[Video Game/Visual Novel Review] Lionheart

With 2017 already fulfilling its unspoken promise of delivering a deluge of delectable games I will probably never be able to finish, it does become difficult to limit my commitment or even outright pass up on a particularly interesting find. Smaller projects especially seem to have this hold on me. Lionheart, a visual novel/RPG hybrid developed by doujin circle Shiisanmei is a fine example of one that is engaging, but a joy to come back to between play sessions. Players take on the role of Leon, a young man dreaming to be adventurer. After a chance meeting with a young woman named Maria, she enlisted his unique abilities to explore the Magic Labyrinth, “Libra Corridor.”

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[Video Game Review] Megadimension Neptunia VII

NEPV2_Packshot_US_FLATUnlike most individuals that have the wherewithal to own any the next-gen consoles, Steam has quickly become a champion for those that go without as it continues to collect a few select titles into already overloaded library. Not exactly interested in splurging for any one system or showing much enthusiasm for the games available, Megadimension Neptunia VII has been one that I was eager to play and now fortunate enough to do so. How does it stack up compared to its predecessors?

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Reverse x Reverse Coming To Steam December 10th

Reverse x Reverse LogoAnnounced earlier today by Sekai Project, they will bringing developer desunoya’s action puzzle-platformer Reverse x Reverse to Steam on December 10th. Of course, as an extra special treat, the team will also be putting on a livestream of them playing it a few hours before release. Here are a few more details about the game and the event.

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G-senjou no Maou – The Devil on G-String Is Now Available On Steam

G-senjou_HeaderAs announced during their Otakon panel earlier in the year, G-senjou no Maou finally makes it way onto Steam courtesy of Sekai Project. What’s even better is that will be 30% off during the launch period, so you better act fast if you want a great deal on a equally great visual novel, if I do say so myself. (Just be sure to remember that Tsubaki is the best girl.)

Synopsis

A gripping tale of power, deviously-masterminded criminal activity, and an intricately woven web of plot-thickening schemes, players are placed into the shoes of Azai Kyousuke, the adopted son of an infamous Yakuza gangster. Kyousuke knows what he likes and lets absolutely nothing stand in his way in getting what he wants.

Referred to as God by his classmates, and the wickedly strict president of one of his father’s subsidiary corporations, Kyousuke often enjoys listening to classical music and “working” off a debt owed to his father. But when a beautiful girl named Usami Haru appears in town along with an international criminal known as “Maou,” they bring with them their cat-and-mouse game of plotting and intrigue.

G-senjou no Maou – The Devil on G-String Features

• AKABEiSOFT2’s first officially localized release
• A gripping criminal story and scenario by Loose boy
• Beautifully illustrated artwork and character design by Alpha
• 30-40+ hours of interactive story
• Steam Trading Cards

Steam Store Link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/377670/

[Video Game Review] Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden

Forgetmenot logoWhen it comes to the indie game front, Japanese doujin titles are probably my most favorite to observe. Usually known for putting together some harebrained ideas (like any creator) that should never seem to work out, I’m glad that they oddly do and really remind me why I like and play games in the first place. So why not make a game about growing plants? In an oversimplified nutshell that is the premise of Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden, a tale that follows a girl named Organa, that is working as an apprentice at her master Irene’s shop that specializes in growing plants…that produce organs instead of fruit? Yeah, told you it would be out there, but that is apart of its charm.

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[Visual Novel Review] Amnesia: Memories

Amnesia_keyart_1000pxDeveloped by Idea Factory under its Otome game brand Otomate, Amnesia: Memories is among one of the companies pioneering titles that finally gets a western release. And while Otoge or Otome games are meant to cater specifically toward a female audience, a male audience can also partake of them. The story puts players into the shoes of an unnamed female protagonist that has lost her memories after a strange incident. With help of mysterious young boy named Orion, the two work together to help make sense of the heroine’s past life, while trying not raise suspicion from friends and a boyfriend she never knew existed.

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[Visual Novel Review] Icebound

Icebound LogoDeveloped by Fastermind Games, Icebound is described as a “steampunk fantasy visual novel and puzzle game” hybrid as it follows the journey of a young alchemist named Dougal taking on a job in the city of Isenbarr that turns out to be a hunt for a dangerous fiend. With other alchemist taking on the job for the tempting reward offered, a fierce  competition ensues – one that Dougal needs to win for his own sake. Drawing me in based on the genres incorporated alone, did that sentiment transfer over to the entire experience?

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Rime Berta Review

Rime Berta LogoAn ode to SRPG’s or another offender to them all is the question Rime Berta presents. Luckily, it is a question that can be easily answered and without hesitation.

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Idea Factory International Game Announcements For 2015

Amnesia_keyart_1000pxDuring this evenings inaugural press event for Idea Factory International, a plethora of game announcements were made. Chief among them were the release dates for Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed on Vita as well as the other two Neptunia games coming to Steam, but another surprise was the announcement of Amnesia: Memories, a otome visual novel coming to North American shores this August of 2015. Not only will that one be available for the Vita, but also on Steam as well. Read on for the details.

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ManaCollect Review

ManaCollect logoAs someone who is greatly fond of puzzle games, most of my younger years was spent with genre more than any other. Everything from the Lemmings willing to commit mass suicide chucking themselves off cliffs until you intervene to the iconic Tetris conjure up some delightful memories of my youth and most likely the reason why I still easily gravitate to the genre to this day. However, if you were to ask my opinion on a little game called “Minesweeper, a game I was so awful at (and still remain to this day), that it would make its principal creator rollover in his/her in disgust, repressed memories shadowed by  shame and anguish would be the only answer. With ManaCollect, a game that is an action x puzzle hybrid inspired by the aforementioned, I thought my torment would be reborn anew, but instead turned into a weird pleasure. Frankly, I just kept getting my butt kicked and kept coming back for more. That’s either a sign of an unhealthy relationship or a solid game. I’m tempted to say the former, but the latter rings true.

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