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The Caligula Effect Overdose Review-Second Time is the Charm

Developer: FuRyu

Publisher: NIS America

System: PS4, Switch, PC

MRSP:$49.99

Back in 2017, The Caligula Effect released on the heels of Persona 5 on the Playstation Vita. It launched to lackluster fare due to poor performance and some poor pacing issues in the game’s story. Fast forward two years and an anime later, we now have The Caligula Effect: Overdose, a remake of the original Vita game completely done in the Unreal Engine 4. Along with nicer visuals and better performance, the game also had a ton of added content such as new members of the Go-Hom Club, a new dungeon, some story changes, and the ability to play as a female protagonist.

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Yakuza Kiwami Seemingly Hitting PC February 19th

It seems like Majima is giving us a bit of a surprise as to when we can expect Yakuza Kiwami on Steam. On the updated Steam page, this gif was posted

Didn’t see it? Well heres a little hint on one of the frames.

At the very least we are getting some news on Yakuza Kiwami for PC soon, but it is a safe bet that it will be releasing on February 19th. As more news comes out about this version of the game we will be sure to report on it here!  In the meantime check out our review of the PS4 release of Yakuza Kiwami here.

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The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel III is heading to PS4 Fall 2019

This morning at Pax South NIS America has announced that The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel III will be heading westward this Fall.

SPOILER WARNING FOR I&II

Nearly a year and a half has passed since the Erebonian civil war, and much has changed since then. From the shifting stances of countries to the internal politics of the Empire, and even the life of Rean Schwarzer, the shadows of the past have given way to the embers of a new chapter. Now graduated from Thors Military Academy, Rean has become an instructor at the Thors Branch Campus, a newly-opened academy that quickly finds itself thrust onto the national stage. It is here that he takes the lead of a brand new Class VII, and must guide a new generation of heroes into an unknown future. Though all is calm now, the nefarious Ouroboros organization continues to weave a dark plot that could engulf the entire continent in war…or perhaps something even more sinister.

Trails of Cold Steel III invites players into a world full of intrigue and excitement that is years in the making. They will embark on a whirlwind tour through the never-before-seen lands of the recently expanded Erebonian countryside, and encounter fresh faces as well as old friends familiar to fans of the series. In true Trails fashion, the deep, engaging story pairs with an incredible cast of characters and a combat system refined over decades of innovative RPG worldbuilding. This renowned title has also now been developed natively for PlayStation®4 hardware, a series first.

Key Features:

  • • Welcome to the New Class VII – Explore the newly annexed lands of the Empire with a brand new squad, and catch up with familiar faces from the past.
  • • An Immersive Story – Experience an epic story developed across three titles, and crafted for new and old fans alike. Also includes an interactive introduction to catch up new players to the ongoing story so anyone can dive right in to the world of Trails of Cold Steel.
  • • Combat Honed to a Fine Edge – Challenge oncoming threats with a combat system that has been refined over the course of decades. The addition of features like Brave Order and the Break System open up new possibilities in battle.

While it is surprising that XSEED will not be localizing this like they did for Cold Steel and Cold Steel II we are excited to see this next entry in the saga will be coming to the west. While NISA may have had a rough start with localizing Falcom games with problems of YS VIII, NISA has informed us that the localization team consists of localizers who worked on the previous two games.

The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel III launches this fall exclusively for PlayStation 4. There is currently no word on a PC port of this game, but we will report on more as the news breaks. Be sure to be on the lookout for our review of Cold Steel III later this year!

 

Zanki Zero Last Beginning Launches on March 19, 2019

Today SpikeChunsoft has announced the western release date for their upcoming game Zanki Zero Last Beginning. You can pick this game up on March 19th for either PlayStation 4 or PC!

Zanki Zero: Last Beginning comes to the PlayStation®4 system and Steam® on March 19, 2019! The game will be released physically and digitally with the Zanki Zero: Last Beginning Survival Soundtrack CD! The Soundtrack CD is available with the Day 1 Edition (PlayStation®4) or as an Early Purchase Bonus (Steam®[PC]).

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In the meantime, you can check out this fresh batch of english screenshots of the game! Be on the look out for our review of Zanki Zero next year!

The Caligula Effect Overdose Launches March 12th in North America

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For those of you wanting a second crack at FuRyu’s The Caligula Effect, NISA has some news for you this morning. The Caligula Effect Overdose will be launching in North America on March 12th, and March 15th in Europe.

It takes more than one to escape this fabricated reality! Recruit your fellow students to execute unique combo attacks in The Caligula Effect: Overdose, coming to Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4, and Steam® March 12, 2019 in North America, March 15 in Europe, and March 22 in Australia and New Zealand!

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You can still pre-order the Limited Edition of this game on NISA’s website! Although for those of you who want this game in English now, the South East Asian release of this game is currently out now with a full English sub, however that is only for the PS4 version. Switch owners and PC users will have to wait until the official release to get their hands on this game.

Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise Review You’re Already Dead

 

Developer: Ryu ga Gotoku Studio

Publisher: SEGA

Platform(s): PlayStation 4

Release Date: October 2nd

ESRB Rating: M

MRSP: $59.99

 

Fist of the North Star Lost Paradise is a crossover between Fist of the North Star and SEGA’s Yakuza series. A crossover in terms of gameplay. You are thrown into the Fist of the North Star Universe with the flare of everything the Yakuza series has to offer. As a fan of both series, the combination of the two is something that I never thought I had wanted. How did the crossover fair? Is it a standout title in the genre of anime video games, or is this game already dead?

