PlayStation RPG New Releases and Sales – February 23, 2016

Only 1 new game this week which has some RPG elements to it. There’s also some DLC for Atelier Escha & Logy Plus on Vita, Digimon World Cyber Sleuth on PS4/Vita and Megadimension Neptunia VII on PS4. There are also some pretty good sales on some big RPGs like Bloodborne, Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3.

NEW GAMES

  • SwapQuest (Vita) – $6.99

PRE-ORDERS

  • None

DEMOS

  • None

PRICE DROPS

  • None.

SALES

PS4

  • Bloodborne – $27.99 – PS+ $23.99
  • Fallout 4 – $44.99 – PS+ $40.19
  • The Banner Saga – PS+ $13.99
  • The Witcher 3 – $29.99 – PS+ $24.99

PS3

  • None.

PS Vita/PSP

  • Conception II: Children Of The Seven Stars – $9.89
  • SwapQuest – PS+ $6.29

DLC

Atelier Escha & Logy Plus ~Alchemists Of The Dusk Sky~ – PS Vita

  • Costume – Happy Wedding & White Knight – $3.99
  • Costume – Last Resort – $2.99
  • Costume – Stripe Swimsuit – $2.99
  • Costumes – Nio “The Administrator” – $2.99

Digimon World Cyber Sleuth – PS4/PS Vita

  • Mission Pack 2 – Free
  • Mission Pack 3 – Free
  • Mission Pack 4 – Free

Megadimension Neptunia VII – PS4

  • B-Sha’s Amazing Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Blanc’s Playtime Weapon Set – $0.99
  • C-Sha’s Mystery Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Compa’s “Huh? Fight With This?” Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Gamindustri’s Dark Demon – Free
  • If’s Mystery Weapon Set – $0.99
  • It’s Hard For Unpopular Men – Free
  • K-Sha’s Playtime Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Nepgear’s “What? Fight With This?” Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Neptune’s Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Noire’s “What? Use This?” Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Older Neptune’s Weapon? Set – $0.99
  • Processor Unit “Fairy” – $0.99
  • Ram’s Playtime Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Rom’s Playtime Weapon Set – $0.99
  • S-Sha’s Test Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Uni’s Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Uzume’s Amazing Weapon Set – $0.99
  • Vert’s Test Weapon Set – $0.99

 

That’s it for this week as everything else is not RPG related.

Boone Ironshield

Disclaimer: As I’m in the US my sales posts will typically just cover US sales. However, if I know a game is on sale in other regions too then I’ll note that.

Xbox RPG New Releases and Sales – February 18, 2016

Sorry for the lack of Xbox side updates, it’s just a lot harder to actually get the information but I’ll try to do better from this point forward.

NEW GAMES & DLC

  • Dark Souls III Pre-Order (Includes Dark Souls through BC) – $59.99
  • Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition Pre-Order (Includes Season Pass and Dark Souls through BC) – $84.99
  • Lords of the Fallen Complete Edition (Xbox One) – $44.49

DEALS WITH GOLD

SALES

  • Dark Souls II – $13.99
  • Tales of Vesperia – $7.50

That’s it for this week as everything else is not RPG related.

Boone Ironshield

Disclaimer: As I’m in the US my sales posts will typically just cover US sales but if I know a game is on sale in other regions too I’ll note that.

PlayStation RPG New Releases and Sales – February 16, 2016

Rainbow Moon is out this week on the PS4 and it’s definitely worth a play. Also available this week are pre-orders for Dark Souls III, both the regular edition and the deluxe edition.

NEW GAMES

  • Rainbow Moon PS4 – $14.99
  • Rainbow Moon Upgrade (If previously bought it for PS3 or Vita) – $7.49

PRE-ORDERS

  • Dark Souls III PS4 Pre-Order (Includes 1 theme) – $59.99
  • Dark Souls III Deluxe Edition PS4 Pre-Order (Includes season pass, soundtrack and 2 themes) – $84.99

DEMOS

  • Rainbow Moon
  • The Witch And The Hundred Knight Revival Edition

PRICE DROPS

None.

SALES

PS4

None.

PS3

None.

