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Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Review | Creepy Crawler

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Jonathan Lester
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Dungeon crawler, Experience Inc., Games reviews, JRPG, NIS America, Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy, PS Vita games, Reef Entertainment

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Review | Creepy Crawler

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy was one of my most anticipated games of the year.

Hailing from Experience Inc, the studio behind sensational and sexy dungeon crawler Demon Gaze, it presents a much darker and more interesting storyline than its raucous predecessor. Starting out in a literal cesspool, you'll join a secret organisation of mutant-hunting high schoolers battling to keep the city safe from a rising tide of horrors.

It's a fascinating premise full of complex themes, uncanny characters and creepy situations, a little like Persona meets Blade Runner by way of Tokyo Ghoul. A great excuse for some dungeon crawling. Unfortunately, seeing as Operation Abyss is actually a remake of the ancient Generation Xth trilogy, the story and characters are sometimes buried under some functional but deeply convoluted systems. What matters, then, is whether the dungeon crawling is strong enough to be worth digging back out.

Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy Review | Creepy Crawler

Thankfully, it is.

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Tales Of Zestiria is coming to PS4 & Steam, not just PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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JRPG, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Tales Of Zestiria

The next Tales JRPG, Tales Of Zestiria, isn't just coming to PS3 after all.

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Lord Of Magna: Maiden Heaven Review | Harem Hotel

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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3DS Games, JRPG, Lord Of Magna: Maiden Heaven, Marvelous Games, Strategy games, Visual novel

Lord Of Magna: Maiden Heaven Review | Harem Hotel

The fact that Lord Of Magna: Maiden Heaven even exists, let alone made its way to the US and Europe, is nothing short of incredible.

As far as I can tell the original studio was shut down partway through development, but Marvelous Games managed to put the band back together long enough to finish, publish and localise it. Effectively Lord Of Magna is back from the dead and the result is a fun, cheeky and very interesting little thing indeed. Halfway between a strategy JRPG, romantic visual novel and ten-pin bowling, it's absolutely delightful.

Lord Of Magna revolves around the harem dynamic we've seen in everything from Sekirei to Omega Quintet. A hapless innkeeper with an unpronounceable name, Luchs Eduard, finds himself forced to scavenge for crystals to keep his business afloat. Encountering monsters instead of riches, he's saved by a mysterious Fairy Maiden and becomes her master via a strange bracelet. With a new purpose, Luchs (ugh, thank goodness that we can rename him) sets out to assemble six more Fairy Maidens, discover their true origins and learn the truth behind his family inn.

Oh, and he also puts them to work in the hotel to earn their keep, inspired by his enthusiastic yet slightly lascivious friend. Cue some light romance and a little bit of ecchi teasing as you grow to know the seven sisters through lighthearted banter and absolutely insane combat.

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Omega Quintet Review | Idol Speculation

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Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Compile Heart, Games reviews, Idea Factory, JRPG, Omega Quintet, PS4 games

Omega Quintet Review | Idol Speculation

There's a lot riding on Omega Quintet. Not only is this the first true PS4-exclusive JRPG, but it's also a chance for Compile Heart to step up and knock us dead.

Despite being infamous for their unashamedly kinky moe content, they're an undeniably talented studio with a flair for great battle systems and eyecatching art, yet they often settle for the bare minimum when it comes to level design, structure and story. Thankfully they've been on a hot streak recently with the Re;Birth series and Fairy Fencer F. The jump to a new console generation is a golden opportunity to push boundaries and set up a new franchise in the process.

We'll get to that in due to time. For now, what you need to know is that Omega Quintet is a game about sexy pop stars clobbering aliens to death.

Omega Quintet Review | Idol Speculation

Our story begins in a shattered post-apocalyptic world as the last few surviving humans have been forced into enclaves by ravenous monsters. Known as the Blare, these alien hordes can appear and attack at any time. Thankfully hope remains in the form of Verse Maidens, female pop idols who also mysteriously happen to be capable of defeating the Blare while putting on a show. Because of course of they can. Don't question it.

With the old guard getting too long in the tooth, cynical lad Takt and his childhood friend Otoha find themselves at the mercy of the Blare, who bring out Otoha's latent abilities as a potential Verse Maiden herself. Joining a cast of new recruits, they put a new Idol Group together and set to saving the world with advanced weaponry, singing, dancing and little cheesecake to keep things interesting. Meanwhile Takt becomes our avatar and their manager in order to set up a fan-pleasing if largely unnecessary harem dynamic.

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Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call is finally coming to European PSN

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, PS2 games, PSN

Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call is finally coming to European PSN

About time too. Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer's Call (perhaps better known as Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne in the US) released on the American PlayStation Store back in May 2014, yet sadly never made it across the Atlantic.

Thankfully Ghostlight Games have proudly announced that, a year later, it's finally coming to European PSN. It'll cost a mere £6.49/€7.49 when it launches on 18th May as a PS2 classic.

Better late than never! Remember to check out our cheap PlayStation + deals guide to prepare with some PSN wallet credit.

