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Shop Watch May 2017

By Russ | May 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm

May is a salty month.

Maybe it’s the incredibly lackluster way chapters 8 – 13 of Final Fantasy XV were handled, or when I go to do research on my Akiba’s Beat comment it’s a rabbit hole of idiocy to find the only well-written article on the subject (still looking!); but damn am I salty today.

May began with Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey for release. Apparently it is the 18th title in the Atelier series. I enjoyed Atelier Iris, but also haven’t played an Atelier game since Iris.

May 16 is Akiba’s Beat, the game which cost Wyrwad his in-game credits because XSeed is not a company full of fools – just one. It’s a sequel to Akiba’s Trip, or at least exists in the same universe.

May 19 sees the 3DS release of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. This is one of those titles I just want to keep adding subtitles to until I have the plot of the game spelled out 78 pages later. It is, however, a Fire Emblem game so that’s like hot shit right there. There are Amiibos of the characters, and a limited edition you’ll never be able to buy.

May 23 is proof porn never dies – it just gets re-released as friendlier material. Utawarerumono: The Mask of Deception, a SRPG which started out as a hentai/visual novel/SRPG PC game back in 2002 and then dropped the hentai for a mainstream release. There was manga, anime (not bad, by the way), and all sorts of multimedia crap and now a sequel. The early Aught’s were rife with visual novels and flat out porn becoming mainstream hits (FATE/Stay Night anyone?), and now there’s more. Enjoy.

May 31 is is a double NISA whammy. First is Disgaea 5 Complete for the Switch; a series based on ripping the element of time from one’s soul with cute and charming characters and endless strategy. There’s a reason the only Disgaea ending I saw was joke ending in the first one. I saw the unlimited potential, and realized I hadn’t the time to complete it. Ever.

May 31’s other offering from NISA is Operation Babel, a Wizardry-style game which looks kinda cute.

May 30 is the new release date for Lock’s Quest, by the way. It had been covered in a previous column.

May you have a nice month.

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