Two years ago, Gust released Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea for the Playstation 3, which was supposedly to be the conclusion to the Dusk trilogy. Getting a few complaints from fans aside from the general gameplay, the narrative was the most criticized element as it felt incomplete as well as effacing all the developments made in the prior installments. Vowing to fix this mistake with another entry into series, there is no mistaking that the Playstation Vita title Atelier Shallie Plus is what the team had in mind. With inclusion of new events, bosses, and prominent returning characters, does it manage to succeed where the PS3 title failed?
Developed by Spike Chunsoft, Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics is a forced side-scrolling rougelike RPG that is actually a re-imaging of the indie PC game One Way Heroics. With the original developer Smoking Wolf giving their blessings to Spike Chunsoft, this version is chock full of new classes, bosses, and a few changes while still retaining the same old gameplay that made its counterpart so engaging, only being marred with what the Mystery Chronicle brand can bring to the table. So does this entry in the series manage to elevate it to greater heights?
Thanks to the independent publisher acttil, RAY GIGANT for the Playstation Vita is due to release in North America and Europe in Spring 2016 and will be only available digitally on PSN. More details about the game (features, release date, etc) will announced at a later date, but if you’re looking forward to this DRPG…well, some of you will be in luck. For all attendees at PlayStation Experience 2015, you will get a chance to play the demo, so be sure to stop by acttil’s booth for an early preview and some hands-on time. Again, more information will be readily available at a later date.
As previously stated many times over, the rhythm game genre is one that is fairly new to me, but with having the willingness to play titles like Love Live School Idol Fest and Project Diva 2nd F, I have been slowly warming up to the prospect. With this year seeing the release of Persona 4 Dancing All Night and Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX in English-speaking territories, SUPERBEAT: XONiC is another upcoming one from developer Nurijoy and PM Studios. Yes, the same staff of DJMAX fame. Having the chance to play it ahead of the November 10th release thanks to the independent publisher Acttil, I am already seeing a lot to like about it….even though my performance is anything close to admirable.
Developed by Aquaplus & Sting, Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & The Monster Seal is a dungeon crawler role-playing game (DRPG for short) that is similar to many of its other brethren such as Demon Gaze and Operation Abyss. Knowing the Vita to be a haven for many unscrupulous titles that many Western gamers (unless of a certain audience) wouldn’t touch and the demo version reinforcing that point, I did honestly feel that a decent game could be found behind the fluff. Lo and behold, after playing the complete version, I am glad to say that the sentiment definitely holds true in some respects and should come of a surprise to many that dare take it on.
Developed by Idea Factory under its Otome game brand Otomate, Amnesia: Memories is among one of the companies pioneering titles that finally gets a western release. And while Otoge or Otome games are meant to cater specifically toward a female audience, a male audience can also partake of them. The story puts players into the shoes of an unnamed female protagonist that has lost her memories after a strange incident. With help of mysterious young boy named Orion, the two work together to help make sense of the heroine’s past life, while trying not raise suspicion from friends and a boyfriend she never knew existed.
Given the fact that most remakes and reboots range between doing exceptionally well for themselves to outright terrible, tracking the Hyperdimension Neptunia series conversion from the Playstation 3 to Vita has been a great joy and can say that the games definitely belong in the former category. Starting with Rebirth 1 that amended gameplay mechanics and technical issues all the way up until the many spinoffs that traded ideas between the mainline titles, this little brand has come along way. With Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3, the sentiment of improvement is still going strong and proves to make this entry somewhat more than another incremental enhanced port.
From the creative impulses that brought you the Senran Kagura and OneChanbara series, Tamsoft lends its “unique guidance” to Complie Heart once again for the next entry in the Neptunia catalog, Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed, an action based spinoff that shares close similarities to the Senran Kagura and Dyntasy Warriors family. If you always dreamed of laying down the law to a hoard of Doogos or familiar looking green pipes that Nintendo would most likely file a lawsuit over – the dream is now a reality.
Putting aside its naughty gimmick, Monster Monpiece is truly one that is better off without it when it already provides a robust and competent collectible card game that brings with it some kind of decent amusement. Might not be the type of amusement you seek, but at least it is something.
During this evenings inaugural press event for Idea Factory International, a plethora of game announcements were made. Chief among them were the release dates for Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed on Vita as well as the other two Neptunia games coming to Steam, but another surprise was the announcement of Amnesia: Memories, a otome visual novel coming to North American shores this August of 2015. Not only will that one be available for the Vita, but also on Steam as well. Read on for the details.