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Steam discounts all things Japanese for Golden Week

It's the first day of Golden Week in Japan, and while that may not mean much to those in English-speaking territories, it's one of the nation's biggest holidays. As Valve never miss an excuse for a sale, that means that there's some great deals on games from Japanese developers and publishers. If visual novels, fighting games or JRPGs are your thing, there's some good stuff…

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Zanki Zero: Last Beginning launches into a cycle of violent rebirth

Unlike other dungeon crawls, Zanki Zero: Last Beginning makes repeated death part of the regular adventuring experience. Out today, in this post-apocalyptic RPG from Spike Chunsoft and some of the Danganronpa creative crew, your party members are vat-grown, fast-ageing clones, doomed to die. Popped out of vending machines, your heroes start as children and will die of old age after just a few days, if…

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Suda 51 returns to pen Super Fire Pro Wrestling World story DLC

Spike Chunsoft have announced Killer7 director Goichi Suda (aka Suda 51) will be returning to an old haunt to pen new story DLC for wrestleman sim Fire Pro Wrestling World. I'm not normally much for wrestling games, but even I can appreciate this series, formerly by Human Entertainment. Snappy action, powerful character creation and a history of surprisingly heavy story modes. I'm expecting great, possibly…

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Zero Escape director Uchikoshi gets weird with AI: The Somnium Files in July

Why, yes, that is a polar bear about to saw an anime girl in half, because that's what happens when Zero Escape director Kotaro Uchikoshi is no longer restrained to the waking world. AI: The Somnium Files is his next game, developed by Spike Chunsoft, and now has a July 26th release date on PC. It's a sci-fi mystery that seems vaguely inspired by oddball…

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Steins;Gate Elite is out now, remastering a visual novel classic

Steins;Gate is possibly my favourite visual novel. A gripping, smart sci-fi thriller about a bunch of students who inadvertently build a time machine and end up in a whole mess of predestined trouble for it. It even got an impressive anime adaptation, though it did miss out on a lot of the finer points and branching story-lines. Enter Steins;Gate Elite, out now, a remake of…

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Jump Force bounds onto PC today

Manga mash-up fighter Jump Force is out today, and I feel there's something almost uniquely off-putting about its aesthetic. Don't be me wrong - I've nothing against anime - but Spike Chunsoft appear to have carefully cultivated a look for their fighter that I can only describe as 'Doofing around in Garry's Mod'. Still, despite the bizarre look, it's apparently not an awful fighter, letting…

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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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