The HD remastered versions of the critically acclaimed Final Fantasy X and X-2 role-playing games are developed by a Chinese studio Virtuos and published by Square Enix. Both games will be released on a single BD for the PS3, and as a set for PS Vita (first game on a cartridge, and second one available as a download) in North America. Besides greatly improved graphics, FFX/X-2 HD also feature rearranged music and some additional content.
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z is an upcoming third-person hack & slash game developed by Team Ninja, Spark Unlimited, and Comcept. The titular character, Yaiba Kamikaze, is a cyborg ninja who had his arm and eye replaced with mechanical implants after losing them in a fight with Ryu Hayabusa. Now he seeks revenge against Ryu while fighting a zombie outbreak at the same time. Unlike Ryu, Yaiba is crazy, sadistic, and unpredictable – he doesn’t give a damn about honor, drinks alcohol constantly, and is basically a complete asshole. You can see some of his cocky attitude in the trailer below.
South Park: The Stick of Truth is a RPG based on the very crude, very popular TV show, South Park. The players take on the role of a new kid in town, picking one of the five classes (Fighter, Mage, Thief, Cleric, and Jew), and setting out on an epic adventure along with Stan, Kyle, Cartman, Kenny, and others. The game is developed by Obsidian Entertainment known for RPGs like Neverwinter Nights 2 and Fallout: New Vegas, and uses the trademark cutout animation visual style from the television series.
The Stick of Truth is similar to Paper Mario or Final Fantasy in that the players can explore South Park freely as a party, while the battle system is turn-based where each member of the group can attack, use an item, or perform a special move when it’s their time to act. Some elements like blocking or dealing additional damage require a well-timed input.
Thief is an action-adventure game which, as expected from the title, is highly focused on stealth rather than combat. The player takes control of a master thief named Garrett, who sets out to steal from the rich in the sprawling industrial metropolis known simply as “The City”. The fourth title in the series, Thief is a complete reboot with a reinvented main character and a slightly different visual style – less wood and gold, and more “rusty stuff where you see the welding”, according to the devs.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is an upcoming action game developed by MercurySteam and published by Konami. It is a sequel to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and also features Dracula as the main character, offering intense, fast-paced combat. However, in contrast to the previous installment, LoS2 has an open world, a movable camera, and a significantly longer storyline. Lords of Shadow 2 also runs on a new proprietary graphics engine.
Dark Souls II is an action RPG developed by From Software and published by Namco Bandai Games outside of Japan. It is a successor (but not a direct sequel) to Dark Souls, a title famous for its difficult gameplay. The gameplay mechanics of DSII are said to be quite similar to those of the previous installment, but the game world is twice as large, and the graphics are considerably improved. There also are various changes to classes and the multiplayer system.
Drakengard 3 is an action RPG developed by Access Games and published by Square Enix. It is a prequel to the first game and has the player assume the role of Zero, the eldest of the five Intoner sisters who control powerful magic through songs. Zero’s goal is to kill her sisters with the help of her dragon mount, Mikhail.
The game features fast-paced ground and aerial combat with combos, special modes, and on-the-fly weapon switching. The Japanese release was rather well-received by the reviewers.