Good Goings: July edition

Hey, welcome to Good Goings! A monthly 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 it’s important to kick back, relax and remind ourselves of the things we’re happy about. It feels like it’s never been aContinue reading “Good Goings: July edition”

What’s on the Wishlist: 21 Games of 2021

So… I probably should have written this post last month back when 2021 was all shiny and new, but better late than never, right? As always, exciting new games are released every year and my backlog can scarcely keep up. In most cases I’m a ‘patient’ gamer by necessity, which means my wishlist usually ends up getting lots of love! I was looking over my wishlist recently and wanted to highlight some upcoming and ogle-worthy games, so here are twenty-one of them for good measure. There’s something for everyone this year, so let’s dig in!

Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle (Chapter I, II, & III)

I stumbled across the very first episode of Nina Aquila: Legal Eagle (NALE) a few years ago whilst trawling for something vaguely Ace Attorney-ish. I had played Danganronpa and 1bitHeart and, though both excellent games, they didn’t quite scratch that courtroom itch. It was my great pleasure then that a sudden turnabout for my woes arrived in the form of Nina Aquila, an episodically released hybrid visual novel/adventure. After playing and thoroughly enjoying the chapters currently available, I’m here to tell you why any fan of mysteries, quirky animesque humour and, of course, a certain unobjectionable adventure series should pay attention to this legal eagle.

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

Back to school: 10 games that simulate school life

Where I am in the UK, kids have gone back to school and university for about a month now. As per usual, I’m not on the ball with these things but I got the idea for this list whilst playing Mana Khemia, a unique Atelier game with a school setting as opposed to the usualContinue reading “Back to school: 10 games that simulate school life”

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