Day two of our recap series, and we’ve got another five entries for you today. We count down from 95 to 91 today, with two MMOs, one game that’s got a release date sometime in the future, and one game that’s looking less and less likely to ever hit our shores. If you want to know which game is which then you best read on.
95 Yakuza: Dead Souls
Yakuza: Dead Souls is, bizarrely, a zombie based spin-off of the Yakuza series. That’s right, zombies really are everywhere, and that includes videogame Japan. It would seem that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, essentially Japan’s army, couldn’t deal with the zombie outbreak and the only remaining option was to turn it over to an odd mix of criminals and ex-criminals; I assume that’s the back-up for every country’s military.
This is one of those games on our list that’s actually seen a release over here, with the localised copy hitting back in March. Whilst we didn’t review the PS3 exclusive, it’s currently sitting on 63 over at Metacritic, suggesting that maybe the series wasn’t really suited for a zombie adaptation.
94 PlanetSide 2
The first of today’s two MMOs, and one of the games that lacks any current release date, PlanetSide 2 is, obviously, the sequel to 2003’s PlantSide. The gameplay’s a relatively rare beastie, in that it’s an MMOFPS, rather than the more typical MMORPG.
Set in a future that sees a space-faring humanity, PlanetSide 2 is what happens when you turn the persistence of games like MAG up to the next level. The central conflict in the game is between the Terran Republic, an authoritarian government, and the dissident New Conglomerate. Also making an appearance is the Vanu Sovereignty, a break-away group of humans who use alien technology to advance themselves and humanity as a whole.
The game went into closed beta on the 6th of August, although we don’t have any release date for the Sony published PC exclusive. Although it’s not clear how long the beta period will last, we could still see it crop up this year.
93 The Secret World
The second MMO on today’s list, this is an MMORPG, as opposed to PlanetSide 2’s MMOFPS gameplay. This one’s actually been released though, hitting the shelves on July 3rd. As the game’s out we actually have a review of the game to give you a more in depth look at the title than I can provide here.
If you want a broad overview though, The Secret World is set in a world very similar to ours, although one filled with secret societies. These societies are drawn from modern mythology, although the general mythos of the game extends back much further, drawing in a wide variety of myth and legends.
As for gameplay, the game doesn’t stick to a rigid class-based structure, instead basing player development on weapon proficiency and allowing players to experiment with varying weapon combinations. It also employs an in-game browser where players can search for clues to quests, an interesting mechanic that doesn’t always come off.
92 Final Fantasy Type-0
Final Fantasy Type-0 is one of those games that we thought would be making its way from Japan to our shores, although as of now there’s no firm idea of when we’ll actually be seeing a localised version arrive. It’s been out in Japan since October though, and seems to have done well for itself, earning a 39/40 from Famitsu.
The game itself is set in Final Fantasy XIII’s Fabula Nova Crystallis world, although it’s long since changed title from Final Fantasy Agito XIII. Unusually for a Final Fantasy title, the game mixes real-time combat with the more traditional Active Time Battle system.
Realistically, it seems unlikely that we’ll see a Vita version of the PSP title, although Hajima Tabata’s comments that the game would see a Western release do suggest it’s on its way at some point. Perhaps a re-mastered edition might be the solution?
CRUSH3D came out in January and scored a reasonable 6/10 in our review. We have to admit though, in spite of making it to the edges of our Top 100, not many of us at TSA rushed out to buy it.
The jump to a Nintendo platform made for a brighter, more vivid representation of the protagonist’s madness but that didn’t prevent the puzzles from being just as entertaining as they had been in previous versions on the PSP. Unfortunately, while the 2D/3D mechanic worked well, the visuals were very dated. Perhaps arriving as a full priced game just a short while after PullBlox stole the 3DS’ puzzling crown on eShop wasn’t the most helpful timing for this game, either.