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  1. Arc System Works is traditionally known for their Guilty Gear and Blazeblue fighting franchises, though they've worked on other smaller games as well. But recently, the Japanese developer has been experimenting with publishing games that are a bit outside of what they do. Case in point -- they're publishing a cartographing sim called Neo Atlas 1469 from developer Artdink. Set in 15th century Europe, you'll command explorers as they set off to map the uncharted world at the time, discovering new trade routes, materials, and products along the way. The world will begin to take shape based on the information you approve -- some may return with tales of mythical creatures while others will be more mundane but valid. It's up to you to decide what to believe. In all, the game sounds intriguing. If you've played Atlus' Etrian Odyssey games, you'll have already gotten a taste of how addicting it can be to create your own maps, and with Neo Atlas 1469's sim elements added to the mix, it sounds like it could be one of the most unique games out thus far this year. Neo Atlas 1469 arrives on Steam on February 15 at a price point of $29.99, but will launch with a 10% discount for a limited time. Check out the trailer below. Source: Press Release Are you interested in checking out this game?
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  3. Developer: Millennium Kitchen Publisher: Level 5 Platform: 3DS ( eShop) Release Date: July 18, 2013 ESRB: E for Everyone A download code was supplied by the publisher for this review So, here we are. Attack of the Friday Monsters! a Tokyo Tale is the third and last of Level 5's Guild02 games, following The Starship Damsey and Bugs Vs. Tanks!. With the previous two titles receiving rather lukewarm reviews from us at Game Podunk and the internet alike, this third title will help gamers decide if the whole Guild02 project was a success or failure. Will Attack of the Friday Monsters! be the must-have title of the Guild02 games? In this title, you take control of Sohta, a fourth grader that has just moved to a rural area of Tokyo in 1971. As Sohta is tasked with taking the laundry to the bakery (his parents are dry cleaners), you get to explore the little town and meet its inhabitants. Sohta's little world and the people around him are introduced in episodes, though not in the way that most games handle episodes--instead they are simply unlocked and you make progression as you get through the main story. The episode progression isn't linear in any way... in fact, by the time I finished the game I hadn't even completed Episode 2! When you explore the rural area, an unusual fact starts to sink in: Every Friday, monsters come out to terrorize the poor town, and superheroes come along to save the day. The children and parents alike simply live with the trouble and potential danger, though the kids do tend to sneak out of the safety of their homes to go watch the fights on Monster Hill. You can figure out what's going on pretty quickly, but it's the game's whimsical nature, playing as Sohta, that really makes Attack of the Friday Monsters! shine. It reminds us of our own childhoods, when even the smallest thing was a big deal and everything was real. Granted, a plot takes some turns that will throw everything on its head, but the feeling is still there, and it makes the game simply a joy to play through. This infectious whimsy even bleeds into the title's card game, Monster Cards. It's a very simple card game, more a glorified version of rock-paper-scissors than anything else... however, when you beat one of the children at it, you become their boss. As their boss, you can cast a Ninjitsu spell on them to make them fall down. More importantly, you can also get them to spill the beans on what they know about the monster attacks, which is at one point required for progression. It's a nice little diversion. As fun as Attack of the Friday Monsters! is, there are a few small problems with it. First, the game is very short, clocking in at just over two hours. This normally wouldn't be too big of an issue, but considering its price of $7.99, some people might not think the short time is worth their money. Also, there's no real gameplay to speak of: You go around talking to the townsfolk, collect Glims to turn into cards, and occasionally play Monster Cards, but that's it. While I believe that the story and setting of the title is well worth the price of admission and lack of gameplay, those that desire a bit more bang for their buck might be left slightly disappointed. To put it bluntly, this is the best game Guild02 has to offer. Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale offers a quaint place to explore through the eyes and mentality of a child, and it's because of this that it offers something that few games do. Eight dollars or not, this game is well worth the download for anyone... except for avid haters of the point-and-click adventure genre, I suppose. Pros: + Fun, whimsical story brings back childhood nostalgia + Very easy to play in short spurts or one long playthrough + A few plot twists near the end throw everything on its head Cons - Very short, which makes it harder to recommend for eight dollars - No real gameplay to speak of Overall Score: 8.5 (out of 10) Great Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale isn't perfect, but it's a fine downloadable title worth a couple hours of your time.
  4. Are you ready for perhaps the most unusual bundle so far? If so, then look no further than Indie Gala's latest set, titled the Indie Gala Sim. As the name implies, this bundle is all about simulation games. However, these aren't the games that most people would probably pick up, even when interested in the genre. Still, with such a lineup maybe purchasers will find that they really do love these more specific sim games. Now that you're curious what exactly the games are I'll list them here. For any price you will get these three: Bus Driver (PC) Deer Drive (PC) Police Simulator (PC) Pay more than the average (currently at $3.80) and four more games will unlock: Bridge Constructor (PC: Desura) Euro Truck Simulator (PC) Police Simulator 2 (PC: GamersGate) Traffic Manager (PC: GamersGate) About half the games come to us from SCS Software while the others come from CyberPhobx. Both these groups basically only create simulation games year after year. The Indie Gala Sim bundle will be live for five days and has no extra redeemable content at this time.
