Re;Birth2 greatly improves upon the original second game in the Hyperdimension series
An excellent mix of visual novel and RPG mechanics
Solid combat helps to overcome a weak presentation in this strategy RPG title
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The popular board game Mage Wars by Arcane Wonders is slated for an update to their core set. In the coming months, fans will be able to partake of new board and spellbook designs and more.
Being that it is early 2015 and most of the blockbusters were out a couple of months ago or still a month away, this is the perfect time to try and get some time in with indie titles. One such title is Heroes of Steel RPG by Trese Brothers. While dubbed an RPG, this is really more of a tactics title with RPG elements. I have long been a fan of the turn-based tactical genre and while Heroes of Steel RPG might lack the production values of a Fire Emblem title, it still serves up a solid combat engine that kept me coming back for more.
Tales of Aravorn: Seasons Of The Wolf is an interesting hybrid of visual novel and RPG. We have covered a handful of different games here of the visual novel variety, and frankly I would love to see more of them in the future. Winter Wolves does an excellent job of blending RPG elements into their story to create an entertaining experience with more depth than one might expect at first.
Monday, January 26, 2015
This title's surprisingly close (next month), and Aksys Games has shared out the latest trailer for it.
Risk is one of those classic military strategy games that has long stood the test of time with me. I used to play the board game in junior high and high school quite frequently and I even picked up and reviewed Risk: Factions for the Xbox 360 when it came out some time ago. So when my oldest was asking me about Risk (she had seen a Doctor Who version of the game that caught her eye), I knew I was overdue in teaching her and my son how to play the game. What better way to do so than find a themed one that I was really interested in? In comes Risk: Mass Effect.
It is pretty safe to say that a few of us around here quite like the various Warriors releases that we’ve seen over the years. Personal favorite… and it hurts to say as much… USED to be Gundam Reborn. Now as much as I love giant robots and laser swords, they take a second seat to the incredible world of Hyrule. I’ve been a fan of Link’s adventures since the very beginning and anytime that a Legend of Zelda is announced, there may be a bit of squeeing involved. Taking all of that into account, when Hyrule Warriors was announced I was ecstatic. Merging the Warriors system with various characters from Zelda including the titular character herself, players take the 1vX amount of enemies to the fields of Hyrule.
Friday, January 23, 2015
There have been plenty of Dragon Ball Xenoverse trailers lately, and they certainly paint the game in a positive light. This week the game plan for the season pass has been explained as well. We will include that, and one of the recent trailers below.
Alphadia Genesis just released for Steam, and we have some codes for those of you who want to play this new JRPG. We posted our review of the title (which you can read here) earlier today. These codes are for use on Steam for PC. Entering is easy - read on to see how to do it.
Friday, January 23, 2015 Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation, Idea Factory International, PS Vita Review, Sony PlayStation Vita
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sisters Generation changed many of my prior opinions about the second chapter in this gaming series, originally titled MK2. Upon the original game's release, I found that even with the new characters, the title felt rushed. Finishing the original title left me with the distinct feeling that something was missing, which was not at all how I felt at the conclusion of the first and third entries into the series. Re;Birth2 is a remake, but it is more than just a visual update with some new menus. Re;Birth2 fixes just about every issue that I had with the original MK2 title, from the combat system to a more cohesive story that makes the entire experience a more complete one.
I have always had a soft spot for the RPG genre and JRPGs in particular. Fantasy is my favorite setting, and Alphadia Genesis provides a nice mix of fantasy and science fiction that somewhat reminds me of the Phantasy Star titles of old. Grinding is something I not only do not mind, but actually enjoy it so long as the combat system holds up, which is the case here for Alphadia Genesis. What we have here is a solid throwback to the 16-bit era of RPG titles.