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Atlus Announces Three RPGs coming to 3DS

Atlus Games has announced that they will release Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux for the 3DS in the Americas.  These games will join a stellar JRPG lineup on the 3DS, with Atlus’ trio expected to launch between fall 2017 and early spring 2018. See the details below:

Adventures Abound! – Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Travel to the Americas


ATLUS Will Bring a Trio of Nintendo 3DSTM JRPGs to the Americas

IRVINE, Calif. – June 7, 2017 – Get ready to flex your cartography skills, travel through time to prevent the end of days, and journey into a spatial anomaly straight from your favorite sci-fi horror movie because ATLUS is publishing three legendary JRPGs in the Americas. That’s right, Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will be arriving to the Americas exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ family of systems. Etrian Odyssey V and Radiant Historia will be fully voiced in English while Strange Journey Redux will retain its original Japanese voices.

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth – The fifth main installment of the long-running Etrian Odyssey series is finally arriving! Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth chronicles the quest of a new adventurer (hey, that’s you!) as he or she attempts to reach the top of the towering Yggdrasil Tree. For it is said that whoever braves the dangers of the dreaded Yggdrasil Labyrinth and reaches the summit will have their greatest wish fulfilled…

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth features:

  • A Choose-your-own-odyssey Feel – Starting with the creation of your party to exploring the uncharted labyrinth of the Yggdrasil Tree, Beyond the Myth is all about choosing how your own adventure unfolds. Test your survival skills by wisely navigating the winding floors of Yggdrasil, using shrewd tactics when battling gruesome beasts, making the right decisions during various “scenarios,” and more. To meet these challenges, the home base city of Iorys is ready for all your buying/selling, recruiting, and information-gathering needs!
  • Gameplay Fit for a True Pathfinder – It wouldn’t be an Etrian Odyssey game without the life-or-death need to map your progress. For those new to the series, the bottom screen of the 3DS displays a top-down, tile-based map that must be filled out while dungeon crawling. Players can use the map to mark the locations of treasures, doors, enemies, environmental obstructions, and more. Expect the unexpected at every turn-and then make a note on the map so it’s not so unexpected next time!
  • Epic Turn-based Battles – There’s a reason why no one has ever reached the top of Yggdrasil. Dangerous creatures and utterly terrifying FOEs-high-level mini-bosses, for you newcomers-roam the labyrinth on every floor, so prepare to test your mettle with challenging turn-based battles. Proper planning is a must and balancing strong party composition is absolutely crucial for success. You’ll need the right team to unleash Union Attacks and level the playing field!
  • Expanded Character Creation and Customization – With four unique races, 10 distinct classes, more customization options than any previous game in the franchise, and a streamlined skill tree/class advancement, you can shape a party to whatever your heart desires.
  • A Magical Art Style and Score – Longtime series illustrator Yuji Himukai and renowned composer Yuzo Koshiro return to add their signature magic to the art and music in the game.

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – It’s been six years since Radiant Historia was released on Nintendo DS in 2011, but it’s time to return to Vainqueur and unlock the time traveling power of the White Chronicle once again in Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology. This beloved classic is an expanded Nintendo 3DS port of the original game that will contain a great deal of added gameplay/story content, updated presentation, and new ways to experience the adventure!

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology features:

  • An Enhanced Retelling of the Original – You’ll once again take the reins of Alistel operative Stocke as he unlocks the power of the White Chronicle relic and gains the ability to travel between two alternate timelines. With his new-found powers, Stocke will need to right the wrongs of the past in order to prevent the total annihilation of the world. This time though, things are a bit different. Redesigned character art, new character voice-overs, a brand-new opening animation by A-1 Pictures, new theme song, event illustrations, five new tracks from original composer Yoko Shimomura, and additional difficulty settings will enhance the experience in this fresh take of a beloved story.
  • Exhilarating New Story Content– Stocke will now encounter a mysterious new character named Nemesia who will teach him more about his world’s history and unlock a third timeline to explore the ripple effect of some of his actions with episodic “what-if” scenarios. If you’re a Radiant Historia purist who simply wants to play through the original game’s story, we have you covered! Perfect Chronology offers two different modes: Append and Perfect. Append mode allows you to beat the original game before having the option to start a NewGame+ with the added content, while Perfect mode lets you play through the game with the inclusion of the third timeline from the beginning.
  • A Classic That Can’t BeMissed – Even though there’s an abundance of expanded content to delve into, the heart and soul of Radiant Historia remains the same. If you missed out on the original game in 2011, the upcoming port is the perfect chance to play a modern classic. With an exciting positioning-based battle system, memorable characters, and thrilling time-travel mechanics, Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is an essential for JRPG fans.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux – A spatial distortion full of demons appeared in Antarctica, threatening to engulf the Earth in Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey. The United Nations responded by tasking a team of highly advanced specialists with piercing the anomaly and figuring out how to stop it from the source. Well, get ready to don your Demonica once again in this new expanded port: Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux. Expect new story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore, and more in the return of this sci-fi tinged SMT adventure.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux features:

  • A Stranger Journey Back – In Strange Journey Redux, you play as a brave United Nations soldier investigating a spatial anomaly called the Schwarzwelt-a dome of dark energy that threatens to consume the world. Inside, you’ll find it home to a nightmare mirror of our own Earth, populated with demons dying to meet you. The game touts brand-new illustrations by Masayuki Doi, updated visuals, UI tweaks, and more to make this journey back into the Schwarzwelt… even stranger.
  • Additional Story Content and a Brand-new Character – You won’t be retreading the same nightmarish path as before because a brand-new character named Alex will play a major role in how the story unfolds. Much about her is a mystery, but there is one thing you know for sure: she’s got a bone to pick with you. Joining her are new demons you might recognize from other SMT entries, new endings, and a new dungeon to die in-I mean, discover.
  • A True Shin Megami Tensei Adventure – With its twisted demonic sci-fi story, addictive demon-collecting fun, and multiple narrative paths to explore, Strange Journey Redux is an essential ATLUS JRPG adventure that can’t be missed!

