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Gungrave G.O.R.E Review Gamers who were around as early as the PlayStation 2 era may remember Beyond the Grave, or “Grave” for short – the coffin-carrying, gun-toting deadman protagonist of RED Entertainment’s Gungrave series of games. This third-person shooter may have been a niche title, but it was still stylish and fun enough to garner a fan following. Surprisingly, it managed to get a sequel, Gungrave OD, and even an anime adaptation retelling the events of the first game. And of course, you can’t mention Gungrave without pointing out that the characters from the games were designed by Yasuhiro Nightow, the manga author best known for the Trigun manga and anime series. Save for Gungrave VR back in 2018, the cult series hasn’t seen much action, but fans are in for a treat as they get to once again join Grave on an action-packed and bloody adventure. With the latest…

Goddess of Victory: NIKKE is a sci-fi RPG shooter from Level Inifinite and Shift Up that was recently released to much anticipation from the gacha-playing public. With a unique shooter system that puts the “focus” on each of the characters, NIKKE has instantly caught the attention of many in more ways than one. Apart from NIKKE’s gameplay, fans of the game are also impressed by its lineup of Japanese voice actors, which consist of many familiar names that have made appearances in other titles like Genshin Impact and Tower of Fantasy, among other anime and video games. There’s a lot of impressive talent in NIKKE, which is one of the draws of the game, apart from its coughgameplaycough. Since Goddess of Victory: NIKKE is an ongoing title, we’ll be sure to update this list as the weeks and months go by, but for now, here’s the stellar Japanese voice cast…

Sonic Frontiers Review As far as games are concerned, Sonic the Hedgehog is in some sort of reemergence phase. Over just the past year alone, the Blue Blur has released Sonic Origins and Sonic Colors: Ultimate, even making it big at the box office with the Sonic 2 movie. All of this momentum has been building up to Sonic Frontiers, an all-new “open-zone” game that’s looking to be one of the biggest efforts from the team to date and the latest entry in the long-running series featuring our favorite hedgehog. Putting Sonic in an open-world setting sounds like a long-overdue concept, and we’ll finally be able to see if the game is actually worth the wait! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Mnp5A5iG4 When in Doubt, Blame Robotnik Anybody who knows anything about Sonic games will surely point the finger at Dr. Robotnik when something goes wrong. Sonic Frontiers is no exception, and this time, the…

Resident Evil Village: Winters Expansion Review By all accounts, the recently released Resident Evil Village was a huge success for Capcom. Apart from reviewing very well by critics and media outlets worldwide, including us, the franchise is in a great position to continue its surge toward the release of the Resident Evil 4 remake next year. Capcom has more stories to tell for Resident Evil Village, and allowing players to take control of Lady Dimitrescu is just too good an offer to pass up. Enter the “Winters Expansion,” highlighted by the addition of a new story campaign starring Rose Winters. As far as content goes, the expansion is pretty meaty for $19.99, and if it’s your first time playing the game, we’d suggest taking the Gold Edition for the full experience. Let’s take a look at each of the new features and see whether or not this is worth a…

Valkyrie Elysium Review Fans of Square Enix games throughout the years may recall a little RPG series based on Norse Mythology. No no, not the one with that bald guy. Of course, we’re talking about Valkyrie Profile! The game was known for its innovative gameplay at the time, featuring highlights like its flashy combat and the Einherjar system. When a new game in the Valkyrie series was announced earlier this year, fans gave notice. A chance to step back into the world of Midgard was a dream come true, considering it’s been a while since the last game. Valkyrie Elysium isn’t exactly the comeback worthy of the gods, bogged down by repetitive systems and a rushed storyline that fails to capture the curiosity of the players throughout their playthrough. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJReDSNL4vc Another Game, Another Ragnarok The threat of Ragnarok looms over the world, and the All-Father Odin has ordered his newly…

TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection Review One of the most iconic symbols of 80s pop culture is without a doubt the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). If you grew up during those times, you can thank these heroes in a half-shell for your pizza cravings and introduction to famous artists like Leonardo and Michelangelo. Since their debut, the turtles have appeared in nearly every form of media up to the present, from live-action to comics, to cartoons, and, of course, video games. As early as the 8-bit/16-bit/handheld/arcade era, TMNT definitely made its presence known. A quick search will show over a dozen TMNT games, and without knowing where to start, players might be shell-shocked. Konami has come up with a convenient answer, serving up some of the most well-loved TMNT classics in one awesome package – TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uOX4rDyXBI More games than pizza toppings If you’ve purchased Konami’s Castlevania…

Soul Hackers 2 Review For the uninitiated, Devil Summoner is another spinoff of the Shin Megami Tensei JRPG series, much like Persona. While Persona enjoys mainstream success, it’s finally time for its lesser-known family member to take the spotlight. 25 years after the launch of the original Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, we finally get a brand new entry in the Devil Summoner series—Soul Hackers 2. 25 years is a long time, so if you’re uneasy about diving into this latest installment, you’ll be pleased to know that brushing up on your Devil Summoner lore is not a requirement. That said, let us jump right in! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1iyR6-yc3c A Tale of Souls and Summoners Soul Hackers 2 is set in modern-day Japan, which doesn’t look anything out of the ordinary at first glance, except that in this world you have Devil Summoners—those who can form contracts with demons and use their powers as their…

Elden Ring is probably the last game you’ll think of if you want to have a laugh. The massively successful RPG masterpiece does tell the story of an unknown Tarnished returning to the Lands Between and on a quest to become Elden Lord, after all. But that’s exactly what you’re going to be doing in this case as you go through the pages of this gag manga adaptation, Ëlden Ring: Road to the Erdtree… Yes, you read that right. It’s a gag manga and it’s based on FromSoftware’s latest endeavor. Two things you probably didn’t expect to be associated with each other. Elden Ring: Road to the Erdtree is a comedic take on the player’s journey to becoming Elden Lord. Players will surely relate as it faithfully captures the first few hours of the game from the epic opening monologue to meeting Melina, obviously minus her questioning Torrent’s choice of…

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R Review More than the meme goldmine that it has been known for, Hirohiko Araki’s generation-spanning opus has been a major influence on almost every form of Japanese entertainment. From the breathing techniques in Demon Slayer to fighting game characters like Rose and Guile (Street Fighter), numerous anime and video games have been known to take inspiration from the famous manga and anime. Naturally, for the series’ 35th anniversary, fans were treated to a special announcement—the return of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle. First released on the PlayStation 3 in 2013, the game was known for its faithfulness to all aspects of the source material, from the fighting gameplay to the visuals. It’s a game adaptation that’s as appreciated by fans as the first JoJo fighting game by Capcom back in 1998, and now we finally get the latest installment – All-Star Battle R. Time…

Digimon Survive Review If there’s a franchise similar to Pokemon that can somehow compete in familiarity and fun, Digimon would immediately come to mind. While both deal in pitting monsters with each other, Digimon takes on a more virtual nature, and the plot deals with more than just a simple trainer wanting to be the very best, like no one ever was. The same could be said of this latest entry in the series, the curiously titled Digimon Survive. It took a while due to various development issues, but it’s finally here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6buYrC_om6E At its core, Digimon Survive is a Visual Novel/Strategy RPG hybrid. The game follows Takuma Momozuka, who, along with a handful of students from his class during a school trip, is mysteriously transported to a different world. There, they encounter the mysterious Digimon, here called Kemonogami, and that’s where the mold is broken in terms of story…

