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This month will be all about the anticipated sequels with “Pikmin 3”, “Lost Planet 3”, “Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn”, and “Saints Row IV”. However, for players looking for something new there will also be “Dragon’s Crown”, “The Bureau: XCOM Declassified”, “Disney Infinity”, and “Killer is Dead” coming out this month.
(8/4/Sunday) Pikmin 3 (Wii U)
(8/13/Tuesday) Europa Universalis IV (PC)
(8/30/Friday) War for the Overworld (PC)
“Pikmin 3” is the third game in the Pikmin series and is developed by Nintendo EAD Group No. 4. Two new types of Pikmin have been introduced to the series: rock Pikmin that can smash through tough barriers and glass and pink winged Pikmin which can carry items through the air as well as attack airborne enemies. The player can now control three different leaders opposed to “Pikmin 2” which had two. The player will also be able to instantly change between the different leaders to solve puzzles.
“Europa Universalis IV” is a grand strategy computer game developed by Paradox Development Studio. The game is set between November 11, 1444 and January 1, 1821.
“War for the Overworld” is a real-time strategy game and is developed by Subterranean Games. In the game the player will play as an Underlord tasked with building dungeons that contain traps and enemies that kill heroes. Players will have to act quickly since the game is played in real time actively make decisions.
(8/6/Tuesday) Dragon’s Crown (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)
(8/6/Tuesday) Tales of Xillia (PlayStation 3)
(8/13/Tuesday) Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Nintendo 3DS)
(8/27/Tuesday) Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PlayStation 3, PC)
“Dragon’s Crown” is a 2D fantasy action RPG and is developed Vanillaware and Atlus. The game is structured like a traditional side-scrolling beat ‘em up. The player will be able to choose from one of six characters Fighter, Amazon, Dwarf, Sorceress, Elf, and Wizard. Each character has their own strength and weaknesses such as movement speed, selection of magic, attack power, and special attacks.
“Tales of Xillia” is the thirteenth game in the Tales series and is developed by Namco Tales Studio. The game will include animated character portraits, subtitles, and full voice acting. Battles sequences will use the Dual Raid Linear Motion Battle System in which four characters are chosen to battle and characters not controlled by the player are controlled by the AI with instructions from the player beforehand.
“Mario & Luigi: Dream Team” is the fourth game in the Mario & Luigi series and is developed AlphaDream. Most of the game takes place in a 3D, top-down overload, however certain parts will feature the player using Pillow Portals that sends Mario into Luigi’s dream. In these dreams the player will be side-scrolling alongside Dreamy Luigi, Luigi’s dream counterpart. In certain areas Dreamy Luigi will be able to merge with the environment that can be manipulated by touching the sleeping Luigi. There are also some sections where the player will control a giant Luigi by turning the Nintendo 3DS on its side and using the stylus.
“Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn” is MMORPG that is part of the Final Fantasy series and is developed by Square Enix’s Product Development Division 3. In the game the player will be able to customize their characters such as name, facial features, gender, race, and starting class. Players will also have to choose a game world for their characters to exist on.
Review continued in Part 2
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