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth will release fall 2017, while Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux will launch in early 2018. All three games will be released for the Nintendo 3DS™ system and will be priced at $39.99. Titles have not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information please visit the links below:

Websites

Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth – http://atlus.com/etrian5/
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology – http://atlus.com/radianthistoria/
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux – http://atlus.com/strangejourney/

The fact that these are coming to the the Americas is a good thing, and perhaps bodes well for the prospects of getting games to the Switch. We can hope.

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12 Wii U and 3DS Games that should come to the Nintendo Switch

 

The Nintendo Switch has had an impressive showing early on into its life. Sitting at just about 5 million sold thus far. It has been a success by and large on the backs of two games made for the previous generation’s Wii U hardware. There is no arguing that Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Kart 8: Deluxe are incredible games and it is remarkable that these games can sustain this early Switch success. With this being said, there are many other Wii U games that could come to the Switch early on that can help stave off any drought and help continue its early dominance. If you throw in resoundingly successful 3DS, and you can truly have a dominant Nintendo system for the first time in nearly two decades. Here are 12 of those such games we would love to see come over from Wii U & 3DS to Switch.


Full disclosure: this list was originally 5 games, then 10, and now finally 12. A true testament to the strong library from 3DS specifically. 


#12) Super Mario 3D World (Wii U)

 

The Nintendo fans are super excited for Super Mario Odyssey, but lets not forget the incredible multiplayer experience that 3D world gave us on WiiU. This game would work brilliantly on the upgraded hardware. With 2 players ready to play right out of the box, a 4 player session would be simple to achieve as well.  This could ensure that the 3D world games would continue to live on in a post Wii U world as well.

#11) Final Fantasy Explorers (3DS)

This game didn’t receive too much critical acclaim, but for me this game was a fun time sink. A Monster Hunter lite, this was perfect for a quick train ride to work, or a little session while at the doctor’s office. Raising the resolution and allowing for local co-op on the switch would be all you really needed to do for this title to be a fantastic addition to its library.

#10) Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker (Wii U)  

Captain Toad was a favorite of my 10 year old Nephews. This is a cute game with bite sized co-op experiences that would feel right at home on the Switch. A a pattern is clearly forming here, as good multiplayer experiences on Wii U would feel great on Switch. This game would also scratch a puzzle game itch for gamers tiring of Puyo Puyo Tetris.

#9) Pikmin 3 (Wii U)

This franchise doesn’t get nearly the amount of love it deserves. This is a hardcore real time strategy game with the quality and cuteness of Nintendo. Pikman 3 was received well, but didn’t quite hit enough living rooms. Throwing it as an early Switch title, perhaps in the same calendar year as Hey! Pikman on 3DS, would be a boon for the franchise and the Switch.

#8) Pokemon Sun/Moon (3DS)

What better way to test the waters for a 3rd version of the game than porting over theses 3DS games outright. The internet has been speculating about a “Pokemon Stars” version of the game, but it is not like The Pokemon Company to stray from the handheld with the biggest install base, but this might be a good move for them and their relationship with Nintendo. Imagine porting over Sun and Moon and selling 2 million units. This would all but guarantee a move to the Switch in the franchise’s future.

#7) Bravely Default/Second (3DS) – I know its cheating. 

Bravely Default and Second were very well received JRPG’s. While there isn’t a shortage of JRPG’s on this list, it would be really cool if we got both games packaged together in a special Switch version. Lets face it, the Switch is perfect for JRPGs. Embrace it.

#6) Fire Emblem (Any of them…all of them?) (3DS)

The 3DS is home to a plethora of Fire Emblem games. It is hard for me to narrow it down to just one, so let’s just say they should throw one of them on the Switch to satiate the fan base’s appetite. This, like Pokemon, would allow Nintendo to open a door to a future audience on their new console.

#5) Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright (3DS)

These two franchises have a ravenous fan base that gobbles up everything there is to gobble up. This title on the 3DS was met with excellent critical reception and would instantly add credibility to the Switch’s line up. The games are also not too graphically intensive, so it would be a relatively quick port. (Totally speculating as I have ZERO development experience so DON’T HURT ME).

#4) Hyrule Warriors (Wii U)

The Dynasty Warriors series is HUGE and tying Zelda to it was a fun experiment. The issue was that anybody that purchased it on 3DS was met with horrendous frame rate issues and an overall lesser experience than the big brother Wii U version of the game. With the Switch’s beefed up hardware we could finally get the on-the-go experience we deserved.

#3) Super Mario Maker (Wii U)

Imagine the Wii U version of this mixed with the 3DS version and you get a truly impressive experience. Imagine this: The tablet features of the Wii U, except with the far superior Switch touch screen. Then you just pop the Switch into the dock and play your creations with your family. This version could also maybe come with a dongle that allows us to beam to the TV instantly and continue to use the tablet. This would obviously take a lot of work, but it could open the doors for a Mario Maker 2. Think about that. Maybe you can have two tablets going at once and your buddy and you can create something awesome together.

#2) Super Smash Brothers (3DS)

This is pretty obvious. Give this the “Deluxe” treatment and you should be able to top Mario Kart 8: Deluxe numbers pretty easily. Include all DLC and add a few new modes to the game and fans will be more than happy while Nintendo takes its time with the next installment. Combine that with the awesome ad-hoc play of the 3DS version and you have an incredible Smash Brothers experience.

#1) Monster Hunter XX (3DS) [HOLY COW THEY ANNOUNCED IT!]

So this franchise doesn’t need much introduction. It sells millions of copies with each iteration and this recent 3DS game has already surpassed Mario Kart 8: Deluxe on the charts. This is thought to be the last Monster Hunter game to appear on the 3DS, so it is a great time to test the waters on the Switch. Not only will this be a boon for Nintendo fans, but Nintendo is sure to sell many more consoles if a beefed up version appears on the Switch.


