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Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest Adventures of Dai review

System: Switch
Release date: September 28, 2023
Developer: Square Enix / GameStudio / Kai Graphics
Publisher: Square Enix

Although it isn’t quite as influential in the west as it is in Japan, there’s no denying the impact that the Dragon Quest series has had upon RPGs over the years. With eleven mainline entries and several spinoffs, it is one of Square Enix’s more enduring series, and has branched out into other media during its lifetime. Dragon Quest: The Adventures of Dai started life as a manga based upon the franchise, and has received two anime adaptations, with the most recent one wrapping up last year. Infinity Strash: Dragon Quest the Adventure of Dai comes full circle, being a video game adaptation of that anime. Although it loses a little in the transition, it serves as an excellent gateway into the series, but is unfortunately incomplete and rough around the edges, and is difficult to recommend solely on its own merits.

Hamster has announced Darius II as the latest Arcade Archives game on Switch. A worldwide release is planned for October 5, 2023.

A side-scrolling shooter released by Taito in 1989, in Darius II players operate the Silver Hawk aircraft to advance through stages based on the planets of the Solar System. Bosses modelled after marine life will stand in their way as they progress.

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

The latest Famitsu review scores for the week of October 4, 2023 are as follows:

Disgaea 7 review

System: Switch
Release date: October 3, 2023
Developer: Nippon Ichi Software
Publisher: NIS America

Disgaea games have always been a bit overwhelming. Their nonsensical plots, zany casts, and seemingly impenetrable walls of systems upon systems that have stats going into the millions and damage into the quadrillions can make them seem unapproachable to newcomers at the best of times. Disgaea 7: Vows of the Virtueless, the latest in the long-running series, shares the same foibles as its predecessors to varying degrees, but is by far the most accessible game in the series to date, and is an easy recommendation to make for anyone looking to sink their teeth into an experience that never takes itself too seriously but offers strategic depth easily on par with the best the genre has to offer.

Team17 and Black Salt Games have been steadily releasing content for Dredge since the game’s release. The Iron Rig, the first piece of paid DLC for the game, was set to launch before the end of 2023, but has now been delayed to 2024.

[Review] Silent Hope

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System: Switch
Release date: October 3, 2023
Developer: Marvelous
Publisher: XSEED

Some of the most recognizable video games in history have had silent protagonists, and although their success might not have been determined by this choice, it is nonetheless a very effective mechanic to facilitate player immersion. In the absence of a defined personality, the imagination is free to run wild, and the player can insert themselves into the game’s world and story using that character as a proxy. However, what if your player character’s silence wasn’t a choice? Silent Hope, the latest game from XSEED Games and Marvelous, takes this idea as its basic premise and thrusts you into the heart of the mystery, and while its gameplay is fun and enjoyable in short bursts, there is less to be said about it the longer that you play.

Hamster has announced Finest Hour as the latest Arcade Archives game on Switch. A worldwide release is planned for September 28, 2023.

A side-scrolling action game first released by Namco (now Bandai Namco Entertainment) in 1989, the player takes the role of a robot named Cygnus and must aim to reach a goal within the time limit. The game features jump and lock-on functions that the player will need to utilise to accomplist this.

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

Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster review

System: Switch
Release date: September 14, 2023
Developer: Monolith Soft / tri-Crescendo / logicalbeat
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Those who knew of Monolith Soft before their rise to fame with Xenoblade Chronicles will no doubt know them for their work on Xenosaga instead. Few will have heard of Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean and its prequel Baten Kaitos Origins, two titles that were released in the early 2000s on the Gamecube and were generally well-received, but failed to make a lasting impact with sales, and were largely forgotten about beyond occasional rumors of a third game being in the works or canceled that would surface from time-to-time over the years. Baten Kaitos I & II HD Remaster brings these two games to the Switch with enhanced visuals and quality of life features, and while both games are a product of the times and beginning to show their age in places, they hold up remarkably well and are worth experiencing for any fans of Monolith Soft’s later titles.

An extensive new update has gone live for TemTem, bringing the game up to version 1.5. on Switch. This kicks off the Endless Night season in the game, and brings a wide variety of adjustment and bug fixes.

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[Rapid Review] Fresh Start

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Fresh Start review

System: Switch
Release date: September 14, 2023
Developer: Awaken Realms
Publisher: Merge Games

Growing up, I never really believed that cleaning up could be a game. That was just a painfully transparent lie that my parents (no doubt inspired by Mary Poppins) told me in some effort to get me to tidy up, even knowing as I did that it was only going to get messed up again within five minutes. But as I grew older I learned that there was something very satisfying and rewarding about accomplishing a simple task, and Merge Games’ latest title, Fresh Start, aims to capitalize on that feeling through its cozy and relaxing gameplay. While it succeeds admirably on that front, it could have used a little more cleaning and polishing before it was brought over to the Switch, and the end result is a muddied experience that is tough to recommend.

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