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The cast of Persona Q (Image Credit: IGN)

Light the Fire Up in the Night: Persona Q Impressions

Review republished with permission from Vulcan Post

What happens when you mix the intuitive draw-your-own-map-as-you-play-mechanic of Etrian Odyssey with the addictive combat and gripping slice of life gameplay of Persona? You get Persona Q, a dungeon crawler that’s an absolute must-have for any self-respecting role-playing game fanatic. Sadly if you don’t have a 3DS, you are out of luck as the game is exclusive to the handheld.


This is how a map should look like once completely drawn out. (Image credit: Kotaku)

Having only played Persona 4 Golden on the PS Vita, and loving every bit of RPG (role-playing game) goodness the game had to offer, I was initially taken aback by the chibi (short person in Japanese) art style of Persona Q.

For comparisons, the following images will illustrat...

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The Evil Within- Fun, frustrating, and occasionally frightening

It’s been awhile since Shinji Mikami has indulged the genre of survival horror. He hit his peak with Resident Evil 4, and then went on to do God Hand and the fast paced action game Vanquish. Now, working with Tango Gameworks and Bethesda, he returns to the genre he’s credited with starting. On the surface, The Evil Within certainly fits the mold. It has the prerequisite creepy environments, some seriously demented looking creatures, and plenty of blood and gore to make Pinhead from the Hellraiser movies feel right at home. But does it succeed in being a standout among horror games, or does it just fall flat? On one hand, it succeeds quite well, and provides a title survival horror fans will probably enjoy diving into...

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Review: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS)


With a wide array of memorable music, adorable characters, and easy to pick up and play gameplay, Curtain Call strikes the perfect chord between accessibility and challenge in a genre where complexity and uneven difficulty too often dictate the tempo.

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.  They have their entrances and exits and one person in his time plays many parts.”

Attributed to William Shakespeare, the previous quote may describe the characters that take the stage in Theatrhythm:  Curtain Call, to a T.  The many characters, spanning a plethora of different worlds that have been explored in Final Fantasy lore, some familiar, some less so, but all play multiple roles in Curtain Call, whether its a supporting or leading role.

The origin...

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Batman: Arkham Knight Aiming to be “Ultimate Batman Simulator”


Rocksteady says combination of bigger world, the Batmobile, and showing Batman at the height of his power will make the game one to remember.

2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight is aiming to be the “ultimate Batman simulator,” according to developer Rocksteady Studios. The developer’s marketing manager, Guy Perkins, explained in a new interview what the game needs to achieve for Rocksteady to feel good about what it created.

“If people walk away thinking this is the ultimate Batman simulator, then our job is complete,” he told IGN. “We gave them Gotham City, we gave them Batman at the height of his powers, and we gave them the Batmobile. I think those three elements come together to make a great game. If people go away feeling like it was awesome, we’ve done a good job.”

Arkham Knight i...

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Review: Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)


“Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me.”

The first line from a lyrical poem written by Emily Dickinson may sum up the final battle from the recently released Reaper of Souls expansion, far more elegantly and with outstanding accuracy, given that it was first published in 1890.

In truth, Diablo III’s journey has been a rocky one, from a community dividing beginning through its auction house phase and its transition from PC to console, with much of its gameplay and several innovations made specifically for console that serve to make the game even more accessible.

Finally having made the jump to next generation consoles, Diablo III is at its best when you and a few online friends are smashing through large hordes of endless foes, each slain enemy potent...

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Review: Theatrhythm – Final Fantasy (3DS)


An enchanting musical journey carried on the sepia toned wings of nostalgia.

With the recent release of the 3DS game, Theatrhythm: Curtain Call, we thought in anticipation of our review, it might be nice to revisit the game that started one of Square’s newest and most refreshing series.

Do you remember your first Final Fantasy?  Perhaps you journeyed alongside the Warriors of Light as they quested to defeat Garland.  You could have shared travels with Cecil and Kain.  You might have saved Terra and her friends from the maniacal Kefka.  Mayhaps you helped a certain spiky haired youth wield his large sword against numerous foes.  You may have crossed paths with oddly named adventurers called Squall, or Rinoa, or Zindane, maybe Yuna or Tidus, or Vaan...

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Shadows”- Season 2 is off to a fine start


One of the many criticisms of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last season was that it started off a bit slow, seemingly trying too hard to connect itself to The Avengers movie. Things picked up after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the show collided, making S.H.I.E.L.D. a fugitive organization after the reveal that it had been infiltrated with Hydra. Nick Fury has turned the reins over to Agent Coulson, and due to their fugitive status and the discovery of a Hydra mole on their team, the crew had to become more focused, more capable, and more determined to handle these new threats. That new capable and determined look showed itself early on in “Shadows”, the Season 2 premiere.

The show opened with a nice cameo by Agent Carter, Dum Dum Dug...

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Gotham- A new version of a familiar origin story

Gotham, the new series from Bruno Heller (Rome, the Mentalist), takes its DC Comics property quite seriously. Perhaps too seriously, as it tries to pay homage to the storied origin of Batman and create its own chapter in the Dark Knight’s mythos. While we do witness the murder of Martha and Thomas Wayne and see the effect on young Bruce (David Mazouz), Gotham is ostensibly the story of James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), an honest cop trying to remain that way in a city noted for corruption...

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Destiny- Ambitious, flawed fun

NOTE: Before I get into the review, I just wanted to state a few things up front. You’re going to see a score at the bottom of this review. That score reflects the game at launch, and should not be taken as a final score for the game, since Bungie will be infusing Destiny with new content over an extended period of time. These new additions will receive a separate review as they are completed. This includes the recently opened raid Vault of Glass, which currently I cannot get into (you need to be level 26) and which you must be part of a clan in order to participate (no matchmaking for raids, which I’m hoping Bungie will change down the line)...

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Destiny: Review in progress- On to Mars and the Cabal

The sands of Mars look quite impressive, with their reddish color offering a stark contrast between the jungles of Venus, the grasslands of Old Russia, and the grey rock on the Moon. This is the domain of the Cabal, a hefty sized warrior race that seems to take their ranks straight from Greco-Roman history, as their ranks are made up of such things as the Legionary (no armor, but mobile and packing a lot of firepower), the Phalanx ( a warrior carrying a large shield and an impressive handgun), and the Centurion (big brute with a big gun). They offer yet another challenge and once again force you to adapt your tactics in combat. Legionaries often leap about like frogs on a hot plate, and the Phalanx keep their large shield front and center...

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