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Sony Reveals Secret of Mana Remake for PS4 and Vita

Today Sony revealed a ground-up, 3D remake of Secret of Mana — something that I don’t think any of us expected.

To quote the Official PlayStation Blog:

One of the greatest RPGs of all time, Secret of Mana, is coming back to life in 3D! Secret of Mana will come to PS4 and PS Vita digitally, on February 15, 2018 worldwide.

Secret of Mana holds a special place in many hearts here in the office, so we could not be more excited for new fans to experience the time-honored classic for the first time, and for existing fans to dive back into the fun fantasy adventure that they know and love.

The remake boasts local multiplayer and a newly arranged soundtrack, as well as fully voiced characters.  If you pre-order Secret of Mana, then you get three exclusive suits when the game launches on February 15th, 2018.

I loved this game growing up but never had the patience to finish it.  I’m excited to dive back into Secret of Mana early next year!

You can watch the trailer below and head over to the PlayStation Blog to check out all the details.

 

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RPG Creator Coming to iOS September 25th

Degica Games, the Tokyo-based publisher best known for it’s RPG Maker franchise, announced a new mobile RPG creation tool coming soon to iOS! Finally players can create RPGs on the go with RPG Creator. This unique app will have players building maps, creating non-playable characters and monsters, fighting epic battles, and sharing creations with the world in no time at all!

Features:

·         Create villages, castles, caves, world maps and more with the Map Editor
·         Easily create events and bring the RPG to life
·         Extensive Database allows players to modify and customize their game
·         Default resources and assets to get players started or they can import their own
·         Play Games made by other users or upload your own creations
RPG Creator will be available on September 25, 2016 on iOS for both iPhone and iPad and will be Free to Play with a Premium version available.

Click the video below to view the gameplay trailer!

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Square Enix Launches I Am Setsuna in the West on July 19th

Square Enix has formed a small development team of 10 dedicated and 20 freelance staff  called Tokyo RPG Factory, to bring us I Am Setsuna, the spiritual successor to Square’s 1995 epic classic Chrono Trigger, and it is releasing in the West on Tuesday, July 19th for the Playstation 4, The Playstation Vita, and PC.

Per a Blog post on Playstation.com:
“I Am Setsuna’s gameplay is reminiscent of an old school JRPG. The subtle way the characters move, the music, and the battles evoke the games some of us grew up playing, but with a splash of novelty once you pick up the controller.  I am Setsuna tells the tale of a land that has maintained peace with a fiend – once every decade, a sacrifice is offered to a fiend on the island. However, one year, the fiend grows violent before the next sacrifice is due. Those living on the island are afraid and try to calm the fiend by offering a sacrifice — Setsuna — chosen because of her powers of enchantment. Setsuna must leave with her safeguards for the farthest land, where the ceremony of sacrifice will be held.”
(The entire post “15 things to know about I Am Setsuna” can be found here: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/06/03/15-things-to-know-about-i-am-setsuna-out-july-19-on-ps4/ )

Everything shown for this game gives off a strong Chrono Trigger vibe, from scenes favoring the infamous  Mountain of Woe, to dual attacks similar to Crono and Frog’s iconic X Slash, and even soaring over mountaintops in an air ship, very reminiscent of the Epoch; The ship which was flown in Chrono Trigger.  Upon hiring the team for Tokyo RPG Factory, applicants were not told the studio would be part of Squre Enix.  Yosuke Matsuda (CEO of Square Enix) wanted to hire people who were passionate about RPGs, rather than people who wanted to work for Square Enix.
We will have to wait and see if that passion for RPG’s is displayed when the game releases next week.

Be sure to view the E3 2016 trailer below, and for more on I Am Setsuna, keep it locked right here at ProvenGamer.com!

 

 

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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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Be One With The KWANN

KWANN is one of those games at first read through most people would probably pass by. Do yourself a favor though, take a moment to actually check out what this game has to offer. Odd in concept but that is what makes it unique. Long days of playing violent blood filled rage inducing games sometimes gets you over worked. Kwann is the type of the game you just veg out to while enjoying a cutesy art style. You are an Eco warrior in a pixelated world, one fateful day your eco adventure will start.

KWAAN fuses all kinds of good stuff into one environmentally delicious gaming package: point-and-click, RPG, 15-player online co-op, pixel art editor, and a quite excellent grapnel for exploring the many levels on your collective quest to keep KWAAN happy. But beware – if at midnight each day KWAAN is too sad, the mighty tree lord will drown the world in tears, with the unfortunate side effect of crashing the server so you and your Dwaal pals have to start again from scratch.

