It seems like there is no breaks on the Persona hype train. At the most recent Persona concert we got confirmation of of not only a Persona 3 Dancing game, but a Persona 5 Dancing game to boot. Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night will be hitting Japan on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Spring 2018. You can check out the respective trailers:
Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night:
Glad to see we have playable doors in this game, and more Lotus Juice is a treat for everyone.
Persona 5 Dancing Star Night:
Will not lie this one shocked me, I thought for sure Persona 5 Arena would be the first spin off, but this games music sounds on point too.
So 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Persona fans, with more announcements on the horizon. Will we see some news of the elusive Persona Q 2? Well maybe.
Today Square Enix has delivered on some awesome news that a lot of Dragon Quest fans have been hoping to hear. Localization of Dragon Quest XI has officially begun!
Fans of great stories, captivating art and alluring music are certain to rejoice with today’s announcement from SQUARE ENIX® that DRAGON QUEST® XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age TM will be coming to the West next year.
The highly anticipated latest entry to the beloved DRAGON QUEST video game franchise follows the adventure of a hero who must solve the mystery of his fate with the aid of a charming cast of supporting characters. DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age will offer a world of adventure, exploration and instances of heroism— all brought to life by the character art of famed manga artist Akira Toriyama and the memorable music of composer Koichi Sugiyama.
More details about the Western version will be revealed in Fall 2017.
It’s really awesome to see Square Enix bringing more Dragon Quest goodness to the west! So far we do not know which versions of the game are being localized. The game just recently released for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS in Japan, with a Switch version in development. It’s safe to assume we will at least get the PlayStation 4 version, but let’s hope Square Enix will have some awesome news for Nintendo fans as well this fall!
Publisher: Nintendo of America
Release Date: July 28th
A Review Copy Was Provided by Nintendo of America
The Pikmin franchise is probably one of my favorite video game series ever, I remember buying a Wii U specifically to play Pikmin 3, and the thing that pushed me over with the Switch was the promise of a Pikmin 4, so when Nintendo announced a new spin off game in the Pikmin series I was extremely skeptical about this offering. After all, we are coming right off the heels of Metroid Prime Federation Force, so my expectations for this game were rather low. That being said, after playing Hey! Pikmin I can say that this game managed to surprise me in many ways.
Sticking with Atlus tradition, Etrian Odyssey V will have it’s very own launch edition packed with some wonderful goodies! For those of you picking up Etrian Odyssey V at launch this is what you can expect to find in the launch edition of the game:
- 24-Page Art Book – Beautiful character art and concept sketches by the illustrious Yuji Himukai cover the pages of this magnificent art book. The unique explorers that will fill up your party are a wonder to behold.
- 6-Track Music CD – A grand journey is utterly droll without music, so get into the adventuring mindset with an enchanting soundtrack crafted by long-time series composer Yuzo Koshiro!
- Outer Box – The Yggdrasil and eager adventurers adorn this colorful out box which protects the precious treasures it holds within.
This is also looking to be one of the few Atlus launch editions that dosen’t seem to include the infamous “Atlus Tax”, you will be able to pick this up this Fall for $39.99.
Atlus USA will also be streaming some Etrian Odyssey V on their twitch. channel to celebrate the series 10th Anniversary on July 28th at 6:00pm EST. In the mean time you can check out the newest trailer for the game.
Atlus today has shown off the cover art for Shin Megami Tensei Deep Strange Journey (or Strange Journey Redux in the US) in the most recent issue of Famitsu.
The Limited Edition will include the following items:
- Shin Megami Tensei Deep Strange Journey
- A 208 page art book
- A six CD soundtrack celebrating the series music
- A special edition box
You can get your hands on this thing for the low price of 16,800 Yen. This edition launches in Japan on October 26th. Sadly there is no news on whether or not western fans will be able to get their hands on this 25th Anniversary edition in the western release next year. Fingers crossed that Atlus will give us something to celebrate!