PS Vita/PSP

  • Persona 4: Golden – $9.89

DLC

PS4/PS Vita

Rainbow Moon

  • Amulet Set (Double) – $1.49
  • Amulet Set (Single) – $0.99
  • Amulet Set (Triple) – $1.99
  • Baldren 500 Rainbow Pearls – $0.49
  • Baldren 50,000 Rainbow Pearls & Black Ring – $1.99
  • Beginner’s Kit – Free
  • Dozeru 500 Rainbow Pearls – $0.49
  • Dozeru 50,000 Rainbow Pearls & Pearl Ring – $1.99
  • Gorodo 500 Rainbow Pearls – $0.49
  • Gorodo 50,000 Rainbow Pearls & Fire Ring – $1.99
  • Rainbow Coins (270,000) – $3.99
  • Rainbow Coins (35,000) – $0.99
  • Rainbow Coins (5,000) – $0.49
  • Rainbow Coins (90,000) – $1.99
  • Serena 500 Rainbow Pearls – $0.49
  • Serena 50,000 Rainbow Pearls & Pearl Ring – $1.99
  • Starter Pack (Large) – $2.99
  • Starter Pack (Medium) – $1.99
  • Starter Pack (Small) – $0.99
  • Trisha 500 Rainbow Pearls – $0.49
  • Trisha 50,000 Rainbow Pearls & Fire Ring – $1.99
  • Zelorus 500 Rainbow Pearls – $0.49
  • Zelorus 50,000 Rainbow Pearls & Black Ring – $1.99

That’s it for this week as everything else is not RPG related.

Boone Ironshield

Disclaimer: As I’m in the US my sales posts will typically just cover US sales. However, if I know a game is on sale in other regions too then I’ll note that.

First Fallout 4 DLC & Season Pass Price Increase Announced

Today Bethesda announced the first 3 pieces of DLC for their hit game Fallout 4. However, on the tail end of that announcement also came the news that the season pass price will increase on March 1st from the current $29.99 to $49.99. There is some good news about that though which is that anyone who buys the season pass at the current $29.99 price will still get all the content of the $49.99 priced season pass. The DLC announced today has a cumulative price of $39.97.

The first DLC add-on to be released will be called Automatron and will release for $9.99 US in March 2016.

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“The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their parts to build and mod your own custom robot companions. Choose from hundreds of mods; mixing limbs, armor, abilities, and weapons like the all-new lightning chain gun. Even customize their paint schemes and choose their voices!”

The second DLC to be released will be called Wasteland Workshop and will release for $4.99 US in April 2016.

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“With the Wasteland Workshop, design and set cages to capture live creatures – from raiders to Deathclaws! Tame them or have them face off in battle, even against your fellow settlers. The Wasteland Workshop also includes a suite of new design options for your settlements like nixi tube lighting, letter kits, taxidermy and more!”

The third DLC to be announced today will be called Far Harbor and will release for $24.99 US in April 2016.

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“A new case from Valentine’s Detective Agency leads you on a search for a young woman and a secret colony of synths. Travel off the coast of Maine to the mysterious island of Far Harbor, where higher levels of radiation have created a more feral world. Navigate through the growing conflict between the synths, the Children of Atom, and the local townspeople. Will you work towards bringing peace to Far Harbor, and at what cost? Far Harbor features the largest landmass for an add-on that we’ve ever created, filled with new faction quests, settlements, lethal creatures and dungeons. Become more powerful with new, higher-level armor and weapons. The choices are all yours.”

They also stated that there are plans for even more DLC to come out this year with a total of over $60 worth of DLC coming out in 2016. While many are seeing it as a marketing ploy to increase the amount of times the season pass is purchased you have to admit that at least they’re doing it the smart way by announcing the increase at the same time as they announce DLC that adds up to more than the current season pass price. Far Harbor is the one that interests me the most but I’m still looking forward to the others to see what all they bring to the game.

Has this announcement today made you decide to go ahead and buy the season pass? Let us know in the comments.

Boone Ironshield

 

Rainbow Moon Review – Buy at Full Price – 9/10

Intro: Developer SideQuest Studios and publisher eastasiasoft are back with a PlayStation 4 port of their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita strategy RPG Rainbow Moon. It’s a game that brought many hours of enjoyment, at least 100 if you went for Everlasting Perfectionist, to a legion of gamers.

