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Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Looks Like The Densest Switch JRPG Yet

Screenshot: Monolith Soft / Nintendo We finally got a full overview of Xenoblade Chronicles 3 today and the upcoming Switch JRPG looks massive. A 20-minute Nintendo Direct showed off more of the game’s existential story beats, multi-layered combat mechanics, and other activities players will get up to in its giant open world. Hopefully you like …

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Here’s How to Make Sense of All the New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Games

Image: Square Enix Final Fantasy is one of the most-influential video game franchises of all time, and while every game in the series has its fans, Final Fantasy VII is by far the most popular—even 25 years after its initial release on PlayStation 1. The story of Cloud, Aerith, Tifa, and their companions on a …

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AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana Initiative: Good mystery, embarrassing baggage

AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana InitiativeImage: Spike Chunsoft There’s a good mystery at the heart of Spike Chunsoft’s new (and awkwardly titled) visual novel AI: The Somnium Files—Nirvana Initiative, as there is at the core of most of writer Kotaro Uchikoshi’s games. The author of titles like the well-received escape room/visual novel hybrids 9 Hours, Nine …

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Kingdom Hearts’ Director Was ‘Picky’ About Sora in Smash Bros

Sora, the hero of Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts series, was added to Nintendo’s mash-up brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last October, earning the distinction of being the final in addition to the game’s massive roster. It was a heartwarming announcement for a fighter who’s actually kinda cool to play. While many thought it surprising that …

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Three Hopes Is A Great Sequel To Three Houses

Screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku Despite public cynicism about musou games, which seem like straightforward hack-and-slash fests against armies of faceless foes amid chaotic battlefields, I’ve long felt that this style of gameplay could bring out Fire Emblem‘s best war-simulating potential. Two months ago, I wrote about how Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes could actually be …

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Persona Romantics Can Fall In Love Again In New JRPG Eternights

lewd.Screenshot: Studio Sai / Kotaku The lineup of games showcased during last night’s PlayStation State of Play was a clear W for gamers from all walks of life, whether they be VR vampire dommy mommy enthusiasts, roller derby fanaticsor fighters who’ve finally crossed the street into the open-world. However, one game’s journey joining PlayStation’s stacked …

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