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Serve Up More Drinks in N1RV ANN-A Coming to PS4, Nintendo Switch and PC in 2020

Fans of the cyberpunk bar simulator VA-11 HALL-A are in for some fantastic news today. This morning the developer Sukeban games has announced a sequel to the cult hit titled N1RV ANN-A to be released on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC sometime in 2020.

Sukeban Games, the developers ofVA-11 HALL-A – the acclaimed booze ‘em up which has sold more than 200,000 copies – will release a sequel in collaboration withYsbryd Games. N1RV ANN-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action will come to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC in 2020.
Like VA-11 HALL-A, players will control a bartender. Sam works at N1RV ANN-A, Saint Alicia’s most iconic and luxurious bar. Learn about Sam’s patrons and the cyberpunk world of N1RV ANN-A by mixing up drinks and selecting ingredients. Different drinks will once again lead to different branches in the narrative. Replay missions to improve scores, explore different dialogue options and unlock secret missions.
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N1RV ANN-A seems to be a big step away from Glitch City in VA-11 HALL-A. Take a look at some of the information provided about this upcoming game.
Escape from VA11 HALL-A’s Glitch City to Saint Alicia, an idyllic paradise with an upscale bar called N1RV ANN-A. But opulence and extravagance are merely smokescreens: the artificial island hides a seedy underbelly. Its dystopian economy touches all aspects of life as bar patrons contend with mafia extortion, trafficking and other sordid crimes. For bartender Sam, trouble hits close to home. Her relationship with her partner Leon, who moonlights as a Yakuza, is on the rocks, and she works hard to care for their 8-year-old son, Tony.
In N1RV ANN-A’s cyberpunk world, people stop at nothing to live luxuriously, even when it means augmenting their bodies to conform to extreme fads. Become acquainted with customers who frequent the bar, including erotic comic creator Parka and Sam’s gun-toting boss Iris, and serve up delicious real-life recipes with ingredients like vodka and tropical juices. Drink orders are as volatile as emotions in N1RV ANN-A – experiment with different drinks and see what happens!
Explore various story outcomes based on which drinks are served and whose lives are changed. Players can replay missions to improve their scores, explore branching dialogue options and unlock secret missions. Earn better tips by relating to customers through their drinks, and spend hard-earned cash on bills, decorations and Sam’s son, Tony. Will Sam be able to move on and put misdeeds behind her as she embarks on this new cyberpunk bartending adventure?
“Most games use a big-picture perspective, but what made VA11 HALL-Aspecial was its focus on the characters and their problems,” said Christopher “Kiririn51” Ortiz, co-founder, Sukeban Games. “It’s about getting to know people on a personal level, this time with a shiny new location, more options for drink orders, and more ways to relate to customers.”
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While fans of the first game do have to wait a bit before they can get their hands on this game, it is good to see that the original was a success and that we are getting a sequel! For those of you interested in the series, you can pick up VA-11 HALL-A on your PlayStation Vita or on Steam, and you can check our review of it here. The game is also making its way to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch next year as well!

 

Fairy Fencer Advent Dark Force is Coming to Nintendo Switch this Fall

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Today Idea Factory International and Ghostlight have announced that Fairy Fencer Advent Dark Force will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch eShop later on this Fall!

Furies and Fencers! Rise above! Fairy Fencer F™: Advent Dark Force will be arriving to the Nintendo™ Switch digitally on the Nintendo™ eShop this Fall 2018! The European version will be released by Ghostlight. The game will be available for $39.99 and will also include all 25 DLC available in the original PlayStation®4 release!

In a land filled with power-imbued weapons known as Furies, the Fencers who wield them are locked in combat to collect as many Furies as possible. The unassuming hero, Fang, finds himself caught up in their struggle when he pulls a sword from a stone. With up to six characters on the battlefield, a revolving cast of party members, and a customizable world, join Fang and his band of Fencers in an epic battle to revive the Goddess or the Vile God!

Fairy Fencer Advent Dark Force is an enhanced version of Idea Factory’s PS3 title Fairy Fencer F with much more content and new routes to explore. This is one of my personal favorite JRPGs from Compile Heart so I am excited to see that this game will be heading to the Nintendo Switch!

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Review War Changes You

Developer: SEGA

Publisher: SEGA USA

Platform(s): PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One

ESRB Rating: T

A Review Copy Was Provided by SEGA USA for the Purpose of Review

Valkyria Chronicles is honestly one of my favorite IPs by SEGA. This tactical JRPG mixes my love of strategic gameplay, World War II and engrossing narratives to create a mix of game that I can not help but fall in love with. Finally after nearly eight years, western fans have a chance to delve into a Valkyria Chronicles game again. For those of you confused as to why isn’t this Valkyria Chronicles 3, Valkyria Chronicles 3 was a PSP exclusive that sadly was never officially localized for an English release. That said I am glad that the fourth entry has been able to make its way over.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 Review Return of a Dragon

Developer: Ryu ga Gotoku Studio

Publisher: SEGA

Platform(s):PlayStation 4 (Played on PS4 Pro)

ESRB Rating: M

MRSP: $49.99

Release Date: August 28th, 2018

SEGA seems to be on a roll with the Yakuza series as of late. This year, western fans have been graced with Yakuza 6 the Song of Life, the series debut onto PC, and the Yakuza X Fist of the North Star crossover localization announcement. Now today, we take a look at the second entry in the “Kiwami” remakes of Yakuza games, Yakuza Kiwami 2. Just like Yakuza Kiwami, Kiwami 2 is a groundup remake of the original PS2 classic Yakuza 2, this time made in the Dragon Engine. How does this remake of the original Yakuza 2 hold up, and does this game paint an interesting picture of the future of the Yakuza series?

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