Langrisser 2+2

Langrisser IV dared to reshape the remains of the well-intentioned misstep that came before it, cleverly polishing Langrisser III's unpopular albeit inventive rock into the shining gem it always could have been, guiding the series in a thrilling new dire— Oh wait no Langrisser IV is actually trying very, very, hard to be Der Langrisser v1.1. In fact this is so keen … Continue reading Langrisser 2+2

Throwing it all away

After Der Langrisser made all that effort establishing the series' most recognisable formula, Langrisser III then goes and throws most of what worked straight out the window. The branching multi-multi-path scenario's gone straight in the bin and been replaced by a linear set of 30+ battles (as well as five optional and easily missed additional stages). The battle system's been … Continue reading Throwing it all away

Authentically different

Fans of the original Dungeon Master will find Dungeon Master Nexus' opening eerily familiar: Once again you are Theron, a brave young man who can't seem to keep himself alive and corporeal for more than five minutes, once again made to rescue his magically unavailable master Greylord from another huge dungeon of nefarious design using a player-picked selection … Continue reading Authentically different

1UPs for rent

I can remember only three things about Raizing's celebrated/feared arcade shmup Battle Garegga: It's rank-based, which means the difficulty dynamically alters depending on your actions as you play, it's really hard even at the best of times, and counterintuitively to established genre rules you're supposed to  kill yourself off at several points due to the aforementioned rank-related shenanigans and other … Continue reading 1UPs for rent

Sakura Wars Corner: Sakura Wars Hanagumi Tsushin

This movie card compatible disc, one that takes the trouble of stating in big red boxes that this is a digital fan disc and not a game, released on Valentine's Day 1997 and came with a little card for "Ogami", which when folded out revealed portraits of the entire (pre-Sakura Wars 2) Flower Division complete … Continue reading Sakura Wars Corner: Sakura Wars Hanagumi Tsushin

Saving the best for last

The final entry in this energetic little trilogy, titled Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story III: Sabakareshi Mono, debuted on the Saturn three short months after the previous game, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story II: Ao wo Uketsugu Mono, which itself released roughly three months before the opening effort, Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story I: Senritsu no Blue. As is … Continue reading Saving the best for last