Created by a renegade team of four digital tree-huggers from Ankama’s Montreal studio. KWANN will be one of the more unique game titles you have the chance to play. After a short stint in early access to refine the overall game it has finally been fully released. Pixel art, friends and being eco-friendly not sure you could ask for much more. Though watching the trailer, which you will find below, will reveal another level of depth to KWANN. Looks like integrated is a basic pixel editor to keep you on track with your eco task. Not fully divulged though is how it will be used, it looks more like it will be how you create new trees and flowers to fight the evil Kwann tree as a lowly Dwaal.

Out now via Steam for PC, Mac and Linux for just $9.99 USD.

• Download KWAAN now for instant joy:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/336790

 

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Predictions for the 2015 Game Awards

Live on December 3rd, 2015, Los Angeles hosts the 2015 Game Awards, and gamers and media journalists alike are licking their chops in preparations to see their favorite games win the awards they deserve. Although it is a controversial topic that most Game Awards are given to the most recent Triple A title to be released near November or December, there is no doubt that 2015 made up for the semi-barren 2014 year of gaming with block buster hits such as Bloodborne, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Fallout 4. Below is a list of my predictions for the 2015 Game Awards.

Most Anticipated Game

My Personal Vote: The Last Guardian
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As a huge fan of Shadow of the Colossus, I have wanted to play this game ever since I first saw screenshots in my issue of Game Informer years ago; yet, like many gamers, I have had to endure the games delay time and time again until the small spark of hope that was this year’s E3 when a trailer was shown showcasing some gameplay elements between the boy and his bird/dog companion.

What I think will win: No Man’s Sky
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Although this entire category is completely subjective to the Gamer’s personal preference, it’s no secret that No Man’s Sky has been on everyone’s radar as the most anticipated game. With a roundabout release date of June, 2016, gamers and Sci-Fi junkies will be soaring through space and discovering countless planets in no time. Although, I can’t help but wonder: Why is Dark Souls 3 not on this list?

Best Multiplayer

My Personal Vote: Rocket League
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This game managed to draw me in with two things I am personally not invested in: Car games and soccer. And it worked! Combining the two for some competitive 1v1, 2v2, or 3v3 bumper car sports was the most fun in a multiplayer game I have had in long time. And the best part: I downloaded it from PSN for free!

What I think will win: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
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As beloved as the Halo franchise is, I do believe BLOPS3 will take home this crown. The week of its release, Activision announced that not only did the FPS juggernaut rack in $550 Million in its first three days of sale, but it also had the highest player engagement with more hours accumulated on their online multiplayer than any other COD title in the franchise. The COD train keeps on rolling.

Best Fighting Game

My Personal Vote AND what I think will win: Mortal Kombat X
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NetherRealm Studios brings it once again in their latest installment with one of the most iconic fighting games in history. Mortal Kombat has always taken very bold steps in its directions, and this title is no different with its introduction of new characters, stylish and polished fighting game mechanics, it’s first-person interactive Krypt mode for plenty of unlockables, and of course, the fatalities. It’s enough to keep even non-fighting game enthusiasts coming back for more. It will be interesting to see how this title matches up with the “King of Fighters” Street Fighter V when it releases in February of next year, but for now it is uncontested and reigning champion in 2015.

Best Shooter

My Personal Vote: Star Wars Battlefront
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The long awaited Star Wars: Battlefront has made its triumphant return. Although I have only spent a total of maybe 10 hours in the Beta, the full version of the game is sure to be a contender for best shooter due to its engaging atmosphere and nostalgic sound effects. Any small complaints fans may have with the game is sure to fix itself in time, (much like previous EA titles such as Battlefield 4) creating what may very well be the 2015 Shooter of the year. And besides; WHO DOESN’T LIKE STAR WARS?!

What I think will win: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
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It seems we live in an age where “Shooter” and “Multiplayer” go hand and hand. This is especially true with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. With its vastly growing popularity in its multiplayer, it seems COD:BLOPS3 also has some other tricks up its sleeve, not only giving us yet another fast paced, thrilling single player, but Zombie mode considered one of the best to date, adding even more replay value to Activision’s flagship franchise.