So there are 12 games from 3DS and Wii U that would be an amazing addition to an ever-growing roster on the Switch. Let us know what you think of the list over on our facebook page. www.facebook.com/provengamer

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New Pokémon and Features Revealed for Pokémon Sun/Moon

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have released new information for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, coming November 16 for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Along with the final evolutions for the three starter Pokémon, the new trailer also shows off the guardian deities of the Alola Region and other game features. Below is a list of all the new Pokémon that were shown:

Decidueye
Type: Grass/Ghost
The Arrow Quill Pokémon Decidueye is the fully evolved form of the Grass- and Flying-type first-partner Pokémon Rowlet. Decidueye attacks with astonishing speed, plucking arrow quills from its wings to send them hurtling towards its target with precise aim. This Pokémon is able to move about whilst completely masking its presence from others. Decidueye is the only Pokémon that can learn the move Spirit Shackle. This new Ghost-type move hits an opponent and makes it unable to leave the battle—it can’t flee or switch out.

Incineroar
Type: Fire/Dark
The Heel Pokémon Incineroar is the fully evolved form of the Fire-type first-partner Pokémon Litten. As Incineroar’s fighting spirit increases, the flames it produces within its body burst from its navel and waistline. These flames resemble a championship belt, which it uses to unleash its moves. Incineroar is the only Pokémon able to learn the move Darkest Lariat. This new Dark-type physical attack allows Incineroar to deal damage to an enemy whilst ignoring the effects of any stat changes on that enemy.

Primarina
Type: Water/Fairy
The Soloist Pokémon Primarina is the fully evolved form of the Water-type first-partner Pokémon Popplio. As Primarina dances, it releases balloons of water and controls their movement using the sound waves from its voice. Primarina uses some of these balloons to jump on and maneuver in battle whilst others explode when touched, which can trigger chained explosions. Primarina is the only Pokémon that can learn Sparkling Aria, a new Water-type special move which heals the burns of any target it strikes.

Cosmog
Type: Psychic
The Nebula Pokémon Cosmog is extremely rare, known only to a select few across Alola. Named by the Aether Foundation, Cosmog is very curious, and its gaseous body is so lightweight that it’s sent flying when the wind blows. When light falls on the Pokémon, Cosmog can absorb it and grow bigger.

Alolan Persian
Type: Dark
Alolan Persian is highly intelligent and doesn’t like to grow attached to its Trainer, making it something of a difficult Pokémon to have as a battle partner. The round face of Alolan Persian is a symbol of the rich Alola region, and it is held to be a Pokémon of great beauty. Its exquisite coat shines with the glow of high quality and enchants both humans and Pokémon. For this reason, it is a very popular Pokémon in the Alola region.

Also unveiled were three Alola region guardian deities—Tapu Lele, Tapu Bulu and Tapu Fini:

Tapu Lele
Type: Psychic/Fairy
Tapu Lele is the guardian deity of Akala island. This Pokémon scatters glowing scales that have physical effects on others—providing stimulation to their bodies and healing their illnesses or injuries. Tapu Lele has the Ability Psychic Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Psychic Surge, the field will be turned into Psychic Terrain, which boosts the power of any Psychic-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and prevents them from being hit by priority moves.

Tapu Bulu
Type: Grass/Fairy
Tapu Bulu is the guardian deity of Ula’ula Island. This Pokémon has the power to manipulate vegetation and cause it to grow. It can use this power to make its wooden horns change shape and grow larger. Tapu Bulu has the Ability Grassy Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Grassy Surge, the field will be turned into Grassy Terrain, boosting the power of any Grass-type moves used by Pokémon on the ground and restoring a bit of HP to them each turn. It also halves the damage taken from the moves Earthquake, Magnitude and Bulldoze.

Tapu Fini
Type: Water/Fairy
Tapu Fini is the guardian deity of Poni Island. This Pokémon is able to attack by manipulating water. It does not like to risk being harmed during battle, so it creates a thick fog to disorient its opponents and lead them to their own destruction. Tapu Fini has the Ability Misty Surge, an Ability that no other Pokémon has previously had. With Misty Surge, the field will be turned into Misty Terrain, halving the damage taken by Pokémon on the ground from Dragon-type moves and preventing them from being afflicted with status conditions or confusion.

All of the guardian deities can use the special Z-Move Guardian of Alola. When using this Z-Move, the Pokémon closes its shell and a huge avatar appears from the ground to attack the opposing Pokémon, dealing damage equal to 75 percent of the target’s remaining HP.

In previous adventures in the Pokémon series, the Pokémon League was always the ultimate stage for battle. The Pokémon League housed the Elite Four (four Pokémon Trainers with powerful Pokémon partners) and the Champion (who reigned as the region’s top Trainer), all awaiting challengers. In the Alola region, there is no Pokémon League yet—but it seems that there are plans to construct one at the peak of a certain mountain. After your major achievement in completing the island challenge, will the day come when you also take on the Pokémon League to become the strongest Pokémon Trainer?

Somewhere in Alola, you’ll find the Battle Tree. It’s a place where Trainers who have completed their island challenge, or who are strong enough to have done so, battle one another. You can scout an opponent you’ve won against so they can partner and fight alongside you in future battles. You may even see some familiar faces, including the Trainers Red and Blue from the Kanto region!

Check out the trailer below to see all of the new Pokémon in action:

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New Content Announced for Nintendo eShop

Nintendo has announced new content for the eShop that will be available starting today.

