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Bethesda has officially released patch notes for version 1.65.1 of Elder Scrolls Legends.

 

Here is what is new in this version of the game.

Bug Fixes

  • The quest Welcome to Skyrim now progresses and completes as intended (you will need to complete it one final time before it’s replaced by another quest).

  • Silencing a card a second time can no longer be used to return abilities to that card.

  • Creatures that had their keyword(s) stolen and are then silenced are now able to gain the stolen keyword(s) back.

  • Cards that check newly-played creature stats now take static buff abilities into account.

  • Serpentine Stalker now works correctly when a creature with Guard is in the other lane.

  • Thief of Dreams will no longer occasionally show two copies of the same card.

  • Sanctuary Pet now has a summon prompt and its ability can be canceled.

  • Leafwater Blessing can no longer return itself by triggering a Swindler’s Market with a 0-cost copy of it.

    • As it was not immediately communicated whether the Leafwater Blessing interaction was intended, players will be able to Soul Trap versions of Leafwater Blessing and Thieves Guild Fence that were Soul Summoned for their full value in the next game update after this one (not during 1.65.1).
  • Whirling Duelist now correctly applies keywords to damage.

  • Shadowmaster‘s summon ability can now be cancelled and it can no longer target a creature already affected by Shadowmaster’s summon ability.

  • Winterhold Illusionist’s summon ability now has creature return timing that’s consistent with the ability text.

  • Bringer of Nightmares no longer creates a copy of the transformed creature in the owner’s discard pile.

  • Midnight Snack’s dragon cost reduction Last Gasp ability is now reverted when the affected dragon leaves the playmat (such as by entering the discard pile).

  • Night Talon Lord’s stolen creatures with Beast Form abilities no longer activate those abilities if Night Talon Lord breaks a rune.

These are welcome changes and should make the gameplay better.

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EA sent out the following

 

 

It’s an exciting time to be playing Star Wars™: Galaxy of Heroes!

 

This month, Ewoks are taking over the Cantina with the introduction of Wicket, Logray, and Paploo to the game, as well as special Ewok Marquee events, Double Drops, and more.

 

Players can also prepare for the first event in a new series that will allow them to retrace the steps of the iconic hero LUKE SKYWALKER from his humble beginnings on Tatooine through his daring escape from the Galactic Empire’s ultimate weapon.

 

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes will also be introducing an exciting new mode, Territory Battles. Players and their Guilds can bring the strength of their entire collections, including characters and ships, to the front line in this strategic battle on the ice planet of Hoth.

Source: PR Email

 

This is a good road ahead for the game and it seems things are looking bright!

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

Today, card game battlers can return to Skyrim for more adventures in the wintry north in Heroes of Skyrim, the first expansion set for Bethesda’s hit strategy card game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Offering more than 150 new cards drenched in the lore from Bethesda Game Studios’ groundbreaking hit, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Heroes of Skyrim introduces new mechanics and powerful abilities through dynamic cards that feature iconic Dragons, powerful Shouts, Companions, and fan-favorite characters.

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Heroes of Skyrim cards are now available for purchase through the in-game store and can be added to any deck.

 

Key Features in Heroes of Skyrim:

  • More than 150 new Skyrim-themed cards to collect and play.
  • Dominate the skies with Dragon cards, including legendary beasts like Alduin and Paarthurnax.
  • Channel the power of the Dovahkiin and blast opponents with Shout cards.
  • Legendary Skyrim characters like Aela the Huntress, J’Zargo, Delphine and more return with powerful abilities reminiscent of their legend.

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is now available as a free download for PC via the Bethesda.net launcher, for PC and Mac via Steam, for iPad, and for Android tablets. iOS and Android phone versions of the game are expected to release this summer.

TES: Legends is a great take on the CCG genre and a great expansion to the lore of the series. if you haven’t tries it yet, then you should.

Source: PR Email

 

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If you told me that one day, I’d be able to boot up a game on a console and then play it with friends through phones I would have said you were crazy. That is until I recently tried Jack Box Party Pack 3 which has come to the Nintendo Switch. This game is part of the You Don’t Know Jack series a series that has been popular for quite a while now.

