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New Game Releases: February 8th-14th, 2018

Beyond an update to the atmospheric antagonism found in Ecole Software/French Bread’s update to Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, there are a number of other compelling titles competing for your attention. Undoubtedly, eyes will be on Dynasty Warriors 9, as the title shifts from labyrinthine maps to an open-world approach. Meanwhile Owlboy takes flight from PC exclusivity, landing on Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this week.

Header image: Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, 3DS

PlayStation 3
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] (digital, $TBA)

PlayStation 4
Crossing Souls (digital, $TBA)
Dynasty Warriors 9 (physical and digital, $59.99)
Heroine Anthem Zero Episode 1 (digital, $9.99)
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (physical and digital, $59.99)
Owlboy (digital, $24.99)
The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia (physical and digital, $59.99)
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] (physical and digital, $49.99)

Switch
ACA NeoGeo 2020 Super Baseball (digital, $7.99)
Aegis Defenders (digital, $19.99)
Aperion Cyberstorm (digital, $13.49)
Arcade Archives Crazy Climber (digital, $7.99)
ATOMIK: RunGunJumpGun (digital, $7.99)
Disc Jam (digital, $14.99)
Dragon Quest Builders (retail and digital, $49.99)
Mercenaries Saga Chronicles (digital, $14.99)
Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame (retail and digital, $59.99)
Owlboy (digital, $24.99)
Premium Pool Arena (digital, $11.99)
The Fall Part 2: Unbound (digital, $16.99)
The Longest Five Minutes (physical and digital, $39.99)
The Men of Yoshiwara: Kikuya (digital, $19.99)

Wii U
Aperion Cyberstorm (digital, $13.49)
Imagefight (digital, $5.99)
Imagefight 2 (digital, $7.99)

Xbox One
Dynasty Warriors 9 (physical and digital, $59.99)
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (physical and digital, $59.99)
Owlboy (digital, $24.99)

3DS
Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology (physical or digital, $39.99)

PS Vita
The Longest Five Minutes (digital, $39.99)
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] (digital, $TBA)

PC
Aegis Defenders ($19.99)
Aperion Cyberstorm ($14.99)
Crossing Souls ($TBA)
Dynasty Warriors 9 ($59.99)
Kingdom Come: Deliverance ($59.99)
MatchyGotchy (free)
Meanders ($3.49)
Octogeddon ($11.84)
OPUS: Rocket of Whispers ($7.91)
Sakura Cupid ($TBA)
Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise & Fall (DLC, $29.99)
Sister’s Love  ($TBA)
Sprint Vector ($23.99)
The Fall Part 2: Unbound ($TBA)
Tracon!2012:SE ($20.99)

Matt’s Pick: (Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, DigitallyDownloaded): Dynasty Warriors 9 is by far the most mature and genuine attempt to recreate the epic narratives in Romance of the Three Kingdoms in an action game yet. Dynasty Warriors 9 shows real maturity on the part of Koei Tecmo; sure, the weapons are still over the top and completely impractical for real battlefield use, but everything else is painstakingly authentic; characters are less caricatures, costume remains authentic to the period, and there’s even a Chinese voice track for additional authenticity, and all of this is a good thing. The recreation of the entirety of China as a massive open world also lends the game the epic scope that you’d expect given that it’s based on a book of around 1,000 pages in length. No longer are battles mere “levels”; they flow in real time just as the fractured and dynamic politics of the era caused conflict to spring up across the country. I was unsure as to how the open world gameplay design would “gel” with the traditional Dynasty Warriors action, but it has, and this is the biggest step forward that Koei has ever taken with the franchise.

Zack’s Pick: (Senior Editor, RPGSite, rpgsite.net): I had the distinct pleasure of playing Owlboy a couple of years ago when it initially released on PC after a decade-long development cycle. Before I had a chance to try it out, I had a conversation with one of the developers. He talked about how a game like theirs may not look it, but it would be practically impossible for them to run it on a PlayStation 3. This is due to the multitude of shaders and other systems at work underneath the surface. So, despite it being a sprite-based game, its technical achievement is far more advanced than meets the eye. Playing Owlboy at that time made me fully appreciate just the amount of work that goes into making these types of experiences in the modern era. In that sense, it has a whimsical way of subverting one’s expectations.

