Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

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The eight installment in the highly popular Dragon Quest JRPG series follows a young hero on his quest to take down the evil mage Dhoulmagus. On his side are a party of Yangus, a bandit with a heart of gold, Jessica, a high-born magical minx, and Angelo, knight and lothario, who all provide valuable skills in combat.

The classic game has been revamped for its 3DS release, with additional playable characters (Red and Morrie), a full voice-over, new dungeons, post-game story content, and an extended ending. The players can also take and share photos in the 3DS version, and there are new “Photo Quests” to make use of the feature.

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Injustice 2

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Injustice 2 is an upcoming fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. As a sequel to the 2013 title, Injustice: Gods Among Us, its character roster features both returning as well as brand new heroes and villains. According to the publisher, Injustice 2 boasts the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game (source). More characters are to be added by the way of DLC in the future.

Plot-wise, the game continues where its predecessor left off, with Batman and his allies working to piece society back together while struggling against those who seek to restore Superman’s One Earth Regime. Meanwhile, a new threat appears which forces old enemies to put aside their differences and band together.

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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk

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Adapted from the popular manga series Berserk, this M-rated hack-and-slash game follows lone mercenary Guts in his quest to take down every last one of the demonic Apostles. Armed with a vast array of different weapons, players can utilize them to their full potential against hordes of enemies in Dynasty Warriors style, one-vs-many battles. Berserk and the Band of the Hawk includes as many as eight playable characters (such as Griffith, Casca, and Schierke), each with their own different fighting styles.

The game is developed by Omega Force and published by Koei Tecmo for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and Windows in the West. The Japanese version, titled Berserk Musou, also received a PS3 release. It follows “Golden Age” through “Hawk of the Millennium Empire” arcs of the Berserk manga.

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Akiba's Beat

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Akiba’s Beat is an action RPG developed by Japanese studio Acquire and published by Marvelous USA (XSEED Games) in North America. In this third title from the Akiba series, players take control of Asahi Tachibana, a NEET who becomes trapped in a day-long time loop along with the other main characters. The game puts a fantastical spin on the Tokyo’s Akihabara ward, with real-life landscapes meshing with surreal “Delusionscapes”.

Unlike its predecessors, Akiba’s Beat plays more like a typical JRPG, with a four-member party taking on enemies (“deluseons”) using a variety of physical and magical skills. Characters can also receive passive boosts (such as halved SP consumption) via the in-game trading card system.

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

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Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is a Kingdom Hearts series collection which contains a Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance HD remaster, as well as two pieces of brand new content. The first one is a CG movie titled Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, which focuses on the five Foretellers. The second one is Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep–A Fragmentary Passage, a short game which takes place after the events in the original Birth by Sleep title, and is told from the perspective of Aqua. Like its predecessors, the game is developed and published by Square Enix.

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Tales of Berseria

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Tales of Berseria is the 16th main entry in the Tales JRPG franchise. It is developed and published by Bandai Namco for the Playstation 4 consoles and Windows. The game’s world is shared with that of Tales of Zestiria, although Berseria takes place in the distant past, in a country called the Holy Midgand Empire.

The Linear Motion Battle System makes a return in the upcoming title, with the addition of a new Soul Gauge gameplay mechanic, which affects how many artes a character can chain in a single combo. Souls can also be used to enter the Break Soul mode which grants powerful effects unique to each character.

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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

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Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns is a farming and life simulator developed by Japanese company Marvelous and localized by their American subsidiary. In this installment, players are able to visit the titular three towns, each with their own distinct culture and way of life. This is, of course, in addition to the usual farming and tending to animals which remains at the core of all Story of Seasons (formerly Harvest Moon) games that fans have come to love so much.

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