Jack Box Party 3 is something that anyone can play as long as they have a smartphone, laptop, or tablet! It is a perfect game or entertaining as it really is something people can play for as long as they desire without the problems of time sink . Having it on the Switch is great too as you can play it on the go.There are 5 party games fit for making a party fun.

The say-anything sequel Quiplash 2 (3-8 players). Play all new questions or make your own! This game is certainly something to be played with people who have a knack for quick wits and humor. It is certainly one of the better games and is quite a lot of fun.

There is also the deadly quiz show Trivia Murder Party (1-8 players). In this, you must match wits with a trivia-obsessed killer. To be honest, this game is a little dark, but at the same time is is quite fun. You simply answer questions while dealing with a psycho. But watch out, because if you answer wrong  you might end up dead.

The surprising survey game Guesspionage (2-8 players) is next. In this, you guess the results to silly survey questions. This game really is all about surveying your friends, and as such it can play out in any way depending on who you are playing with which adds to the replay value.

After that is the t-shirt slugfest Tee K.O. (3-8 players). You must battle your custom t-shirts to the death! This game is fun even if you can’t draw, since you never know your terrible drawing could win it all!

Lastly, there is the sneaky trickster game Fakin’ It (3-6 players). One of your friends has something to hide and you must find this out. This game asks you a question but only one person knows what that question is. Better hope your poker face is ready, or someone will learn you are faking it.

Jack Box Party Pack 3 is truly a fun game to play at parties. No matter how many people play you are bound to have a good time if you play with Jack. It is out now on Nintendo Switch and if you are having a party it might not hurt to have Jack Box Party Pack 3! it is worth playing and is fun over and over again because it always changes depending on who you play with.

No GravatarOn this episode of Geeks on the Internet Having a Beverage, we talk to a good friend of Real Otaku Gamer and a personal friend of this author, Melwheezy. He hosts the Geekly podcast which this author has been on a few times. He is a great guy and a knowledgeable gamer. We talked about his geek history and how the show came about and much more. Get to know Melwheezy on this episode. Download the audio version down below.

No GravatarE3 week has rolled around yet again and that can mean only one thing:  It’s the perfect time to look at your backlog!

Wait, what?  But Days Gone is coming and there’s  Anthem from Bioware and Destiny 2 and Super Mario Odyssey and The Last Night looks fantastic and and and ad nauseam!  This isn’t when you want to look at old games!  Or is it?  The average gamer has more games than they have time to play these days.  On top of that, the industry has normalized the idea of preordering games up to several years in advance just to get your foot in the door when they come out, even though virtually no preordered titles get under-printed.  So with E3 just getting underway, I thought I’d take a look at all the things I still haven’t played yet…and that’s a lot.

I’ve been collecting since the mid-nineties, ever since I sold my copy of Final Fantasy III for the SNES, decided I wanted to play it again, and then couldn’t find a copy for months.  Ever since then, if I buy a game, I keep it until I play it and decide if I like it.  But in the 90s, games came out much more slowly.  By the time you’d rented the game (yes, you could rent games at a corner mini-mart or video store back then), played it to death, and moved on to something else, the next game you were waiting for still wasn’t out.  That simply isn’t the case anymore.  There are so many games out and coming out that it’s hard to even keep track of what might be interesting, let alone everything that’s been released.  And that’s why backlogs are such a problem.  There are more good games coming out than most people have time to even try, much less play through.  Most people simply buy what looks good, get sidetracked, and end up with a bunch of things they don’t even have time to open.  It’s a ridiculous consumer feedback loop that doesn’t benefit anyone but game companies and retail stores.

For example, I still have Super Nintendo games that I haven’t gotten around to playing yet.  I bought them in the nineties!  It’s a habit that becomes a compulsion; the fear of missing out on the next Suikoden II or Shantae or Panzer Dragoon Saga.  What if you don’t buy it and when you go to get it, you can’t afford it anymore?  But will you ever play it?  Do you even have the time?  Assuming you work a 40 hour work week or go to school full time, you likely have limited time for gaming.  Add a commute, a relationship, or even a child to that equation and you have even less.  You might get three to five hours of game time in a week.  The average game takes around 20 hours to complete.  That’s ten weeks to finish one game, assuming you don’t play anything else or get bored of it.  You might be able to finish five games a year at that rate.  Round it up to ten for people with summers off or extra free time.  But even at ten games a year, you aren’t remotely scratching the surface of what comes out in any given year, and that’s just looking at mainstream titles!  If you have PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold, you get four to six games free every month on top of what you purchase.  If you have Steam, GOG (Good Old Games), Origin, or uPlay, you might get another 5-10 games free a year if you pay close attention online.  That’s well over a hundred games excluding retail purchases if you use all of those services.  At an average of 20 hours each, you’re looking at roughly over 2000 hours of gameplay, and following our formula that says we have five hours a week, that backlog becomes 7.7 years of gameplay.

