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Shop Watch April 2013

By Russ | April 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm

“April is the cruelest month.” – T.S. Eliot

Seriously – Pandora’s Tower, Soul Hackers, Dead Island: Riptide, and Soul Sacrifice? A month of cruel choices and cruel endings indeed!

Titles shipping the week of April 14

ArcaniA: Game of the Year Edition, published by Nordic Games (PS3).  This is a port of ArcaniA: Gothic 4 released on the 360 and PC with added content.  This same edition will be released in August on the 360.

Pandora’s Tower, published by Xseed (Wii).  An ex-soldier escorts a cursed woman through 13 towers in an attempt to save her life,  This is the last of the Operation: Rainfall titles to be released in North America.

Sacred Citadel, published by Deep Silver (PC).  Once again, the land of Ancaria is in danger and you’ve got to save it.  This title appears to be download only.

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers, published by Atlus (3DS).  This is an update of the original Soul Hackers, which has never seen an official release in North America.

Titles shipping the week of April 22

Dead Island: Riptide, published by Deep Silver (360, PC, PS3).  More Dead Island fun for everyone!  The original cast is back with new people to swat zombies unapologetically in first person.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, published by Capcom (360, PS3).  Dark Arisen is the original Dragon’s Dogma with a ton more stuff.  Considering how little the original title hits below $40, this time it’s definitely a good buy.  I want my donkey-punching little page to smack down a griffin.  Again.

Titles shipping the week of April 29

Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness, published by Ubisoft (PC).  This time it’s the Dark Elves turn for the players to focus on in another M&M expansion pack.  This product appears to be a digital download only.

Soul Sacrifice, published by Sony (Vita).  Soul Sacrifice caps off a solid month of releases with one of the Vita’s potentially most anticipated games.  A little bit dungeon crawling; a little bit Monster Hunter; a lot of decision making – Soul Sacrifice looks to be the best title out this month in this author’s opinion.  We’ll see how it goes.

Some Advice:  Pandora’s Tower if you want it. A new Wii game when the Wii U is available?  Sounds like a title few stores will want to order. Soul Hackers is a possibility, but Atlus does reprints if the market wants the title. Over half of the titles this month are from smaller companies, so Day 1 sales help out a lot – but only if you’ve the cash and inclination.  Otherwise, most titles will be on sale or just have price drops pretty soon.

The Future:  Pokemon X and Y are on the horizon.  There’s a slew of RPGs appearing toward the end of the year and during the summer months, but the dates have not been nailed down yet.

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 April.  It’s the cruelest of months and available to you for free!

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