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VA-11 HALL-A: Not Family-Friendly, But Very Cool

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I played VA-11 HALL-A at PAX this weekend. Va-11 HALL-A, developed by Sukeban and published by Ysbryd, is set in the futuristic Glitch City, brought to life through pixel art. It’s reminiscent of ’90s anime and old Japanese computer games. It’s also a game about cyberpunk bartending, so be careful about handing it to younger family members—there’s plenty of drinking and flirty dialogue. That said, if this description doesn’t pull you in I don’t know what will: Read More

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[Review] Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (henceforth referred to only as Naruto Shippuden: UNSR) is a pleasant surprise of a fighting game. Based on the ridiculously popular Naruto manga and anime, the game is a pretty straightforward example of the genre, pitting character against character in brief battles. There’s a bit more to it, but the basic idea is that players can choose their favorite characters from the anime and fight other characters using ninja techniques unique to each.

Disclaimer: I love Naruto. I’ve gone through ups and downs with it, and these days I only check in once every two or three years to see where the story is going, but I really do love Naruto—I’ve been a fan for more than 10 years. The story’s emphasis on friendship, hard work, and hope even in dark situations got me through some tough times when I was a kid. It’s also just a cool story about ninjas and the awesome ninja stuff they do. Read More