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Games to Get Excited About: January 2018

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I had to take a short hiatus, which meant less game-type excitement over the last half of the year.  Now I’m moved, settled, and looking forward to bringing you all sorts of great stuff in the new year.  Here we go!

January is always a little slow for game releases.  The holidays are booming with new things as studios and publishers try to catch those gift-giving sales and last minute shoppers.  That doesn’t mean we are without anything to look forward to as we ring in the New Year.  In particular we have several releases for consoles, most of which are based on anime titles, as well as current Japanese games getting released in the states.

The one that’s looking the most interesting to me is Lost Sphear.  It’s being called the spiritual successor to I Am Setsuna, also from the developer Tokyo RPG Factory.  It is being published by Square Enix and has been available in Japan since October.  It will release for us in North America on PC, Nintendo Switch, and PS4.  Despite good reviews and praise for its similarity to Chrono Trigger, the Japanese release of Lost Sphear didn’t sell as well as the previous title.

Why We Should be Excited

Square Enix created Tokyo RPG Factory for the sole purpose of creating JRPGs with a 90’s feel.  Some of you may be too young to remember the 90’s, but that era gave us some of the best and most influential RPGs.  Many set the stage for the games we have today –  the primary reason I showcase them on my own YouTube channel every Monday night.  It may be a good reason to pull Lost Sphear and its predecessor into my Saturday show to explore a new game built in a classic style.

The game’s story follows a familiar theme for a JRPG.  Young Kanata and his friends must discover the cause of something plaguing their home and eventually save the world.  Looking through the screenshots it appears to be built like a classic top-down game with turn based combat mechanics.  The graphics are more modern while keeping the feel of games like those early in the Final Fantasy series.

Notable Releases for January

Death Mark – Coming to the Switch and PS4 on the 19th, Death Mark is a horror adventure game previously released on the Vita.  The game centers around a group of people who have received a strange mark, driving them toward a mysterious mansion to find answers.

Dragon Ball FighterZ – A fighting game that borrows from other popular titles like Marvel vs. Capcom, this game comes to PC, PS4 and XBOX on the 26th of January.  It will be a tag team style game where players select three characters and can use one in an assist move against their opponent.

Monster Hunter: World – This open world action RPG is coming to XBOX, PC and PS4 on the 26th.  Much like the other games in the franchise, the game centers on capturing creatures to be studied.  Players will have single player as well as multiplayer available as well as many of the features, weapons and skills found in previous Monster Hunter titles.

As I said, light on the releases but it’s early in the year and close to the holidays.  I’m sure we have more exciting games coming as the year marches on.

Games to Get Excited About: July 2016

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Games to Get Excited About: July 2016

Here we are in July. Summer is in full swing. Hopefully you are having some fun this summer. Whether you choose bonfires, beach trips or staying safely indoors (ahhh! The sun! It burns!), there is one thing that would make your plans better. Games!

So without further ado, here are some games, listed in no particular order, that gamers should be getting excited about in July.

Ethan: Meteor Hunter

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Kicking off July, and this list, is Ethan: Meteor Hunter. This game is due to be released on July 1st for Xbox One. Players play Ethan, a rat who touched a meteor and now has powers. Ethan is searching for more meteors so that he can gain more power.

Lost Sea

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Lost Sea will be released on July 5th for PS4. Set in the Bermuda Triangle, Lost Sea is an action-adventure game that heavily features exploring. Players can go to different islands. Each island has different creatures, crew and landmarks.

Moon Hunters

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On July 12th, Moon Hunters will be released for PS4. This game can have one to four players. One night, the moon, the source of all magic and power, does not rise. It is up to the player to decide if they set off alone or in a group in this myth-based game to find out what is wrong and restore balance in the game.

I am Setsuna

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I am Setsuna is finally set to be released on PS4 and Steam on July 19th. This game is a Japanese RPG set in perpetual winter. The player follows and mercenary and the maiden in his care, Setsuna.

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force

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Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force is another RPG set for release this month. It will be released for PS4 on July 26th. The conflict in the game is brought about because a goddess and an evil god clashed, but could not fight each other directly, a long time ago. They both have chosen powered weapons. In modern times, these leftover weapons are highly sought after by the Fencers, who are the only ones who can control them.

Here’s hoping you found something that piques your interest this month. If not, trust me, there are many other great games coming out this month.

Happy gaming!