While packed with sex appeal, the Record of Agarest War series has definitely been making the rounds as a legit and quality strategy RPG as well. With the latest release, Record of Agarest War Zero, the series has already garnered a good following in the states. To tell us a bit more about the game series, PR coordinator James Xie of Aksys Games takes a few moments to answer a couple of Quick Questions for us.
Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Square Enix; Developer: Obsidian Entertainment; Players: 1 – 4; Released: June 21, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site
I’ve been a fan of Dungeon Siege since the first game came out, when I was hot in my exploration of swords and magic themed narratives. The open-ended feeling of the character development and geographic design let me spend many hours finding secret places with unknown and powerful monsters hoarding magnificent treasures. Dungeon Siege II heavily redesigned the gameplay to facilitate more linear character development, which at first felt constricting, but turned out to be a clever way to make the player focus on a goal.
Dungeon Siege III focuses the intense white-hot narrative to make an action-oriented RPG that feels less like the original Dungeon Siege than some may be comfortable with, but it is okay; beating up the bad guys is more fun when it is an activity rather than a process.
Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Namco Bandai Games; Developer: Tecmo Koei; Players: 1 – 4; Released: June 28, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site
Since Dynasty Warriors: Gundam’s original announcement, fans of both Gundam and hack-and-slashers alike have been absolutely giddy about the prospect of cutting down and blowing up thousands of mobile suits. Since then, the games have pumped up the fan service even more and awe practically every Gundam fan in its presence. The newest installment, Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 is no exception. Speaking as an enthusiast of the Universal Century stories myself, this is the game I’ve been waiting for yet again.
Ever since its teaser trailer leading up to E3, Ninja Gaiden 3 has been making some buzz about how the game will turn out and what fans can expect. After all, the game boasts a rich pedigree leading all the way back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System. With Ninja Gaiden 3, Tomonobu Itagaki will no longer lead the project as producer, leaving even more fans in the dark about the game’s prospects. However, since the playable demo was available at E3, concerns were quickly answered and fans got a good taste of what’s to come. To find out more about this game, we ask Team NINJA Leader Yosuke Hayashi a couple of Quick Questions.
While at Anime Expo, NIS had the latest build of Bleach: Soul Resurreccion on display at their booth. I stopped by to check out the anime’s foray into the hack-and-slash genre, which should have happened long before. So far, the game is looking great and we can’t figure out why it never existed until now.
Recently, Atlus invited members of the press to sit in an online conference for a demo of the upcoming Catherine. In it, we got to see some of the upcoming game’s features, such as how Vincent’s decisions will affect endings and some of the game’s multiplayer modes.
A long running series in Japan, the Earth Defense Force series made its debut in the US with D3Publisher’s Earth Defense Force 2017 on the Xbox 360 in 2007. Just last week, it’s insect-blasting sequel hit both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. To find out more about it, we ask senior producer Brian Etheridge a couple of Quick Questions. Fans and strangers to the series will want to give this a good read as he goes quite in-depth about the game and its features.
Available on: PC, PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: 2K Games; Developer: 3D Realms; Players: 1 – 8; Released: June 14, 2011; ESRB: Mature; Official Website
Usually, games are cancelled for a reason. While eagerly awaiting fans may not like that development, there’s not much they can do about it after the fact aside from signing (mostly) ignored online petitions. After the longest 15 years ever for fans, however, the Duke finally returns and in full HD action. Although some may rejoice, perhaps Duke Nukem Forever is an omen that games cancelled are best if they stayed cancelled.
Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Square Enix; Developer: feelplus; Players: 1 – 4; Released: March 29, 2011; ESRB: Everyone; Official Website
There are a handful of companies in the gaming world whose name alone screams credibility. So much so that players are willing to buy it based on that alone. It’s kind of like going to a Liam Nielson movie. Tangent aside, Square Enix probably has more credibility than Liam Nielson himself (hopefully this isn’t a too soon joke for anybody) . Their newest game Moon Diver has hit both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, but does the content of Moon Diver fulfill the expectations of the Square Enix name?
With E3 happening the same week, next week’s releases may not get as much attention, but there’s still some gems within the crowd. This week will be big for 3DS owners as they finally get the anticipated update that will allow for both the Nintendo eShop and internet browsing. Shooter fans get their first realistic game in a while in the form of Operation Flashpoint: Red River and others may get a bigger kick out of sequel inFamous 2. Personally, I’m more excited by the prospect of getting Excitebike and Pokédex 3D finally! What can I say? I love the smaller releases. As a fighting gamer though, I can’t ignore the looming release of Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition. Time to play on PSN with the Yun Army!