When it came to shooters, Raizing was a pretty amazing company. While their Soukyuugurentai has already been covered, this new article on Raizing Shooters covers nearly the rest of them, including Kingdom Grand Prix, a unique shooter/racer hybrid, and the near-legendary Battle Garegga, one of those many Saturn shooters who price frequently falls in the triple digits. Other games covered include Mahou Daisakusen (Sorcer Striker), Great Mahou Daisakusen (Dimahoo), Battle Bakraid, Armed Police Batrider, and Brave Blade.
Kenji Eno is quite a character, and there has never existed a studio quite like WARP. This article covers D, the FMV horror adventure game released for the PSOne, Saturn and 3DO, as well as its Dreamcast sequel (well known for being quite censored in the US due to some way-too-sexual scenes) and its spinoff Enemy Zero. And finally, we have a review of Cladun: This is an RPG!, Nippon Ichi's retro dungeon crawler for the PSP, which got tremendously lost in the shuffle due to a PSN-only release. It's got its quirks, but it's a neat little dungeon crawler for $20, and it's got some great writing and some pretty unique customization mechanics that set it apart from the crowd. The Gaming of the World section has been updated with some new stuff, including an article from the fantastic (but departed) geek magazine PiQ about games in China.
Finally, we've also gotten off our duffs and updated the Ys article. The biggest addition is a review of the recent Ys Seven, in addition to some info on the PSP versions which have been released fairly recently, as well as some general cleanup. (I'd forgotten how crass some of my writing was when this website first started, but this article was originally written over six years ago.) If you read the blog, you know we rant and rave about how awesome this series is, and how XSeed is the Great Savior for bringing these out in English. We can't recommend these games enough, and everyone reading this very paragraph should check out the recent PSP releases - Ys Seven, the latest game; Ys: The Oath in Felghana, a ground-up remake of Ys III; and the upcoming Ys Chronicles, which is the best conversion of the first two Ys games available. You can also find the TG-16 version of the first game on the Wii Virtual Console. For the love of God, skip the DS releases, though, unless you want to hate the series.