The Witch's House Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com The Witch's House RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network If You're An Anime/Manga Fan, You Need to Play These JRPGs https://www.gameskinny.com/8x1mz/if-youre-an-animemanga-fan-you-need-to-play-these-jrpgs https://www.gameskinny.com/8x1mz/if-youre-an-animemanga-fan-you-need-to-play-these-jrpgs Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:01 -0400 TL Bickler

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You've now been given a little taste of what JRPGs have to offer. From the dark creepy horror of, The Witch's House, to the battle tactics and well rounded characters of, Fire Emblem Awakening. Hopefully we've provided a little something for everyone.

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Is there any JRPGs that you'd recommend? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check out some of the other JRPG lists here on GameSkinny (such as JRPGs will be coming out this year).

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
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Platform: PSP, PS Vita, PS3, PC

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It all started out when Estelle’s father randomly adopted a young boy named Joshua. Five years later the sibling duo strike out on their own as bracers. Bracers are a type of odd job mercenaries who do everything from escorting people through dangerous areas to exterminating monsters. But when their father goes missing, they must travel all across the kingdom to find him.

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If you are a fan of Hunter X Hunter or Fairy Tail, then The Legend of Heroes is the perfect starter JRPG for you. Like in Fairy Tail or Hunter X Hunter, your job in like is taking on odd requests and helping out those in need with whatever your special skills (whatever they may be). Legend of Heroes also offers engaging characters and narrative that will keep you playing till the very end.

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Xenoblade Chronicles
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Platform: Wii

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Join the fight for Bionis as a mechanical army threatens to invade. Wield the magical sword, Monado, and the ability to see into the future to defeat the evil that threatens your home.

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Unlike Fire Emblem, this game is for anime fans who like plot driven stories like Berserk or Nanatsu no Taizai. Not that the characters are bland, Xenoblade Chronicles just has one of the most interesting back stories on this list. If you want a real time JRPG with a strong plot and a large world to explore, then give Xenoblade Chronicles a try.

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Fire Emblem Awakening
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Platforms: 3DS

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Follow Chrome and his band of fighters to stop an enemy capable of destroying empires. Choose your party, plan your attack, and gain alliances that will strengthen your party and aid you against the enemy.

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Fire Emblem Awakening is interesting mix between tactical strategy and match making game. The best story elements of the game come about when you deepen the relationship between your party members and watch their character development shine. If you like animes/mangas with major character growth (such as Akatsuhi no Yona or Fullmetal Alchemist) then this should be the next series you play.

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Dragon Quest Builders
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Platforms: PS4, PS Vita

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You are not the hero of this world, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be saving everyone. You are the legendary builder! Years ago the evil Dragon Lord plunged Alefgard into darkness and people lost their ability to build. You must collect the necessary materials, craft a new home for them, and destroy the Dragon Lord.

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The Dragon Quest series is a beloved game series for JRPG fans everywhere, and Builders is no exception. This title does not let its fans down and is a wonderful mixture of a sandbox game and an RPG. If you love chibi art and Minecraft then think of this title as a Japanese Minecraft with a story.

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Persona 4: Golden
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Platforms: PS Vita

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It all starts with a murder that left police baffled with no clues or suspects; then a string of strange crimes occurs all over your small rural town. It isn’t long before you realize that you and your friends are the only ones with the power to solve this baffling case.

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Persona 4: Golden is an interesting title that is part RPG, part high school simulator, and part dungeon crawler. If you are a Durarara!! fan, then this strange mix of RPG and mystery will definitely be to your liking. Or if you could use some variety to your PS Vita game collection, then this is a must have.

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Final Fantasy VII
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Platforms: PlayStation

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Most believe that Shinra is one of the few good forces left in a dying world. Cloud once believed that, so he became a Shinra soldier. That is until he learned of their corruption and just how Shinra was slowly draining the planet of life energy. Join Cloud and his group of mercenaries in order to save the planet from the evil known as Shinra. Final Fantasy VII is also getting a Remake soon!