Story: The basic plot of the game sees you trying to leave Rainbow Moon after getting sent and trapped there by your rival. All of this is revealed during the opening intro when starting a new game. Unfortunately, Rainbow Moon is more about giving players an old school strategy RPG feeling than giving them an amazing story. However, make no mistake, the main story that is there is still very entertaining, as are many of the side quests available and many can provide moments of humor. The story is the same as the PS3/Vita versions.

Gameplay: The gameplay is relatively standard strategy RPG fare. Exploration takes place in a top down view with combat also taking place in the top down view but on a grid-based field. Combat is initiated either by running into an enemy during exploration or pressing X when an optional random encounter is shown on the bottom left of the screen, as shown below.

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Moving and attacking in combat involves selecting the Attack or Move command and then pressing one of the directional buttons, this applies to certain skills as well depending on the character. However this part can get a little funky because in combat up is not actually shown as up as the entire combat grid is offset 90° counterclockwise, or clockwise if you change it to that in the options screen. This is an odd quirk that doesn’t really seem necessary to have put in the game but really only takes a battle or two in order to get used to, plus there is an on screen cursor showing the direction to press for the desired direction which makes it easier to adjust to, as shown below.

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Each character has their own attack types and skills, all of which have different ranges and attack patterns so positioning is often a key point of your strategy. Initially combat will feel very slow due to only starting with 1 character with no skills and only 1 turn but as you progress, both in story and levels, you’ll gain access to more characters, more skills and more sub-turns (essentially more actions during each main turn), each of which adds more and more depth  and strategy to combat.

Just like how the characters gain levels, the skills of Rainbow Moon also gain experience as they’re used and each level of a skill increases its effectiveness, buffs such as Magic Light or Haste will last longer, Fruit Rain will conjure more and better fruit and your healing and attack skills will increase in effectiveness by 1% per level. Some skills, such as X-Ray Review which gives you more and more info about an enemy as it’s leveled, do not use turns in combat so you can use the skill and still perform all your actions that you normally would. Skills go up to level 500 so you can gain tremendous boosts in your power by using your skills enough.

One thing of note in regards to the combat is that it can be rather grindy. The characters gain power slowly as they level but you can further boost your power by spending Rainbow Pearls to enhance your different statistics, which cost varying amounts depending on the character. For instance, Luck might cost more pearls for one character than it does for another just because Luck isn’t really their forte. Each character has their own pool of Rainbow Pearls and to get more you have to deliver the killing blow on an enemy.

DLC for the game is also available in the form of Rainbow Pearls, Rainbow Coins (the currency of the game) and various rings and amulets that can be equipped which will either double the amount of Rainbow Coins earned, double the experience earned or double the Rainbow Pearls earned, the last 2 of which only affect the character with the accessory equipped, or provide certain resistances, such as to being poisoned or bound (which prevents movement but still allows all other actions), and again, only apply to the character with the accessory equipped.

The game also has 2 additional mechanics to be aware of. First is the food bar, which you can see in the screenshot below the next paragraph. Each character has their own food bar and you do not want it to run out, otherwise you will start taking damage until you eat something. You can get food as a drop from enemies, buying it from a store and there is even a skill called Fruit Rain that you can get not that far into the game that allows you to conjure food. As mentioned above, it conjures more and better fruit as you level it so it’s worth using on a fairly routine basis but can only be used every 3 in game hours.

The second mechanic to be aware of are the days of the week. Each day has a different effect such as consuming less food on Ambrosia Day or earning double Rainbow Pearls on Moon Day.

The menu screens provide plenty of information in the various areas which is always handy in a game like this. You can access the tutorials in the menu as well should you need to refer to them for any reason. The status screen is shown below. The gameplay is the same as the PS3/Vita versions.

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Graphics: The graphics are good with the use of plenty of colors and alternating battlefields to keep things from getting too stale. Even in battle the leaves on the trees and the clumps of grass are animated as if the wind is blowing to give the field more life. Outside of battle the same thing is going on while you’re exploring with the addition of butterflies flying around in certain areas, all of which makes the world of Rainbow Moon feel more alive than it otherwise would. One thing I noticed on the PS4 version as opposed to the PS3 version is that the colors and detail seemed a bit sharper, though it’s unknown if that’s anything the developer did or just a side effect of using the PS4’s more powerful hardware when compared to the PS3’s hardware.

