One thing kept flying through my brain as I traversed the halls at E3 this year; I have to admit to having a soft spot for Bandai Namco. Those never-ending Tales games they keep bringing out just poke all the best spots of my brain. They’re pure JRPG goodness and it doesn’t take much more than that to make me melt into a puddle of joy. Naturally when it was time to check out Bandai Namco’s game showcase at E3 2016 I was ready and willing to make it happen, but there was more to see than just the upcoming Tales of Beresria.
God Eater Resurrection and God Eater 2 Rage Burst were both highlights of the Bandai Namco selection for me, given my love of the original game. We’re all familiar with how the games industry likes to clone successful titles, and the God Eater games were Bandai Namco’s take on Capcom’s cash cow Monster Hunter. Rather than focusing on Bronze Age fantasy, the theme here was post-apocalyptic sci-fi as your characters battle giant beasts called Aragami. Most weapons aren’t capable of harming Aragami, but the heroes wield metamorphic gunblades called God Arcs that can kill an Aragami for good by shifting into giant, gaping maws and chomping chunks out of them.
Resurrection is a remake of the original game while Rage Burst is the definitive version of the sequel, naturally, and both run on the same updated engine originally seen in God Eater 2. The new engine results in much cleaner graphics than the original game, along with providing much more responsive and dynamic character controls. The improved graphics in Resurrection are a particular highlight, and while it’s still clear that this is an updated PSP game it’s certainly an improvement. God Eater Resurrection will release on June 28 for the PS4 and PS Vita. God Eater 2 Rage Burst is scheduled for August 30 on the PS4 and PS Vita. Both games will also be available on Steam on August 30.
Tales of Berseria, of course, was the latest RPG in the long-standing Tales series. It’s another great-looking upcoming release that I was able to check out at Bandai Namco’s showcase. Berseria stars Velvet Crowe, a female pirate who is able to summon a seemingly demonic power in battle. Combat, one of the highlights of the Tales games, focuses around balancing attack and defense while keeping track of your characters’ depleting Soul levels. Unlike previous Tales games it’s possible to swap all of your party members in and out of active battles, allowing you to use your entire party in combat rather than just choosing your favorites. Details on the plot weren’t forthcoming given my limited amount of time with the game, but if it’s anything like previous Tales games then Berseria is going to be a nice, solid chunk of RPG goodness when it’s released in 2017.
Necropolis is a third-person hack-and-slash with roguelike elements described as “Dark Souls and Spelunky having a baby.” If that doesn’t sell you I don’t know what will! Along with a striking minimalist art style, Necropolis features combat obviously inspired by Dark Souls; you’ll have to dodge in and out of attack patterns to take out your foes, and one wrong move can mean losing everything thanks to Necropolis’ roguelike elements.
Naturally there’s a wide selection of loot and gear to choose from as well, and while I wasn’t able to check this out myself, you’re apparently also able to alter the environment around you to suit your needs. Necropolis is going to hit Steam and likely drive players crazy with frustration on July 12.
That’s not all that was available at Bandai Namco’s showcase, of course. Tekken 7 is looking absolutely stunning based on the few matches I was able to get in, for instance; introducing new cinematic super moves certainly helped hold my interest longer than previous games in the series. New entries in the Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Pac-Man, Sword Art Online and Warhammer 40,0000 franchises were all present and accounted for as well, and while Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 wasn’t playable (nuts!) it was definitely being hyped up throughout the show with ads coating the walls between the West and South Halls. Like last year, Bandai Namco’s 2016-2017 lineup is looking great and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these new releases.
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