It seems like it’s been ages since God Eater showed its face on our side of the ocean. Previously released as Gods Eater Burst on the PlayStation Portable, the series is billed as Bandai Namco’s attempt at cashing in on the Monster Hunter craze. The developers focused on delivering an interesting cast of characters built around a story of a world creeping towards the edge of annihilation.
God Eater’s core problem boiled down to the timing of its release; it came out too late in the west to make an impact. Sony’s PSP was already reaching the end of its profitability in the west. Sales had tanked, marketing was nonexistent, and people had already moved on.
It was a different story in Japan. The franchise continued to grow thanks to a loyal base who were (and still are) far more interested in games that complimented a growing mobile lifestyle. They were treated to a sequel, an expansion, and even an anime. Continue reading
Let us first address how Advent Dark Force is not a sequel. Instead, it acts like an expansion pack to the original Fairy Fencer F (read our review of this version here). Having first appeared only a couple years ago, there hasn’t been a noticeable upgrade to the visuals, but Compile Heart has taken the time to redress almost every other feature in the game.
Players take on the role of Fang, a lazy good-for-nothing who only dreams about the quality of his next meal. While walking through a small town, he comes across a sword stabbed into the ground. A passerby explains that whoever managers to pull the sword out will have one of their wishes granted. With dreams of a large feast filling his brain cavity, the young man takes a chance and removes the weapon with barely any effort. Continue reading
The main story opens with a lone mercenary traveling through the snowy banks of a desolate land, his legs carving a path through the mounds of soft powder. The masked man takes on different tasks in order to survive this harsh arctic environment, seeing them through to completion no matter how arduous they may be.
Approached by an unknown figure after completing a job, he is told to visit a small village on a tiny isle off the coast of the mainland. In that village, once every ten years, a ceremony is held where a sacrifice is chosen. That person must set out on a journey to the Last Lands to fulfill their prophecy. There resides a young girl there who is about to reach the target age, and he is ordered to eliminate her. Continue reading
Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a series of classic novels by legendary author Luo Guanzhong who romanticized a tumultuous period in China’s history that lasted for over a century as a constant state of conflict left the nation in flux until it was eventually unified under a single banner.
The popularity of these pieces of literature spawned countless TV shows, movies, anime, manga, and of course, a multitude of video games in a variety of genres. None other have had a more successful history with this than Koei Tecmo.
It has been several years since fans in the West have seen an entry in the seminal strategy series, popularized by its exceptional attention to detail and wealth of content. In honor of its 30th anniversary, Koei Tecmo has finally abated our hunger by localizing Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII. Continue reading