This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

  • Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
    • Disney Magical World 2 – Live your dream life in the  Disney Magical World 2 game alongside fan-favorite Disney characters. Adventure with Elsa and Olaf from  Disney Frozen, dance with Disney Princesses and soar with Mickey in Magical Dream parades, all the while snapping photos to share your memories. The magic is in your hands, so use your wand to solve a ghostly mystery along the way.  Disney Magical World 2 will be available on Oct. 14.
    • Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure – From the legendary game developers at Nihon Falcom comes  Gurumin 3D. Join Parin and her monstrous pals through a fun, colorful and fast-paced action-RPG featuring real-time combat, dazzling stereoscopic 3D graphics, 35+ hours of playtime and fully voiced characters by an all-star cast of voice actors. Click  here to see the trailer.
    • Severed – Take control of a one-armed warrior named Sasha who wields a living sword on her journey through a nightmare world. The Nintendo 3DS version features dual-screen options and in-game achievements. You can even buy the Nintendo 3DS version of Severed and receive a free digital version for the Wii U console (and vice versa). Severed features a special introductory price for a limited time until Oct. 20 at 8:59 a.m. PT. Click  here to view the trailer.
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Animal Crossing: Wild World – Get ready to start a new life in this Nintendo DS classic! Whether you want to decorate your home, catch bugs or fish, join in on special events or just chat with the locals, there’s always plenty to do. Accessorize your life with more than 600 items. Design constellations, clothes and flags, and take part in events as the seasons come and go.
    • Kirby Canvas Curse – When Kirby gets turned into a ball by an evil witch, your hand-drawn rainbow paths become the only way he can find power-ups and reach the gates in each world. In this fun and colorful Nintendo DS action-platformer, stun enemies, destroy barriers and detonate bombs – all by using the stylus. Unlock special features by collecting medals in each stage and completing in-game tasks.
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  • New themes this week include:
    • Sonic series: Cute Style
    • Sonic series: Shadow Style
    • Sonic series: Silver Style
    • Sonic Bundle #3
    • Gurumin Party Time Theme
    • Gurumin Heroes Theme
    • Gurumin Monster Pals Theme
    • Gurumin Night Parade Theme
    • Gurumin Orange Twist Theme
    • Gurumin Monster Bundle
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Harvest Moon: Skytree Village Introduces Romantic Interests

Natsume Inc., has revealed three aspiring brides for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game, Harvest Moon: Skytree Village. The game will launch this fall, but players can get a sneak peek of the marriageable candidates and gameplay in the newly released game trailer.

Meet the Bachelorettes:

Jeanne is a shy girl training to become an herbal doctor.  While she is extremely intelligent and excellent at her job, she can also be a bit goofy, which makes her an endearing, fun-loving gal! “I… I…I’m Jeanne! I’m…studying to be an herbal doctor!”

Elise is the daughter of Bastian, the Chef and owner of the restaurant and Inn in town. Elise is an aspiring apprentice chef.  A bright and cheerful girl with a certain je ne sais quoi about her, her dream is to become a great chef just like her father! “Enchanted to meet you! My name is Elise!”

Melanie is the granddaughter of Gus, the blacksmith in town. Melanie is a successful interior and apparel designer, running her own shop; Melanie’s Designs. She’s a strong-willed city girl who came to Skytree Village because she heard of its legendary beauty. “So, whatever-your-name-is, am I, like, even in the right PLACE? Is THIS the Harvest Goddess’ land?”

Do the bachelorettes match up nicely with the three unique bachelors in the game: Dean, Cyril and Gabriel? You decide!

Harvest Moon: Skytree Village is available now for pre-order. Check out the new trailer below:

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Paper Mario Color Splash Highlights New Content Available on Nintendo Platforms

Nintendo has released this week’s list new games, sales, and other content available for download. Highlighting the list is the latest addition to the Paper Mario series, Paper Mario: Color Splash. Check out the full list below.

  • Nintendo eShop on Wii U
    • Paper Mario: Color Splash – A mystery’s afoot on Prism Island and only Mario can solve it by restoring the land’s vanishing colors with his new Paint Hammer. Puzzling battles await, but never fear – there’s always a clever way to deal out the powerful Battle Cards up his sleeve. These fresh layers of strategy make this one of the most action-packed Paper Mario adventures ever! Paper Mario: Color Splash will be available on Oct. 7.

  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis – It’s opening day of the new Super Mini Mario World theme park, and Donkey Kong has kidnapped the guest of honor Pauline. In this Nintendo DS action puzzler, it’s up to you and an army of freshly assembled Mini Mario toys to rescue her. Guide your Mini Marios through more than 80 perilous stages while looking out for mini-minions.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
    • Mega Man X2 – Fresh from defeating Sigma and his Mavericks, Mega Man X tracks down the remaining rogue Reploids to an abandoned factory where they are continuing their rebellion. While Mega Man X is kept busy by eight new Mavericks, a new threat plots to resurrect a secret weapon that is all too familiar. Download this Super NES classic starting today!

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Also new this week:

In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new games weekly to Nintendo eShop on the Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, the Nintendo DSi Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and the Wii Shop Channel for the Wii console.

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Pokémon Sun and Moon Announce Special Demo, Reveal Starter Evolutions, and Mega Evolutions

The Pokémon Company International showcased a bunch of new information for the latest games in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, coming November 18 and available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

The evolved forms of the three first-partner Pokémon, Dartrix, Torracat and Brionne, were unveiled:

Dartrix

dartrix

Type: Grass-Flying
The Blade Quill Pokémon Dartrix evolves from Rowlet. Dartrix attacks by throwing its knife-edged feathers, and it possesses extremely sharp senses. This Pokémon can detect opponents behind it and can throw feathers to strike them without even seeing them. This Pokémon cares a great deal about its appearance, grooming its feathers in every spare moment it has.

Torracat

torracat
Type: Fire
The Fire Cat Pokémon Torracat evolves from Litten. This Pokémon produces flames for its attacks from a bell-like sac attached at the base of its throat. Torracat has a great love for battle and will attack relentlessly. Its mane can sense what is going on around it, even in the dark, and is able to detect the presence of hidden enemies.

Brionne

brionne
Type: Water
The Pop Star Pokémon Brionne evolves from Popplio. Brionne can dance in perfect time with others and is always cheery and positive. A very hard worker, Brionne learns dances by imitating other members of its colony and can sometimes even learn dances from humans. As this Pokémon dances, it creates balloons and slaps them into its target, making them explode and deal damage to its opponents.

In Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, communication features are gathered together in the new Festival Plaza. Players will be able to see other people playing near them, or other players that are connected to the internet to battle or trade. By talking to people and listening to their requests in Festival Plaza, players can receive Festival Coins. There are cool stores to spend Festival Coins in, such as dye houses, goody shops (where rare items are sold) and even bouncy castles for Pokémon to train in. As players gather more Festival Coins, their Festival Plaza will rank up, yielding rewards and making more activities available. Players will even gain the ability to host missions, where multiple players can work together to try to achieve certain goals.

