Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII

Title: Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII
Genre: Strategy
Developer: Koei Tecmo
Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4
Also available on: PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PC
Year Last Reviewed: 2016

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Comments: Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII is poorly optimized title for consoles and offers no guidance for new players to really understand how things work – which is extremely important for a game as deeply complex as this. In an attempt to capture new fans to the series, Koei Tecmo have done just the opposite.

Mighty No. 9 (PlayStation 4)

Title: Mighty No. 9
Genre: Platformer
Developer: Comcept
Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4
Year Last Reviewed: 2016

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Comments: Mighty No. 9 is a title that feels half-baked. There are some great ideas contained within, but they are just ideas and nothing more. As it stands, this long-awaited follow up to the popular Mega Man franchise lacks polish and more importantly, soul.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE (Wii U)

Title: Toky Mirage Sessions #FE
Genre: RPG
Developer: Atlus
Platform Reviewed: Wii U
Year Last Reviewed: 2016

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Comments: While blending the worlds of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem may have seemed like a strange idea at first, it works – and works extremely well. Shin Megami Tensei fans are sure to find a lot to love: a great story, wonderful characters, a tight battle system and much, much more. If you are a Wii U owner, you owe it to yourself to pick this gem up.

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Grand Kingdom (PlayStation 4)

Title: Grand Kingdom
Genre: RPG
Developer: Monochrome
Platform Reviewed: PlayStation 4 (via PSN)
Year Last Reviewed: 2016

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Comments: Grand Kingdom is filled to the brim with some amazing concepts (genre-mixing and the like) and also features a great online component that works more often than not. However, the game can’t juggle all of the moving parts throughout the entire event. As a result, some of these amazing concepts are never fully realized and hold the game back from truly being something special.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter (Xbox One)

Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Frogwares
Platform Reviewed: Xbox One (via Xbox Store)
Year Last Reviewed: 2016

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Comments: The latest Sherlock Holmes adventure from developer Frogwares is moderately engaging and is certainly a good alternate to Telltale’s regular output of adventure titles. However, clumsy mechanics and a lack of an understanding of what makes Sherlock Holmes (as a character) tick, undermine what could have been an amazing insight into the world’s greatest detective.