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Nis America/Nippon Ichi made a name for themselves with the mechanic and system heavy Disgaea franchise and have been since trying to find a suitable follow up franchise. Last year in the US we got Labyrinth of Refrain and I finally had a chance to go through it. What we have is their take on the dungeon crawler which hits more than it misses.

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Since falling in love with the Etrian Odyssey series, I’ve been looking for new PC games to scratch that itch of modern dungeon crawling design. Legend of Grimrock came close, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. It turns out that Batholith Games’ Chris McAulay felt the same way, and why he created Zavix Tower.

Zavix Tower is a love letter to classic series like Wizardry, but with modern elements.  If you can put up with the annoying elements of older games, Zavix Tower is a good trip down memory lane.

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This week on the cast, I sat down with Batholith Games’ Chris McAulay on developing Zavix Tower and the challenge of RPG design.

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Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 brings us the remastered version of Etrian Odyssey 2; featuring across the board improvements and an attempt by Atlus to rebrand the older games in the series following the popularity of Etrian Odyssey 4. With the first Untold game, my big problem was that I wasn’t sure if there was enough different to warrant a second purchase, but Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 feels like a bigger and more complete package.

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