Another new feature that was announced was Poké Pelago. In Poké Pelago, Pokémon that are stored in a PC Box can explore a variety of isles, play on athletic equipment and enjoy other fun activities. If players send many Pokémon to Poké Pelago, they can develop more facilities on the isles and also develop new kinds of isles. As these isles are developed and increase in number, they will allow players to obtain items and even raise Pokémon.

Mega Evolution is making a return as well. Pokémon that were able to Mega Evolve in previous Pokémon games will also be able to Mega Evolve in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The Mega Stones for Pokémon with the capability to Mega Evolve that appear in the Alola region may be received from characters in the game or obtained from special shops.

The Pokémon Global Link will be updated for Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon and will be available from the games’ launch date. The updated Pokémon Global Link site will have new features, including new online competitions, global missions and more. More information and features on the upcoming site can be found here.

The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon Special Demo Version was also unveiled and will be available to download directly from Nintendo eShop or via the official Nintendo website starting on October 18. The Special Demo Version introduces players to the Alola region and features Ash-Greninja, the Pokémon that appears alongside the hero Ash in the animated TV series Pokémon the Series: XYZ. Players will be able to transfer their Ash-Greninja from the Special Demo Version to their full version of Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon once the game launches on November 18.

 

Check out the starter evolutions and more in the trailer below:

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Bandai Namco Announces Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe has announced today  DRAGON BALL Fusions, a new portable Dragon Ball Action-RPG experience for the Nintendo 3DS handheld system. DRAGON BALL Fusions is scheduled to launch in  the west December 13th, and in Europe, Middle East and Australasian territories in February 2017.

Currently in development at Fukuoka, Japan based Ganbarion Co., Ltd; DRAGON BALL Fusions is the latest Dragon Ball experience to appear on the Nintendo 3DS platform. DRAGON BALL Fusions is an Action-RPG game that combines fighting, customization, and collecting elements to bring the Dragon Ball world to life. The game features a huge roster of character appearances stretching across the Dragon Ball anime series and movies. Players will have the opportunity to enter an all new original Dragon Ball story in DRAGON BALL Fusions’ Adventure mode or prove their fighting prowess in Multiplayer Battle mode.

DRAGON BALL Fusions also enables players to combine the powers between characters to create endless combinations of powerful characters. Players looking to share their DRAGON BALL Fusions fun will be able to use the Nintendo 3DS’ camera to take pictures with friends and fuse them with Dragon Ball characters or trade special moves with nearby players.

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New Details for Pokémon Sun and Moon Revealed

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo revealed new information for the latest games in the Pokémon franchise, Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, launching world wide November 18th and November 23rd in Europe and will be available exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.

Newly revealed Pokémon include:

Passimian
Type: Fighting
The Teamwork Pokémon Passimian attack by throwing Berries at their foes. They tend to live in troops of 20–30 Passimian, who all follow one leader. These tribes work in teams to train and improve their skills. This Pokémon has the Ability Receiver, an Ability which no previous Pokémon has had. With the Receiver Ability, Passimian can inherit the Ability of an ally who faints in battle. Passimian only appear in Pokémon Sun.

Oranguru
Type: Normal/Psychic
The Sage Pokémon Oranguru live in the solitary deeps of the Alolan forests and, in fact, were once known as ‘the people of the forests’. Oranguru hold a fan-like object made of leaves and are known to be kind to other Pokémon in the forest, often giving injured Pokémon medicine or hungry Pokémon food. This Pokémon can exclusively learn the new move Instruct, a move which can make the selected target use its most recent move again immediately. Oranguru only appear in Pokémon Moon.

The previously revealed Puppy Pokémon Rockruff can evolve into a different form depending on whether you are playing Pokémon Sun or Pokémon Moon.

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Lycanroc (Midday Form)
Type: Rock
In the world of Pokémon Sun, Rockruff is bathed in profuse amounts of solar energy, and Solgaleo’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midday Form. This form is known for speedy movement which can confound its opponents. A very loyal Pokémon, Lycanroc Midday Form dodges opponents’ strikes whilst attacking with the sharp rocks of its mane. Lycanroc Midday Form can learn Accelerock, a new move unique to the Pokémon, which is guaranteed to strike first, damaging opponents by slamming into them very quickly.

Lycanroc (Midnight Form)
Type: Rock
In the world of Pokémon Moon, Rockruff is bathed in an abundance of lunar energy, and Lunala’s influence causes this Pokémon to evolve into Lycanroc’s Midnight Form. This Pokémon will sacrifice its own safety to strike down its foes. The stronger an opponent is, the more excited Lycanroc Midnight Form becomes, its eyes glowing with the thrill of battle. This Pokémon feels a deep trust towards a Trainer who can draw forth its true power.

Two new Pokémon-specific Z-moves were also announced for some fan-favourite Pokémon:

Pikachu
Exclusive Z-Move name: Catastropika
Pikachu’s exclusive Z-Move, Catastropika, is a super-powered attack move where Pikachu borrows its Trainer’s strength, wraps itself in extra-high-voltage electric power, and charges into its opponents. This is Pikachu’s most powerful attack.

Eevee
Exclusive Z-Move name: Extreme Evoboost
Eevee’s exclusive Z-Move, Extreme Evoboost, gathers together Sylveon, Jolteon and more – all of the eight Pokémon that Eevee can evolve into – and grants their powers to Eevee. This highly powerful move raises Eevee’s Attack, Defense, Sp. Atk, Sp. Def and Speed by 2.

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The popular character-customisation feature makes a return in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. Personalise your character’s clothing, hairstyle and eye colour as you venture through the Alola region. Now, you can even dye your fashions to change their colour and make sure you pull off your favourite look whilst out adventuring.

The Pokémon Refresh feature lets you care for your Pokémon. After a battle, Pokémon can sometimes end up rumpled and dirty. Pokémon Refresh lets you clean them up, care for them, feed them Poké Beans and even cure status conditions like poisoning and paralysis that were inflicted on them in battle. Pokémon that have been looked after in Pokémon Refresh can grow very affectionate and will battle to the utmost for you. This means that sometimes they may avoid attacks from opposing Pokémon or even hold out when they’re on the verge of fainting. Take good care of all your Pokémon in Pokémon Refresh, and they will be great allies on your adventure.