Tower of Fantasy is the latest open-world action RPG from Level Infinite and Hotta Studio that’s taking over the scene. With its addictive gacha mechanics and stylish gameplay, PC and mobile players have a new title to enjoy that will surely be a time sink for many. Tower of Fantasy has a large roster of characters to choose from, ranging from waifus and husbandos that have various abilities to use in-game. Similar to another massively popular title, Tower of Fantasy also has a Japanese voice acting cast that’s nothing to scoff at, each with notable roles from various anime and video game titles that are surely recognizable. Since Tower of Fantasy is an ongoing game, we’ll be sure to update this list as the weeks and months go by, but for now, here’s the star-studded Japanese voice cast of the game! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k-SzWqUsqc Tower of Fantasy – Meet the Japanese Voice…

Zenless Zone Zero is the next big title for HoYoverse, developers of the massively successful Genshin Impact. Initially revealed back in May, the look of the game is gorgeous and accented by fantastic character design. Zenless Zone Zero is made up of various factions, each with its own set of characters and personalities that players will surely connect with. The “Welcome to New Eridu” Trailer merely gave us a taste of these factions, but HoYoverse has been slowly revealing these characters and their corresponding voice actors. Just like Genshin Impact, whose Japanese voice acting cast is a star-studded affair, Zenless Zone Zero’s lineup is nothing to scoff at. https://youtu.be/C5WS9Ohb-fI Zenless Zone Zero – Gentle House aka Cunning Hares First up in Zenless Zone Zero, we have the Gentle House faction, also known as the Cunning Hares. They deal with various types of commissions for the right price, so if you’ve…

Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series Review Ask any gamer of who they think Bandai Namco’s defining characters are and you’ll likely hear answers ranging from video game icon Pac-Man (who is, in fact, their official mascot) to maybe even Tekken’s Heihachi Mishima. In between those answers might lie an unusual answer in Klonoa, a beloved character from the 90s. Debuting on the Sony PlayStation back in 1997, Klonoa was the star of a couple of amazing and underrated platform titles that have been fan favorites for their fantastic level design and adorable characters. 14 years after its last appearance on the Wii back in 2008, Bandai Namco is breathing new life into the dormant series as Klonoa comes back to work his way into the hearts of both new players and longtime fans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCnxnsagRdk Welcome back, Klonoa! Klonoa Phantasy Reverie Series includes both the aforementioned classic Klonoa games, namely Klonoa: Door…

Sonic Origins Review Sonic the Hedgehog is basically seeing a resurgence as of late. With a couple of successful movie adaptations, recent game releases like Sonic Colors: Ultimate, and an upcoming open-zone title called Sonic Frontiers, it’s safe to say that the blue blur is having a good time. Enter Sonic Origins. As the title suggests, Sonic Origins is a compilation of the first four Sonic games that started it all. First released on the Sega Megadrive/Genesis and Sega CD, Sonic Origins collects Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles, and Sonic CD in one nifty package. It goes without saying that the first Sonic game is memorable for a lot of reasons but most especially introducing the world to Sega’s mascot that went on to become a video game icon. The succeeding games introduce fans to longtime buddy Miles “Tails” Prower and another eventual fan…

The Quarry is the latest title from Supermassive Games that is touted to be the spiritual successor of the 2015 PS4 classic, Until Dawn. The Quarry is an interactive horror game that features fantastic visuals and a star-studded lineup cast of voice actors. The cast of The Quarry is easily recognizable, and you’ll see some very familiar names like David Arquette, Ted Raimi, and Lance Henriksen, all of whom bring the game to life in stunning fashion. Without further ado, let’s meet the cast of The Quarry. Related – Read our The Quarry Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pm4sA1G5qA The Quarry – Meet the Cast and Voice Actors David Arquette as Chris Hackett Notable roles: Scream Series – Dewey RileyNever Been Kissed – Rob GellerEight Legged Freaks – Chris McCormickWWE Raw – David Arquette Siobhan Williams as Laura Kearney Notable roles: Deadly Class – Brandy LynnHell on Wheels – Naomi HatchBilly the Kid -…