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Joshua Carpenter · RPGamer Staff

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  • Metal Max Xeno (PS4) - It was apparently my night for finishing games. I finally managed to take down Catastrophus. I wish I could say it was because I leveled up, equipped my tank better, and used my knowledge of the battle system to outsmart him, …
  • 428: Shibuya Scramble (PC) What an amazing visual novel. It starts out following five characters who are in Shibuya as a kidnapping ransom is paid off. They all end up interacting and influencing each other in unexpected ways. The game has a fantast…
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 (Switch) - Finally rolled credits on VC4. Outstanding map design and combat; merely ok story and characters. I'm going to take a look at the post-game and write the review.
  • Donut County (PC) - Do you want a chill Katamari style game with an interesting art style? That's Donut County. There are some very light puzzle elements, but mostly it's about finding things that fit in the hole you control to make it bigger so you…
  • Super Mario Odyssey (Switch) - That was an alright Mario game. Had a lot of the Mario 64 style, but just didn't 100% click with me. I'm certainly not going to jump immediately into the post-game. Didn't jive as much as 3D World and 3D Land. Nonethel…
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 (PS4) - Finished this Friday night. I'll have a review up when we return to normal operations and I can get in the right frame of mind to write a positive review. Short version: very, very good, probably the best story in the series.
  • Zwei: The Arges Adventure (PC) - Finished that just in time for the end of JRPGJuly. I'll have some thoughts when the final update goes up.
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - Donkey Kong Adventure DLC (Switch) - That was more of a good thing, though it doesn't manage to evolve the gameplay in the way I would have hoped. Crashing at the end of the last boss battle didn't help either.
  • Yakuza 6 (PS4) - Yep, going to be tough for anything to top that for my personal RPG of the year (though Moss may still be ahead in my personal GOY). I thought the improvements to the engine, while overdue, really improved the gameplay experience. W…
  • Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dares Wins (PS4) - That sure was an anime tie-in game. Super low-budget. An interesting battle system that the developers don't do anything with. Full Japanese VA cast so that helped carry the game along. The first half …
  • Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time (PS4) - Ding-dong, the witch is dead. This game has an incredible amount of wasted potential. Unfortunately, it seems they spent the money on an excellent recreation of the look of the anime and bringing along …
  • Mercenaries Saga 3: Gray Wolves of War (Switch) - Long overdue to finally finish this up. The patch a few weeks back did fix the bug with the play clock. Need to go back and see if the patch also fixed the bugs I ran into in MS2 and write up the rev…
  • Sakura Taisen (PSP) - Absolutely loved this game, even if the fan translation gets a bit rough in the second half. It has me very excited about the revival of the series; I hope Sega doesn't screw it up.
  • Correct, your MP increases each turn in battle. I believe it increases by a higher amount if you don't move or carry out an action that turn. I can't remember off the top of my head, but the amount of MP you start with is based off a % of that chara…
  • Finally getting caught up on this episode and so much of it is Phil reacting to disproportionate character art :) Add Langrisser to the long list of games I need to try someday.
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 (PS4) - So that was one of the worst gaming experiences I've had in quite a while. It started out looking like a harmless, bland action RPG but it beat me into submission with repetitive tedium and poor design deci…
  • Obviously I can't speak to this one's quality, but I played SRW V last year and the localization was totally passable, even good in places. With that game, I couldn't tell if the sections of stilted dialog was the translation or the original Japanes…
  • And everyone misses me griping about HK2 and squeeing about new Sakura Wars. Oh well, another week I suppose.
  • Yay Skaura Taisen!!!!! Sega claims this is a proper continuation of the series so I hope that means an actual console game and not low-effort mobile gacha crap. It's such a wonderfully bizarre series, I hope it gets a good chance to succeed in the w…