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Bravely Second: End Layer Review

Bravely Default is still a personal favorite in my RPG game collection. The impressive story followed up with the addictive side quest kept me playing for the longest time. When Bravely Second: End Layer came out, I couldn’t help but see if the sequel could keep my attention.

Square-Enix had some hit and misses with their RPGs in the past 15 years. The company struggled to make think of new gameplay mechanics and artistic directions, but their plans left customer asking more questions regarding the games. The Bravely series goes back to simpler turn based JRPG style that gamers can love and follow. Bravely Second’s story picks up where its predecessor left off. The Heroes of Light saved the world and Agnes, one of the four heroes of light, ushered a new era of peace until a mysterious villain kidnapped her. It is up to Yew and his team to rescue Agnes before things spiral out of control.

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Fans of the first game will enjoy revisiting the world and seeing familiar places. Not much has changed when you visit town and locations. The story may not entice you, but Bravely Second’s gameplay is what hooks you in. The JRPG follows a turn based combat with a BRAVE option, a move that allows you to use multiple turns in one use, and DEFAULT option, a defensive move that stores extra moves for you. Using the Brave and Default options creates a new strategy to combat and boss battles. Bravely Second creates a new gambling challenge in combat. Meeting a certain battle requirement sets you up for another round of combat with a chance to get extra experience and money.

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Bravely Second contains multiple job classes for the four heroes. Acquiring and leveling up the different jobs is a challenge all on its own since some jobs can only be obtained through side quests. Some fans might get intimidated by how many jobs there are and how to maximize each job class. Knowing how to set up the right job will take some work but can be rewarding.

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Bravely Second contains a bunch of extra mini games and features that add onto the gameplay. Acquiring Street Pass helps summon friends in battle and build/improve a moon base that gives you added bonuses for combat.
Bravely Second may not hook you with the story, but it picks itself up with the artistic style, combat, and different job systems for a fun change.

I give Bravely Second: End Layer a 7 out of 10! For more news, previews, and reviews, stay tuned to Provengamer.com

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Mighty No. 9 Delayed Yet Again

For all you Mighty No. 9 fans you will have to wait a little bit longer before the game is released. The February 9th release date is now being set back due to network issues along with porting work that has to be done for the game. They are working very hard to have had the issues fixed before the launch date; unfortunately the developers need more time to correct all the issues.

The development staff is working on bugs that are within the network modes along with the matchmaking . They are facing two huge problems at the moment, one is due to the many platforms being supported and the second problem that the development team is facing is the updates for each platform has to be done manually since the engine they are using no longer updates on it own. Due to the miscalculations from the development staff, the fans have to wait a little longer and the development staff apologizes for the wait.

The development staff is constantly cooperating with all their partners to make sure that everything is ready before releasing a new date for the game. They are hoping for the Spring of 2016.

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NYCC 2014 – Arrow DLC Announced at Lego Batman 3 Panel

New York Comic Con was a little shy on the video game announcements this year, but that did not stop the Lego Batman 3 panel from being riddled with some fun information.With the help of IGN’s Greg Miller moderating TT Games developers, Arthur Parsons and Stephen Sharples (Dang it Sharples!) showed off in-game footage of playable characters like the comic book icon and CCO of DC Comics, Geoff Johns. However, the popular filmmaker and star of Comic Book Men, Kevin Smith, does not get left behind. Some of the biggest NYCC-exclusive characters reveals include the popular Darkest Knight Batman which is an iteration where Bruce Wayne is chosen to become a Green Lantern, fan-requested Solar Suit Superman, the always ironic Man-Bat, the obscure inclusion from the Batman animated series Condiment King, and of course the Warner Brothers-backed Green Loontern which features the iconic Daffy Duck donning a Green Lantern suit. Even the real-life character inclusion of Conan O’ Brien makes sense in world of Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, but that is not all that was announced at NYCC.

The biggest reveal came when the game’s developers brought out Arrow’s Stephen Amell poised to voice Oliver Queen/Green Arrow in the game and announce the “Arrow” DLC Pack based on the hit show. The Arrow DLC pack is the fourth announced DLC Pack that will be included in the season pass. TT Games detailed their season pass which includes 6 DLC Packs that in total has 40 playable characters for just $14.99. Each pack includes a unique level, characters, vehicles, and achievements. Lego Batman 3’s first 3 DLC Packs will be available on 11/11 the same day the game releases. The first wave of DLC includes the previously announced “Man of Steel” Pack, the “Dark Knight” Pack, and the “Batman 75th Anniversary” Pack.


The third iteration in the Lego Batman franchise is well on track to be the most diverse and expansive game to date. Taking Batman into space and facing off with the evil Brainiac, planet-hopping adventures provided by the Lantern worlds,and the magnitude of available characters provides the player with the signature Lego feel, fun exploration gameplay. The DLC Packs also add something new to the franchise. They bring obscure and movie-based variations of DC characters, with this the game tries to appeal to and appease DC fans from all walks of life. From the comic-book fan to a casual movie-goer, all will find something to relate to in Lego Batman 3. This Lego adventure builds its way towards players on November 11th.

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Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

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Today Nintendo has announced that Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire 
will be coming out November of this year to the 3ds and 2ds handheld 
systems. These two titles are remakes of the original GBA titles Pokémon 
Ruby & Sapphire which came out in 2003. Ruby and Sapphire were the first 
Pokémon games on the GBA system and included features such as creating 
your own little hide out and it also included in game weather systems.


Fans of the series have been wanting a remake of these two titles for a 
while not (including myself) and it will be very interesting to see what 
new features, if any, they will be adding to these long loved titles. 
With the introduction of Mega Evolutions in the previous titles, Pokémon 
X & Y, I’m curious if they will add Mega evolutions to both Mudkip and 
Sceptile since Blaziken already has one. If you ask me I would almost 
count on it. Not much has been said about these remakes other than the 
time of release so keep checking in at ProvenGamer for any updates on 
these titles!

 

 

 

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My Top 5 “Guilty Pleasure” Games

We all have them. Maybe it was a childhood game or one that you are just exceptionally good at. No one you know likes the game or they may even tease you for playing it, but that never made it any less fun. These are my top five games that I know are terrible, but I love playing them anyway.

