By Brad Gallaway on September 23, 2013 - 10:58am.
A Delightful Double-dip
HIGH The new Floor Jump feature is awesome!
LOW The Grimoire system seems like it still needs work.
WTF What's with all the dead ends and empty rooms?
By Sparky Clarkson on August 25, 2013 - 9:57am.
Fafnir, I Choose You!
HIGH Blowing away a boss well above my level in a single turn with some well-chosen elemental attacks, timely smirks, and a lucky crit.
LOW My previous try at that boss, where my ally's poor choice of elemental attack caused the boss to smirk and wipe my party with just two attacks.
WTF Is that a penis demon? I think it's a penis demon.
By Brad Gallaway on August 25, 2013 - 9:49am.
Although I count myself a Shin Megami Tensei a fan in general, I had some hesitation about jumping into SMT IV on 3DS. I haven't been the biggest fan of the portable SMTs and nothing about the previews was really grabbing me. However, the Nintendo offer of $30 eShop credit when combined with purchase of Fire Emblem: Awakening (which I already had, and loved) was too much to resist, especially since I had a couple of games to trade in for credit.
By Mike Bracken on June 25, 2013 - 5:27pm.
A Blast from Mega Ten's Past
HIGH Finally getting some of the hard-to-catch demons to join your squad.
LOW Navigating first-person dungeons can be challenging, even with a map.
WTF This game is one giant WTF moment—in a good way.
By Brad Gallaway on March 15, 2013 - 4:31pm.
Upwards and Onwards
HIGH Using Deep Forest Lore the first time
LOW Getting stuck (twice) after falling for false in-game information.
WTF Four great games and this series is still largely unknown?
By Matthew Kaplan on November 29, 2012 - 6:53pm.
A Year in the Life of Horny, Magical Teenagers
HIGH The Mystery Gang mocking their own corny "Persona!" cries while plastered.
LOW Cut-and-paste dungeons.
WTF Marie's "poetry."
By Brad Gallaway on August 9, 2012 - 3:24pm.
Old Friends Return in a Most Unexpected Fashion
HIGH Labrys' elegant, touching story.
LOW The white story text can sometimes be hard to read.
WTF I forgot how much I missed these characters until Arena reminded me.
By Brad Gallaway on August 4, 2012 - 10:00pm.
First, a disclaimer—this is NOT a review. Just saying. So, Persona 4: Arena... like, WOW. As someone who wasn't really a fan of the BlazBlue fighting games, I wasn't overly excited about the thought of those devs taking one of the best Japanese role-playing games from the last decade (if not the last... ever) and making a fighting game out of it, but I just received a review copy and I've been playing it for the last few days.
By Matthew Kaplan on April 17, 2012 - 7:52pm.
Given the present dearth of strategy and role-playing games on the young Vita, exposure to some classic Atlus games couldn't come at a better time. I recently had a chance to play nine of these games for the first time on Vita and I came away from the experience realizing that, even if most of these games are ports of earlier releases, no one picks up on and supports unique properties the way Atlus does. This is the company that published oddball titles like Hammerin' Hero and Eggs of Steel, after all.
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