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 Sympathy Kiss
Posted: Tue, 20 Feb 15:00:00
Category: Highlight
Work and love collide in the office romance visual novel Sympathy Kiss, but is this a work evaluation that’s satisfactory or poor? As for my assessment, I find Otomate and Idea Factory’s Sympathy Kiss a delightful visual novel experience. I’m pleasantly surprised by how endearingly heartfelt this otome is despite a few roadblocks and one potentially triggering story… Read More »
 Sword of the Necromancer: Resurrection Remakes 2021 Roguelike
Posted: Tue, 20 Feb 14:43:48
Category: News
For a game released in 2021, a remake three years later might feel unnecessary. However, the Kickstarter campaign for Sword of the Necromancer: Revenant, pitched a 3D remake of the first game as a stretch goal. That goal was met, so here we are with Sword of the Necromancer: Resurrection launching sometime in 2024 to… Read More »

 Complete Edition of Shin Megami Tensei V Surfaces
Posted: Mon, 19 Feb 14:28:19
Category: News
South Korea’s ESRB equivalent just posted (and immediately removed) details about a complete edition of Shin Megami Tensei V. Gematsu reported that a game titled “Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance” received a rating from the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea. The posting described Vengeance as a complete version of SMTV with additional content… Read More »

 Composer Yoko Shimomura to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at GDCA 2024
Posted: Mon, 19 Feb 14:00:00
Category: News
Pioneering video game composer Yoko Shimomura will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Game Developers Choice Awards, part of the annual Game Developers Conference in March. Since beginning her 35+ year career in the late 1980s as part of the Capcom Sound Team, Shimomura has made many solo and group contributions to… Read More »

 The Thaumaturge Delayed to Escape a Busy February
Posted: Mon, 19 Feb 13:41:48
Category: News
With games like Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, Granblue Fantasy: Relink, and Persona 3: Reload available in February, RPG gamers have ZERO time for anything else. Developer Fool’s Theory and publisher 11 bit studios seem to feel the same way. Their upcoming RPG set in 1905 Warsaw, The Thaumaturge, has been… Read More »

 Random Encounter 289 – Go East, Young Man, and Farm!
Posted: Mon, 19 Feb 13:00:00
Category: Highlight, Podcast, Random Encounter
On this episode of Random Encounter, we’re “cranking” up our game to chat about a farming-centric piece of DLC for a pixel-art action RPG and a rogue-like on a tiny, black-and-white screen. First, Nick is here to share his thoughts about the farming DLC for 2021’s Eastward, Eastward: Octopia. Having received solid reviews back when it was… Read More »

 Zoria: Age of Shattering Impressions
Posted: Sun, 18 Feb 23:20:55
Category: Highlight, Preview
RPGFan recently had the opportunity to speak to Tiny Trinket Games about their upcoming turn-based RPG, Zoria: Age of Shattering, and it looks like they’ve created an entry chocked to the rafters with systems and ideas after seven years of development. The fact that the game is launching into a gaming landscape filled with a… Read More »

 RPGs Coming This Week, 2/18/24
Posted: Sun, 18 Feb 17:00:00
Category: Highlight, News
On this edition of RPGs Coming This Week: The biggest MOBA on the planet goes cozy mode, and an up-and-coming action RPG finally hits the big version 1.0. Let’s get into it! Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story – February 21st (Switch, Windows) Am I telling you that there’s a chance to play League… Read More »

 Tournament Arc
Posted: Sat, 17 Feb 20:00:00
Category: Highlight
We’re early in 2024, and I’m already looking at a strong contender for arrange album of the year. The jazz/funk/rock ensemble Tournament Arc came out of left field with a debut album that launched alongside a live performance at Super MAGFest 2024. After multiple listens to this senses-shocking album, I now regret even more deeply… Read More »
 Ys X -Nordics- Original Soundtrack
Posted: Fri, 16 Feb 19:00:00
Category: Highlight
The time has arrived! Adol is on his tenth adventure in Ys X: Nordics (stylized Ys X -Nordics- in Japan). And as the name and artwork suggest, Adol will be encountering his fictional world’s Viking equivalents this time ’round. Does Falcom’s “Sound Team jdk” have what it takes to write an appropriate score for this… Read More »
 RPG Maker XP Is Free on Steam Until February 19th
Posted: Fri, 16 Feb 14:00:00
Category: News
Gotcha Gotcha Games has announced that its seminal game-making software RPG Maker XP is completely free for PC players on Steam until February 19th, 10:00 AM PDT. RPG Maker XP is the oldest entry in the series, having originally released in 2005, and is meant to give players a toolset to create their spin on… Read More »

Posted: Fri, 16 Feb 13:00:00
Category: Highlight
Many consider artificial intelligence to be our future, but what happens once we’re all gone and AI is all that’s left? Crymachina seeks to answer this question in a follow-up to 2019’s Crystar. Crymachina shares many gameplay elements and philosophical themes from its predecessor while exploring a new setting. In Crystar, the story revolves around… Read More »