Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force is a traditional RPG story that feels right in line with Hyperdimension Neptunia, mainly because it is from the same developers. While it is a quality game, it is a two year old port of a PS4 game itself a port of a two year prior PS3 game, so it shows it’s age. The portability of the Switch allows some of the deeper elements that hindered it (long story sections, very involved character stat modifications) more manageable and therefore worth the unfortunate “Switch Tax.”
The Gamer’s Lounge asked it’s Facebook community what they find to be the games they constantly come back to. No matter what, these games hold a special place in that they can be fun, win or lose, no matter how much we’ve mastered them. Also included are some bonus answers from previous questions that didn’t make the cut to an article.
At first glance, Infliction looks like any other game in the stealth/horror-adventure genre. You wander around dark corridors, dodge attacks from a malicious ghost and other monsters, attempt to complete tasks and progress the story all while trying not to get killed, and occasionally solve environmental puzzles with the help of your in-game Polaroid camera. It has all the hallmarks of a good stealth/horror game: It’s tense, the plot is interesting, the story breadcrumbs are easy enough to find but not all laid out in front of the player. It even has an element of exploration, with setting elements changing between areas and levels of the plot and rewarding careful looking through things. It’s all incredibly impressive, especially having been created by a very small team funded through Kickstarter. But at the same time, it marks a possible new route for the spooky corridors genre, one that future game designers would be wise to explore, one where perhaps the main draw is the setting and not the monsters wandering its halls.
Disgaea is a series that’s been around for a while, an absolute tactical-strategy juggernaut that’s made its bones on unique gameplay, a vast array of characters, and an absolutely wicked sense of humor. The fifth numbered sequel (Sixth game if you count D2) in the series delivers on all of that, with two snarky morally ambiguous heroes taking on the threat of a massive army poised to take over the Netherworlds and rule the afterlife entire. But while you can certainly expect all the usual hallmarks of Disgaea— Fourth wall breaks, snarky heroes, wacky humor, talking penguins— the game introduces some interesting new systems and classes while still giving you all the power to take the fight to the Netherworlds and conquer the lands of the dead in the name of revenge.
Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection is the ultimate package for fans of the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series to celebrate a history of some of the greatest and unique music to ever appear in a role-playing game. Having a great cast of characters from decades of adventures and stories crossover and dance is as goofy as it is exciting and enthralling, and with some of the finest music around, it makes perfect sense for Persona to revisit the dancefloor just like it was done for Persona 4 Dancing back on Vita in 2015 not with just one or two, but THREE massive releases compiled into one beautiful package that rivals the discography of some of music's most iconic artists.
Solar Flux is a nice little gravity-based puzzler, albeit a straight port of a title that’s been out for five years on other platforms. The Switch is the definitive version though, offering players multiple control schemes thanks to the system’s unique off-screen gameplay.
Below is a new game that tasks a team of adventurers, one at a time, to explore the depths of a mysterious cave. Unfortunately, it tries a lot and achieves not much, thanks to the fact that the game plods along and doesn’t really care to explain itself.