Category Archives: Aaron Dobbe


Review – Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus


The Senran Kagura series is something of an oddity in the current gaming landscape. Even before the 3DS’s Senran Kagura Burst introduced America to the series, it was the subject of heated debate and a bit of short-lived controversy that played out on Twitter feeds and the pages of some print magazines. What is Senran Kagura? That really depends on who you ask. Some will tell you it’s a fast, frantic series of beat-em-ups with strong characters and a compelling, well-written plot. Others will tell you it’s a game with fundamentally perverted motivations, with boob jokes peppering the writing, excessive jiggle physics, and a gimmick where the clothing of its eye-candy female cast can be gradually shredded over the course of battle. The thing that makes the Senran Kagura series so singular is that both of these opinions are correct, to some degree. Senran Kagura sees its second Western release on the PlayStation Vita, but is it actually any good? Continue reading

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Review: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3)


In 2012, the world was graced with an odd little game called Persona 4 Arena. The premise of the joint project was simple: Arc System Works (of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue fame) would make an all-new 2D fighting game using the characters, world, and story of Atlus’ Persona series. It was pretty good! It wasn’t a perfectly balanced fighter by any means, but it wasn’t broken, and saw a good amount of tournament play. Two years later, and we finally received a follow-up: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Does this newcomer manage to build on the solid foundation of the previous game? Continue reading