Octopath Traveler is a game designed by Acquire and headed by the producers of the much heralded Bravely Default and Bravely Second, two amazing RPGs on the 3DS. Fittingly so, this game has received some serious hype as a Switch exclusive for months before its release. Not only that, its unique style of art and old school JRPG feel were giving it serious buzz within the community. Basically from the get-go it was designed to scratch an itch that many have been craving for a long time. Suffice it to say, from what I have played of the game thus far, Octopath Traveler bsolutely does not disappoint.
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While waiting for Shin Megami Tensei HD (the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch title thought to be a remake of the original SMT) revealed recently at Sakura Con to be in development, fans have a chance at participating in Shin Megami Tensei Liberation DX2 for the western audience on Android and iOS platforms this summer.
The Japanese version has already been available for some time, and those who have been using VPN services to play the game have reported it’s an excellent offering for fans of Persona and SMT series, harking back to the Devil Summoner themes of the franchise.
As an added bonus, anyone who signs up and engages in the beta testing period will be able to have their progress carried over into the full game when it releases. Also, upon launch of the worldwide version of Liberation DX2 augmented reality mechanics will be added to the game. Although not limited to this, part of the AR features planned includes summoning demons in the real world.
For those who are new to the franchise, SMT is related to Persona and vice-versa in some tricky ways that are hard to explain. Western crowds haven’t been able to get their hands on the full library of SMT titles, but that may be about to change soon. They are all various RPG games rooted in a unique and fascinating universe in which demons are summoned and utilized in a battle against an impending judgement day dooming mankind. Some of the major plot lines can also be found in the 2013 anime Devil Survivor 2 based on the Nintendo DS title of the same name from the SMT series.
In recent years, SEGA and Atlus have been working together tirelessly on the both SMT and Persona franchises with a 300 person staff for years, and look to bring the DX2 project full-scale this year with English language option, a full-length story mode, and more. For more information check out the Official SMT: Liberation DX2 Facebook Page and if you have a compatible device be sure to to sign up for the Closed Beta which begins in June 2018.
This year’s Atelier is the addictive and enjoyable experience RPG fans need to play. Charming environments with a familiar atmosphere and interesting gameplay mechanics that evolve at just the right pace remove any desire to put Atelier Lydie & Suelle ~ The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings down. With Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, PS4, and PC versions now available worldwide, there’s no excuse to miss out on this enthralling combination of classic turn-based battles, story-driven adventure, good old fashioned loot collecting, prestige-driven questing, equipment crafting, mini-games like fishing, and of course, alchemy.
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