Cave Story is a metroidvania-style 2D action platformer originally developed by Daisuke Amaya for the PC back in 2004, and later ported to numerous other platforms by Nicalis. The game follows an amnesiac protagonist who wakes up in a cave and becomes embroiled in a conflict between its inhabitants and a mad Doctor trying to conquer the world.
This post specifically concerns the Nintendo Switch release, which will be the enhanced Cave Story+ version already out on Steam, but with additional improvements. Besides its upgraded graphics, the $30 game offers seven play modes such as Wind Fortress and Boss Rush, more than twenty boss battles, fifteen levels, ten unique weapons, and four different endings.
Agents of Mayhem is an open-world third-person shooter developed by Volition, the makers of Saints Row games. While Agents of Mayhem is not a direct sequel, it is set in the same universe and retains the series’ signature brand of irreverent humor.
Starring twelve agents with unique personalities and abilities, the game sends the players on a mission to thwart the schemes of supervillain organization LEGION in the futuristic city of Seoul. After picking three agents for their squad, players may switch between them on the fly; the squad can be further customized by equipping them with powerful gadgets.
WipEout Omega Collection is a racing game which combines the content of WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury, and WipEout 2048, and brings it up to par with current-gen console capabilities. All the textures have been reworked and the sound effects remastered, according to Sony, and the game runs in 1080p on the PlayStation 4 and dynamic 4K with HDR support on the PS4 Pro, both targeting 60 FPS. 28 licensed music tracks have been added from artists like Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, DJ Kentaro, and The Prodigy.
The Omega Collection includes nine game modes, 26 tracks, and 46 ships in total. It supports two-player split-screen as well as online multiplayer for up to eight players.
Destiny 2 is a multiplayer first-person shooter with RPG elements developed by Bungie and published by Activision. The sequel takes place one year after the events in the Destiny: Rise of Iron. The Red Legion of the Cabal, led by the towering commander Ghaul, has devastated the Last City and scattered its Guardians. The surviving heroes will need to venture into new worlds to discover powerful weapons and combat abilities, and rally to take back their home.
The game comes in several different editions: Standard, Expansion Pass Bundle, Digital Deluxe, Limited, and Collector’s. The contents of these are outlined below.
- Release date
Jun 27, 2017
Valkyria Revolution is an action RPG developed by Media.Vision and published by Sega. A spin-off of the main Valkyria Chronicles series, the game shares similar themes but takes place in a different universe, portraying war between two vastly different nations during the European industrial revolution. The battle system is also changed from a turn-based to a hybrid one, with faster-paced, real-time combat.
Valkyria Revolution comes with dual audio, so the players can choose between the original Japanese voice acting and the new English dub. The game’s soundtrack is composed by the acclaimed Yasunori Mitsuda.
- Release date
May 23, 2017
Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception is a tactical RPG and visual novel game developed by Aquaplus and published by Atlus. The story takes place in a rich fantasy world and is said to offer 40 to 50 hours of gameplay. It begins with the protagonist awakening atop a snowy mountain, with no memories of who he is and how he got there. When he is attacked by a giant monster, a beautiful girl with animal ears and a tail comes to his rescue.
The plot of Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception unfolds through a linear visual novel boasting great art and background soundtrack. Integrated with that is a turn-based RPG battle system with various mechanics like elemental affinities and combo attacks that add depth to the combat encounters. The game features English text and Japanese audio.
The Zodiac Age is a HD remaster of the Final Fantasy XII: International Zodiac Job System version, which was released in Japan back in 2007 but never ported West, contrary to its name. In addition to remastered character models and cutscenes, the upcoming release also includes a new trial mode which involves hunting monsters in 100 different maps, newly recorded background music, and support for trophies.
Originally launched in 2006 for PlayStation 2, Final Fantasy XII is widely acclaimed as one of the best Final Fantasy titles. The game is set in the magical world of Ivalice, and follows an energetic orphan Vaan on his journey to become a sky pirate.