5. Advent Rising

For those who missed this game nearly a decade ago, Advent Rising is a sci-fi shooter with, in my opinion, a very entertaining story. To sum it up quickly, you are a space pilot encountering your first alien contact, they inform you that humans are gods, another race of aliens appear, and BOOM you are one of the last two humans in existence. You spend the game learning human-god abilities and taking down alien bad guys.

Why it’s Bad: The powers render the guns in the game completely obsolete when you upgrade them. At the same time, you upgrade a power by using it and one blasting ability turns into an all-powerful Kamehameha wave.

Why it’s Awesome: The story is pretty awesome, which is not very common. Also… uh… oh! FREAKING KAMEHAMEHA WAVES! Seriously, you can one-shot spaceships with that thing! Ending entire waves of enemies in an instant, Goku style; how could that not be awesome?

4. Mario Party

There are many versions of this game, and there will probably be many more, but they all have the same basic concept so I’m lumping them together. It’s basically a board game where the players move around the board and play mini-games to earn coins. The coins are used to buy items and stars, and the player with the most stars wins.

Why it’s Bad: The same reason that I am lumping Mario Party games together is one of the major flaws of the series. There may be more than ten games in the series (counting handheld games) but it is difficult to discern one from another as they are so similar. It’s the same game over and over. Also the series of Mario Party is quite firmly in the genre of “casual games” with no real incentive to play the whole game.

Why it’s Awesome: There is nothing quite like the face of utter defeat on any opponent children’s faces; perhaps an annoying cousin, or younger sibling. They can’t exactly play Halo or other similar games so just break out the Mario Party game and let the passive aggressivism flow through you.

3. Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon is a series of games in which your character starts up a farm and raises crops and animals for money. You can upgrade equipment, mine, fish, and other things as well. There is also a story to follow which usually involves a scavenger of crops, food, or other things that can only be obtained in a certain season. There’s also the option to marry and have kids.

Why it’s Bad: Simply put, Harvest moon is very repetitive and stressful. You have to water your plants. Then care for your animals. Crap, you left your tool in the house. Now that’s done maybe I’ll fish. Day is done, bed time. Now water the crops… How did three hours just pass by?!

Why it’s Awesome: Have you ever had those hard or depressing days and you just don’t feel like playing an annoying shooter or a game with the difficulty of “1/4 of a level costs at least 20 of your lives” (I’m looking at you Dark Souls), Harvest Moon is the perfect casual game. There’s not a lot of action, your character doesn’t die, you spending the day petting a cow; the simple videogame life. The fact that I’m sucker for business-type, buying and selling games might also play into this.

2. Browser Games

Those free games on the internet, contained on hundreds of websites; Shooters, RPGs, launching, upgrades, and a plethora of other genres flood the internet from established and aspiring videogame creators. You can find everything from fighting zombies to playing a puzzle online.

Why it’s Bad: A good 90% of the games out there are really not worth playing. After many hours roaming the internet for games to play I can say that the vast majority are flawed, bugged, too short, don’t make sense, or are not entertaining at all. It’s a sea of crappy games that drowns your time away.

Why it’s Awesome: The other 10% are what makes up for the rest. I’ve had more fun playing a few hours of a good browser game then I have from playing a 60 dollar over the counter game for weeks. A lot of the browser games offer comedic moments that can’t really be found elsewhere.

1. Minesweeper

This game is on almost every computer everywhere and has been for a very long time. It’s the classic puzzle game where numbers show you how many mines are adjacent to a space. Theoretically, it is very simple; but it turns out to be a lot harder than it sounds.

Why it’s Bad: This game has been around so long that it is often considered just a frustrating game to play if the internet and cable went out, your consoles exploded, all your books spontaneously combusted, and all other possible hobbies/time killers met their untimely demise at the same time. Also, a lot of the game depends on luck on the harder levels which can be extremely infuriating for those who are spending their time to try and solve it.

Why it’s Awesome: This game can be extremely relaxing when the player gets the hang of it. I have played this game for hours at a time, and sometimes still do, because it is numbingly distracting. However, while being relaxing, it still poses a challenge and so doesn’t become boring, at least not to me. It is one of those few games that finds a medium of relaxation and challenge that keeps me interested.

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Super Mario World 3D Trailer E3 2013

At E3 2013, Nintendo gave us a trailer to announce their brand new Super Mario World 3D. Check it out right here!

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Super Smash Bros Trailer E3 2013

At E3 2013, Nintendo announced another installment of the Super Smash Brothers franchise. Check out the world premier trailer right here!

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New Super Mario Bros. 2 Review

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is one of the newest big titles released on the Nintendo 3DS. This time around, Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach, but besides that, the Mushroom Kingdom is overflowing with coins! Now Mario must rescue her, and also collect 1 million coins! Why? Who knows?

When it comes to the story, there is nothing new what so ever. I would try to put the coin side quest as a main plot point, but besides you trying to get 1 million coins, there’s no backstory to it, and no explanation on why we must get that many coins. It’s an incredible challenge. Not because of difficulty, but because of the time consuming grinding you will be doing. The whole game was incredibly short. I beat all of the worlds in less than 4 hours.

Gameplay is still the same. Control is still fun, and the levels are designed the old Mario way: some fun and entertaining, and others a bit lazy feeling. The core system used now is based around trying to get coins. There are now golden Flowers, which turn anything Mario fires at into gold coins. There are also gold rings, which make enemies turn to gold at your touch, letting you get a bunch of coins when you defeat them. Even with this though, getting to 1 million will take you a long time. I’ve spent exactly 8 hours on the game, and I’ve collected a little less than 50 thousand coins. I loved playing this, but getting to that million is just too much of a grind for me. You will end up playing only a handful of levels over and over, just because they give the most coins the fastest. It’s a shame. If they just increased the amount of coins from defeating golden enemies, and maybe increased the frequency of golden flowers, it could have been faster, easier, and even more fun. It still is fun if you play it in small chunks of time.

