Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux Launches May 15th in NA May 18th in EU

Some exciting news this morning from Atlus for all Shin Megami Tensei fans. Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux for the Nintendo 3DS will be launching on May 15th in North America and May 18th in Europe.

Calling all United Nations soldiers, a spatial distortion is expected to appear in Antarctica on May 15 when Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux releases for $39.99 (with commensurate European pricing) for Nintendo 3DS™! Featuring additional story content, new illustrations by Masayuki Doi, and a brand-new character, Alex, Strange Journey Redux is an ATLUS JRPG adventure fans of the series won’t want to miss!

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With the announcement of this release date, Atlus USA has also shown off an updated North American box art which closely resembles the Japanese box art that released last year.

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Be on the look out for more coverage of Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey Redux including our review of the game as we get close to launch!

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Zwei:The Arges Adventure Hits PC on January 24th

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This afternoon XSEED has confirmed that Nihon Falcom game Zwei The Arges Adventure will release on PC January 24th for $19.99.

 XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that Zwei: The Arges Adventure, the original entry in the Zwei series from acclaimed developer Nihon Falcom and stand-alone predecessor to Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection, will launch for Windows PC via SteamGOG, and The Humble Store by Humble Bundle on Wednesday, January 24. To celebrate this launch, the title will receive a limited-time 10% launch discount from its regular selling price of $19.99/€19.99/£14.99.

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For those of you holding out on playing the latest Zwei game that hit PC last year to play this game you are certainly in luck! We hope to bring you a review of both Zwei games in the near future!

YS VIII Releases on PC January 30th Alongside Localization Changes

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This afternoon NIS America has unveiled their release date for YS VIII. PC gamers can get their hands on this JRPG through Steam on January 30th. Alongside the PC release NIS America will be releasing an update that will improve the localization quality of YS VIII on the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita.

We are pleased to announce that the PC release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA will have a target global release date of January 30, 2018. Included in the PC release are game optimizations and the localization revisions originally announced in October. The localization revisions include improvements to the game’s script, adjustments to graphical text and re-recorded audio and will be implemented across PC, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®Vita versions simultaneously.

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It’s good to see NIS America is working diligently to improve their localization quality and give the game the translation it deserves. You can take a look at some examples of the improved localization here:

PC Gamers can also take advantage of some bonuses if they purchase the game in the first week of launch as well!

For one week only, PC users will be able to download the following for free until Feb 6, 10:00am PST:

If you are interested to know how the game plays be sure to check out our review of YS VIII here.

Monster Hunter World Heads to PC Autumn 2018

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This morning in a twitter video CAPCOM has announced that Monster Hunter World will be heading to PC this Autumn. The reason for such the large gap in releases is due to the developers wanting to optimize the game for the PC release. Honestly I will take a delayed version on the PC if it means that the game will be optimize properly and run better right at launch. Also in the announcement video, CAPCOM announced that they will be rolling out free updates for Monster Hunter World after the January 26th release, so be on the lookout for that if you’re picking up the game on console!

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Harvest Moon The Light of Hope Review-Nothing but Despair

Developers:Natsume

Publisher: Natsume

Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4

MRSP: $29.99

Harvest Moon the Light of Hope is Natsume’s fifth Harvest Moon game since the split with Marvelous. This game is also Natsume’s celebration for the series 20th Anniversary in the west, and seems to be a good indicator of where this series will be heading for the future. So now we need to ask how did Natsume do with this game? Did they learn from the several mistakes and finally create a game that could compete with the mainline Bokujo series, or is this a game filled with despair rather than hope?

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Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada Review – Poster Boy Chronicles

Developer: Omega Force

Publisher: Koei Tecmo

Platform: PlayStation 4*, PC (Steam), Playstation Vita (JP Only), Playstation 3 (JP Only), Nintendo Switch (JP Only)

ESRB Rating: T

Release Date: May 23rd, 2017

MRSP: $59.99

*The PS4 Version was used to review this game

A retail copy was purchased by the reviewer for this review.

After a series of spin offs for the “Samurai Warriors 4” line of games, “Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada” seems to be bringing them to a close. Going for a much more linear, drama based story mode instead of the wide scale story angles told in the previous games we see a departure from the traditional Samurai Warriors and Dynasty Warriors spin offs. Does Spirit of Sanada have enough original ideas and mechanics to set itself apart from the plethora of other history based musou games?

