We are getting ever so close to the release of Ni-Oh 2 now, and with it recently going gold we are extremely excited to see the final build. Though there is still just under a month left to wait, if you missed out before you will have one last chance to try out the game.
Ni-Oh 2’s aptly named ‘Last Chance Trial’ will be launching Feb 28th 12AM PT until March 1st 11:59PM PT for the PS4. You’ll have access to more functions, gameplay mechanics and different levels from what was shown in the last Beta test.
So get ready for one last hurrah into the Yokai Realm before it’s official launch on March 13th!
Ni-Oh 2 will be launching exclusively for Playstation 4 on March 13th in North America and Europe / UK. Japan will receive the game a day earlier on March 12th.
Are you going to dip into the last chance trial? Are you excited for the games release next month? Let us know in those comments!
Last week the Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers demo went live on both Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. With a lot of excitement surrounding the title and still no news on any Western release, we were excited to dig in with what the demo offers. Please note this is an Impressions of the Japanese Nintendo Switch demo.
When you first boot up the demo, you are greeted with the Persona stylised menu, everything you know and love from the Persona series. When you start a new game you are then thrown into a lovely crafted anime scene showing the titular character Joker dashing from roof to roof. We now get to enjoy a quick action scene where a nearby plateau is filled to the brim of evil Personas.
During this segment, you get to test out the moveset for Joker, which offers very stylish attacks at the push of a single button. This is where the Warriors system comes in where you’ll be doing a miriad of combo strings with Y and X. You also have access to special Persona attacks, which is unique based on what Persona you have equipped. The more you fight the more you realise there is much more depth to the combat than your usual Warriors fair.
Along with some mission prompts to help you learn the control scheme, you also find out you can perform special commands with nearby scenery. You can jump between lamp posts, spin around phone polls and more to damage your many foes. It all is very stylish and fun to play with.
Once this part is over with, you then get an introduction scene showing the characters from Persona 5 in a stylised fashion. You then get a bevy of cut-scenes riddled with dialog and response choices. This is where the Persona RPG side comes in, there is a LOT of scenes like this. As it is in Japanese, we will just cut to the short of it. Joker returns to Shibuya and is greeted by all the friends he made at Cafe Leblanc (where you stayed during the prior game). A big celebration is going on, and you enjoy some friendly times. You end up going back upstairs to where your old room was and sleep for the night. You progress to the next day where you get to explore the area outside the Cafe. There are stores, people to talk to and other things you can do during this part.
You meet up with one of your friends (Skull) and you get transported to the Metaverse, a supernatural realm born from humanity’s subconscious desires. Now you get to explore a more linear area, where you encounter enemies and can hack them up in real time with the Warriors formula. You meet some form of robot entity, who transforms into a red headed little girl. She along with your friend then follow and fight alongside you in combat. It looks like you can have up to three other people in your party fighting with you. As you continue to progress through fight to fight while exploring this small warehouse type area, the demo ends. Offering a thank you splash page for you playing the demo, you are then returned to the game’s menu screen.
There isn’t really much on offer with the demo, especially if you don’t speak / understand Japanese. But you get a good look at the combat, as well as enjoy a lot of lavish anime cutscenes. There is also no real issues in performance and the graphical quality looks great – even on the Switch. We are certainly excited to fully play this Warriors / RPG hybrid. The characters are likeable, the universe is likeable and the combat is very fun. We just hope we hear of a Western release sooner rather than later.
There has been a lot of buzz recently about Gust’s big break into collaborative projects; Fairy Tail. It was scheduled to come out in just under 2 months, but now we have some sad news that the game has been delayed.
The game will now be launching June 25th in Japan and Europe / United Kingdom while it will be launching in North America on June 26th.
You can read below the official statement from producer Keisuke Kikuchi:
“I am truly sorry for Fairy Tail‘s delay, and the inconvenience caused to our fans, partners, and stakeholders who are looking forward to this title. Please allow us to take further time to polish the game to ensure it is as high quality as possible, so we can offer you a truly immersive experience.
“We will be working hard to enhance the magic effects, event scene effects, improving the game balance, and more! We will talk about the improvements in more detail in the coming months. This delay will allow us to ensure we provide you a much more satisfying game. Thank you for your understanding.”
Hopefully this delay will lead to a more content filled and polished product.
Fairy Tail will be launching on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
What are your thoughts on the delay? Are you still excited to pick up this RPG? Let us know in those comments!
KOEI Tecmo Japan has been very busy of late celebrating their 35th Anniversary for Romance of the Three Kingdoms, along with this celebration a new mobile title has launched! Called Sangokushi Heroes, you are put up to the challenge of taking on a powerful artificial intelligence known as Garyu, created by famed AI company HEROZ. The game also offers multiplayer where you can take on other players around the nation in this turn-based board game take on the Three Kingdoms.
