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Stan Hogeweg

About Stan Hogeweg

Stan owes their love of turn-based RPGs and all other things gaming to a second-hand Game Boy Advance SP and Wario Land 3. Persona, Zelda, and Pokemon rank among their all-time franchises, but they can be caught playing Dungeons & Dragons on a weekly basis too. Stan has a BA in English from California State University, San Bernardino.

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Persona 6 Can Beat P5 in Scale With One Simple Calendar Change

Ever since Persona 3, the franchise's activity time slots have worked about the same way in each game, but Persona 6 could make one easy upgrade.

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Minecraft Trails and Tales' Archaeology Mechanic is Hopefully Just Getting Started

Minecraft will soon implement archaeology as a new loot system, and while it's off to a good start, Mojang can still go the extra mile.

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Persona 6: The Case for P5 Royal's Jose to Become a Party Member

Persona 5 Royal's Mementos merchant Jose was both mysterious and rather uninvolved, but Persona 6 can follow up on Jose by making him playable.

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Persona 6 Should Sink Its Hooks Into a Persona 4 Golden Minigame Structure

Persona 4 Golden features a classic type of mini-game, and its approach deserves to be imitated closely in Atlus' long-awaited Persona 6.

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A Horizon Forbidden West Sequel Can Bring Nil's Journey Full Circle

Nil plays a significantly diminished role in Horizon Forbidden West, but his character growth could set him up for a good finale in Horizon 3.

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A Female Protagonist in Persona 6 Shouldn't Keep One Design Choice From Persona 3 Portable

Persona 6 ought to borrow Persona 3 Portable's female protagonist option, but its version would need to rework a big element of her gameplay.

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Persona 5 Royal Shows Persona 6 May Need to Shift Its Navigator in One Way

Persona 5 Royal drives home how far navigator party members have come in the franchise, but that also means Persona 6 might need a new approach.

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Classic Zelda Enemies That Should Return in Tears Of The Kingdom

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild omitted a lot of famous Zelda enemies, but this year’s upcoming sequel could bring a few of them back.

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Persona 5: The Phantom X Seems Like a Possible Clue for Atlus' Persona 6 Plans

Although Atlus is taking quite some time to reveal Persona 6, it just announced Persona 5: The Phantom X, which could say a lot about P6.

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Persona 5 Royal: How the Futaba Palace Boss Battle Mirrors the Endgame

Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal have epic conclusions, but the games' halfway mark reflects the final battles in a couple of notable ways.

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Why Persona 6 Shouldn't Follow the Action RPG Trend

Several RPG franchises are showing off the potential of action-oriented gameplay lately, but Persona 6 should retain the IP's turn-based style.

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Persona 3 Portable Has a Great Lesson to Teach Persona 6's Playable Party Members

Persona 3 Portable still stands out from the newer, more intricate franchise entries through a cast of party members that Persona 6 can imitate.

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Persona 6 Can Reintroduce Shuffle Time Using Persona 5's Confidants

Persona 5 favors the Hold Up mechanic over Shuffle Times, but the latter mechanic could work well in Persona 6 with the help of a Confidant.

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Horizon Forbidden West's Boss Battles Were a Major Step Up

Horizon Zero Dawn's boss fights left a lot to be desired, but Horizon Forbidden West has quite a few compelling ideas for Aloy's biggest battles.

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Persona 4 Golden's Fox Social Link Was a Great Confidant Prototype

Years before Persona 5 released, Persona 4 Golden featured an odd character that had more in common with Confidants than most Social Links.

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Horizon Forbidden West Sets Sylens Up for Many Possible Destinies

Horizon Forbidden West ends on a poignant note for Sylens, and Guerrilla Games could pay his character arc off in many ways in the third game.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Malanya Shows the Potential in New Fairy Characters

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild features several Great Fairies, but the eccentric horse god Malanya represents them particularly well.

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Forspoken's Tanta Olas Could Be Invaluable to the Story and Frey's Journey

New Forspoken footage highlights Tanta Olas, the Tanta of Wisdom, and her moniker could suggest that she'll be a surprising resource for Frey.

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Persona 6 Could Set an Intimate Tone by Adding More High School Elements

Persona 6 could emphasize its school elements more heavily than ever in order to offer a unique tone and refresh some of Atlus' oldest tropes.

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Horizon Forbidden West Establishes an Ominous Character Pattern Ahead of the Third Game

Both Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West include landmarks for mourning characters, which may indicate a pattern for the third game.

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