Platform: PS Vita
Release Date: June 30th
ESRB Rating: T
Thank You Aksys for Providing A Review Copy of this Game
It’s been a long time coming for the next entry for the Xanadu franchise. It’s been over 10 years since the release of “Xanadu Next” for the N-Gage. Although I will say that this game is nothing like the previous entry. For one, this game ditch’s the design of the previous entries entirely and now feels more that of Trails than anything else. If you take “Trails of Cold Steel,” take out the military background and make it modern day with Sci-fi elements, you’d get Tokyo Xanadu. That’s not a bad thing perse. But it’s not a great thing either. I loved Trails of Cold Steel faults and all but this one feels almost like a carbon copy.
Developer: Kadakowa Games
Publisher: NIS America
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: June 27th
Thank you NIS America for providing a review copy of this game.
RPG Maker FES is an entry in the long running series of RPG Maker games, and is the only entry to appear on the Nintendo 3DS. This will be an odd title to review, as RPG Maker itself isn’t really a game, but an engine to create RPGs. RPG Maker FES advertises itself as a simple pick up and play level editor in which you can share your created games with people around the world. So how does this new entry stand up to its past iterations?
RPG Maker uses a very simple level editor to build your potential adventure. In different menus you can create weapons, characters, items and events to use in your game from a selection of presets or (somewhat) from the ground up. From here all you need to do is go to the map editor and construct your levels and place the different events around your game. The process of doing this can be very simple once you get the full understanding of it, and the game offers quite a nice amount of presets to work with that you can fully customize to fit your games needs.
The game does offer online functionality as well. You have the ability to upload your games to a level selector similar to Mario Maker on Wii U, where you can sort through various creations to play. However, unlike Mario Maker, you don’t have to own RPG Maker FES to play these games. There will be a free app down the road that will allow you to download other players games for free, and help support creators by giving their games exposure to help in the rankings. It is the gift that keeps on giving. Sadly, there is no way to actually upload your creations to say PC to work on your game further, which is a bit unfortunate.
The only real problems I have with RPG Maker FES is that, well, it is a bit too simple at times, yet if you don’t know what you are doing, it is easy to get a bit lost. Yeah I know, two totally different ends of the spectrum, but let me explain. The game is very straightforward in what it allows you to do, but you are limited to what’s only available on the 3DS engine itself. You can only edit things in the presets and menus that you have available to you, which can prevent a lot more complex gameplay modes from appearing. The game also isn’t very newcomer friendly at times; it took me quite a bit of messing around with things to finally get a grasp on how things worked. If the game had included a short example game explaining things, it would have gone a long way in bridging the gap for people looking to get into this. That said, at the end of the day, once you get the hang of it, the complexity fades.
Overall, RPG Maker FES is a good tool for the 3DS for people who are looking into video game design, or wanting to make their dream RPG a reality on the go. While there is a bit of a learning curve, the engine’s approach to making games is so transparent that almost any person can get into if they put their mind to it. I can recommend this game to anyone who wants to give their hand at making their own video game. Also with the launch of the app for players to download your games whenever, you could easily make a name for yourself as a talented game maker in the 3DS world.
Publisher: Atlus USA
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
ESRB Rating: M
I should preface that this review is more or less a condensed version of my video review of this game. I go into much more detail within the video than I do here, so enjoy the cliff notes of said review!
Developer: Kadokawa Games
Platform: Playstation 4/Playstation Vita
ESRB Rating: T
Release Date: June 20th. 2017
Thank you NISA for providing a review copy for this game.
It’s been quite a while since Kadokawa’s last strategy game, Natural Doctrine. It wasn’t received well due to its relentless and unforgiving difficulty if you made even a single mistake. In 2014, Kadokawa Games announced that they would try again, and in 2015 they officially announced “God Wars: Future Past.” Instead of the more Tactical side of the genre, they’ve opted for the more pure Strategy side of it.
System: Nintendo Switch
Developer: Nintendo EAD
ESRB Rating: E
Release Date: June 16th
Thank You Nintendo America for providing a review copy of this game.
ARMS is the latest IP from Nintendo and it seems as though they are trying to recapture the “Splatoon effect,” but with a fighting game this time. In this game, you go head to head against foes fighting with weapons known as ARMS in a arena style battle similar to the Dragon Ball and JoJo fighting games. So how does Nintendo fare for this first time into this fray? Well, all I can say is that this game will not leave you up in ARMS.