Persona Q is truly essential for Persona fans, now only £26.99 on 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, JRPG, Persona Q

Persona Q is truly essential for Persona fans, now only £26.99 on 3DS

Persona Q is one of the best games of 2014 and an absolutely essential purchase for fans of Atlus' legendary series. You'll make a fantasy dream team out of all the characters from Persona 3 and 4, then explore sprawling dungeons to unravel a thought-provoking mystery. Blending Persona with Etrian Odyssey was a risk, but one that paid off in spectacular style!

You can read all the details in our 9/10 Persona Q review.

Basically, if you like Persona, you need this in your life. Thankfully it's now only £26.99 at Rice Digital!

Fantasy Life is now £25.99 on 3DS - great price for an addictive little gem

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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3DS Games, Fantasy Life, JRPG

Fantasy Life is now £25.99 on 3DS - great price for an addictive little gem

Fantasy Life will eat your real one if you're not careful. Imagine the job system of Dragon Quest mixed with Skyrim's 'learn by doing' skill advancement and Animal Crossing's obsession with collecting stuff. The three most addictive, if not necessarily the best, bits of each genre thrown together into a single adorable JRPG.

Sound good? If so, you can now grab a copy for just £25.99, which is the cheapest we've seen from this stubbornly expensive 3DS title. A great spot from Alasdair91 @ HUKD, many thanks!

"Fantasy Life is an astonishingly addictive blend of JRPGs and casual simulations, offering dozens of hours of exploration, construction and levelling throughout a dozen classes," I wrote in our full review. "It's also incredibly repetitive and desperately needs a stronger storyline, but by the time you notice, you'll already be thirty hours deep."

Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD falls to £18.85 on Xbox One - and it's not just a demo

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, JRPG, Xbox One Games

Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD falls to £18.85 on Xbox One - and it's not just a demo

Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD is a very different kind of Final Fantasy game. It boasts a fantastic real-time combat system and a huge cast of characters, and is well worth checking out once you set your expectations to realistic levels. After all, it's a port of a PSP game, so don't expect a graphical powerhouse. Find out why in our full review. If you like what you read, you can pick it up with change for twenty quid on Xbox One!

Whatever you do, though, be sure to prepare for battle with our Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD guide for full character strategies, battle tactics and survival advice! This will probably include Episode Duscae, but be aware that it's a stock-limited offer.

Import the infamous Moe Chronicle with English subs for less with this voucher code deal (Vita)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, Moe Chronicle, PS Vita games

Import the infamous Moe Chronicle with English subs for less with this voucher code deal (Vita)

We've reviewed plenty of Compile Heart's quirky, colourful and undeniably racy JRPGs over the last few years, but Moe Chronicle is probably the most infamous of the lot. About as fanservice-heavy at it gets, this 3D dungeon crawler's reputation of being a "rubbing, pinching, panty-wearing RPG" is well deserved and definitely not for everyone. As such, there's no official localisation in sight... but Play-Asia are currently stocking the physical Vita version that comes with English subs as standard. They've now rolled out a voucher code offer available in several territories, bringing the price down a few Dollars or Pounds. In the UK it equates to £26.85 all told, plus shipping.

A niche deal to be sure, but one that a few people will find useful. We won't judge. I'm sorely tempted myself.

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years remake coming to Steam - and you can save 28%

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, JRPG, PC games

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years has been confirmed for a May 12th release on Steam, remaking the expansive epilogue chapter to one of the best games in the series with new 3D visuals.

Plot-wise, The After Years picks up seventeen years since the war's end, as the son born to King Cecil and Queen Rosa of Baron grows into a young man. Prince Ceodore has enlisted in the airship fleet known as the Red Wings, eager to meet the expectations demanded of his blood and station. However, a new moon rises and hordes of monsters with it, shattering the fragile peace. In terms of gameplay expect a variation on the ATB system with varied effects based on the phases of the moon.

Price-wise, more importantly, it will costs £10.99 on Steam, but a current promotional price slashes it down to £9.89. However, you can now pre-order Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for just £7.92 in this voucher code deal, saving you 28% in all! You'll get a Steam code too.

Hyperdimension Nepunia Re;Birth 1 is cheapest yet at £9.20 (Steam code)

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, JRPG, PC games

Hyperdimension Nepunia Re;Birth 1 is cheapest yet at £9.20 (Steam code)

"Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is an excellent remake of a flawed JRPG, retaining the quirky parody story of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia while bringing everything else up to date," I wrote in my 8/10 review. "Enhanced combat, visuals and gameplay systems make for a great portable RPG."

It's well worth a play even if it's a bit on the risqué side (to say the least), and you can now grab a Steam code at the cheapest price yet.

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD now under £20 on Xbox One

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, JRPG, Xbox One Games

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD now under £20 on Xbox One

Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD hits shelves today as a very different kind of Final Fantasy game. It boasts a fantastic real-time combat system and a huge cast of characters, and is well worth checking out once you set your expectations to realistic levels. After all, it's a port of a PSP game, so don't expect a graphical powerhouse. Find out why in our full review. If you like what you read, you can pick it up with change for twenty quid on Xbox One!

