Gerry Pagan

When Persona 2 originally made it stateside in 2000, most fans were unaware that they had only received half of a complete story. The game’s first half, Innocent Sin, would only be released in Japan, leaving a gap that wouldn’t be filled until 11 years later. Atlus has heard the call, and with the US release of Innocent Sin’s PSP remake, fans can finally visit the missing half of Persona 2’s narrative, along with a redone soundtrack by Shoji Meguro and a new, stylized interface. READ MORE

Following in the footsteps of the original Cladun and Z.H.P.: Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman, Cladun x2 is the latest in Nippon Ichi Software’s series of handheld 2D dungeon crawlers, with an increased focus on making you spend hours managing your characters. Then again, we noted in our Disgaea 4 review, most NIS titles seem to revolve around massive amounts of replay value built on rather basic combat with complicated gameplay mechanics. Cladun x2 is no different, as it continues its shares its predecessor’s quirks while introducing even more stuff to make you play the game. READ MORE

When most professional developers attempt to make a 3D game that uses 2D assets, it usually ends as an unpolished mess that loses its charm quickly and isn’t generally fun to play. EasyGameStation, the developers of  the recently-localized Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale, manages to blend both dimensions splendidly to bring us the world of Chantelise, a love letter to both lovers of 2D sprites and tough action games. READ MORE

When thinking of Sony’s monkey-based Ape Escape series, ne normally pictures open environments, tons of monkeys to capture and 3D platforming. With the Move, Ape Escape tries to forgo the platforming part, as it ventures into the not-as-open-or-free world of rail shooters. READ MORE

“Welcome to the Wizardry Renaissance!” The Wizardry series, missing in action in the U.S. since 2001’s Wizardry 8 and Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land, has always been a fan favorite for the old school RPG fans in the west since its inception in 1981. While Sir-Tech, the original developer behind the Wizardry series, has long since closed its doors, the series has lived on in Japan in the hands of multiple developers and fans keeping the series alive. Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls is a fine entry in the series, and serves as both a refresher for the old-time fan and a good introduction for newcomers to the series and the dungeon crawler genre. READ MORE