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This month has quite the variety of different games for every type of gamer, but in this first part we’ll take a look at the interesting variety of role-playing games out last month, starting off with the big-seller South Park: The Stick of Truth
(3/4/Tuesday) South Park: The Stick of Truth (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
(3/11/Tuesday) Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PlayStation 3)
(3/11/Tuesday) Dark Souls II (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
(3/18/Tuesday) Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita)
(3/25/Tuesday) The Witch and the Hundred Knight (PlayStation 3)
“South Park: The Stick of Truth” is a role-playing game based on the animated television series “South Park” and is developed by Obsidian Entertainment and South Park Digital Studios. The game is viewed from a 2D-like third-person perspective as the player takes control of the New Kid as he traverses the town of South Park. The player will have access to notable characters from the series from their party, however only one can be equipped at a time. The player will have the choice to play from four archetypes: Fighter, Thief, Mage, and Jew with each having their own abilities.
“Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky” is the fifteenth game in the Atelier series and is developed by Gust Co. Ltd. Players will have the ability to choose between two protagonists while most of the main storyline will stay the same regardless certain events and the ending will be specific for each protagonist. The two protagonists, Escha and Logy, use different kinds of tools to synthesize. There will also be a new synthesis system in which players can combine different items together.
“Dark Souls II” is the sequel to “Dark Souls”, though it has no direct story connection, and is developed by From Software. Multiplayer is featured greatly in the game with up to two players being able to join a third to proceed through a game up to defeating a boss. A major difference from the previous game is the difficulty since the enemies do not respawn indefinitely once they are defeated a certain number of times. However, this restricts how much a player can farm for souls and equipment. On top of that the player’s maximum HP is reduced with each death until it reaches 50% of the full health bar and can only be regained if they regain their humanity.
“Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster” is the HD remastered edition of “Final Fantasy X” and “Final Fantasy X-2” and is developed by Square Enix and Virtuos. While majority of the gameplay in both games remains the same they have undergone an extensive graphical update and the music for “Final Fantasy X” has been rearranged. Another addition is the Creature Creator system that allows players to capture enemy monsters and some NPCs and have them fight alongside the party in battle. In X-2 the Last Mission has been added which plays as a roguelike 3D game with a grid-based layout for characters to move across.
“The Witch and the Hundred Knight” is an action role-playing game and is developed by Nippon Ichi Software. The game is stage-based allowing players to revisit and find new paths to new areas once a stage is cleared. The player will be allowed to explore a large semi-open world. In addition to the main quests the player will encounter NPCs which they can also accept quests from them. The NPCs will react to how the player treats them that leads them into attacking the player if antagonize them first. The game is a hack-n’-slash played from a top-down isometric view.
Image credit: South Park: The Stick of Truth via Facebook.com