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One cannot talk about JRPGs without at least mentioning one Final Fantasy game and why not go straight to the most loved game in the series. If you love animes with a steampunk worlds, like Fullmetal Alchemist or Castle in the Sky, then Cloud's world will draw you in instantly. The art style currently leaves something to be desired since it came out in 1997. But don't let the graphics hold you back for long since they are currently remaking this title for the PS4. If the current graphics hurt to much to play, try out one of the spin offs like Crisis Core.

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For other Final Fantasy title recommendations, try out these games!

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The Witch’s House
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Platform: PC

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The young Viola likes to visit an old house in the woods, even though her father has warned her to stay away. Sadly, when she learns of the sinister nature of the house -- and its only inhabitant -- it's too late. Will Viola get out alive in this ever changing house?

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Lovers of the darker side of anime/manga will enjoy the creepy atmosphere in The Witch's HouseIf you like animes like Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and old style RPGs, this should be the next JRPG you play. But the creepy factor isn't this JRPG's only selling point, this game has a dreadfully intriguing story that will suck you into the fandom as fast as your first anime did. If you like this game, be sure to check out Mad Father, IB, and Misao.

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The Last Story
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Platform: Wii

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Take control of a band of mercenaries who dream of becoming respected knights. Work has called them to the mysterious Lazulis Island; but one small job turns into a much larger task when a young girl pulls them into the political turmoil of the small Island nation.

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The Last Story has got to be one of the best JRPG to come out on the Nintendo Wii. Anime fans will love the art style that renders wonderfully on the Wii and the characters will make you smile and cry as you follow them around Lazulis Island.

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This title is a good place for Akatsuki no Yona fans to start. It has all of the political intrigue (if not more) and lovable characters set in a fantasy world. Akatsuki no Yona fans will also enjoy the similar love story of a knight (or knight wanna be) and his princess. 

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It all starts with a friend or relative introducing you to your first anime. Next thing you know you've become addicted to all things Japanese. You not only sing along to your favorite J-pop songs, but you even know what a few of the phrases mean. Things are no longer cute, they're kawaii. Your sibling isn't stupid, they're a Baka.

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You fell in love with Japanese culture through anime and manga, but why stop there? Japanese role playing games (JRPGs) offer plenty of titles that hold the same beautiful art style, awesome characters, and creative stories you've come to love with in anime and manga. If you haven't taken the jump into JRPGs, then why not start with these awesome titles?

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11 Great and totally free horror games https://www.gameskinny.com/cb4ey/11-great-and-totally-free-horror-games https://www.gameskinny.com/cb4ey/11-great-and-totally-free-horror-games Wed, 28 Oct 2015 06:27:05 -0400 John Adamczyk

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1. Cry of Fear

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Another game that originated from a Half-Life mod, Cry of Fear has managed to achieve independence, and is now available for free on Steam.

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From the get-go, this is a game that makes you feel uneasy. Placing you against an isolated, urban sprawl, the game does a great job of making you dread to progress. Even when your character is clutching a gun, it feels like the smallest of comforts when placed against unsettling enemies and an environment reminiscent of Silent Hill. 

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For a game with a main campaign that takes hours to complete, Cry of Fear is possibly the perfect choice if you want something scary that won't cost you a dime.

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2. Afraid of Monsters

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Alright, I might have cheated with this game. Technically, you do have to pay to play it. Not for the games itself, but for the game you would need to run it: this is a mod. Luckily, in the case of Afraid of Monsters, you only need to own Half-Life in order to play this game, and let's be real here, everyone owns Half-Life.  

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The writing in Afraid of Monsters isn't anything to write home about, but this game gets everything else right. Guide drug-addled David Leatherhoff through his own personal Hell in a mod with atmosphere that will keep your knuckles white and your spine chilled.

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If you need a good, old-fashioned scare without the whistles and bells, Afraid of Monsters is the perfect game.

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You can grab the mod here.

