Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (3DS)
RPG Thursday, 29 June 2017
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is a complete remake of Radiant Historia, a jRPG game that was released in 2010 on Nintendo DS. The remake has completely new 3D visuals, new soundtrack composed by Yoko Shimomura, and a additional storyline with new scenarios and characters. Moreover, with game veterans in mind, Atlus created a special option of skipping the bigger part of the story and jumping right into the new content. When it comes to new players, they can choose one of the lower difficulty levels. The rest of the game was not changed. Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is still a classic jRPG with turn-based combat mechanics. We play as a young warrior named Stocke. With his companions, he has to prevent the destruction the Vainqueur continent. The biggest attraction of the game is the possibility of traveling in time and influencing the history with our choices, bringing to mind cult games Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross.
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions (3DS)
RPG October 2017
Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time (3DS)
RPG September 2017
The eleventh major installment of the popular jRPG series by Square Enix. The action of Dragon Quest XI: In Search of Departed Time takes place in a fantastical land of Lotozetasia, while the player assumes the role of a inhabitant of the Ishi village. On his 16th birthday, he discovers that he is an incarnation of a hero who saved the world from annihilation many years ago. Since then, the youngster’s life takes a radical turn, and his further fate is uncertain. Accompanied by loyal friends, the protagonist embarks on a journey which will seal his destiny. The production is very sandbox — at its core are exploration of the environment, conversing with non-player characters, and performing quests given by them. Turn-based combat is an integral part of the gameplay. To win a battle, we have to adequately develop our character and adjust our equipment accordingly.
Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone's Conspiracy (3DS)
Adventure 20 July 2017
A detective adventure game which is the next full-fledged installment in the Professor Layton series developed by Level 5 for Nintendo portable consoles. Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy features a new main protagonist - Hershell Layton was replaced by in this role his daughter, Katrielle. The game takes place in London where Kat is trying to find her missing father. She quickly proves to be an unconventional yet very effective detective. The player spends most of the time in the game on exploration, conversations and solving riddles. However, the mechanics of the game were slightly changed and the gameplay is more focused on typical detective activities. The female protagonist must lead many cases simultaneously and she must help the inhabitants of London in various situations. She is accompanied by a talking dog named Sharo who gives her useful advice.
Hey! Pikmin (3DS)
Action 28 July 2017
A 2D platform game with logic puzzle elements developed by Arzest and Nintendo. The game's protagonist is Captain Olimar, whose ship crashed on an unknown planet inhabited by the eponymous creatures. He has to explore the newfound world and find a way to escape. Hey! Pikmin utilizes a side-view perspective and the gameplay focuses on exploring varied locations, jumping on platforms, avoiding traps, and fighting enemies. You also need to rely on the help offered by the Pikimin—for example the Blue Pikmin can swim, while the Winged Pikmin allows you to travel short distances in the air. Moreover, you can also throw the critters at your enemies or the elements of your surroundings. The game features colorful cartoonish visuals.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux (3DS)
RPG October 2017
Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey is a remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, a game that was released in 2009 for Nintendo DS. Just like the original game, it was developed by Atlus. Developers implemented some audio-visual tweaks and changes (improved facial expressions, dialogues are now fully voiced). User interface and gameplay mechanics were also improved. The game now offers three difficulty levels and the possibility of saving the game anytime we want to. Deep Strange Journey also has a additional ending connected with the new character named Alex. Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey is a is a dungeon crawler. As we play, we explore dungeons and take part in battles with demonic enemies. While in combat, we rely on the indivudal abilities of demons we captured. Our job is to explore the unknown world that can be accessed through a portal opened in the South Pole and stop the invasion of demonic creatures that came out of it.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth (3DS)
RPG December 2017
The fifth full-fledged installment in a series of classic turn-based jRPGs developed by Atlus for Nintendo's hand-held consoles. The action takes place in the mysterious land of Arcadia. It is inhabited by four races - the game features original interpretations of the typical fantasy races. In terms of gameplay mechanics, it is a first-person dungeon crawler. The player assembles a team of characters representing various classes. The party visits labyrinths, descends into subsequent dungeons filled with traps, enemies and puzzles. Solving them open the way further. The game offers a turn-based combat system. The characters can perform standard attacks, cast spells and use their special abilities. As usual, the player decides about the character development and teaches the party members new skills with the experience points earned as the game progresses progression.
