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NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Review – Niche Gamer

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content When Nier was released in 2010, it defied traditional RPG conventions in a big way. It deconstructed the idea of a typical JRPG protagonist, who believed he was doing the right thing and had a noble goal. Most heroes have their own set of just principles, and they are usually morally black white. Nier‘s themes challenges the player on what justice is, and wraps it in a bleak and cold existential blanket. Imaginative, though it may be, Nier was a bit on…

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Lotus Reverie: First Nexus Review

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content All games are a mixture of gameplay and story. Whether it’s full action with little story like classic arcade games, or almost full story like point and click adventure games. This isn’t a zero sum game though, and games can have gameplay and story in equal measure without compromising one or the other. It’s difficult, but possible. Lotus Reverie: First Nexus tries to manage this with its attempt at a unique and strategic combat system on top of its philosophical narrative. But…

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ERA: Survival RPG Review | TechRaptor

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content Growing up on Gaia, you’ve seen some pretty nasty stuff. Death, Infection, Pain, Loss. But for the first time in your life you feel like you might really be in the deep end. You’re almost out of bullets, your gas mask’s filter is just about spent, and you think you and your crew may have wandered into a Hi-Zone. Something groans and shambles from the back of the facility you’re raiding. Time is running out, but you need the supplies you came…

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LSD: Dream Emulator Review – Niche Gamer

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content LSD: Dream Emulator is more appealing in concept than it is in practice. The idea behind this is that it is an early example of a walking-sim, but is based on the recorded nightmares of one Hiroko Nishikawa. This dream journal was the basis for multi-media artist Osamu Sato, who had already proven himself as an avant gard game designer. Like his previous projects, LSD was not meant to be a traditional video game, and was not intended to be fun. What…

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Green Hell – Spirits of Amazonia Part 1 Review

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content I have never really been sold on the idea of pairing survival games with any kind of storyline. Games like The Forest have tried to make it work, and to me, it always feels tacked on to the survival experience rather than a cohesive part of it. Without fail whenever I come across a cutscene or some kind of story aspect of these games it always pulls me out of the intense survival game that I have spent time playing and breaks…

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Axe of the Blood God: The RPG Year in Review 2020

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content About the Podcast USgamer’s official RPG podcast features Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford as they explore WRPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, tabletop RPGs, and all the best in the wonderful world of roleplaying games. Explore more episodes in our podcast archive. The year is nearly finished, which means that it’s time to recap all the news and releases that defined RPGs in 2020 [download link here]! Nadia and I pick our favorite RPGs of the year, from Yakuza: Like a Dragon to Final Fantasy…

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Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Review

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content The Story of Seasons franchise is the pioneer of its own genre, lifestyle simulators that have been emulated by indie developers in titles like Stardew Valley or My Time at Portia. However Story of Seasons has big leg up on its contemporaries through its history alone; beginning with the original Harvest Moon releasing in Japan in 1996 on the Super Famicom. But with over a dozen installments in the series, are all of them worth remaking? Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral TownDeveloper: Marvelous Inc.Publisher: XSEED GamesPlatforms:…

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Cyberpunk 2077 Review: Death by a Thousand Cyber-Cuts

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content About this game DeveloperCD Projekt Red PublisherCD Projekt Version reviewedPlayStation 4 (via PS5) Also available onXbox One, PC Review copy fromPublisher It’s difficult to know what to say about a game as complex, as large, and as controversial as Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a game made off the backs of overworked developers, helmed by management that seemed, if reports are accurate, bound and determined to release the game before the end of 2020 no matter what shape it was in. It’s a game…

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Call of the Sea Review

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content Even the most beautiful of tropical paradises can be host to a dark secret. Are you brave and clever enough to seek it out? Will you answer the Call of the Sea? Plucky, analytical Norah certainly thinks that she is. For years, she has been afflicted with a mysterious disease which, among other symptoms, causes dark spots to appear on her skin. Her husband, Harry, set out on an expedition seeking a cure, but he never returned and all letters and communication…

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Hitman 3 Review | TechRaptor

Prime Benefit Spotlight: Free games and in-game content Hitman has always been one of the most underrated franchises in gaming. That’s not a massive surprise considering its stealth focus and slower pace, but besides Hitman Absolution, every single game in the series has been worth playing. Hitman 3 is the culmination of years and years of sharpening and experimenting with that formula, and is once again a game that absolutely everyone should play. It’s a game that shows once again that IO Interactive are the masters of their craft, and…

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