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Groupees Doujin Bundle stars RefleX & BlazBlue Calamity Trigger for £2.50

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Doujin Games, Indie Games, PC games

Groupees Doujin Bundle stars RefleX & BlazBlue Calamity Trigger for £2.50

The Groupees Doujin Bundle is an odd little collection with a few outstanding highlights. The $1 (60p) tier includes Qualia 3, Akane the Kuniochi, dUpLicity and some bonus content, but the $4 (£2.50) tier is the one to go for. It adds Danmaku Unlimited 2, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger and RefleX to the mix, all of which retail for between £3.99-£6.99 apiece on Steam.

A niche proposition, then, but a doozy if you're in the market. RefleX is still an absolute corker.

Croixleur Sigma £2.50 at GamersGate

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Brawler, Doujin Games, Indie Games, Nyu Media, PC games, Souvenir Circ.

Croixleur Sigma £2.50 at GamersGate

Croixleur Sigma | GamersGate | £2.50 (RRP: £5.59)
Croixleur Sigma Review | Let's Play

If you've been sitting on the fence about picking up this expanded and localised hack & slasher, GamersGate's 50% discount might nudge you over the edge. Croixleur Sigma is much like a simplified version of Devil May Cry's Bloody Palace mode, sacrificing enemy variety for a fun storyline and leaderboard runs. It's all in the review.

Croixleur Sigma Review | Two Girls, One Tower, Take Two

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Brawler, Croixleur Sigma, Doujin Games, hack and slash, Indie Games, Nyu Media, PC games, Souvenir Circ.

Croixleur Sigma Review | Two Girls, One Tower, Take Two

Platform: PC

Developer: Souvenir Circ.

Publisher/Localisation: Nyu Media

Publishers can get away with shovelling all manner of atrocious crap onto Steam these days, but Nyu Media are made of sterner stuff. The localisation maestros could have easily pushed doujin brawler Croixleur straight onto the store following a successful Greenlight campaign, but decided to port over a brand new edition stuffed with big improvements, more features and extra content instead. They even pulled an all-nighter fixing an oversight I tweeted about, because they're lovely like that.

Which is a good thing too, because the original Croixleur was a load of old cobblers. Cheap and cheerful fun for a few minutes, but quickly becoming crushingly tedious thanks to a tiny variety of enemies, it never matched up to the likes of Fairy Bloom Freesia, Alltynex, Gigantic Army and all the rest of Nyu's localised lineup.

Everything is noticeably tweaked up and polished now, and there's more of it too, from a whole new character with a unique storyline to crunchy new music, challenges and more. Unfortunately Souvenir Circ wasn't able add more enemies, the biggest flaw that dragged down the original in the first place. So the million Yen question is whether Croixleur Sigma can distract us from its half-dozen palette-swapped foes with all the new bells and whistles.

Well... yes, it can. At least for long enough to earn its £5.99 if you're a fan of hacking, slashing and Japanese indie gaming.

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Doujin Build-A-Bundle (Includes Armed Seven, Kamui & eXceed 3rd) | Groupees | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Armed Seven, Doujin Games, eXceed, Indie Games, Kamui, Nyu Media, PC games

Doujin Build-A-Bundle (Includes Armed Seven, Kamui & eXceed 3rd) | Groupees | PC

Groupees new doujin build-a-bundle allows you to pick up several excellent localised Japanese shoot 'em ups courtesy of Nyu Media. The selection includes the brand new Armed Seven (review incoming!) alongside Kamui (utterly amazing) and two of the eXceed SHMUPS. The minimum buy-in is $1.50 for two games.

Japanese Import Fans Rejoice! Nyu Media Confirms Next Wave Of Localised Doujin Games

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Doujin Games, Indie Games, Nyu Media, PC games

Japanese Import Fans Rejoice! Nyu Media Confirms Next Wave Of Localised Doujin Games

Everyone shout! ‘GO! GO! VULKAISER!’

Nyu Media have announced their third wave of Japanese doujin (read: collaborative indie) games headed to American and European PCs, all of which have been localised into English. Their latest crop includes shooters, brawlers and even an improved version of Croixleur. And Supercharged Robots.

Details after the break. If you've been enjoying the likes of Fairy Bloom Freesia and The Tale Of ALLTYNEX, be sure to check out the upcoming selection.

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Doujin Build-A-Bundle | Groupees | PC

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Brawler, Doujin Games, Groupees, Nyu Media, PC games, SHMUP

Doujin Build-A-Bundle | Groupees | PC

It's Build A Bundle time again! Groupees have gone for a doujin (collaborative Japanese indie) theme, including an excellent SHMUP, bizarre strategy game, some visual novels and fairly mediocre brawler in Croixleur. Just add the games you want to your basket and pay the tiny asking price, with savings that increase as you pick more.

Definitely a niche proposition, but I daresay there are a few takers out there. We've got reviews for Ether Vapor Remaster, War Of The Human Tanks and Croixleur on-site, because we're so kawaii, or something. UPDATE: Credit and thanks to DanielleB @ HUKD, who beat us to it!

Croixleur Review | Two Girls, One Tower

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Brawler, Croixleur, Doujin Games, hack and slash, Nyu Media, PC games, Souvenir Circ.

Croixleur Review | Two Girls, One Tower

Platform: PC

Developer: Souvenir Circ.

Publisher/Localisation: Nyu Media

Now that more Japanese games are being localised for Western audiences than ever before, we're getting to play some of the biggest hits from the Land Of The Rising Sun without having to import them. However, we're also able to enjoy some of the smallest indie productions courtesy of localisation specialists like Nyu Media. Their strong first wave of oft-overlooked Doujin titles (indie games created by a team or 'circle' of developers on a shoestring budget) brought us the likes of Eryi's Action and Fairy Bloom Freesia, both of which catered to their niche audiences brilliantly.

Croixleur is their first effort of 2013, a time-attack brawler from the Souvenir Circle starring... you guessed it... a cute anime girl of indeterminate age. As always.

Croixleur Review | Two Girls, One Tower

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eXceed Collection Review | eXquisite Or eXcruciating?

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Bullet Hell, Capcom, Danmaku, Doujin Games, FLAT Software, Indie Games, Nyu Media, SHMUP, shoot 'em up, Tennen-Sozai

eXceed Collection Review | eXquisite Or eXcruciating?

Platform: PC

Developer: FLAT Software | Tennen-Sozai

Publisher: Nyu Media | Capcom

As a fan of Danmaku/Barrage/Bullet Hell shooters, I've been vaguely aware of the eXceed series for a while, seeing the three doujin (read: collaborative indie) SHMUPs floating around downloadable marketplaces for several months now. I love the focus on pure gameplay, the way the genre places players into an intricate clockwork mechanism powered by reflexes, memory and raw skill. Brilliantly, I now have an opportunity to write about them, seeing as a trilogy collection has finally found its way to Steam.

At this point, I should probably mention that the eXceed Collection has a somewhat controversial story, insofar as it hinges on the idea of the Catholic church brainwashing young girls into being magical vampire hunters. And then, before you either start sharpening your pitchfork or get too excited, I should also point out that it hasn't been translated into English, neither does it factor into gameplay in any significant way. If you're interested, do your homework.

eXceed Collection Review | eXquisite Or eXcruciating?

What's fascinating about the eXceed Collection is that you can chart the evolution of a series from godawful to sensational, experiencing how each mistake was corrected and feature was iterated on through gameplay. It's an intriguing look into the modern Danmaku genre, and how Japanese doujin circles experiment with new ideas. With that in mind, we're going to cover each game in turn.

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