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  • Blog Post: Top 50 Challenge – Shin Megami Tensei IV

    An exceptional RPG strikes the perfect balance between story and mechanics. Players should be engaged by the characters and events, but also by the combat and the systems under the hood. Ideally, a game serves both sides of the equation equally. Lucky for Shin Megami Tensei IV, a surplus of good ideas... More
  • Blog Post: A Collection Of Pokémon-Free Monster Catching Games

    The Pokémon series has tasked us with catching them all since its inception in the ‘90s, a tradition that continues with the solid Pokémon X and Y entries . Hunting down critters that also fight for you can be an enthralling prospect, so much so that some diehard fans of the mechanic... 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: Blending Realism and Fantasy – Insight Into SMT IV’s Character Design

    With the Shin Megami Tensei IV release date (July 16) inching closer, any insight into the game can only make the wait easier. As such, we sat down with SMT IV lead character designer Masayuki Doi to discover his approach to designing characters for the unique SMT universe and how he was selected to... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Persona 3’s Junpei and Chidori

    We often meet people who change our lives in some profound way. Perhaps they teach us something we didn't know about ourselves, force us to become a better version of ourselves, or maybe they show us what it means to put someone else first. Either way, once these people enter our lives, we're... More
  • Blog Post: Your Soul Hackers Survival Guide

    Soul Hackers isn't an easy game; challenges are around every corner. I beat some boss battles on the first try, while others took me over five attempts. I thrived off the challenge. Each time I saw a Game Over screen, it only made me want to try that much harder not to see it again. Ever since my... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Persona 4 Social Links

    Social Links form the heart of the Persona games. With each one, you go on a special journey toward making another person come to some profound realization about life. But some characters are just more entertaining and thought-provoking than others. Since it’s not easy to max out every social link... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Persona 3’s Sun Social Link

    From the moment Persona 3’s main character summons his persona by placing a revolver to his head, the tale is filled with memorable events. But of all the experiences I’ve had in one of my favorite games, none moved me like the Sun social link. This is the epitome of everything Persona’s... 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
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