Shakedown Hawaii (3DS)
Action October 2017
An old-school open-world action game and a sequel to Retro City Rampage developed by Vblank Entertainment. The action of Shakedown Hawaii takes place 30 years after the events presented in its predecessor. The protagonist has grown really old and got himself a large belly. Dramatic events forced him to take up arms once again and to rebuild his crime empire. The gameplay mechanics improve on the ideas from Retro City Rampage and bear a strong resemblance to the first installment of the cult-classic Grand Theft Auto. The action is observed from an aerial view when traversing the open city area on foot or by vehicles. While playing, we perform various primary and secondary quests, using a rich arsenal or firearms, and the gameplay is enriched with elements of economic simulation that lets us manage the protagonist’s business. The game is realized in retro style and features a large dose of absurd and undiscriminating humor.
Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters (3DS)
Action October 2017
Third version of the second entry in jRPG series from Level-5 studio, after Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls. Players again take control of Nathan or Katie, who suffered from attack of mysterious Yo-kai (supernatural being). The spirit erased memories of heroes and their Yo-kai friends, forcing both characters to once again take the special watch that lets them communicate those beings and try to find the culprit. Yo-kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters lets us revisit the city of Springdale, which we can freely explore. Gameplay focuses on performing tasks given by non-playable characters and turn-based battles against Yo-kai. Those can be befriended after defeating them to use its powers in future fights. Interestingly, players can choose one of two paths to progress the story – there are plotlines and exclusive missions not present in two previous incarnations of the game. Single played campaign is accompanied by enhanced, cooperation-based multiplayer Oni Blasters Mode, as well as competitive module – players can fight each other through local wireless network.
RISE: Race The Future (3DS)
A racing game taking place in a futuristic world. The players control lightning-fast, cutting-edge vehicles. The title is the first multi-platform project from VD-dev, a seasoned French studio, known for games for Nintendo portable consoles. RISE: Race The Future employs a driving model inspired by the classic Sega Rally series, highly arcade in nature, and focuses on mastering drift techniques. Additional flavor is retained by the fact that the cars used in the races are equipped with a unique type of tires, which allows them to cross any surface (water, for example). Aside from the multiplayer mode, and a classic arcade mode, the game offers a story campaign for a single player, which takes us to a fictional world of futuristic racing, outlining the history, beginnings, and the purpose of organizing the races in which we participate.
Adventure 22 August 2017
A classic, two-dimensional platformer considered a representative of the metroidvania genre, developed by Lunar Ray Games that was founded by a former employee of Microsoft and Bungie Software. The story of Timespinner is set in the fantasy universe of Ernah, created by the developer in the days of his youth. During the game we play the part a young girl named Lunaris, whose village was destroyed by invaders from another planet. Heroine's mother died during the escape, and she was sucked through a broken portal and transported to another world, where in desperation she vowed revenge on the oppressors. In the course of gameplay we explore subsequent locations, solve simple puzzles and fight enemies; and as we progress, we gain new weapons and gradually improve the abilities of the protagonist. A distinctive feature of the game is the power to manipulate time, by which Lunais can move through different eras, avoid enemies and get into seemingly inaccessible places.
Snack World (3DS)
A role-playing game by Level 5 for mobile devices and Nintendo 3DS. Snack World is set in a fantasy realm, and you play as a young boy called Chup, who wants to exact revenge on the invaders that burned his family village to the ground. Fortunately, Chup is not alone — he is accompanied by his friends, Mayone and Pepperon. The game utilizes an isometric view and the gameplay focuses on exploration and collecting various items. Interestingly, your equipment is grouped by brand — it concerns blade weapons, shields, clothes, and jewelry, which are marked by fictional brand logos, such as Detton, Qloris or Fairy Electroncis. Moreover, they can be bought in the real world and then transferred to the in-game universe by NFC. Snack World features high-quality cartoonish visuals, clearly inspired by manga and anime.