XSEED Fall Preview Event

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Xseed just had a fall preview event where they showed a huge portion of their upcoming titles that soon the anxious gamers of the world will be able to get their hands on. I was able to get some  extended hands on time with each of the 6 titles they had present and with the excellent variety in this fall line up I can’t wait to get them in my hands so I can explore them even more.

Senran Kagura: Estival Versus

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Making its debut on the PS4 for the first time is Senran Kagura: Estival Versus, this fan service hack and slash action game series that could originally only be found on handhelds is finally showing what it can do with the power of a home console. I’ve put time into the PS Vita games before and now with the PS4’s power the amount of enemies on screen has increased along with all the flashy special effects and extremely provocative girls in their outfits or lack their of. This version also no brings with it up to 10 players online from the normal 2- 4 on handhelds which is a whole lot more fan service if you know what I mean.

Nitroplus Blasterz Heroines Infinite Duel

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From the makers of the Arcana Hearts is a fighting game that combines fast paced action and easy to learn combat that will welcome newcomers and the veterans of fighting games. The roster of main characters and assist characters is large enough to where no one should have a hard time finding a personal favorite. The console version has also added Super Sonico along with other fan favorites for the western audience to enjoy battling with or against.  The roster of main characters and assist characters is large enough to where no one should have a hard time finding a personal favorite. I know I was able to despite parts of the roster being unplayable at the time of the event, each of the characters have a distinct feel and triggering your level 3 special treats you to a special anime styled mini cutscene. Nitroplus Blasterz is the next Japanese arcade fighting game to travel over to the West and will be one of the few games that will support cross-platform play between PS3 and PS4 users so that you can play with friends who haven’t made the leap to the newest console.

Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

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LOH: Trails of Cold Steel is the follow up to the stellar RPG LOH: Trails of the Sky that released in the US on the PSP back in 2011, and was then ported to PC in 2014. This follow-up RPG is a stand-alone story, but still takes place in the same world that the previous game created.  Gameplay still follows the same turn-based battle system, but with improvements such as the ability to link with a teammate for link attacks. This can be improved in a Persona-esque way by communicating with your allies after classes, as well as assisting each other in combat. The original upgrade system has been augmented and streamlinedto allow even more customization without it becoming convoluted. The campaign is estimated around 40 hours on its own, but with side stories and missions, it can easily double in length. Trails of Cold Steel is scheduled for Winter of 2015, will be releasing on both PS3 and PS Vita, and will be supporting Sony’s Cross Save function.

Return to Popo Lo Crois: A Story of Seasons

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Return to PoPo Lo Crois : A Story of Seasons is a trip back to the world of PoPo Lo Crois to revisit the characters from the PSP version of this beloved Japanese property. It originated in mangas and anime before making the transition to the world of gaming. The twist this time is that they have combined it with one of their other popular franchises called Story of Seasons, a farming simulator not unlike Harvest Moon. I couldn’t help but enjoy the portion I was able to play with its incredibly comedic and charming characters and storytelling. The campaign will clock in around 25 hours, but with side quests, tending to the farm, and post-game content, you are sure to play far more than that.

Earth Defense Force 4.1

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EDF 4.1 is a remastered update of 2014’s EDF 2025 this time bringing all of the giant monsters and insects to the PS4 with even smoother frame rates, upgraded graphics, and over 50% new content. Featuring 4 distinct classes to choose from, you can take to the streets against the giant menaces threatening earth either solo or 2 player co-op offline and up to 4 player co-op online in nearly 100 missions while utilizing hundreds of weapons. EDF 4.1 is the best version of EDF that I have played so far, and that’s saying a lot for how much time I have spent in previous entries. The new enemies they have added, along with the tweaking of certain missions to either make them more challenging or just more interesting is well worth a second dipping of the alien killing chip.

Earth Defense Force 2

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While it may seem strange that we have both EDF 2 and EDF 4.1 coming out around the same time, it is actually marking the first time that the West will get a chance to play EDF 2. Originally a Japan only title, this little gem launched on the PS2 back in 2005, and has finally found its way over to the West to be released for the PS Vita before the end of 2015. It includes both classes from the original version as well as a newly added 3rd class. The games’ 78 missions can also be played with up to 4 players online. An added exclusive feature to the Vita version is the new 4-player Rumble mode, which allows you and up to 3 friends  to go head-to-head and see who is best suited to defend earth from our alien invaders.

XSeed has an action packed lineup set for the fans of their games and from my first impressions, it is a great time to be one of their fans. Each one of the games, regardless of them being remasterings or newly launched titles for the newer consoles, are jam packed with hours of content for both newcomers and veterans alike. Most titles did not have official release dates, but many of them are estimated for a Winter 2015 launch window.

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