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  • Blog Post: Other Game Series That Deserve The Theatrhythm Treatment

    Final Fantasy is a huge series with lots of memorable tracks – enough tracks to fill up two rhythm games, as it turns out. It’s not the only series ( and nether is Dragon Quest ), however, full of enough fantastic music to merit its own dedicated rhythm game release. Castlevania Much like... More
  • Blog Post: A Glimpse Into The Mind of Persona's Art Director

    Atlus' Shigenori Soejima is best known for being the man behind the Persona series' art direction. The characters we see and worlds we inhabit are in part thanks to his talent and imagination. We had the opportunity to chat with Soejima and he talked about his creative process, his favorite designs... More
  • Blog Post: Grind Time: The RPG Show: Episode 1 – Persona

    Update: Did you miss our first episode? We've got you covered. We've included the full episode below. Original Story: I fell in love with role-playing games when I was young, and my devotion hasn’t faded. I love playing them, and I love interacting with community members and hearing their... More
  • Blog Post: Reflecting On Persona’s Growth And New Ventures

    This week, Atlus USA confirmed four new Persona games are coming to our shores. From another fighting game to a dance-party rhythm title, these spin-offs are showing just how much the franchise has grown throughout the years. While Persona will always be entrenched in its RPG roots, it’s interesting... More
  • Blog Post: Where RPGs Can Improve

    We just entered a new console generation and are anxiously awaiting new games from our favorite genres. All genres have places they can improve and RPGs are no different. These are some areas where RPGs could use some refining and take bigger leaps in innovation. Eliminate Random Encounters Random encounters... More
  • Blog Post: Perfecting Persona: How Atlus USA Bloomed

    Atlus USA has become a go-to publisher for niche Japanese role-playing games, with Persona earning the company its reputation. The mature RPG franchise deals with heavy issues, centering on self-acceptance, and forces characters to confront their deepest fears. The true-to-life writing has earned high... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Why Cliché RPGs Won’t Cut It Anymore

    The role-playing game genre's focus on stories has always drawn me. Having a reason to play beyond "let's get to the end" is a powerful lure. For over two decades, I've enjoyed watching characters grow to save the world. The ending credits always matter so much more with the added... More
  • Blog Post: Skipping A Generation – What We Missed This Console Cycle

    Sometimes genetic traits skip a generation. The same goes for video games. These are the games that decided to sit this generation out, but we'd like to see make a return for the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox. Ape Escape – Sony’s dual-analog stick mascot made an appearance in a way... More
  • Blog Post: Perfect Gifts For RPG Fans

    Looking for that perfect gift to get a fellow role-playing gamer? How about ideas for your own holiday list to give friends and family? I searched for some not-so-obvious gift choices that cater to RPG fans really invested in specific series. Today, we’ll look at gift ideas for franchise fans of... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Persona 4 Golden

    The Persona series may not be as high-profile as Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest, but the series' PS2 entries were among the best role-playing games released on the console. If you missed Persona 4 last generation, now is the perfect time to catch up by watching this guided tour of Persona 4 Golden... More
  • Blog Post: What Is Shin Megami Tensei: Persona?

    What is Persona? What is Shin Megami Tensei? Perhaps a better question is, what is a Persona? Shin Megami Tensei, first of all, defines a universe of demons and humans that began in 1992. It’s basically a franchise descriptor that began its life as a Wizardry-like first-person RPG that has since... More
  • Blog Post: Where Did All The JRPGs Go?

    As a longtime fan of JRPGs, I often find myself wondering what ever happened to all of the Japan-developed RPGs that I grew up playing on the SNES and PlayStation. Triple-A million-dollar-budget behemoths like Final Fantasy XIII (pictured above) are very much the exception these days. Obviously much... More
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