Best Score

My Personal Vote: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Music has always been a big deal to me. The more epic the score, the more I want to dive into the game. If the score is good enough to get stuck in my head, then take what already may be an epic adventure, and throw in a hint of nostalgia that will ring in my mind forever. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt easily captivates me this way. Whether I’m riding through the hills of Skellige enjoying the subtle, ambient chant, or simply listening to the lyre and flute resonate out of my speakers on my PS4 theme.

What I think will win: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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Hideo Kojima is a huge 80’s music fan, as so am I, and since the game takes place in the 80’s, it was only appropriate for there to be 80’s music involved. Sneaking into a base to rescue a soldier listening to Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” or destroying waves of tanks while being serenaded to Billy Idols “Rebel Yell” has never been more fun.

Best RPG

My Personal Vote: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
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Among the nominees, I truly feel this title takes all the great elements we love about Role Playing games and injects them with steroids. With over 200 hours of gameplay, fast-paced, strategic combat, and Dragon Ageesque moral choice driven storytelling, it’s no shocker why this game is on the list.

What I think will win: Fallout 4
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Despite all the controversy over Bethesda’s track record of releasing games with multiple day one glitches and bugs, gamers have once again stepped out of the vault, strapped on their Pip boy, and have started exploring the vast wastelands of Boston.

Best Action/Adventure Game

My Personal Vote: Rise of the Tomb Raider
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For anyone who had never been a Tomb Raider fan, like myself, the resurrection of the series by Square Enix is sure to change your mind and deserves a place among the award ceremony. With gripping combat, tomb exploration and a beautiful retelling of the protagonist Laura Croft, it’s enough to make even the best Uncharted titles blush.

What I think will win: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
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As a giant Metal Gear Solid fan myself, I was glad the series could finally get the recognition it deserved, but under the circumstances of Kojima leaving Konami resulting in what fans and even the creator himself have labeled an “unfinished product” is not exactly what I had in mind. This game took the gaming community by storm, not only resulting in what could possibly be the best MGS launch in its history, but also sparking players’ interests enough to even go out and purchase and finish the MGS: Legacy Collection before MGSV: The Phantom Pain would even hit shelves.

Best Developer

My Personal Vote: CD Projekt Red
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What seemed like an overly ambitious project (no pun intended), this small development company founded in 1994 in Warsaw, Poland have created the massive RPG we know and love today known as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Who I think will win: Bethesda Game Studios
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Talk about perfect timing. Bethesda releases the fourth installment (second installment actually developed by them) of the Fallout series just in time for the award ceremony. I do believe that voters will vote for Bethesda and Fallout4 based on not only the game’s content, but also when it was released and it’s relevancy in our recent memory. I feel that many games will get overlooked due to this premise. Speaking of which, our last category is GOTY.

Game of the Year

My Personal Vote: Bloodborne
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If there was one game I could persuade an Xbox gamer to buy a PS4 for, it would be From Software’s Bloodborne. Considered by some as the killer app for the PlayStation 4, this is a game that is not only fueled by its dark, beautiful atmosphere, but also by the players’ experience with the game. The difficulty can be trying at times, as death can result in a loss of Blood Echoes (essential in leveling up your character and purchasing items), but it can also be very rewarding when you finally take down that boss you have struggled with the last few hours presenting you with a nice shiny PS4 trophy and a checkpoint to continue your descent into the Gothic depths of Yharnam.

What I think will win: Fallout 4
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With an almost overwhelming library of games to fill the 2015 roster, Fallout 4 may very well take home the prize for GOTY. As a Bethesda fan myself, I have personally seen their work with the Elder Scrolls entries a la Oblivion and Skyrim and even Fallout 3, so it is no surprise to me that Fallout 4, even given its recent release has made this year’s GOTY nominees and may very well take home the crown. But my only hope is that its release date will not be the driving force behind the votes that will be issued towards this title. If we take a step back and look around, 2015 was truly a great year for gaming, and these titles and their developers truly deserve recognition for their hard work.

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-Best Shooter: Rainbow 6: Siege
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Although the game is being released only two days before the ceremony, I found it very surprising that this game did not make the list for best shooter, or even best multiplayer game.

-Most Anticipated Game: Dark Souls 3
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With the diehard fan base of the “Souls” series, and Bloodborne being nominated for numerous awards, I found it puzzling that this game did not at least make the list for most anticipated game. If it had, it would have made my decision in this category that much more difficult, competing with the likes of The Last Guardian and No Man’s Sky.