Operation Abyss : New Tokyo Legacy


Game: Operation Abyss : New Tokyo Legacy
Developer: Experience inc
Publisher: NIS America
Release: April 14th – 2015 (NA), April 17th – 2015 (EU)
Genre: Dungeon crawler RPG




With the city under the constant threat of Variants—genetically engineered monsters—and the emergence of portals leading to a mysterious dimension called the Abyss, the government has established the Code Physics Agency to investigate these mysterious phenomena. The Xth Squad.


Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is a Japanese first person dungeon crawler with RPG elements for the PS Vita and Playstation TV, made by the same people who made Demon Gaze. Operation Abyss is a remake of the two first games in the Generation Xth series, games that were released some 6-7 years ago in Japan only. The setting is sci-fi and the location is Tokyo in the near future. The city is under attack by monsters from another dimension, and it is up to you and your special forces team called “The Xth squad” to save the day. There is a trailer available here and a gameplay video here.






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Suikoden 1 & 2


Game: Suikoden 1 & 2
Developer: Konami
Publisher: Konami
Release: February 4th, 2015 (EU)
Genre: RPG





Suikoden II remains a masterwork, a crossroads of storytelling, art, music, and mechanics. We’re still seeing its effect in modern RPGs like Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s not perfect, though. The localization is awful. But this doesn’t compromise the phenomenal characters, relationships, and narrative, an unpredictable, engaging intrigue worthy of Game of Thrones.


Finally the classic RPG’s Suikoden and Suikoden II will be available for purchase in Europe. The games will appear on the PSN store in January as PSOne classics, and will be available on PS3, PS Vita and PS TV. The first game is almost 20 years old and was released on the original Playstation, followed by Suikoden II a few years later. Both are 2D games with classic RPG features and reminds a lot of the 2D Final Fantasy games. The story in is about a corrupt empire that is mistreating its people, leading up to a rebellion with the player fighting for the rebels. There are a lot of characters in Suikoden, you can meet 108 allied characters plus a large number of enemies and others. There is the usual random encounters and turn based combat, but there are also two other combat types. In Duels two characters will fight one on one, and in Massive battles you control a  large number of units in the style of a pure strategy game.





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Shovel Knight


Game: Shovel Knight
Developer: Yach Club Games
Release: TBA 2015
Genre: 2D Platform





Shovel Knight has come to this valley with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. He wields a ShovelBlade; a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!

Shovel Knight is going to be released some time in 2015 on Playstation Network, which means PS3, PS4 and PS Vita (official announcement here). Shovel Knight was a successful Kickstarter project and the game was released on PC and Nintendo platforms in 2014 and ended up on many peoples Game of the Year-lists. The game is a 2D platformer made in the style of 8-bit games from the NES era. You control Shovel Knight, a knight armed with a shovel. He uses the shovel to fight (you can pogo-attack with it like Scrooge McDuck in Ducktales) and dig up treasures. Difficulty is pretty hard but not impossible. You will be able to figure out the boss patterns after a few tries and if you liked the old Mega Man games you will feel right at home. There is also a very well written story and an awesome sound track to enjoy. Here’s a good gameplay video.




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