It’s the Freakin’ Weekend! So What are You Playing?

Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!

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[REVIEW] Mary Skelter: Nightmares

 

Mary Skelter: Nightmare
Developer: Idea Factory/Compile Heart
Publisher: Idea Factory International
Available on: Playstation Vita (reviewed), Playstation TV
Price: $29.99 USD
For fans of: Light-hearted dungeon crawlers, JRPGs

Brad: Hey Kayla, I got a game from Idea Factory that needs reviewing. It’s a dungeon crawler.
Me: (Internally screaming with excitement)
Me: Sure, I got some time.

That’s more or less how the conversation went, and thus, I was summoned here to review Mary Skelter: Nightmares. My name is Kayla, but some of you may know me as @Beltravi on both Twitter, WordPress, and virtually every console out there. I played the game on ‘Normal’, but two other modes are available: ‘Dream’ (Easy) and ‘Horror’ (Hard).

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[REVIEW] Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online

Cyberdimension Neptunia: 4 Goddesses Online
Developer: Tamsoft
Publisher: Idea Factory
Available on: PS4 (reviewed, releases Oct. 10th), Steam (coming 2018)
Price: $49.99 USD
For fans of: The NepNep universe, Sword Art Online

Before we get started, do me a favor and count to 180. It’s okay, I’ll wait. Three minutes feels a bit longer than anticipated, yeah? This is how long the initial load time is every time the newest spin-off in the Neptunia series launches on my PS4, and, likewise, I felt it was appropriate to stress that at the beginning of this review. I’m not sure why the game is front-loaded like this, but it’s certainly the wrong way to make a first impression (and a second, third, fourth, etc.).

Thankfully, the game hidden behind the loading screen boss is pretty decent — albeit with a list of caveats.

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The Most Important RPG in Console History Celebrates its 20th Anniversary Today

While the SNES arguably had better releases in the Final Fantasy series, it was the seventh entry on the original PlayStation that truly brought the RPG genre into the eyes of the mainstream. Final Fantasy VII’s multi-disc spanning epic was a smashing success in 1997, selling nearly 10 million copies worldwide, and changed the gaming industry forever.

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[REVIEW] Final Fantasy XV: Episode Gladiolus

Episode Gladiolus pairs the endearing, Cup Noodle-loving oaf with Cor the Immortal shortly after getting beat down by Ravus at the end of chapter 6. Now unsure of his ability to protect Noctis as the Shield of the King, Gladiolus and Cor set off to a mysterious cave that serves as a proving ground of sorts for previous members of the Crownsguard.

Thus far, Cor has been the only person to make it out alive (hence “the Immortal” nickname) so he serves as Gladio’s Sherpa until the final showdown with Gilgamesh, the Blademaster.

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The New Kingdom Hearts III Trailer is Gooooooood

Kingdom Hearts III isn’t releasing anytime in the near future, but a brand new gameplay trailer showed up around 1:30 am EST. And boy does it look good.

…and here’s the same trailer with English subtitles that was uploaded shortly after. Thank you, Wario64!

It appears that we’ll receive another new trailer at D23 Expo 2017, on July 15th. According to this tweeted image, the upcoming trailer will showcase a brand new world.

And now we play the waiting game.

[REVIEW] Akiba’s Beat


Akiba’s Beat
Developer: Acquire
Publisher: XSEED, PQube
Available on: PS4 (reviewed), Vita


Where Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed centered around brawling vampire-types and ripping their clothes off in a more action-focused, fan-service approach to gameplay, its spiritual successor, Akiba’s Beat, revamps its style completely as a mostly standard JRPG. While I applaud developer Acquire’s attempt at shifting gears, and publishers XSEED and PQube for taking a chance on localizing an under-the-radar role-playing game that failed to make waves in its native Japan, the end result is extremely underwhelming and hard to recommend.

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