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Chaos;Child brings another Science Adventure VN to PC next week

Another visual novel in Mages's Science Adventure series (Steins;Gate et al) is headed to PC, and very soon. Chaos;Child launches next Tuesday, January 22nd. It's a dark teen psycho-thriller mystery set in the aftermath of an earthquake that wrecked Tokyo's Shibuya ward. There's a series of grisly murders to be investigated, and they probably related to a group of youths whose delusions and fantasies can…

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Feature: The truth will (shoot) out

Have You Played… Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc?

It translates, roughly, as ‘bullet refute’. Danganronpa, that is. Which makes more sense than it sounds, as the game is about taking part in murder trials and literally shooting truth bullets at lies as they spill out of suspects’ mouths. It’s not enough to say “If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit”; the glove has to be loaded into the chamber and fired through…

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Feature: Zero to hero

Have You Played… Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma?

As a series about time travel and hopping between lots of alternate realities, Zero Escape sure knows how to mess with players' heads. Its developers, Spike Chunsoft, know a thing or two about that in real life, too. Instead of releasing part one and part two of this superb visual novel series before the third and final installment came to PC in 2016, they went…

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Danganronpa dev’s dungeon RPG Zanki Zero launches March

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning's strangely picturesque apocalypse and oddball cast sent to their repeated ends feels fitting as a followup to teen murder mystery-fest Danganronpa. Confirmed for a PC launch on March 19th, Spike Chunsoft are putting their spin on Wizardry and The Legend Of Grimrock-style real-time labyrinth RPGs. Danganronpa 2 director Yakauki Sugawara and series producer Yoshinori Terasawa are at the helm, so expect…

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Live-action VN 428: Shibuya Scramble is bound for PC

Tell me if you're heard this one before; a former gang leader, a detective, a scientist, a journalist and a fuzzy cat mascot walk into a bar... Okay, that one loses something in translation, but it's a great set-up for an FMV thriller. Chunsoft's visual novel 428: Shibuya Scramble made a splash when it launched in Japan in 2008, and it's now headed westwards to PC this…

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Zero Escape director reveals AI: The Somnium Files

Kotaro Uchikoshi, the director of the first and third Zero Escape games, has revealed his next murderous mystery during Spike Chunsoft's panel at Anime Expo 2018. AI: The Somnium Files is a visual novel adventure doodad about a detective with a roboeye who will travel into people's memories as he hunts a serial killer. The game is still largely under wraps, but apparently a core…

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Visual novel Steins;Gate 0 launches into the bad timeline

Even as a semi-frequent consumer of visual novels, there are few that I would recommend almost unreservedly. Steins;Gate would be one of them - a time-travel mystery/thriller that (one character arc aside, which is a bit tone-deaf to contemporary gender issues) contains very little in the way of overbearing anime cliche to wade through. Its sequel, Steins;Gate 0, launched on PC yesterday, continuing the tale of young self-described 'mad…

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PixelJunk Monsters 2 demo unleashed

The Lorax speaks for the trees, but Tikiman weaponizes the trees. In PixelJunk Monsters 2, you play as the spirit of the forest who has to repel waves of attacking monsters who have come to take your home and kidnap all of your friends -- which I think we can all agree is not cool, man. To fend off the impending flood of creatures, Tikiman…

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Danganronpa creators’ new game coming westward

The Danganronpa series of games allowed for all sorts of Saw-esque adventures and bizarre romances. Producer Yoshinori Terasawa and game designer Takayuki Sugawara, the creators of the Danganronpa series, have a new kind of survival game, and it is coming to the west without the kind of delay their games have normally experienced before localization. That game is Zanki Zero: Last Beginning.

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I want to touch PixelJunk Monsters 2’s claymation world

The original PixelJunk Monsters feels like the product of a very different time in gaming. A simple, almost Flash-esque tower defense game, it still went on to became one of the first digitally distributed success stories on Sony's (at the time) cutting edge PlayStation 3. Over five years later it came to PC, and while reasonably well received, it never made much of a splash.…

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Fire Pro Wrestling World launches off the top rope

After five months of scrapping through early access, Fire Pro Wrestling World has launched in full. If you're looking for a game to transpose the traditional Christmas dinner arguments into a friendlier arena, boy howdy Fire Pro is certainly a game that'll let you recreate the nuances of your family's verbal fighting style with wrestling personas. At the very least, it'll make them all turn…

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Feature: Danganronpa 101

Danganronpa: the murder mystery visual novel series in a class of its own

Bear with me if you've heard this one before: Danganronpa [official site] is a game about teenagers locked in a high school, driven to murder one another by a robotic bear. A tale as old as time. The eye-catching premise partly explains how the series has captured the attention of even those who would shy away from the majority of visual novels. The third game…

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Danganronpa V3’s free demo is suitably weird

Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony [official site] has a free demo ahead of its full launch on September 26, and it's about as weird as you'd expect. You're trapped inside a school with an evil robotic bear called Monokuma, and the only way to escape is to murder a fellow student and get away with it by not getting found out during the ensuing trial. It's half-visual…

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Feature: This is (potentially) awesome

Fire Pro Wrestling World is great in-ring but lacks depth

Fire Pro Wrestling World [official site] is the indy high-flyer who has been wowing crowds all over the world. Maybe you were lucky enough to see her live years ago in a small out-of-town venue, where she was the clear stand-out in an underwhelming show. Maybe you just heard the buzz and envied friends who were lucky enough to catch her in action. Well, now…

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Fire Pro Wrestling World slams into early access

Slam your body down and wind it all around as Fire Pro Wrestling World [official site] is now in early access. The long-running series is making its Windows debut and we can pay to get in before the event even starts, watching digital venue staff tidy up code and lay out chairs for sprites. Fire Pro might not have the big brand and 3D-o-vision of…

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Fire Pro Wrestling World chokeslamming PC this summer

It's no secret that one favourite activity in the RPS treehouse is chokeslamming and powerbombing each other. I'm delighted, then, to see Spike Chunsoft announce a revival of the long-running Fire Pro Wrestling series - and this time on PC too. I've not played its console iterations but I have heard good things about proper, serious wrestling simulation and welcome more of that. Wrestling on…

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Murder time! Danganronpa V3 PC release confirmed

That rapscallion robot bear Monokuma is at it again, imprisoning more schoolchildren in a school and forcing them to play a life-and-death game of murder and mystery-solving in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony [official site]. Developers Spike Chunsoft have now confirmed that yup, the next in their adventure-o-visual novel will indeed be coming to PC too. While past Danganronpa PC versions have followed a while after…

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Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls bringing robobear-busting to PC

Both of Spike Chunsoft's Danganronpa wacky horror visual novels arrived on PC earlier this year, escaping through the portal from Consoleland, and now their spin-off is following too. Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls [official site] is quite different to those other two, mind. While they were murder mysteries with trapped students investigating killings incited by a robobear, Ultra Despair Girls is more of a…

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Zero Zero Zero: 999 And Virtue’s Last Reward On PC

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma is "a fitting end to the trilogy's story arc and – animation aside – it's an excellent way to spend a few evenings," is Wot Kate Gray Thought of the gruesome escape room visual novel. Which made it jolly weird that this is actually the first game of the trilogy to receive a PC release, and this is very much…

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Feature: Time to decide!

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma review

Flip a coin. If it’s heads, carry on. If it’s tails, embark upon a 20-hour adventure in which you might be cut in half with a chainsaw, dissolved in acid, or turned into nuclear goop in a big uranium-fuelled explosion. This is the first and most central decision of visual novel/room escape game Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma. Nine people are trapped in a facility,…

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