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Eight Upcoming Under-The-Radar Titles That Deserve Your Attention

Hometown Story (3DS)
Release: Fall

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. 

For more information, check out our preview.

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. 

Do any of these games catch your eye? Let us know in the comments below!

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