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New Game Releases: October 1st-7th, 2015

Disgaea 5 Alliance of Vengeance (1)

With the next installment in the Rock Band franchise is poised to please fans of the music rhythm genre, those with more eclectic tastes are bound to enjoy several of this week’s new game releases. From Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul, and even Sayonara Umihara Kawase, the bank accounts of otaku are destined for devastation.

Header image: Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, PlayStation 4

PlayStation 3
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (also on PSN, $39.99)
Ride (also on PSN, $39.99)
Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul (PSN, $39.99)
Shooter Starfighter Sanvein (PSN, PSOne Classic, $5.99)
Street Racquetball (PSN, PSOne Classic, $5.99)
Transformers: Devastation (also on PSN, $49.99)

PlayStation 4
Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (also on PSN, $59.99)
Onigiri (PSN, free to play)
Ride (also on PSN, $59.99)
Rock Band 4 ($59.99)
Rock Band 4 Band-in-a-Box Bundle ($249.99)
Rock Band 4 Guitar Bundle ($129.99)
Saint Seiya: Soldiers’ Soul (PSN, $59.99)
Super Meat Boy (PSN, $14.99, free for PS+)
Transformers: Devastation (also on PSN, $49.99)

Wii U
Gemology (eShop, $6.99)
Freedom Planet (eShop, $14.99)
Pumped BMX+ (eShop, $7.99)
River City Ransom (eShop, Virtual Console, $4.99)
The Rivers of Alice : Extended Version (eShop, $7.99)
Toto Temple Deluxe (eShop, $9.99)
VoxelMaker (eShop, $4.99)

Xbox 360
Transformers: Devastation (also on XGS, $49.99)

Xbox One
Money Pirates (XGS, $4.99)
Onigiri (XGS, free to play)
Rock Band 4 ($79.99) includes Legacy Controller Adapter
Rock Band 4 Band-in-a-Box Bundle ($249.99)
Rock Band 4 Guitar Bundle ($129.99)
Teslapunk (XGS, $9.99)
Transformers: Devastation (also on XGS, $49.99)

3DS
Chronus Arc (eShop, $9.99)

PS Vita
Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax (also on PSN, $29.99)
Super Meat Boy (PSN, $14.99, free for PS+)

PC (Available via Steam unless noted)
Caffeine ($TBA)
Devils & Demons  ($TBA)
Heroes of Normandie ($19.79)
Inventioneers  ($TBA)
March of Industry: Very Capitalist Factory Simulator  ($TBA)
Operation Z (Early Access, $TBA)
Pool Nation FX ($TBA)
Neoncube  ($TBA)
Novus Inceptio (Early Access, $TBA)
Nubs’ Adventure  ($TBA)
Read Only Memories  ($TBA)
Sayonara Umihara Kawase ($TBA)
Sky Arena (Early Access, $TBA)
Skyhill $($14.99)
Steredenn ($11.04)
The Beginner’s Guide ($7.99)
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut ($TBA)
Transformers: Devastation ($49.99)
Vortex: The Gateway ($TBA)

Robert’s (Primary) Pick: Since the release of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness way back in 2003, each subsequent follow-up has tried to recapture the charm of original game’s storyline and cast. Sure, this week’s release of Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance can’t quite live up to high-bar set by the inaugural entry, but the game makes up for it in many other ways. Visually, the transition to next-gen allows the sprites to be drawn with an amazing amount of fidelity with the hardware capable of putting hundreds on units on the battlefield. Mechanics, a number of additions contribute variety, with elements like Revenge Mode and the ability to recruit characters that aren’t total scrubs. Of course, with Disgaea, the traditional downside is time. Potentially, the hardest part of the game is finding the hundred hours of leisure time needed to invest in your party.

Disgaea 5 Alliance of Vengeance

Robert’s (Secondary) Pick: With play based on a three-button attack system, as well as the ability to summon a support character, Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax’s pugilism is proficient, but hardly revolutionary. But when your rooster of combatant draws from light novel/anime/game luminaries like Toradora’s Taiga Aisakaa, The Devil Is a Part-Timer’s Emi Yusa, Valkyria Chronicles’ Selvaria Bles and Virtua Fighter’s Akira Yuki, chances are developers Ecole Software and French Bread had you at Palmtop Tiger. Throw in stages and music from a variety of beloved SEGA titles, and this might be the best otaku-rific crossover since Project X Zone.

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax

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.

11 comments

  1. You’re a day late. Please don’t start Grace Chen-ing us.

    Must have been for the second pick.

  2. Wow, it’s officially weeabo week.

    Disgaea 5, and now….Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax. Why didn’t I hear about that one before???

  3. Two games this week? Dafuq?

    (Reads)

    Ok, Robert, I understand. 🙂

  4. No love for Rock Band 4 anymore?

    Also The Rivers of Alice sounds like ecchi.

    • I can’t speak for everyone but I feel like I peaked with the RB/GH games. Maybe they needed a few more years off.

  5. If Sayonara UmiharaKawase is the right price, I’ll be buying it.

  6. You had better review Soldiers’ Soul or I’ll be disappointing in you.
    Also: I like the gifs.

  7. Fighting on the Green Hill Zone? Wow. If only I knew more about Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax’s characters.

  8. Digital David 3000

    I have my eye on Sky Arena, bringing back Star Fox MP combat.

  9. Disgaea 5, of course!