Performance: The game has always run flawlessly in my experience with relatively fast loading times but SideQuest Studios has improved performance even more for the PS4 version and as a result you can expect pretty smooth gameplay performance.  If you encounter any performance issues it’ll be during large battles, such as the one shown below, but I doubt there will be much of an impact between the performance enhancements the developers did and the more powerful PS4 hardware.

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Music: The music of Rainbow Moon, composed by Rafael Dyll, is one of the areas of the game that really shines. While being entirely original compositions the music somewhat reminds me of a mix of some of my favorite JRPGs of past generations such as Lunar and Vay as well as David Arkenstone’s Quest of the Dream Warrior and Return of the Guardians albums. A true testament to Rainbow Moon’s soundtrack is that in all the hours I’ve played it I never listed to anything but the game’s music. It’s a soundtrack that I could easily listen to while doing something else.

Trophies: The trophies of Rainbow Moon are a good blend of story related and side quest/optional activity related. The trophy images are all different as well which is a nice touch that even some large developers don’t bother with. It’s a list that will leave you feeling like you actually earned that platinum trophy when it unlocks.

Summary: In closing, Rainbow Moon is a great strategy RPG for fans of the genre. The story isn’t anything that will win awards but it’s still entertaining and that’s the main thing. The combat provides enough strategy to keep things interesting. Those who hate having to do much grinding in games will probably want to pass, though if they hate grinding then they’re probably not fans of the genre to begin with.

Pros:
1. Strategic combat will have you planning your moves.
2. Outstanding music.
3. Great technical performance.
4. Slightly improved graphics over the PS3/Vita version.

Cons:
1. Average story.

My Recommendation: Buy at full price.

My Score: 9/10.

Thank you eastasiasoft for giving me the chance to review this game.

PlayStation Valentine’s Day Flash Sale (The RPG Content Only) – February 12, 2016

The sale ends February 15, 2016 at 11 a.m. PT. There are some really good prices on the Vita games, RAW for PS3 and How to Survive for PS4.

SALES

PS4

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition – $23.99
  • Divinity: Original Sin – Enhanced Edition – $23.99
  • How to Survive: Storm Warning Edition – $3.99

PS3

  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition – $15.99
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara – $14.99
  • Realms of Ancient War (RAW) – $1.99
  • Sacred 3 Gold (Includes all DLC) – $8.99
  • Sacred Citadel – $9.99

PS Vita/PSP

  • Borderlands 2 – $3.99
  • Soul Sacrifice – $5.99
  • Soul Sacrifice Delta – $7.19

That’s it for this sale as everything else is not RPG related.

Do any of the games interest you? If so feel free to let us know in the comments.

Boone Ironshield

Disclaimer: As I’m in the US my sales posts will typically just cover US sales. However, if I know a game is on sale in other regions too then I’ll note that.

PlayStation RPG New Releases and Sales – February 9, 2016

Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I’ve been wrapped up in some great games lately and just haven’t gotten to it.

NEW GAMES

  • Breath of Fire III (PS Vita) – $9.99
  • Siralim (PS4 & PS Vita Crossbuy) – $9.99

PRICE DROPS

None.

SALES

PS4

  • Citizens of Earth – $4.94

PS3

  • Game of Thrones – $2.99
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth – $14.99
  • Tears To Tiara II: Heir Of The Overlord – $14.79

PS Vita/PSP

  • Citizens of Earth – $4.94
  • Class of Heroes (PSP Game) – $7.49
  • Crimson Gem Saga (PSP Game) – $7.49
  • Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time (PSP Game)  – $9.99

DLC

PS4/PS Vita

Digimon World Cyber Sleuth

  • Mission Pack 1 – Free

That’s it for this week as everything else is not RPG related.

Boone Ironshield

Disclaimer: As I’m in the US my sales posts will typically just cover US sales. However, if I know a game is on sale in other regions too then I’ll note that.