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Story:
The story of the Warring States Period is one the Samurai Warriors games will tell again and again until they can’t scrape any new details from the history books. Spirit of Sanada tells the story of these events from the Sanada clan, and does so rather well. The characters are well fleshed out and a lot more likeable than previous entries in the series. They are are only two major gripes I have. One is the pacing between the multi-stage battles has you doing very pointless and repetitive side missions which old within the first few hours. The second is the very confusing and underwhelming ending. It is very undramatized from history almost to a fault. For them to change small details about the events but not change the ending to be a little bit more fulfilling to the character is an odd choice.

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Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Review

Developer: Game Freak

Publisher: Nintendo of America

ESRB: E

MRSP: $39.99

Thank You Nintendo for a Review Copy of this Game

Pokemon Sun and Moon revamped the structure of the series by doing away with the traditional gym challenge, and replacing it with the island challenge. The island challenge is a much more personal journey, where the player travels across Alola to clear trials from seven captains, and become the island challenge champion. Where this differs from gyms, is what you’re doing in each trial. Some trials involve defeating wild Pokemon to advance, solving puzzles, or even a simple memory game. At the end of each trial is a fearsome Totem Pokemon. A gargantuan version of a Pokemon that is related to that island. After every trial on an island is completed you fight the Kahuna, the strongest trainer on the Island. As a new trainer in the Alola region, can you conquer the Island challenge?

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Catherine: Full Body is Heading Westward

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A few days ago Catherine: Full Body was announced in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita. Now this morning Atlus USA has confirmed that the game will be heading to the west. That said platforms for the western release have not yet been announced. This would normally be strange, but Atlus USA/SEGA have had a habit lately of release their titles on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the west. (See here for an example.)

ATLUS today announced that Catherine: Full Body will be coming to the West. This new twist on the original Catherine, a mature romantic action-adventure puzzle game from the makers of the Persona series, will include a new love interest, “Rin,” with distinct storyline elements for the character, and additional puzzle content. Vincent’s love life has never been so complicated and dramatic!
Vincent’s apartment hasn’t seen the last of the sensual people in his life. With new storyline elements for both Catherine and Katherine, players will have ample opportunity for new experiences in Catherine: Full Body.
As for release date and pricing, ATLUS reveal that later, slowly.

We will be covering more news of this game as it breaks so be sure to stay tuned for future updates and our inevitable review of Catherine: Full Body!

LADY LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: KATRIELLE AND THE MILLIONARES’ CONSPIRACY – Review

Developer: Level-5

Publisher: Level 5

Platform: 3DS, Android, IOS

ESRB Rating: E-10

Release Date: October 6th, 2017

MRSP: $ 39.99

Thank You Nintendo for Providing A Review Copy of this Game

The Professor Layton franchise has managed to achieve consistency in quality ever since its first entry released ten years ago. Azran Legacy was the end of a very solid prequel trilogy, and here we are going forward with a brand new cast of characters. Does Lady Layton continue to provide an excellent Visual Novel and Puzzle game experience? There will be no major story spoilers in this review.

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Atlus Announces Persona 5’s Sales Surpass 2 Million World Wide

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This evening Atlus USA has announced that Persona 5’s total sales have surpassed two million world wide!

ATLUS today announced that the overall sales of Persona 5 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3
have reached a crucial milestone with more than 2 million copies sold worldwide. Since the initial launch, Persona 5 has earned critical acclaim, receiving recognition and awards from prestigious media outlets and fans.
Most recently, ATLUS is proud to announce that Persona 5 has been nominated in four categories for “The Game Awards 2017,” held in Los Angeles CA on December 7, including: “Game of the Year,” “Best Art Direction,” “Best Score/Music,” and “Best Role Playing Game.”
 
“This has been an incredible year for our company, one that represents our ambitions for Japanese games in the west,” said Naoto Hiraoka, president & CEO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc.. “We are in the middle of experiencing tremendous growth, both in the west and abroad, and the sales of Persona 5 represent a new level of expectation for fans of the genre. Once seen as niche, Persona 5 is one of the most important titles this year, proving interest in this category is expanding. We look forward to delivering more incredible games to our fans next year.”
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It’s always good news to hear when a game like Persona 5 is selling extremely well! It also goes to show that traditional turn based JRPGs are still in demand when done well! If you haven’t done so already, check out our review of Persona 5 here.