Excuse the well-worn cliché, but Fire Emblem: Three Houses really is a game of two halves. On the one hand, it's almost a dating sim - indeed, it might be one of the most lavish examples yet, fully voiced in either Japanese or English depending on your tastes, rich with romance options and side-stories to explore as you sprint around the halls of the Garegg Mach Monastery keeping tabs on the students under your tuition (yes, there's also the slightly icky premise of being a teacher romancing your students, but Three Houses makes a point early on of how young a professor you are, and how mature your students, on the cusp of graduation, are - so it's all totally fine). On the other, though, it's a tightly engineered, staggeringly deep turn-based tactical game, serving up a smart evolution of the formula that Intelligent Systems has been developing for nearly 30 years now. Maybe that's a formula you're not familiar with, and if that's the case then imagine it something like this: … [Read more...] about Fire Emblem: Three Houses review
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Changing classes in Fire Emblem games has always been important, allowing units to unlock new skills and abilities. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is no different, but the class system has been majorly overhauled for this game. If you think it’s as simple as popping an item once someone hits level 20, think again. Here’s everything you need to know about the class system in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. STARTING AT THE BOTTOM Most of the units in your chosen house will start out at Nobles or Commoners. This is the bottom rung of the class system, excelling at not much at all. You’ll quickly hit level 5 with these units, allowing you to re-class them into one of four basic classes. To do that, though, you’ll need two things: a Beginner Seal and the requisite skill level to pass their Certification test. The Beginner Seal is easily attained. You’ll find a handful of them on enemy units and you can purchase even more from the in-game Marketplace. The Certification … [Read more...] about Fire Emblem: Three Houses class system guide
My Hero Academia has made a name for itself within the shonen genre--the young adult focused anime and manga which tend to have lots of action--cementing itself as one of the top shonen manga and anime resonating with both Eastern and Western audiences. So, it’s about time that My Hero would get the feature film treatment. Most of the film takes place in between Seasons 2 and 3 of the anime, while the U.A. students are on Summer Break. While it offers a fun adventure, ultimately it suffers from the same issue as many anime films based on an ongoing shonen property: The characters aren’t allowed to grow, the story is self-contained and never expands on the full narrative of the show, and it all ends up feeling like an expanded filler episode of the show.My Hero focuses on the hero-in-training Izuku Midoriya, whose dream is to grow up and be just like the hero he idolizes, All Might. However, at a young age, Midoriya discovers he lacks any "quirks," My Hero’s term for … [Read more...] about My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review: Does The My Hero Movie Go Plus Ultra?
Last week, a letter appeared in the Grand Forks Herald, expressing sadness about recent school shootings. Written by a member of the public, the letter claimed that “horrid violent video games” are to blame, and that any focus on guns is a waste of time. In the past few decades, video games have moved to the center of cultural life. And yet, they still carry the stigma of disapproval, of being an external force that’s at least partly responsible for modern ills, including real world violence perpetrated by deeply disturbed young men. This week, the President of the United States played to this notion, tying video game violence to the recent murder of 17 people at a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida three weeks ago. On Feb. 14, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz killed 14 students and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cruz had a history of behavioral problems. He made hateful social media comments about minorities. He was also a keen video game player. … [Read more...] about A brief history of blaming video games for mass murder
Meet Ant Ant started playing Hearthstone in open beta. Now he's a pro player who's participated in multiple HCT championships. He grew up in Fresno, California, which he describes as a sketchy city that's too rural to allow for any serious trouble. He's part of SpaceStation Gaming, a relatively new esports team which actively seeks out positive players. He never traveled before he started playing tournaments, and he cherishes the opportunity to see the world and compete alongside other pros, like his good friend Ryan "Purple" Murphy-Root. Enter the theater for Hearthstone's World Championship in Amsterdam and you're soon greeted by a wall of player portraits. The faces of all 16 competing players are on it, arranged by their qualifying groups. I don't know what Blizzard's photographer told players to do when they were shooting, but it must have been something like "cross your arms and look determined." Because that's what everyone did. Everyone except Anthony "Ant" Trevino, whose … [Read more...] about How it feels to get destroyed by RNG on Hearthstone’s biggest stage