  5. Developer: Marvelous AQL Publisher: Natsume Platform: Nintendo 3DS Release Date: October 19, 2012 ESRB: E for Everyone It“s been a whopping 15 years since Harvest Moon saw its first release. Since then, we“ve seen the series span over various consoles with over twenty different entries. There has even been a spin-off series created, Rune Factory, which consists of RPG-esque gameplay with Harvest Moon elements. A New Beginning marks Harvest Moon“s first true step onto the 3DS (as The Tale of Two Towns was only a port of a DS game). Not only does it offer the classic farming action that we“ve loved for so long, but presents new and exciting features such as in-depth customization. But is this “new beginning†a step in the right direction for Harvest Moon? Right away, you“ll notice one of the bigger new features that Marvelous has decided to implement into a Harvest Moon game – full customization of your playable character. Having a diverse wardrobe in previous games was fun (and there“s an even bigger one in A New Beginning versus the other games), but this is even better. You“ll get to choose from a wide variety of different hair styles and colors, eye styles and colors, and skin color. And don“t fret if you end up disliking your initial choice. You can change any of these features later whenever you unlock the appropriate villager! After creating your character, A New Beginning“s story commences. You“re heading to an old farm in Echo Town that you“ve inherited from your father. On your way there, you come across an old man that has passed out on the path. The man“s name is Dunhill, and he explains that he“s friends with your parents and that he“s been expecting you. He also tells you about Echo Town, which is pretty much desolate since everyone has left. After some (rather lengthy) chit-chat and tutorials, you and Dunhill devise a plan to restore the tiny, barren little village so that it becomes a bustling town again. This strategy to revive Echo Town is comprised of five Town Renovation Plans. These plans have you perform tasks such as building various structures and new houses for people to move into and unlocking new festivals. There“s no time limit to completing these plans, but I guarantee you that it will take at least two or three years of in-game time to finish all five plans, which may equate to 100+ hours of gameplay for you. Nonetheless, it“s a fantastic and rewarding feeling to complete each Town Renovation Plan – and ultimately that final fifth one. It“s also a great way to have added a story to a Harvest Moon game (a series where plot is usually absent). On a similar note, let“s turn our focus to the town and farm customization aspect of A New Beginning. It“s probably the best addition ever made to a Harvest Moon title. As mentioned before, you“re able to construct a bevy of buildings and houses, as well as decorations, roads, benches, fountains, and so forth. Not to mention all the amenities for your farm. With the ability to arrange and place objects in any way that your heart desires, the possibilities are endless. My only complaint is that I wish the editing mode, where you place and arrange objects, was refined a bit more to make the process easier. Yet another new feature that A New Beginning offers is its mulitplayer mode. With it, you“re able to exchange items and interact with other players“ livestock via local connection or wi-fi. Not only is it a great way to make money since you“re able to milk and shear other players“ animals, but also for getting your hands on a particular item that you may need to make a certain building or piece of clothing. It“s an absolute lifesaver and an entertaining timewaster. And let“s not forget the most important part of Harvest Moon… farming! Each season will have you growing different vegetables and fruits on your fields (that you can also place and arrange anywhere on your farm!). It“s still as great as ever and will appeal to fans of new and old. On top of the classic cows, chickens, tomatoes, and corn, there are new animals to take care of and new crops to grow and sell such as llamas, yaks, lotus root, wasabi, and cotton. Romancing and marriage are also still very prevalent, of course. There are six handsome bachelors and six lovely bachelorettes for you to choose from – all wildly different from each other with engaging personalities. It“s super hard to choose just one person! But when you finally do settle on a lucky lover, you“ll be able to go steady with them before marriage, which offers more intimate dialogue between the two of you versus other Harvest Moon games. Unfortunately, gay/lesbian relationships are still not an option, but the crossdressing that A New Beginning offers the chance for those out there who want a semblance of that. As much as I adore A New Beginning, it isn“t without its faults. The first season that you“ll experience is absolutely boring. It“s riddled with tutorials and there“s nothing to do but forage and plant a few crops here and there until you have the ability to finally do fun things like customize the town. But please, tread on no matter how slow it may seem because A New Beginning becomes a hundred times better by the time Summer comes along. A New Beginning is the best Harvest Moon game since Friends of Mineral Town or Harvest Moon 64. Multitudes of new features such as the town/farm and character customization make for an exciting and jam-packed farming adventure. And just to give you an example of how addicting and fun it can be, I“ve spent 130+ hours on A New Beginning already and I have no intentions of stopping anytime soon. To those longtime Harvest Moon fans out there that have been hesitant to try the newer games (and to those who haven“t played a game in the series at all!): please pick up A New Beginning. I guarantee that you“ll love it. Pros: + Town/farm and character customization offers limitless possibilities and entertainment + Multiplayer that lets you exchange items and milk/shear other players“ animals + Wonderful selection of genuine bachelors and bachelorettes + Farming is as fun and extensive as ever Cons: - First season of the game is boring and littered with tutorials that may turn off some players - Localization work has more typos and grammatical errors than you can shake a stick at - Music can be repetitive and annoying Overall Score: 9 (out of 10) Fantastic A New Beginning is the best Harvest Moon game in years. Definitely grab it if you“re interested in farming, customization, and cute little yaks!
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