Of course, it helps that it’s a gorgeous game with a sentimental story and very likable characters. It actually ended up being one of my favorite games of 2016 despite beating it on New Year’s Eve. Players who didn’t get a chance to try it out back then have another opportunity when it is released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, particularly on the latter. This seems like the perfect portable title whose intricate spritework and amazing sound design will really stand out. I highly recommend giving this one a purchase – you may end up loving it as much as I did.

Ryan’s Pick (Former NIS America dood): This week, I am going with Dynasty Warriors 9. I feel like open world will just work for Dynasty Warriors – because it will remove those classic hack and slash invisible walls. In the past I felt that the games would be so much more fun if you weren’t always pathed by these intangible invisible walls (that I always ran into aimlessly) and could explore anywhere you wanted. From what I’ve seen and heard they have invested an incredible amount of time and resources to move everything to open world, and from the screenshots they distributed the environments and the upgraded character models look great. I’m glad Omega Force has emulated a lot of the good design choices from other successful open world games, one being the coveted fast-travel. With 90 characters I know that the completionists (like me) appreciates this. In general, I’m pretty excited to see how it plays, and if Lu Bu will in fact follow me across the entire world.

Robert’s Pick (Editor, Tech-Gaming): I’ll be brutally honest here: Dynasty Warriors 9’s transition to open-world gameplay has me a bit concerned. Across the past eighteen years, developer Omega Force has steadily shaped their interactive interpretation of Records of the Three Kingdoms into an encyclopedic, yet also fantastic account of the late Eastern Han era. Often, a drastic divergence from formula can introduce more than a few problems. But that said, the possibility of infiltrating enemy strongholds with a grappling hook just might fulfill the emptiness the emerged when Acquire stopped making Tenchu titles. With the integration of a real time day/night cycle and fluctuating weather systems, I’m looking forward to the prospect of unification through covertness rather than just through combat. Hopefully, Cao Cao and company will nail the experience with this iteration.

About Robert Allen

With over 35 years of gaming experience, Robert 'DesertEagle' Allen is Tech-Gaming's resident worrier/warrior who spends his days teaching at three colleges and his nights devoted to JRPGs.

14 comments

  1. Whoa. Some guests for New Releases! I like it. 🙂

  2. I’ll probably get DW9 this week if the reviews are good. I’m curious to see how much the open world changes things.

    Robert: How much stealth is in the game? I don’t want Assassin’s Creed: Ancient China.

  3. I’d like to see a Radiant Historia: PC review. I never got a chance to play the original.

    (Kind of wish it was on Switch).

  4. I like the addition of Matt, Zack, and Ryan. Maybe they can help balance out Robert’s loli weakness.

    Maybe I’m just cheap, but I feel like buying a DW game at release isn’t the best idea. Not only do they drop in price quick, but they also come out with new editions within half a year. Don’t get me wrong, I want to play 9 but saving $30 or so is more important to me.

  5. Nanatsu no Taizai was good but I feel that The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia is getting released at the wrong time and without much support from BN.

    Half of the game trailer is just the names of the seven sins. The only gameplay is quick flash that make the games look kind of like DW without the crown of enemies.

  6. The four of you should work together more. You could start the Famitsu of the West.

    As the kids say “tryna” resist buying Dragon Quest Builders. I’m a fool for anything DQ.

  7. Listen to Kyle. Owlboy is a really enjoyable experience and was one of my favorite games of last year. I know the cool kids are playing PUBG and Fortnight (and those are fun) but Owlboy just has that classic charm.

  8. Whenever I read “Britannia”, all I can think of are the Ultima series.

  9. I’ll probably get Rise & Fall. I’m such a Civhead it’s not even funny.

  10. Dragon Quest Builders today for Switch. (Even if I own the PS4 version).

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