The lights are on
Fans of the Japanese gaming scene have reason to be happy, as Tecmo Koei announced today that it will be bringing three interesting games to Western markets.
The three games are Toukiden: The Age of Demons (pictured above), Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (catchy title!), and Deception IV: Blood Ties, which is a remake of the original Tecmo's Deception for the original PlayStation.
Here, per Tecmo Koei, are some brief summaries of the games:
Toukiden: the Age of DemonsFollowing a ground breaking success in Japan where its current sales stand well over the 400,000 mark, an impressive feat for an original IP, Toukiden: the Age of Demons is now being localized for release in North America for the PlayStation®Vita handheld system.
In Toukiden, players can customize characters, weapons and armor and form a group of hunters to take down the destructive Oni- demons of varying strength and size who have invaded the world through cracks in space and time. This visually stunning game boasts an extensive character creation mode, six non-player characters beautifully designed by Atelier Ayesha artist Hidari, and six different weapon types, each of which can be forged and upgraded to the player's preferences. Toukiden: The Age of Demons, is set against a backdrop inspired by various historical periods of Japan, while it also features 200 characters based on both fictional and historical Japanese figures, whose souls help players strengthen their team and defeat their enemies.
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk SkyThe latest instalment in the long-loved Atelier series, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky, is a direct sequel to Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk and will be released in North America in early 2014 for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system.
For the first time on PlayStation 3, Atelier series players can choose if they will follow the story of Escha or Logy, a novelty that offers a unique story perspective and gameplay experience. Escha's story is a delightful tale of the everyday adventures of an alchemist that Atelier series' fans love, whereas Logy's story follows a darker approach filled with traditional RPG elements and focused on world exploration.
Deception IV: Blood TiesFrom the producer of Fatal Frame comes the re-imagining of the classic Tecmo title Tecmo's Deception, first released in 1996 on the PlayStation. The Deception series uniquely focuses in giving players a taste of what it's like to play on the side of evil by using a wide variety of imaginative traps to exact revenge on their adversaries.
Deception IV: Blood Ties is being developed for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation Vita handheld system and is, much like its predecessors, a strategy focused action series where players control a main character that defeats enemies by luring them into imaginative traps.
Our Take:I'm all for niche games like this coming to the West, and I'm especially excited for Deception IV. The Deception series (which also went under the names Kagero and Trapt - the constant rebranding didn't help matters much) is one of the most diabolical and odd franchises in game history. It's literally like a Mousetrap, but in this case the Rube Goldberg devices are meant to kill someone. Anyway, our trusty Replay gang did a Super Replay on Trapt (basically Deception 3). It'll give you a good idea of what it's like.