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New Game Releases: Jan. 28th-Feb 3rd, 2016

Megadimension Neptunia VII

Just a few weeks ago, the quality of quantity of new game releases was discouraging. But coinciding with February’s arrival, a number of notable titles are due to hit digital storefronts and store shelves. From Megadimension Neptunia VII, Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel, Gravity Rush Remastered, to the Akiba-kei-zation of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, fans of J-gaming have plenty to look forward to. Of course, fans of ‘so bad it’s good’ schlock should be discouraged, there still plenty of shovelware getting published, as this title demonstrates.

Header Image: Megadimension Neptunia VII, PlayStation 4

PlayStation 3
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PSN, $29.99)

PlayStation 4
AIPD: Artificial Intelligence Police Department (PSN, $9.99)
Albedo: Eyes From Outer Space (PSN, $14.99)
Amazing Discoveries In Outer Space (PSN, $11.99)
Crypt Of The Necrodancer (PSN, $14.99)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth (also on PSN, $59.99)
Gravity Rush Remastered (also on PSN, $29.99)
Megadimension Neptunia VII (also on PSN, 59.99)
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (also on PSN, $39.99)
Not A hero (PSN, $12.99)

Wii U
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (eShop, Virtual Console $7.99)
Joe’s Diner (eShop, $7.99)
Level 22 (eShop, $6.99)
Shadow Puppeteer (eShop, $14.99)

Xbox One
AIPD: Artificial Intelligence Police Department (XGS, $9.99)
Fortified (XGS, $TBA)

3DS
Crazy Train (eShop, DSiWare, $1.99)
Hello Kitty’s Magic Apron (eShop, $19.99)
Mini-Games Madness Volume: #1 – Hello World (eShop, $4.99)
RV-7 My Drone (eShop, $1.99)

PS Vita
Crypt Of The Necrodancer (PSN, $14.99)
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth
Letter Quest Remastered (PSN, $8.99)
Royal Defense (PSN, $5.99)

PC (via Steam unless noted)
AIPD – Artificial Intelligence Police Department ($9.99)
American Truck Simulator ($19.99)
Aveyond 4: Shadow Of The Mist ($TBA)
Blitz Breaker ($TBA)
Bombshell ($TBA)
Cat Simulator ($TBA)
Cobalt ($TBA)
Duplexer ($TBA)
Eventide: Slavic Fable ($5.99)
FullBlast ($5.09)
Golf With Friends ($TBA)
Habitus ($TBA)
LiEat ($TBA)
LILT ($4.99)
Medieval Playground ($TBA)
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 ($49.99)
Nemesis of the Roman Empire ($7.49)
Pharaonic ($TBA)
Pitstop Challenge ($TBA)
Plantera ($2.39)
Rise of the Tomb Raider ($53.99)
Rusty Lake Hotel ($TBA)
Spakoyno: Back to the USSR 2.0
Swordsman (free to play)
Tales of Symphonia ($19.99)
The Chosen RPG ($TBA)
The Slaughter: Act One ($8.09)
The Storm Guard: Darkness is Coming ($19.99)
Tropico 5 Complete Collection ($39.99)

Robert’s Pick: Last week’s recommendation of Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel still stands, especially now that I’ve been able to get some more playtime with this indulgent and fun fighter. But the release of Megadimension Neptunia VII is significant, especially for JRPG aficionados who have seen the franchise continue improve over the past six years. As the inaugural entry for the now-gen PS4, the latest game is poised to please, delivering allegory, amusement, and an ample amount of moe. Expect a full review and an interview with series creator Mizuno-san this week.

Megadimension Neptunia VII (1)

Gonçalo’s Pick: I hold something of a soft spot for the Hyperdimension Neptunia series. In a time when JRPGs struggle to find an audience in the West, it warms my heart to see that new IPs can within the genre can still be successful. As the first entry into this this generation, I have high hopes for Megadimension Neptunia VII. Yes, the games get a bad rep, undeservedly so, it won’t keep me from purchasing and enjoying this release though.

Megadimension Neptunia VII (3)

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.

12 comments

  1. Nep Nep showing up on my phone? Tech-Gaming never changes.

  2. When I picture Deagle, I think of a guy playing Hyperdimension Neptunia while listening to Adele.

    Haters gon hate.

  3. Explanation of “Akiba-kei-zation of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth” needed.

    • Akiba-kei means Akihabara style.

      Looked it up there’s maid and Akiba streets on one level. Not sure how I feel about every game sucking up to otaku.

  4. Looking forward to the interview. Nice, work, Robert.

    Megadimension Neptunia VII for me this week.

  5. I like twin stick shooters, but I’m also picky about which one I spend time playing. AIPD: Artificial Intelligence Police Department has the looks, I hope it has the polish to back it up.

  6. How does the GBA version of Final Fantasy Tactics compare to the PlayStation one?

    • Gameplaywise it’s extremely solid.

      Plot and storywise on the other hand… not really. Final Fantasy Tactics for the PS1 has a dark tone and focuses pretty heavilly on themes of religion with several parallels to Christianity and the crusades.

      Final Fantasy Tactics for the GBA has… kids throwing snowballs and running around in a dreamworld?

  7. RV-7 My Drone doesn’t look half bad, especially since it’s $2. Might give it a go.

  8. Nep Nep is my one and only eternal waifu!!!

  9. Di-gi-mon
    Digital mon-sters
    Digimon on the Vi-ta!