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Let’s Talk About the PlayStation Classic

Taylor Smith
Almost everything behind the reveal of the PlayStation Classic was raising red flags Sony finally unveiled its full lineup of games for the PlayStation Classic, and it’s probably more of a lukewarm reveal than what most people were hoping for. Plenty of iconic franchises and entries are missing from the...
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‘Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age’ Review – An RPG Appears!

Taylor Smith
Dragon Quest is a monster of a series, and one of the big 3 older series in Japan alongside Final Fantasy and Shin Megami Tensei. It’s the forefather to most JRPGs, and set the foundation for what plenty of games, RPG or otherwise, use when constructing narrative or gameplay. Dragon...

First Impressions with ‘Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age’

Taylor Smith
It’s been almost a decade and a half since the last numbered Dragon Quest title graced a home console internationally. Dragon Quest IX was a 3DS exclusive, the proceeding Dragon Quest X was an Asia-exclusive MMO, and now Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age brings the franchise back

Check the Map: Japanese Game Centers – The Crane Game

Taylor Smith
Crane games are a staple in Western culture. Every Target. Walmart, and most general goods stores will have at least one of these pesky machines near the entrance. Oftentimes, they’ll be lined with cheap plush toys from a popular movie or cartoon (or sometimes stock the store couldn’t sell). Japan...

How ‘Persona’ got a Rhythm Game – A Short Index/ATLUS History

Taylor Smith
I always felt like Persona 4 was a title that overstayed its welcome. The original RPG was great when it released back in 2009, but everything that’s come out since has felt like a slow grind in the wrong direction. Over the course of a decade since the original game’s