The lights are on
Hometown Story (3DS)
What It Is: Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada's new project, where you run your own
store and help out your fellow villagers.
Why You Should Care: Wada expressed his interest in making
Hometown Story his next big series. Hopefully, he can make keeping up a shop
with customer demands as exciting as creating a farming empire. It looks like
he's on the right track, though. When I spoke to him at E3, he discussed going
the extra mile to please visitors by obtaining desired items to stock in shop.
This might mean finding the right vendor, or venturing out into the mountains
yourself. Wada also put emphasis on the people, and that's why he crafted 30
unique villager wishes to grant. The catch? You can only pick one in a playthrough,
so choose wisely.
For more information, check out our preview.
Ys: Memories of
Celceta (PlayStation Vita)
What It Is: A fast-paced, twitch-based action RPG from
old-school developer Nihon Falcom.
Why You Should Care: Because this is where your loves for
ultra-smooth controls, tight battles, and leveling up come together. Nihon Falcom has been making the Ys series
for years and with each iteration, hero Adol Christin silently makes his way
through hordes of enemies with pinpoint precision. This new iteration for Vita
is the first time that Falcom themselves are taking a stab at the story of Ys
IV, of which two different versions were made by Tonkin House and Hudson Soft
and released only in Japan. So take the plunge and explore Celceta for the
first time in English.
Contrast (PS4, PS3,
Xbox 360, PC)
Release: Fall 2013
What It Is: Compulsion Games' platformer/puzzle hybrid,
where shadows paint your surfaces in a 3D world inspired by the film noir of
the 1940s and the 1920s vaudeville theater scene.
Why You Should Care: One look at Contrast's visuals is enough to garner interest. Still, Contrast isn't looking like a one-trick pony. Not only does
the gameplay look varied with the main character's 2D shadow ability being used
in different ways such as to transport her around the 3D world, but the story,
which focuses on a girl named Didi and her imaginary friend, Dawn, is more mature
than you'd expect. It centers on Didi's
strained relationship with her parents. This promising title could be the next
indie darling, and so far it's looking anything but conventional.
The Guided Fate
Paradox (PlayStation 3)
Release: Fall 2013
What It Is: Nipphon Ichi Software's latest dungeon
crawler/RPG hybrid, featuring randomly generated dungeons and wacky customization.
Why You Should Care: The Guided Fate Paradox creators are
those who brought us Disgaea: Hour of Darkness and it shares a similar art style. In fact, it has Disgaea-inspired special attacks that up the
zany meter. The game is also the spiritual successor to the roguelike Z.H.P. Unlosing
Ranger Vs. Darkdeath Evilman. In addition, the customization is just as crazy – you can give your characters race car legs. The story is also as quirky as the
gameplay; you play as a high school student who becomes a god by winning a lottery.
Your job? Grant people's wishes, but it's obvious there's more to it than meets the eye.
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