The soundtrack of this game doesn’t sound any different than previous Mario games. That isn’t a bad thing, but a bit more originality would have been appreciated. I really loved the visuals however. The 3D still gives a bit of a head ache after a while, but the style of the game was really easy on the eyes. Besides that, nothing is new.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 is a risk of buying. If you love grinding for hours and hours, then this is an absolute must-buy. If you hate repetitive game play, chances are very high you will have wasted your money. Even with the grind, in my opinion, NSMB2 is a must have in anyone’s 3DS collection.

 

3/5

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Sonic Generations Review

It’s been a long time since I have looked forward to playing a Sonic game. To be fair, I was never fond of any of his 3D outings with the original trilogy the stand out games. When I first seen Sonic Generations image and video coming from E3 I thought it at least had a good chance of reinvigorating the Sonic franchise. The promise of playing as classic Sonic and new age Sonic appealed to me. Although it wasn’t on my must buy list, it was one of those games I hoped I would get around to playing.

The story starts with a birthday party being thrown for modern Sonic with many of the characters we know in attendance. The party doesn’t last long when the Time Eater appears throwing Sonic and his friends into separate portals in time. When Sonic comes to he finds himself in “white space”, worlds with no color where he and classic Sonic must race through levels to return color to the worlds and restore time.

Each act in the game is taken from a different Sonic game starting with Green Hill Zone from the original Sonic the Hedgehog to Planet Wisp from Sonic Colors. There is only one zone per act, but the game play is doubled as you have to play through the acts as classic Sonic and modern Sonic. Thankfully, there is a different experience depending on which Sonic you are controlling. Playing classic Sonic shows the world level in 2D while only using original moves spin attack and spin dash. Switching over to modern Sonic changes the world into pseudo 3D environment where the camera will pan from a view behind sonic hurtling forward to side-scrolling sonic. The developers also included moves taken from recent sonic games. The homing attack from Sonic 4: Episode 1 makes an appearance when playing as modern sonic. This is a great inclusion as it helps Sonic flow with speed through the 3D levels easier. And lets face it, Sonic is always better when you are able to glide through the act as fast as you can. Other notable mechanics are available in Planet Wisp from Sonic Colors. It maintains Wisps allowing Sonic different properties to reach other parts of the level.

 

Using the Wisps is by no means bad game play, but it does distract from the game and feels much less of a Sonic game. I found most acts that were based on pre-Dreamcast games felt excellent whereas post levels didn’t have the same flow to them and broke up the pace of the game. This may be down to level design as latter levels feel less colorful and it loses its cartoonish charm. With only nine acts in the game, the main story is very short and can be completed within a few hours.

To give the game some longevity, there are many challenges in each act. The challenge levels vary from speed runs, ring collecting or using a friend’s skill to complete the mission. Although there is no need to complete all challenges, one per act is required to release a key. After every 3 acts, Sonic will have a boss battle activated by using the key from each of the acts beforehand. Further time can be spent gathering the elusive chaos emeralds. Three of these can be obtained by locating the familiar faces of Shadow, Silver and Metal Sonic between the challenge areas. Each has a test for Sonic to pass. Although it fleshes out the game somewhat, it still feels incredibly short.

 

This may not be the full return to form that the Sonic team at SEGA were hoping for, but it is definitely a huge leap in the right direction. If you are interested in Sonic, I would recommend this as a rental or maybe picking it up if you are able to get it in the £15/$20 range.

Sonic Generation garners a 3/5

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Radiant Historia Review

What if the world, you know, was about to end during your lifetime? What if the decisions you made were pivotal in the salvation or destruction of the world? How would you react? What if you had the ability to go back in time to those pivotal decisions and change your response creating a new outcome (but creating further problems down the road that can still lead to the end of civilization)? How would you react?

In Radiant Historia, for the Nintendo DS, you are confronted with this concept. In this turn based RPG, you play as Stocke, a special intelligence agent from the nation of Alistel. You’re assign to help your kingdom as it is at war with another nation called Granorg.

During a dangerous missions, you unlock the power of a mysterious book called the White Chronicle. The White Chronicle allows you to determine a critical event in your past travels and choose another path. If you chose to go north on a fork road and you got your party members killed, travel back in time and go south (allowing you to keep your newly acquired stats, skill, currency, equipment, etc.) .

In Radiant Historia, you are resetting the events of the game without pressing the reset button on you DS. There is a catch in the storyline of Radiant Historia. Changing an event in time gives Stocke a vague premonition about the future (that can be a pleasant prediction or a dark foreshadow of things to come).  Unfortunately the game does not give you any indication was to what path will lead you to those premonitions or what future consequences will come altering your past decisions. In saving a friend, during a bad decision, your kingdom may be in danger of losing the war and you will be forced to make another tough decision ahead.

With foreboding events appearing before you, the end of days riding on your decisions, and the ability to go back in time to take another route (whether it’s 2-4 different decisions for 1 event), Radiant Historia definitely gives you replay options without having to start a new game. You are granted the ability to take the road less traveled without wondering What if I took the other road?

The concept of Radiant Historia has a unique ability to grasp for the RPG lover. If you are an RPG fan that enjoys turn based RPG combat, then this game is up your alley. The combat is very generic, but does have some new unique tactics to help. You don’t have the ability to go back in time during a battle (it would be a great addition for a possible sequel) but you can cluster enemies together in battle allowing one player to attack multiple enemies at once.

The game also introduces change turns mode in battle, which allows you to change a character’s turns with another character’s turn in combat. This give a new approach to combat when you want your healer to fix up a party member before an enemy attack or when you want your strongest fighter to deploy the most damage with the cluster enemies function.

When you are not in turn based combat, the game switches to an over the top view (much like you have seen in early final fantasy games or the dragon quest series) which can be a rather frustrating part of the series. This type of the game wants to play, like the legend of Zelda series, where you can move objects around to get to new paths and items, but doesn’t entirely work.

With that being said, the story of war and changing the end of the world is intriguing and complimented by the nicely designed illustrations of characters throughout the games. If you’re an RPG fan looking for an RPG to try on your DS, Radiant Historia is worth giving a try. I know, after buying the game, I have never though, What if I spent my money on another game.

I give Radiant Historia a thumbs up for our ProvenGamer fans.