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The latest Famitsu review scores for the week of October 18, 2023 are as follows:

Detective Pikachu Returns review

System: Switch
Release date: October 6, 2023
Developer: Creatures
Publisher: Nintendo

Detective Pikachu first released in Japan in 2016, although it wouldn’t be until two years later that western audiences would get their hands on the game. It might be an exaggeration to say that it was a bolt of brilliance, but it clearly left enough of a lasting impact to warrant a sequel on the Switch to tie up loose ends in the plot. The aptly named Detective Pikachu Returns is more of the same, and although for many it will be a game that has arrived a little too late (especially if you’ve seen the movie) it is a game with an abundance of charm that is an easy recommendation to make for younger players and for those looking to kick back, relax, and watch a gruff, overdramatic, coffee-loving Pikachu get himself into all manner of trouble and save the day with his deductive reasoning skills. With a little help from Tim, of course.

Fate/Samurai Remannt review

System: Switch
Release date: September 29, 2023
Developer: Omega Force
Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Although Koei Tecmo has slowed down in recent years with numbered Dynasty Warriors games, one thing it has not let up on are crossover titles, which takes the familiar hack-and-slash formula and gives it a unique twist drawn from another franchise. The latest such crossover is Fate/Samurai Remnant, which takes its inspiration from Type-Moon’s Fate series, an exhaustively convoluted amalgamation of various media that started life as a visual novel in 2004. Despite a few visual hiccups on Switch, Fate/Samurai Remnant is far greater than the sum of its parts, and is a fantastic experience that is an easy recommendation for both newcomers and series veterans for both franchises.

Original (9/25): Hideki Kamiya will leave PlatinumGames on October 12, 2023, the studio has announced.

Kamiya is best known for directing the Bayonetta series, and also directed The Wonderful 101. He co-founded the company in 2007 with its current CEO Atsushi Inabata, as well as former members Shinji Mikami and Tatsuya Minami.

Below are the messages posted on X by PlatinumGames and Kamiya regarding the matter:

Pokemon Scarlet Violet update 2.0.2

Original (9/20): A new update is being planned for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, which will bring the games up to version 2.0.2. This is expected to go live in October. While  relatively minor, the update will address a couple of bugs with the game that may hinder progression and interaction with Pokemon Home.

Full details can be found below.

Hamster has announced Gattan Gotton as the latest Arcade Archives game on Switch. A worldwide release is planned for October 12, 2023.

A puzzle game originally released by Konami in 1982, the objective is to guide a locomotive by sliding the panels covered with tracks to pass through all the stations. There are two versions included of the game with different puzzles, one of which was released only in Japan, and a version that was released overseas.

Arcade Archives Gattan Gotton will cost $7.99 / €6.99 / £6.29 on the Switch eShop.

The latest Famitsu review scores for the week of October 11, 2023 are as follows:

Publisher Microids have announced that they will be bringing UFO Robot Grendizer: The Feast of the Wolves to the Switch in 2023. The title was previously teased back in October 2021 as an untitled game based on the manga series, but now new details have emerged, giving us an overview of the title as well as a short gameplay trailer.

Faerie Afterlight review

System: Switch
Release date: September 28, 2023
Developer: Clay Game Studio
Publisher: Mastiff

There is an abundance of Metroidvanias on the Switch at this point, and it can be difficult to stand out from the crowd when some of the most critically acclaimed titles in recent years are your direct competition. Clay Game Studio’s Faerie Afterlight feels like a unique and noteworthy experience thanks to its truly stunning visual design and excellent terrain-based puzzle platforming, but ultimately falls short everywhere else, making it a hit-or-miss experience at best.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong review

System: Switch
Release date: September 28, 2023 (Europe) / December 5 (North America)
Developer: Big Bad Wolf
Publisher: Nacon

Vampire the Masquerade is a series that has been around for a surprisingly long time, lurking in the shadows of tabletop roleplaying games since the early 90s as part of the larger World of Darkness series. It has been adapted into video game format a few times over the years, and Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong is the third of these games to come to Nintendo’s console. Unfortunately, it has not been worth the extremely long wait, and is something I wouldn’t recommend to even the most avid fans of the series.

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