It wouldn’t be E3 proper without plenty of localized Japanese goodies to check out, so naturally I was first in line to visit one of my favorite localization units over at XSEED’s booth! Except I totally wasn’t because I had an appointment. No lines at all for this guy. It’s pretty nice, really, you should check E3 out sometime if you ever have the chance.
Oh, right, games, let’s talk about what games XSEED had to show me:
Exile’s End is “NOT a Metroidvania,” according to the game’s Steam page, where it’s been available since 2015. Well, OK then. It sure looked and played like one when I was able to try the PlayStation 4 and Wii U versions. You’re able to run around in a side-scrolling manner, finding upgrades for hero Jameson and backtracking where necessary to use those upgrades to access new areas. Not a Metroidvania, though. Nope.
Akiba’s Beat is technically a sequel to last year’s Akiba’s Trip, but doesn’t play much like that game at all. Instead we’ve got an action-RPG that’s strongly reminiscent of the Tales series rather than Akiba’s Beat Yakuza-style brawler; the game is eye-bleedingly bright and colorful, an aesthetic that lends itself well to this sort of gameplay. Thematically, as the name would suggest Akiba’s Beat is all about music and music culture; your characters can even harness the power of the soundtrack for super-powered rhythmic combo attacks in battle.
As we saw when we talked to Nippon Ichi Software America, the popular shooter series Touhou got a lot of attention at this year’s E3. XSEED’s contribution to the Touhou takeover is Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, a top-down action-rpg starring the vampire Remilia Scarlet and her knife-flinging maid Sakuya Izayoi. Expect to dodge plenty of bullet patterns and waste plenty of enemies as you explore, find loot and level up. It’s a Touhou game after all, those are all about flashy and complex waves of death; if that sounds like your thing then Scarlet Curiosity should be worth checking out this fall.
Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star takes the popular Fate series and brings it into a sort of Warriors-style brawler setting. Characters from the various Fate settings show up here ready to crush legions of baddies in your name. For those not familiar with the series, it revolves around the concepts of Masters and Servants; Masters are people granted the power to summon powerful historical and mythological figures known as Servants to do battle for them. You’ll control the Servants here, using them to take out your foes and complete missions, when the game is released for PS4 and Vita in Q4.
XSEED had a wide and varied selection of games to check out, as always. Other exciting titles include The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 2, the sequel to one of last year’s best RPGs, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, another game in the fan-favorite side-scrolling hair-whipping hyphen-inviting platformer series, and Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns, which is NOT Harvest Moon in the same way that Exile’s End is NOT a Metroidvania. To top it all off there’s even a 3DS port of the horror classic Corpse Party. Scary!
In conclusion I’m probably going to play all of these because let’s be real, I play anything even remotely Japanese. I’ll own that, I’m not ashamed. Well, maybe a little ashamed of owning three different versions of Akiba’s Trip, but I like to think I’m doing my part to support the hard-working devs at XSEED. Yeah, that’s the ticket. 2016 and 2017 are looking good when it comes to supporting that particular addiction.
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