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Shop Watch September 2011

By Russ | September 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

September begins the retail season, though more for the PS3 than other systems.

Parasite Eve II was released on the PSN this past month.  DeathSpank: The Baconing was also released on PSN and Live this past month.

Titles shipping the week of September 4:

Dead Island, published by Deep Silver (360, PC, PS3).  Jury’s still out on whether or not this is an RPG, but it definitely is about an outbreak on small resort island.  And zombie killing.  I love zombie killing.

Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, published by NISA (PS3).  NISA’s crazy mix of tactical heaven and hell makes its reappearance on the PS3.

Titles shipping the week of September 11:

White Knight Chronicles II, published by D3 Publishing (PS3).  The second in Level 5’s medieval superhero knight story also comes with a remastered edition of the first game.  Hopefully the distance problem, i.e. putting three blocks and a wall between you and the enemy and still getting hit has been fixed.

Titles shipping the week of September 18:

Persona 2: Innocent Sin, published by Atlus (PSP).  The missing Persona game from Atlus’ history makes its way stateside.  No word on an Eternal Punishment remake, so you might have to break out your PS version to complete the story.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, published by Square-Enix (DS).  Raise your monsters, and then fight them.  Like the previous game, this will also feature online battles.

Titles shipping the week of September 25:

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, published by NISA (PS3).  Another entry in the long-running Atelier series.  Taking place a few years after Rorona, players will help Totori find her mother.

Dungeons: The Dark Lord, published by Kalypso Media (PC).  The idea is to care for heroes and kill them after they have fulfilled their goals – thus harvesting juicy soul energy to further upgrade the dungeon.

Rune Factory: Tides of Destiny, published by Natsume (PS3, Wii).  The Farmboy Swordsman Battalion takes a trip to the ocean for Rune Factory‘s Harvest Moon/dungeon crawling hybrid of gameplay; which takes place on the back of a sea beast.  With landmake capabilities.  Word.

Solatorobo:  Red the Hunter, published by Xseed (DS)  This game follows anthropomorphic canines and cats across a floating continent as they search for the secrets of the past.

Some Advice: Dead Island and Joker 2 will probably have some deals on the former and hit the bargain bin in the case of the latter. Disgaea 4‘s regular edition will probably be the same way.  Pick up the limited editions of Disgaea 4 and Atelier Totori quickly; they tend to go fast.  The PSP is on its way out, so I wouldn’t wait on Persona 2 either.

The Future: Dark Souls in October, SkyRim in November is the best way to sum up the rest of the year.

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.

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