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NPG’s 2020 Game Awards!

This was a wonderful year of gaming for me and I wrote a very very long post on all the games I played here. What was my cream of the crop from those games? Read on to find out (yes, I shamelessly stole these awards from Steam)!

DS Hidden Gems

As promised, I’ve returned with a post about my hidden gem picks for the DS! Last month I touched upon some awesome games from the 3DS, so give that a read if you haven’t yet. Now we’re moving to the Big Daddy of handhelds, the best selling DS.

Take an Axe to the Grind: 7 great ways Xenoblade Chronicles streamlines its gameplay

As I’ve grown older and my backlog ever larger, I have started thinking more about games in terms of what they cost in time rather than money. When it’s so easy to pick up and put down the controller, I am far less eager to wade through meaningless fluff enroute to the good stuff. That said, I’m all for getting in deep with a well-designed chonker of a game that makes the hours fly. Xenoblade Chronicles gets this.

Good Goings: November edition

Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A hopefully regular-ish series where I’ll celebrate some stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so I think it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been a better time to be a geek nowadays so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with what goodies have come up this month…

3DS Hidden Gems

Over 75 million lifetime sales. 1343 games. 9 years. 4 iterations.

It’s finally happened. The 3DS was discontinued as of September 2020 after a near decade of gaming goodness. This is my ode to the magnificent 3DS. While this console has not quite matched the overwhelming sales records of the DS (and frankly nothing comes close amongst handhelds), there is simply something special about this pocket-sized wonder.

Good Goings: October edition

Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A hopefully regular-ish series where I’ll celebrate some stuff that has happened or is yet to happen in the otaku sphere. The world can bring us down sometimes so I think it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been a better time to be a geek nowadays so pop on the kettle and let’s get cracking with what goodies have come up this month…

Back to the Backlog: Bad Apple Wars

Autumn is the season otome fans eagerly await. After nibbling on months of promotion and warming wallets by the light of preorder screens, Aksys Games releases a handful of localised otome games. This year is a bumper crop of old Vita ports (Code: Realize – Future Blessings, Collar X Malice and its new fandisk) and new IPs (Piofiore: Fated Memories and Cafe Enchante). In the West, the otome genre has traditionally been a niche of a niche, a little represented but much loved branch of visual novels within the community. Interest in this sub-genre has been slowly growing

Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy!

Confession time: I haven’t dipped my toes into the mystery dungeon sub-genre of JRPGs very much. I suppose the rogue-like elements usually put me off. The constant threat of losing all of your hard-earned items gets me sweating like a hoarder forced to spring clean. Yet to my bemusement, many people actually seek out this kind of high-risk high-reward gameplay; the challenge of advancing inch by inch; and cleaning out dungeons by the skin of your teeth. If such masochism sounds familiar, please read on.

Cosmic Star Heroine

Cosmic Star Heroine is a game that has gotten around. After a successful Kickstarter, the game was originally released on the PS4 and PC in 2017 before being brought to the Vita and Switch in 2018. I had heard great things about this game’s radical reinterpretation of traditional (tradical?) turn-based JRPG systems and eagerly plumped for the Switch version, as it seemed the perfect fit for handheld play.

PLAY or NAY: 5 things Nexomon does better than Pokémon and 5 things it doesn’t…

I picked up Nexomon hoping that it would be a light distraction until the next major Pokémon game. Here, you won’t find trainers but tamers; nexotraps rather than pokeballs. Bluntly speaking, this isn’t a game that will win any awards for originality. Nevertheless, I found myself pleasantly surprised at this charming, if derivative, take on such a giant

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

As a huge fan of the Fire Emblem and Persona series, I was eager to try out Tokyo Mirage Sessions, which was billed as their upbeat love-child. More light-hearted than both these parents, Tokyo Mirage Sessions inherits more from fellow Atlus-developed game, Persona, but nevertheless asserts its own identity with a couple of enjoyable twists on the formula.

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Who are you?  Hey, I’m npg (nonplayergirl)! I’ve been deep in otakudom for most of my life but my backlog of games/anime/manga never ceases. I’m open towards most genres but I especially like comedies, mysteries, and even better mysterious comedies. I avoid gore like the plague and tragedies like bad chocolate (I typically end upContinue reading “Hey there!”

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