as they journey through the beautiful land of Teyvat. But whether you’re taking things at a leisurely pace or scouring the landscape high and low for collectables, you’ll have to invest a lot of limited time and resources to get stronger for th...

Hololive Myth: Everything You Need To Know About The New Wave Of English VTubers

Over the past couple of years, Virtual YouTubers (or vtubers) have exploded in popularity. First gaining traction with Kizuna Ai in 2018, there is now a dedicated and massive fanbase revolving around YouTubers who entertain their audiences behind a virtual avatar. VTubers are now akin to celebrity idols as they sing, play games, and perform skit...

Final Fantasy XIV 5.3 – Exposing the Strengths and Flaws in Final Fantasy’s Hero

With the release of Patch 5.3, Final Fantasy XIV has finally concluded what may very well be one of the best stories that the Final Fantasy franchise has told. After saving the realm of the First from the impending Flood of Light, the Shadowbringers expansion wraps up unfinished business through a tale that revisits Norvrandt one last time before s...

BanG Dream! Film Live Entertains By Achieving What Only Anime Bands Can Do

BanG Dream! Film Live can be quite a surprise to the uninitiated. Those vaguely aware of the film but blissfully ignorant to what it’s about may expect a light-hearted romp of a musical, driven by an endearing plot as a group of teenage musicians face an unprecedented challenge in their dream of becoming a successful live band. Given that th...

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