Previews

Final Fantasy VII Rebirth: Hands On With the Year's Most Anticipated RPG

The long-awaited sequel to Final Fantasy VII Remake is less than a month away, and with it comes new gameplay mechanics that build upon its predecessor. Final Fantasy VII Rebirth goes open world, which might make some series fans leery due to the video game industry's overreliance on the design structure in recent years. However, Rebirth’s charming characters, exciting action, entertaining side quests, and strong world building feel like a natural extension of Remake.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes is a fitting Suikoden successor

Spiritual successors have been quite popular during the last several years. Bloodstained launched as a spiritual successor to Castlevania, Yooka-Laylee tried to be the same for Banjo Kazooie, and Mighty Number 9 tried to capture the spirit of classic Mega Man games with mixed results. Not all of them have been successful, but nostalgic players still look for those types of games to recreate the magical experiences they had as kids.

Armored Core 6 is an adrenaline-filled action romp — and just as hard as Dark Souls

From Software is best known for the Dark Souls franchise, and many consider the studio’s smash hit, Elden Ring, to be one of the best games of 2022. Does the developer follow up with another Dark Souls-type game? No. Instead, From Software develops a new installment in the Armored Core franchise called Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. It’s the first mainline entry in the franchise since 2012’s Armored Core V and 2013’s Armored Core: Verdict Day.

The Devil in Me is the most interactive Dark Pictures game yet

Each new entry in Supermassive Games’ and Bandai Namco’s The Dark Pictures Anthology is incrementally better than the last. Last year’s House of Ashes was the most enjoyable entry I’ve played thus far, as the game had noticeably improved lore and cast of characters. While it would have sufficed to tell another good story in The Devil in Me, Supermassive added one extra twist that makes the upcoming Dark Pictures entry much more engaging than the ones before.

God of War Ragnarok's exploration is already a show-stealer

There’s a lot to praise in 2018’s God of War, but one of its best features came from its semi-open world design. Players could traverse Midgar via boat to discover hidden areas, complete sidequests, and fight new enemies. The more players progressed, the more areas opened up for Kratos and Atreus to explore.

After playing about seven hours of God of War Ragnarök, the sequel to God of War, I can tell you that Santa Monica Studio has only doubled down on that aspect.

The DioField Chronicle makes real-time strategy feel like a JRPG

Japan isn’t exactly known for real time strategy games. That’s why I was surprised to discover that The DioField Chronicle was a real-time strategy game, and not a turn-based tactics one like the Fire Emblem series. In terms of gameplay, this already sets The DioField Chronicle apart from other similar titles in the genre as Japanese strategy games lean heavily toward turn-based and grid-based tactics.

In a hands-on preview, I played around three hours of The DioField Chronicle, which consisted

The Quarry might just live up to Until Dawn's horror legacy

I absolutely loved Supermassive Games’ 2015 horror title Until Dawn. The interactive drama had intriguing supernatural lore and impeccable pacing that kept me engaged throughout the entire experience. Since then, I’ve been mixed on Supermassive’s output with its Dark Picture Anthology series, hoping that it could recapture the magic I felt with Until Dawn.

That’s the direction in which the studio’s upcoming game, The Quarry, seems to be going for me.

I went hands-on with The Quarry and played

[Hands-On Preview] 'Shin Megami Tensei V' is Shaping Up to Be a Modern Spin on 'Nocturne' - Bloody Disgusting

Shin Megami Tensei V is the latest entry in the Shin Megami Tensei franchise coming to Nintendo Switch on November 11. This series, while having a sizable fanbase, has been overshadowed by its spin-off franchise, Persona. The last fully original 3D game in the series was 2003’s Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne for the PS2, which was remastered for modern hardware back in May this year.

Sega and Atlus provided Bloody Disgusting with a hands-on preview of the opening hours of Shin Megami Tensei V

'Great Ace Attorney Chronicles' is the cult series’ 'Yakuza 0' moment

Are you ready for the trial of the century? The nineteenth century, that is.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is the perfect starting point for franchise newcomers. The series dates back to 2001 and has cultivated a dedicated fanbase, selling more than 8 million units worldwide as of March 2021. The collection brings two older titles — The Great Ace Attorney: Adventures and the Great Ace Attorney 2: Resolve — to players outside of Japan for the first time.

Capcom provided Inverse with an earl

Wolfstride Preview: Black and White Mech Fights

Wolfstride is an upcoming turn-based RPG game about mechs from Ota Imon Studios and Raw Fury. It was revealed back in 2020, and it was recently showed off at E3 2021.

Wolfstride is definitely an interesting game to look out for when it eventually releases. We even named it one of our most-anticipated turn-based RPGs of the year. I was able to play a brief demo build of the game and I came away intrigued by what I’ve seen so far.

In the demo, you control a character named Shade, who unsurprisin

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne Preview: The Same Game, For Better And Worse

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne is the title that put the RPG series on the map. Originally releasing on the PlayStation 2 in 2003, the title received critical and commercial acclaim. Now, it’s coming back for modern hardware as an HD remaster. After having played a 3-hour preview of the game, it definitely is a remaster and not too much else, for better or for worse.

The protagonist of the game turns into a half human-half demon hybrid being after an apocalyptic event called the Conception oc

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... Preview, First Impressions: Automata Renewed

When I first played NieR: Automata on PlayStation 4 in 2017, I was amazed by the smoothness of its combat, especially compared to the original NieR. Platinum Games did a fantastic job making Automata’s minute-to-minute gameplay feel exciting and responsive.

Now comes NieR Replicant ver. 1.22474487139..., a remaster/remake of NieR Replicant, which is the "alternate version" of NieR only released in Japan, featuring a different set of main characters and a few other minor tweaks.

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