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King of Fighters XIV (PS4)

While brief, King of Fighters XIV’s story weaves through the possibilities of Japan’s salaryman comedies. The film genre, headed by the country’s post-WWII economic boom, features white collar underlings besting their rather moronic bosses. Here too, with the insanely muscular Antonov proclaiming he wants 20 billion eyes on the King of Fighters tournament. His assistant… Continue reading King of Fighters XIV (PS4)

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One Piece: Burning Blood (PS4)

Ludicrously good animation doesn’t cover a now routine amime brawler. Indistinguishable from the strain of Dragon Ball Z rough-em-ups, the rather passe brawling aims young and is sufficient enough to support the license. Fidgety, vibrant, and hectic, it’s at times hard to appreciate anything happening. One of those “for fans” games – lazy criticism, but… Continue reading One Piece: Burning Blood (PS4)

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Shadow of the Beast (PS4)

Recapping and upgrading the rather mundane Amiga series from which its based, Shadow of the Beast blossoms with an Eastern kung-fu combat aptitude and hard adult fantasy steering the narrative. The exotic world mixes natural and mechanical with foreboding locations. Untranslated dialog leaves vague qualities, relying on animalistic and surreal characters to produce their story… Continue reading Shadow of the Beast (PS4)

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Republique (PS4)

Republique struggles to overcome a conceptually awkward premise. Implanted into the framework of a contemporary teen thriller, Republique battles with its own commentary on surveillance by simultaneously using surveillance as a core gameplay function. Lost in its own fiction, Republique too quickly streams in a world, or rather an enclosed indoor environment called Metamorphosis. A… Continue reading Republique (PS4)

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Senran Kagura Estival Versus (PS4)

To describe Senran Kagura is to best imagine being swarmed with replies on Twitter by masses of users sporting same-looking anime avatars. Only here, in the middle is another anime avatar (female, of course), shouting about tickling or boobs, and ripping off her own clothes to gain super powers. This stuff exists. No use pretending… Continue reading Senran Kagura Estival Versus (PS4)

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Street Fighter V (PS4)

Street Fighter is old. During its existence as a series, fighting turned from bar room brawls to a spectator sport. Oddly, Street Fighter gained spectators too. The series has been rebooted, reset, re-released, and remade. There have been lunchboxes, pachinko machines, movies, and books. Prequels and sequels. One-offs and three-offs. Characters died. Then, were resurrected.… Continue reading Street Fighter V (PS4)