You can check out the launch trailer below:
We have a new game page up for the title which offers a bevy of information and media on the title, so be sure to head on over there!
What are your thoughts on this different take on the Three Kingdoms? Would you want to see it come West? Let us know in those comments!
It is etching ever closer to the launch date of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV in the West, with it launching on February 28th for PS4 and PC via Steam. Though in a recent interview with famed Japanese magazine Famitsu, producer Kazuhiro Echigoya says we have a lot of content to look forward to with the game.
During the interview it was confirmed that indeed a Power-Up Kit will be releasing for the game sometime in the future. It will add more content and be a big extension to the base game. Kazuhiro-san also states that certain content which usually would arrive with the Power-Up Kit – such as Editors and “more” – will be arriving before hand as individual DLC.
There is no news if the DLC or the Power-Up Kit will make its way to the West. Although we did receive the Power-Up Kit for Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII a long while after called “Fame & Strategy Expansion”.
If you haven’t seen it already, a recent(ish) new gameplay trailer was shown off for the title which you can view below:
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV launches in the West on February 28th for Playstation 4 and PC via Steam.
What are your thoughts on the Power-Up Kit coming? Are you excited to pick up the game at the end of the month? Let us know in those comments!
Back in May 2019 it was announced that HAMSTER was releasing Arcade Archives Tecmo Bowl sometime that month for the Nintendo Switch. Though that month – and many more – have passed since then, now the game is finally out and ready to purchase worldwide.
You can read below the official description of the title:
“TECMO BOWL” is an American football game released by TECMO in 1987.
Experience matches as a player of either the WILDCATS or BULLDOGS. Predict your opponent’s moves and steal the ball! Use passes and runs to cut through their line and score an amazing touchdown!
While you have had access to the NES version of the game via Nintendo’s Switch Online – Nintendo Entertainment System app, the arcade version includes improved visuals such as a much more varied colour palette and more detailed sprites. It also offers the usual Arcade Archive benefits you have come to enjoy via the series of releases.
If you are still unsure if this is for you, then enjoy the launch trailer below:
Arcade Archives: Tecmo Bowl is out now worldwide on the Nintendo Switch. Launching at the price $7.99/€6.99/£6.29.
What are your thoughts on HAMSTER releasing Tecmo Bowl as part of their Arcade Archive series? What other old KOEI Tecmo arcade hits would you like to see ported? Let us know in those comments!
Persona 5 Scramble has been a bit of a mystery, mostly due to the utter silence on any kind of western localisation. Though in Japan a lot of news has been pushed out these past few weeks, we now have something interesting to dig our hands into.
With the game in Japan reaching close to it’s February 20th launch date, we now have news that a demo of the game will be launching on the Playstation Store and Nintendo eShop on February 6th in the region. This of course is easily accessible to every user by logging into a Japanese store account and downloading it via that login.
As well as news of a demo we also will be treated to a launch live stream from Atlus sometime just before it’s release date, though more exact details will come at a later date.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will be launching for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 20th in Japan. No news on a western localisation, though this is par the course for Atlus titles. We hope to hear more on that a few months down the line.
Are you excited to try out the demo for Persona 5 Scramble? Do you want to see this come to the West? Let us know in those comments!
As you should be well aware, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Ni-Oh is releasing this March. To the eagle eyed viewer you would of also noticed a Digital Deluxe edition that incorporates a Season Pass for DLC content. Much like how the first game dealt with it, Ni-Oh 2 will have three main chapters. Not much is known other than that each Chapter will pre-date the 1555 starting date of the main game.
You can read the full overview from Team Ninja below:
We have three major downloadable content releases planned, with each focusing on a different storyline that pre-dates the events of Nioh 2, promising hours of additional gameplay that will provide plenty of challenge for those thirsting for more.
Similar to the original Nioh, players can expect new weapons, new combat abilities and new characters, with each downloadable content incorporating both multiple main and sub-missions.
The three downloadable content packs are included in Nioh 2’s Season Pass, which forms part of the game’s Digital Deluxe Edition (now available for pre-order). In addition to the main game and downloadable content, you’ll also get premium in-game items such as the Demon Horde armor set and Kodama Netsuke Charm.
So at least along with the new chapters you’ll be given a bevy of new weapons, characters and locations to explore and enjoy.
Ni-Oh 2 launches exclusively for Playstation 4 on March 13th worldwide!
What are your thoughts on Ni-Oh 2 and it’s DLC plans? Are you excited for March? Let us know in those comments!