Bald-faced News 5/6/17: Dark Side of the DLC

Much like the temperature, the news is hot this week with Darksiders 3, too much Fire Emblem, and even actual VA-11 HALL-A news!

I didn’t play much this week, just news this week, sorry.

News

PSN Sale(s)!

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these. We’ve got a Golden Week sale and a Star Wars sale and general PSN weekly deals! Full list here, my recommendations below.

Golden Week Sale, these prices are available until 5/9 8am Pacific time.

PS4

NieR: Automata: $44.99/$41.99  This is one of the best games of this year, generation, and maybe all time. Get it.

Valkyria Chronicles Remastered: $20.99/$17.99  A fantastic and unique turn based strategy RPG, heavy on strats and anime. Strategy fans who haven’t tried it should definitely try it.

GAROU: Mark of the Wolves: $5.49/$4.39  SNK’s answer to Third Strike. Still fun for casual fighting game players.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir: $35.99/$29.99  A fun side scrolling action RPG with fantastic art. If you enjoyed Dragon’s Crown on any level, give this a look. Also available on Vita.

I am Setsuna: $27.99/$23.99  A fun throwback to classic jRPGs of yesteryear.

PS3

Suikoden II: $2.99/$1.99 One of the classic, but often overlooked, jRPGs. This game is also cross-buy with the Vita, and is a great to play on the go. If you profess a love of classic jRPGS, you owe it to yourself to give this one a go.

Steins;Gate: $4.99/$2.99  One of the best virtual novels of all time. If slow starts, great characters, and time travel is your thing, get it; especially at a $5 price point. This is also cross-buy on Vita.

Vita

Persona 4 Golden: $11.99/$8.99  The second best modern jRPG after Persona 5 and one of the best RPGS ever. Even if you don’t like jRPGs, you should try this one out, it’s a fantastic game with a great tone, style, and characters.

Virtue’s Last Reward: $11.24/$8.74   My favorite video game story. And the best VN I’ve played through. Its sequel is also on sale but I’m not as fond of that game. This is technically a sequel to 9 Hours 9 Persons 9 Doors (999), but you don’t need to really know  the plot of that game to enjoy this one. I didn’t play 999 before VLR and I loved VLR.

There’s also a May the 4th sale, but I’m not particularly invested in any of those games.

Darksiders 3

Darksiders 3 was leaked and then promptly officially announced.

Not much is shown in the trailer. This game seems to take place around the same time as the first and second games. The protagonist this time is Fury, since Famine and Conquest are too nebulous for a video game I guess. She’s a tough lady and uses a whip. RIght now Gunfire, the dev, is aiming for a 2018 release. This game is published by THQ Nordic, the remnants of Nordics games who acquired the THQ name when THQ shut down.

We’ve also got out first look at “pre-alpha” gameplay.

This look rough. The combat seems unimaginative and there doesn’t seems to be much Zelda-esque dungeoneering going on. Despite this not being actual “pre-alpha” footage, this is still very early development footage and the game is at least a year away from being released. Hopefully they’re working on added combat features and feedback.

The first 2 Darksiders games were not subtle about their inspirations, with 1 being a Zelda clone and 2 heavily lifting from character action and loot games. And that’s not a bad thing. As far as I’m concerned, taking established genre motifs and slapping them onto the Joe Mad art style is the Darksiders modus operandi. It’ll be fun to see what this third game draws its inspiration from.

“Thank You”, From Atlus to Its Fans, Hashino Probably Leaving Persona

In a long and heartfelt “Thank you”, Hashino thanks fans for their longtime support, and strongly hints that he has officially left Persona Team. This would make sense, giving that he, Sojima, and Meguro have started working on Project Re: Fantasy in the newly formed Studio Zero. On one hand, we got modern Persona, which is one of the best jRPG series ever, but I think it’s a good idea for Hashino to hand Persona off to new blood now, and apply his talents elsewhere. Maybe Atlus should also work on a remake of both sides of Persona 2 so that we can experience the characters without the archaic battle mechanics.

Persona 5 was also the most downloaded PS4 game in April.

The Surge Might be Cool…

This comes from the team that made Lords of the Fallen, that Dark Souls clone from a few years back. Hopefully this game is better that LotF, and it seems to be shaping up pretty nicely. The aesthetic is very District 9 and the combat is very Souls-y. Keep an eye on this one.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of DLC

Remember all that “quality” DLC from Awakening  and Fates? Well Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will have $44.99 worth of DLC. A season pass was announced with 5 packs included.

(Taken from the official PR release)

Season Pass (May 19, $44.99, 22 pieces of content): The Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Season Pass includes all five DLC packs as they release. By purchasing the Season Pass, fans who want to receive all DLC will save more than 30 percent compared to purchasing all 22 pieces of content on their own.

DLC Pack #1 – Fledgling Warriors Pack (May 19, $7.99, three pieces of content): Ideal for early- to mid-game adventurers, this pack includes a new dungeon (The Astral Temple) and two new maps, great for gaining more items, money and experience points.

DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack (May 25, $9.99, three pieces of content): In addition to a new dungeon (The Inner Sanctum), this pack also includes two challenging new maps that stronger, more seasoned heroes will want to tackle.

DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack (May 25, $14.99, 10 pieces of content): The mysterious dungeons included in this pack hold the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes that don’t appear in the main game.

DLC Pack #4 – Rise of the Deliverance Pack (June 1, $12.99, four pieces of content): Discover the previously untold history of Valentia in this Prologue pack. Complete with new story content and additional voice acting that details the rise of the Deliverance in Zofia, this collection of challenging maps includes new support conversations between selected heroes, as well as the ability to take command of a character players won’t be able to control in the main game.

DLC Pack #5 ($5.99, two pieces of content): More information about this final DLC pack will be revealed in the future.

The only pack that sounds substantial is the 4th one, with actual extra content that isn’t just grinding maps or useless character acquisition. Awakening and Fates had far too much DLC, and it’s sad to see that this throwback game can’t escape this trend. I guess the other games must have sold a ton of DLC. I thought I would be cool on Fire Emblem after not finishing all of Fates, but Echoes seems like a partial return to form for the series, so I’ll probably pick it up. I’ll forever hold out hope for a return to the Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn type of games. FE Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is on track for a May 19 release.

Titanfall Mobile RTS Game

Titanfall Assault is an RTS mobile game for iOS and Android. This is the second Titanfall mobile game to ever be announced, but this one seems like it’ll see the light of day. The game isn’t out yet but you can pre-register at their official site. If this selling well means we’ll get Titanfall 3 someday, sign me up.

 

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Takes Off on the Switch

Deservedly, MK8D is the fastest selling title in series history.

This comes as welcome news to me, not only because Mario Kart 8 is one of the best Mario Kart games, but because it means there’s people out there with Switches who want games. The amount of people buying this only reinforces the fact that almost no one bought Wii Us. The Switch is set to be a successful video game console, maybe not on par with the Wii, but it doesn’t seem like a flop. The Switch almost definitely won’t have the major AAA releases like Red Dead Redemption 2 or Destiny 2, but it is set to have an appealing library.

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The console for the jRPG fan

VA-11 HALL-A Update

VA-11 HALL-A still isn’t out on the Vita, but it has been rated for the XB1, PS4, Vita, Switch, iOS, and Android.

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What’s on the Plate?

I’m juggling P5, Horizon, school, school, and more school. Persona 5 is incredible, I just don’t have the quality time I need to spend with it. Horizon is also really good for less intense game sessions. Thanks for reading, and have a great week!

 

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