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In this episode, the staff settles it in Smash! Andrew, Graham, Henry, Chris and Lucas put their skills to the test, to mixed results. Also: chat about LittleBigPlanet 3Dragon Age: Inquisition and more!

We’ll be back to our regular schedule with our next episode on December 11, featuring Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.

To watch the show and chat with us live, check out this page every other Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern and follow us on Twitter for special streams.

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After years of Japan-only releases, Sega took a shot at expanding Hatsune Miku’s rhythm game reach Westward in 2013 with a PS3 release of Project Diva F. It apparently worked, as not only did the Vita release of that game follow soon after, but now we’re getting the sequel — and with extra localization work and a Vita retail edition, Sega’s betting even more on this game’s success. READ MORE

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2008 PS3 title Valkyria Chronicles has become known and revered in the years since its release for its poignant story, innovative mechanics and challenging-but-fair approach to difficulty. While its reputation precedes it for many, fewer have managed to actually play it, with low initial success in the West limiting its print run and its PS3 exclusivity limiting access to those with the platform.

Until now, anyway. Now it’s on Steam at an affordable price, and the enhancements it sports may make it the definitive way to play. READ MORE

2014 has proven to be a fruitful year for fans of the Tales franchise. Tales of Hearts R marks the third release, following remaster compilation Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and fan-friendly sequel Tales of Xillia 2. It’s been billed by some as the great JRPG hope for the faltering Vita, the result of a fan-led campaign to see more localized titles make it to American shores for its content-starved audience.

It isn’t a bad game by any means, but it suffers from the weight of the expectations it bears. READ MORE

In this episode, Graham takes Andrew and Henry back to Gallia for a look at the Steam release of the previously PS3-exclusive Valkyria Chronicles. Other topics: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, the Mario Kart 8 DLC, Tales of Hearts RAssassin’s Creed: UnityMassive Chalice and Halo: The Master Chief Collection!

Our next show is a special stream! We’ll be gathering to play Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at a special time: Tuesday, November 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern.

To watch the show and chat with us live, check out this page every other Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern and follow us on Twitter for special streams.

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There are increasingly more options for those looking to play some local multiplayer sessions, but sometimes you just want to settle down to something familiar and comfortable. Eventually, though, those games start to lose their appeal, as you exhaust all of the game’s options and generally run it into the ground. In this edition of Multitap, I’m talking about ways to breathe new life into those old experiences, and even provide some much-needed variety to extend the lifespan of newer games well before they get to that point. READ MORE

In this episode, Andrew, Graham and Henry are joined by Chris Ingersoll as they explore the world of Insomniac’s latest, Sunset Overdrive. This episode’s topics: the cool action of Bayonetta 2, the surprisingly-solid Samurai Warriors 4, Firaxis taking Civ to space, the Xbox One price drop, all the Smash Bros. announcements and the preposterous fact that Animal Crossing: New Leaf‘s Pascal is still saying new things.

(Editor’s note: technical difficulties caused audio issues during the first part of the show. Sorry for the inconvenience.)

To watch the show and chat with us live, check out this page every other Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern and follow us on Twitter for special streams.

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Another Musou game? Yes, Omega Force and Koei Tecmo America have been quite prolific as of late, pumping out releases in the Warriors series faster than most can keep track of them. Even those who love the franchise may be feeling some fatigue, and thinking that Samurai Warriors 4, the latest release, is a good one to skip and take a break. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your wallet), the game justifies itself with refined combat, interesting battlefield strategy and a level of care and polish that has been absent in most Omega Force releases. READ MORE

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Whether you’re enticed by the idea of getting a New 3DS before the North American launch or you want to use the transition to snag an older model for cheap, it’s an intriguing time to jump into the world of 3DS imports. Sadly, it’s not region-free, but if you take the plunge on the hardware, there are a lot of compelling Japan-only experiences to try, even if you don’t know the language! READ MORE

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Fantasy Life is a game about filling up bars. A collaboration between Level-5 (Dragon Quest IXNi no Kuni) and 1-Up Studio (Mother 3Professor Layton and the Last Specter‘s London Life mode), it’s filled with fetch quests, grinding up skills and crafting items and equipment. These aren’t ways to pad the game length or diversions from the main attraction — they’re the reason you’re here — and it’s not ashamed of that for a second.

And that’s okay, because Fantasy Life is a really good game about filling up bars. READ MORE