If you happen to be a portable gamer, who just so happens to live in Europe, then have I got some news for you. You see, NIS America has just announced four new titles that will be hitting the PS Vita and 3DS in the near future. That’s way sooner than the far future and a much more realistic announcement for a company to make than a release in the near past. So, without further adieu, let us take a look at which particular four games are set for release in the not-too-far-away times.
Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal
The kingdom of Romulea is in peril. Monsters are leaking out of every nook and cranny in the land, and to make matters worse, they have started an uprising against humanity. Players take on the role of Fried, an adventurer from the Royal Library sent to stop the uprising. But early in his journey, he discovers a broken shrine along the way. This sets in motion the story of Dungeon Travelers 2, where Fried travels around the kingdom of Romulea, and through rescuing, defeating, or bumping into any of the 16 unique girls that can join his party, Fried is on a mission to save the world! Set in a first-person perspective with turn-based combat, players will encounter normal monsters as well as more powerful mutant girls, who must be sealed away to prevent the spread of the evil monster scourge.
Calling back to some good old fashioned dungeon crawling, DT2 promises an adventure full of hand drawn art, character camaraderie and a class/sub-class system that’ll have you trying to perfectly spec out you’re team. Also it’s on the PS Vita, one of history’s most overlooked gaming consoles. So that’s a plus.
DT2 is set to launch in Fall 2015.
Etrian Mystery Dungeon
There’s no hand-holding in Etrian Mystery Dungeon. The action/turn based combat means that battling monsters is not just about using the right skills, but becomes an elegant Pas de Quatre of strategic positioning. Players form their parties with familiar Etrian Odyssey classes, such as Landsknecht and Runemaster, customize individuals using Etrian-style skill trees, and then take up to four members into the dungeons. Always randomized with various levels and paths, the dungeons require plenty of exploration, not to mention the incredible loot rewards — just be wary of what waits among the deepest depths…
If you’re the kind of person who prides themselves on learning every section of a game’s map, then EMD might not be the game for you. With floors that randomise each and every time you reach them, the dungeons of this game will keep you on your toes. Additionally, you are able to choose a party of 4 from a class list of 10, so make sure to factor in strengths and weaknesses before you venture out. See, these are the reasons I could never be a real life dungeon crawler…there’s just so much stuff to do.
EMD is set to launch in Fall 2015.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight
The next entry of the Etrian Odyssey Untold series is essentially two games in one – the first, a Nintendo 3DS update to Etrian Odyssey 2: Heroes of Lagaard (released on Nintendo DS) with new dungeon layouts, new graphics, and system improvements from the recent Etrian Odyssey Untold. The second is the Untold portion – a brand new story mode with a fixed party, voiced dialogue, and animated cutscenes that follows the bittersweet tale of the Fafnir Knight and Princess Arianna. Like Persona Q, the Untold portion of the game has a strong focus on characters and their interactions as the story about the Fafnir Knight and Princess Arianna unfolds as they adventure forth into the ruins of Ginnungagap and the Yggdrasil Labyrinth with the hero Flavio and the two mysterious adventurers, Bertrand and Chloe.
Building upon previous iterations of the series, EO2U:TFK promises a new level of combat refinement that will ensnare new players whilst also appeasing the old…but to be honest, that is not the most interesting factoid about this new title. I’m more interested in the fact that the new Fafnir class allows your character to transform into a “beastly demonic form”. Awesome. The game also houses and additional Picnic Mode (cute vernacular for Very Easy), allowing you to enjoy the story without much fear of loss, as well as an Expert Mode which…I’m sure you get the picture.
EO2U:TFK is set to launch in early 2016.
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker
The world of Record Breaker is on the brink of non-existence. Just before the heralding of the apocalypse, when life was normal, some thrill-seekers were registering on a website that promised to deliver fake videos of their friends being killed. As people wondered what these videos could mean, an invasion began and humanity was forced to face a struggle to survive in an unprecedented catastrophe. For the main character and his friends, they stand up for humanity when the very same website uploads an application on their cell phones, summoning demons. From there, newly minted demon tamers begin the fight to survive and save the future of mankind, but the protagonist’s decisions aren’t without consequences. What he chooses may save the lives of his friends, or seal their fate.
If you enjoyed Devil Survivor 2, then logic would dictate that you’ll enjoy the new and improved version of said game. Did you like the turn based combat? Well it’s back, now with added demon fusion. Enjoy the story? Well now it’s doubled in length. Enjoyed the dialogue? Well now it’s in English. Also there’s the whole “choices have consequences” thing and your actions will decide the fate of the world, but didn’t I win you over with my enthusiastic question asking? Didn’t I?
SMTDS2:RB is set to launch Fall 2015.
So there you have it, four new games to add to the calendar and four new reasons to enjoy some good ol’ fashioned portable gaming…well not that ol’ fashioned, what with the progress of technology and all. Well, my ramblings aside, have fun crawling dungeons, transforming into beasts and fighting demons with demons. Because it sounds fun to me.