Whatever you do, though, be sure to prepare for battle with our Final Fantasy: Type-0 HD guide for full character strategies, battle tactics and survival advice! This will probably include Episode Duscae, but be aware that it's a stock-limited offer.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is now just £23.95 on New 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, New 3DS games, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is now just £23.95 on New 3DS

Xenoblade Chronicles is probably the best JRPG of the decade. You can read my full Xenoblade Chronicles review to find out why, but suffice to say that it's enormous, brilliantly written, boasts great combat a has a huge world to explore. I reviewed it on Wii, but you can buy the new 3DS version for £26.86 thanks to the two usual suspects.

Remember that it's only compatible with the New 3DS and New 3DS XL. Many thanks to Ben280 @ HUKD!

Lord Of Magna: Maiden Heaven is coming to Europe

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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3DS Games, JRPG, Lords Of Magna: Maiden Heaven

Marvelous Europe have announced that they'll be bringing Lord Of Magna: Maiden Heaven to the UK.

This localised JRPG casts players as the proprietor of an inn who discovers a succession of beautiful fairy maidens hidden within magical crystals, casting us on an adventure that is likely to be a little on the romantic side. And feature some light tavern management as a bonus.

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Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is now just £26.86 on New 3DS

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, New 3DS games, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D

Xenoblade Chronicles 3D is now just £26.86 on New 3DS

Xenoblade Chronicles is probably the best JRPG of the decade. You can read my full Xenoblade Chronicles review to find out why, but suffice to say that it's enormous, brilliantly written, boasts great combat a has a huge world to explore. I reviewed it on Wii, but you can buy the new 3DS version for £26.86 thanks to the two usual suspects.

Remember that it's only compatible with the New 3DS and New 3DS XL.

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 gets a cheeky 50% discount - now £11.49 on PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, JRPG, PC games

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 gets a cheeky 50% discount - now £11.49 on PC

"Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 is an excellent remake of a flawed JRPG, retaining the quirky parody story of the original Hyperdimension Neptunia while bringing everything else up to date," I wrote in my 8/10 review. "Enhanced combat, visuals and gameplay systems make for a great portable RPG." It's well worth a play even if it's a bit on the risqué side (to say the least), and you can now grab a Steam code at a 50% saving.

Tales Of Zestiria UK trailer highlights dual English/Japanese audio

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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JRPG, PS3 games, Tales Of Zestiria

Just a quickie for my fellow JRPG fans: Tales Of Zestiria is still on course to release in the UK this Autumn, as you can see via the brand new trailer. Expect plenty of questing and an all-new adventure along with the cel-shaded visuals and exceptional combat we expect from the series.

However, and I've been dying to tell you this since the Level-Up 2015 preview event last week (NDAs are fun), Tales Of Zestiria will also feature dual English and Japanese dubs. Fans have requested this feature forever, so it's great to see Bandai Namco include the option.

Penny Arcade Adventures episodes 3 & 4 are now just 32p the pair - and still superb

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, PC games, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode Three, Penny Arcade's On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness 4 Review

Penny Arcade Adventures episodes 3 & 4 are now just 32p the pair - and still superb

Penny Arcade Adventures: On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness was a good series until JRPG veteran Robert Boyd took it over. Then it became excellent. As you can read in our Episode 3 and Episode 4 review, both games are sensational parody JRPGs that deliver exquisite battle systems, hours of adventuring and exceptional writing.

So not bad for 32p then. For both.

Before you ask, no, it's not essential to have played Episodes 1 and 2.

Tales of Graces f & Tales of Symphonia Chronicles now £14.12 on PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, PS3 games

Tales of Graces f & Tales of Symphonia Chronicles now £14.12 on PS3

JPRG fans! The Tales of Compilation is now just £14.12 on PS3.

Use voucher code DEALSPWN5OFF.

This special collection includes Tales of Graces f and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles in a single box, providing somewhere approaching 100 hours of gorgeous cel-shaded JRPG exploration, character building and the Tales's series magnificent combat system.

We praise practically every aspect of the former in our Tales Of Graces f review, meaning that this sub-£15 compilation is seriously good value now that retailers are starting to price each other out.

Get Tales of Graces f & Tales of Symphonia Chronicles for £13.96 with this PS3 voucher code deal

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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JRPG, PS3 games, Tales of Graces f, Tales of Symphonia: Chronicles

Get Tales of Graces f & Tales of Symphonia Chronicles for £13.96 with this PS3 voucher code deal

JPRG fans! Tales of Compilation now just £13.96 on PS3.

Use voucher code VGB5OFF.

This special collection includes Tales of Graces f and Tales of Symphonia Chronicles in a single box, providing somewhere approaching 100 hours of gorgeous cel-shaded JRPG exploration, character building and the Tales's series magnificent combat system. We praise practically every aspect of the former in our Tales Of Graces f review, meaning that this sub-£14 compilation is seriously good value at an all-low price. Ta Buzz!