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Shop Watch September, 2014

By Russ | September 7, 2014 at 2:19 pm

When life doesn’t feel fulfilling, add fluff from other genres. 

Three titles listed are not RPGs, but two are tied to them.

Titles shipped week of August 31

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, published by NISA (Vita). Not an RPG but a visual novel murder mystery which would likely appeal to RPG fans. The first one was great and since this is my soapbox the second one is getting a mention.

Titles shipping week of September 14

Fairy Fencer F, published by NISA (PS3). At first glance, the talent attached to Fairy Fencer F is very promising – Yoshitaka Amano and Nobuo Uematsu for starters – but the game also appears to run on HyperDimension Neptunia‘s system. At the very least there is some pause there.  The goal of the game involves swords, fairies and gods; because touting the features is apparently the only way to sell media anymore. The gmae does have both language tracks, though.

Theatrythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, published by Square-Enix (3DS). If you’re going to tout features, do it with a game that does not need a plot like Curtain Call. Not an RPG, the Theatrhythm series are rather fun rhythm-based games featuring characters and music from the Final Fantasy series. hey wait – maybe Fairy Fencer F doesn’t have a plot!

Titles shipping week of September 21

Ars Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star, published by Tecmo-Koei (PS3). Ars Nosurge is a prequel to Ar Tonelico. Whether or not it can match is predecessors (ancestors?) in innuendo remains to be seen. But probably yes.

Titles shipping week of September 30

Natural Doctrine, published by NISA (PS3, PS4, Vita). This one slipped under my radar so hard I’d be dead if the game desired. Thankfully, Heath reviewed it here. It also appears as if the NA release will also see the bonus DLC missions at some point.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, published by Atlus (360, PS3). A direct sequel to the fighting game Persona 4 Arena, it remains to be seen if the events from this game affect future Persona games. Especially since Persona 4 Arena was referenced in Persona 4 Golden‘s new ending.

Some advice: As we get into the PS3’s twilight, physical copies of games may e hard to obtain. 

The future: Borderlands: the Pre-Sequel, Kingdom Hearts 2 HD, some other fun stuff.

All release dates are subject to change.  Games available for download may 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 further delving into alcoholism, which is surprisingly a MMORPG.

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