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I first played Gal Metal when it was a free to download demo on the Japanese eshop and even then, I knew this was a potentially fun title to keep my eye on. Over the last 25 years of gaming I have always preferred the more eccentric music titles to the mainstream ones. It is no lie that Um Jammer Lammy (yes, I prefer it to Parrapa) is one of my favorite games on the original PlayStation.

I have never played an Ys games before so when loading up “Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana” I was not sure what to expect. I leave an Ys fan having played one of the best action RPGs I have played in a very long time.

Most JRPGs are stressful, usually the world is ending and one of your party is some sort of key or special being that either must be sacrificed, or by saving the world will sacrifice them. Either way there is a lot of stress going on. “Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings” on the other hand is pretty relaxing to play in some ways to its benefit and other ways not.

Earthlock is a very interesting game in the sense it is a western made JRPG. It takes many Western sensibilities and makes them into a very good JRPG that is fun to play and sits right alongside the likes of Lost Sphear and I am Setsuna as a shining example of the genre on the Switch.
Originally release as Earthlock: Festival Of Magic on Steam and Wii U this is a vastly updated version that the developers have made as a tribute to JRPGs of yesteryear.

I recently met for a chat with George Perkins of Super Rare Games a UK based distributor of rare indie titles similar to Limited Run Games. I met up with him at EGX Rezzed and we had a chat about the company, how everything had been going, and the future.

You can find them and their current releases Human: Fall Flat and "The Flame in the Flood" at Super Rare Games

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