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Shop Watch August ’12

By Russ | August 2, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Oh, Xseed.  Why must you dominate August so?

On the other hand, my Wii might be plugged in again for a change.

Unchained Blades was released for the PSP and 3DS last month.

Titles shipping the week of August 5

Persona 4: Arena, published by Atlus (360, PS3).  This fighting game by the makers of such gems as Guilty Gear and BlazBlue is a sequel to Persona 4.  If you have not played P4 and are waiting for The Golden, then I’d hold off on Arena‘s Story Mode.

Titles shipping the week of August 12

The Last Story, published by Xseed (Wii).  The Last Story is most likely the last RPG you’ll play on the Wii – if you still own one.

Titles shipping the week of August 19

Ragnarok Odyssey, published by Xseed (Vita).  Set in the world of Ragnarok Online, Ragnarok Odyssey is a standalone title with its own story.  Game Arts has a hand in this one, which perks my interest since they put a lot of love into most of the Lunar series and Grandia.

Titles shipping the week of August 26

Guild Wars 2, published by NCSoft (PC).  I really need to upgrade my PC.  And play more Guild Wars.  GW2 has more races than just humans this time around, and promises to deliver a much more in-depth combat system.  It will be interesting to see how this fares against the usual juggernauts, but the first Guild Wars carved out its own place in the world quite readily.

Some Advice:  The Last Story and physical copies of Ragnarok Odyssey should be pre-ordered if you want the games. Again, Xseed stated somewhere that not a lot of copies of The Last Story would be run, but in light of a limited edition the statement has probably been retracted.  As for hard copy Vita titles; the games are a hard sell since many of them don’t move.

The Future: One more month from glorious beginning of holiday season.

All release dates are subject to change.  Games available for download will have varying or staggered release dates. The views of this column do not reflect the views of RPG Land.  This column brought to you by 1000 Achievements points in the 2008 Alone in the Dark.  Woooot.

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