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Shop Watch June 12

By Russ | June 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

If you do not like JRPGS and already own Dead Island; stay far away from this column.A pretty light month for releases.  Most of this stuff will go on sale at some point or another.

Ys Origin was released on Steam last week.  Grab a PC controller and give it a try – it’s the only thing I’ve been playing since Saturday.

Titles shipping the week of June 10

Gungnir, published by Atlus (PSP).   Another Sting game in the same series as Riviera, Yggdra Union, and Knights in the Nightmare; Gungnir focuses on class and racial discrimination with strategy RPG as its gameplay.

Titles shipping the week of June 17

Pokemon Conquest, published by Nintendo (3DS).  Pokemon Conquest is a fusion of Pokemon and Nobunaga’s Ambition, with more of the former’s cuteness thrown in for good measure.  Trailers for this game are both hypnotic and confusing.  Ten bucks says this game will be like Kingdom Hearts in terms of how well it meshes the worlds together and how much every who does not play the game hates the concept. Protip:  That’s a lotta haters.

Titles shipping the week of June 24

Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition, published by Deep Silver (360, PS3).  It’s Dead Island with all the DLC content.  Waiting on games like this has proven to be a huge boon to my wallet.

Record of Agarest War 2, published by Aksys (PS3).  The latest title in the Agarest series is PS3 only.  The game still features hero-breeding across generations in a system akin to Phantasy Star III, and adds ‘Dark Love’ endings.  Just so you know, ‘Dark Love’ means ‘forced marriage and rape’.  The penalty?  Low stats for the next generation.

This is one of those reasons  people cite why no one plays jRPGs anymore, isn’t it?

Some Advice:  If you head to our forums and dig deep enough, the concept of ‘Dark Love’ is embodied by a very memorable indie game.  Beyond that, pre-order Gungnir if you want a physical copy.

The Future: The Last Story arrives at the end of July now; the rest of the summer belongs to Square-Enix and the 3DS; and then from September on it pretty much rocks.

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 Ys Origin, because I also want to rescue the goddesses to a rock soundtrack.

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