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E3 Show-Floor Impressions: I Am Setsuna

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I Am Setsuna is a throwback game by Tokyo RPG Factory designed to give players fond tingles of early 90s RPG nostalgia. While it had a small presence on the show-floor, it is definitely a title classic fans of the RPG genre should consider trying out.

Of course, being a throwback to classic RPGs like Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VI, I Am Setsuna uses an active time battle system which alternates turns between three of your party members and the enemies. Because of this, the battle system is fairly simple by alternating between Attacking, Items and using Techs (special abilities for each character) in order to get the job done. Through time, the ‘setsuna’ meter fills which can have a major beneficial change in battle.

While the visuals are strikingly reminiscent to games like Final Fantasy Tactics or Bravely Default, the story itself is determined to remain morose throughout most of the playthrough. The tone during the demo at Square-Enix’s E3 show-floor certainly tended to keep things feeling down. The snow-covered land and the characters forlorn feelings fill the player with a sense of determination to see these elements through to perhaps brighter and warmer times.

I Am Setsuna is a simple RPG with no gimmicks tying it down. If it can excel at its story-telling then I Am Setsuna could be a the perfect RPG throwback for old-school fans of the genre.

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  1. Mitchell Ryan

    June 17, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Can’t wait to get stuck into this one. Hopefully this game sees lots of success on Steam and revives the genre like the success of Pillars of Eternity and Divinity have for CRPGs 😀

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Seven Reasons Why Brewster’s Cafe Is A BFD

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Brewster's Cafe Animal Crossing

Brewster’s Cafe: The Roost…

This Thursday’s Nintendo Direct was bursting with news, it was easy to miss the fact that Animal Crossing: New HorizonsBrewster’s Cafe, The Roost (and an update detailing it) were officially announced. 

Brewster's Cafe The Roost
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What’s the big effing deal about a pigeon and some coffee showing up in the Museum? Well, whether you’re new to the Animal Crossing family or an old-school Villager, we’re here to refresh the what and the why of the hype behind this beloved bird.

1. Brewster Is Awesome

Brewster is the aloof pigeon friend that everyone needs. Like the greatest server that puts you into a problematic spin, he is initially a little blasé but gets nicer as you BUY MORE COFFEE, and consume it correctly (by his exacting standards). His dialogue is delightfully dry, his persona, like so many on our islands, is perfecto. Get to know him well enough and it might get weird when he offers you the pigeon milk.

2. You Can Drink Coffee!

Drinking a hot cup of java is one of life’s greatest joys. So is playing Animal Crossing. Having a seat at the The Roost and getting to do both is simply the best.

Brewster's Cafe The Roost
Image courtesy of Nintendo

3. We Knew It Was Coming!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a wonderful game by any metric, but the fans always want more. Brewster has been a staple throughout the series, and we all knew that he, like an expected treasured gift, would be coming. We even knew right where it would fit in the Museum! But they hadn’t made it official! It was making us a little jittery…

4. Brewster Gives You A Job!

Ok, this is not a given, and we’ll find out more in the dedicated Direct (or through playing). Like all of the cast of AC, Brewster’s role has shifted and changed slightly from game to game. But in past games, if you drank enough coffee, it would eventually open up a coffee serving mini-game, which is just charming as heck.

Brewster's Cafe The Roost
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5. It Could Mean The Return Of Gyroids?!?

Arguably one of the saddest absences from New Horizons is its general lack of gyroids. For the uninitiated, gyroids are strange and adorably useless dancing robots (technically they are furniture, but I find that demeaning to their glory). If you’ve only played New Horizons, you’ve met a couple – they are the little dudes who show up when you have a bridge or incline under construction.

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And like all adorable and useless objects before them, they are the best. They used to show up only when it rained, often instead of fossils, which is very refreshing to find under an ‘X’ on the ground.

What do they have to do with Brewster? In some of the past games Brewster would, if sufficiently convinced, offer to store your gyroids for you (there’s a ton of those buggers). Maybe they might come back with him?!? It’s a long-shot, but we dare to dream at Goomba Stomp.

6. We Need A Reason To Go Back!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is beloved. But if you’ve played it for a year and filled your island to the brim, it’s hard to concoct too many reasons to jump back in.

Brewster and The Roost will get us in, but maybe it will give us more reasons to stick around. And most of all, hopefully it means there are still a few more missing favorites that we’ll get to see again. Katrina and Kapp’n are conspicuously absent, and we’d really like an expansion to Nookington’s, if anyone is keeping notes.

The Roost
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7. We Get A Direct About It!

What’s more fun than getting yet another Nintendo Direct? A Nintendo Direct that is JUST about Animal Crossing. That’s my utterly scientific and unbiased opinion, anyhow.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Screenshot from Nintendo Switch by Marty Allen

Here’s to hoping this signals lots more to come from one of the greatest games ever made!

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Silent Hill Spotlight

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One of our favourite games Silent Hill 2 is celebrating its 20th anniversary today and so we decided to whip up some articles to celebrate the series!

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game Boys, Ep. 255: Hot Topic – Human Teeth

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This week, the Game Boys are playing hot potato, but the potato is a hot topic that each Boy would like to discuss for five minutes before passing the potato to the next Boy who then suggests a new topic. I guess it’s not really all that much like hot potato. More like round robin subject suggestions, but you get what I’m saying. This week’s topics include: what Sonic is running from, ice cream, and human teeth.

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