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3. Ao Oni

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The free-to-play game that somehow managed to land a movie deal over in JapanAo Oni starts with your run-of-the-mill horror plot: a group of teens are locked in a haunted house.

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If the picture above is any indication, things get more than a little strange from there, and while Ao Oni might not be the scariest of horror games out there, it's definitely one of the most polished and cleverly executed, with a menagerie of monsters that somehow manage to look both ridiculous and horrifying at the same time. 

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Download the latest version here

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4. Imscared - A Pixelated Nightmare

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I can't spoil what makes this game a truly unique experience, but rest assured: Imscared goes above and beyond to make you think you are playing a game that is genuinely haunted. It's relatively short, but like so many others on this list, it's an experience that is absolutely vital for horror enthusiasts. 

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You can download the game via GameJolt.

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5. The Witch's House

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Yet another RPG Maker horror game, this time with both story and atmosphere that's a cut above the rest. You take on the role of young Viola as she explores (shocker) a witch's house. Survive, solve puzzles, and try not to alt + f4 out of sheer terror, this is an excellent horror game, and it has a story that might surprise you.

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The Witch's House is available for free here.

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And please, do yourself a favor, don't spoil the ending(s) for yourself.

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6. Deep Sleep 

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Short and sweet while still managing to create a creepy and intriguing setting, Deep Sleep is a browser game available on Newgrounds featuring point-and-click mechanics that allow you to navigate a minimalist, yet relentlessly creepy environment.

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Explore a lucid dream that might be more than it seems while you come to understand the nature of the unsettling world you've stumbled upon in your sleep.

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You can play part one here, and once you're finished with that, here's part two, titled Deeper Sleep and part three, unsurprisingly titled The Deepest Sleep.

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7. Covetous

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Another very brief game. In fact, it's so short, you can probably play it and then come back to this article. If you haven't played it already, click here to run it in-browser. I can't really give you the details without spoiling it, but if you have a couple of minutes, check it out and revel in its strangeness.

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8. my father's long, long legs

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Not a game in the strictest sense of the word, more a piece of interactive fiction; rest assured, for something that stays strictly on the browser, this is scarier than it has any right to be.

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You can "play" through this story on its homepage. It isn't that long, but it's undoubtedly an experience you won't soon forget.

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9. Ib 

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A staple in RPG Maker horror games, in Ib, you take on the role of a young girl of the same name, who suddenly finds the art exhibit she was visiting with her parents eerily empty. 

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Exploration-based horror with puzzles and an awesomely surreal environment that only gets weirder, horror fan or not, you should check out Ib. 

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You can download Ib here.

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10. Spooky's House of Jumpscares

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You're probably too tough to get scared by this ghostly little girl - but with a thousand randomly generated floors for you to explore, she might just be hiding a thing or two.

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Why not check it out? After all, what could possibly go wrong? 

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Of course, since it's on this list, I'm sure you can infer: a lot.

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The game is free-to-play and available on Steam

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11. Yume Nikki

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This game is at the bottom of the list for one reason: it isn't really a horror game. Why is it here, then? Because it gets weird, disturbing, and yes, at times, it can definitely scare you.

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But again, it isn't a horror game. 

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Yume Nikki is a free-to-play exploration-based game made via RPG Maker 2003. You can spend hours on end in the surreal dream world of the protagonist, Madotsuki. Now, this game doesn't do much to hold your hand, so sitting down to play Yume Nikki is a commitment; I promise you, it's worthwhile.

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You can download the game here.

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Want to get scared this Halloween? A bit strapped for cash? Tired of spending thirty to fifty dollars on the newest horror games and finding them more than a little uninspired? Same here. Luckily, the horror genre has a longstanding tradition of offering its enthusiasts tons of free content.

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Sometimes, you don't need to open your wallet to find great horror games. In fact, some of the best are just a Google search away.

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Let's take a look at eleven awesome horror games that are bound to entertain, terrify, or just weird you out.

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