Over seven years of gameplay just in random titles from online services.  Then we add in the AAA titles that most people buy and tend to play more heavily and the average serious gamer has a backlog of up to ten times what they could realistically play at any given time.  A quick look at my collection made me nearly nauseous when I used this formula.  On Steam alone, I have 1003 games, many of which I have never even installed.  For the PS2?  128.  The DS?  101.  The PS1?  72 games.  That’s over 1300 games and doesn’t include about two-thirds of my collection.  And don’t forget about flash carts.  I have access to every single US and Japanese game for the NES, Genesis, Turbografx 16, and DS.  Thousands of titles.   My Steam library averages out to about 77 years of backlog.  Statistically, I will literally die before I can possibly play every game on my Steam account to completion.  An actual, honest-to-goodness lifetime of gaming is at my fingertips at any given moment.  And yet I still I buy games all the time, but I literally cannot play them.  I’ve talked to other gamers that have backlogs on Steam of up to 3000 games.  It’s almost a status symbol for them.

We don’t need this much media.  But as we buy more and more, faster and faster, we show developers that they don’t need to take their time or fully playtest a game for us to buy it.  Half the time, we stick it on a shelf and don’t get to it for six months.  Or a year.  Or five.  Or even ten.  The situation has degraded so much that there are even sites like www.backloggery.com that allow you to track not only your collection but your completion rate as well.  Steam does this for you automatically, and it can be rather disheartening to see right there in black and white.  I’ve been a Steam member for 12 years and I’ve only managed a 13% completion rate.  However, even that is inaccurate because that number is calculated on the achievements you’ve earned, not the games you have finished.  I wouldn’t hesitate to say that most people don’t end up finishing the games they start these days due to the nature and volume of the market, and it almost doesn’t matter that the developers haven’t properly programmed and playtested those games.

So what does all this mean?  To me, it means the market is utterly flooded; inundated with content ranging from indie games to AAA titles to the point where it’s hopelessly diluted and difficult to have a pure gaming experience.  Very few games end up being memorable and at the same time, we’ve created a sub-culture where people brag about all the items they own but never actually use them.  There are too many games and we can’t play most of them.  A lot of the most highly advertised titles end up being terrible too, due to compromises made to appeal to wider audiences.  Reviews are bought and sold like commodities and it’s very difficult to judge for yourself what might be good.  E3 is the perfect example of this, creating massive hype for titles that test well with audiences and critics, overproduced shows of products that won’t be coming out for some time, and generally driving a multi-billion dollar ad campaign that sucks dollars out of the pockets of hard-working people.  As I write this, Xbox has wrapped up their E3 presentations and already most of the bigger titles are available to preorder on Amazon, even though the release dates are as far away as next fall or later.  Money is flying into the pockets of companies as we speak for nothing more than a promise of things to come drifting on the wind.

Gamers need to stop and think about how excited they were for the items that are already sitting on their shelves when they were announced.  We can’t let that feeling of wonder end the second we get the actual product.  If we all stop to play what we already have, perhaps it will make the industry also reconsider the type of games it is releasing and the volume it is releasing them in.  Having a backlog says a lot about a person, but it also speaks volumes to the way marketing and consumer culture affect us as individuals.  That’s a message many of us need to heed more often.   So take a look at your shelf.  Make an effort to try that game you’ve always been meaning to but were never in the mood for.  You might just recapture the magic in gaming by popping in a hidden gem.  And you might find that the entertainment you’ve been scouring the net looking for is something you already had the whole time.

A Contest And An Addendum

In writing the above article and looking at my backlog, I also realized that in addition to a ridiculously large backlog, I also have a ridiculous number of games sitting about unused on my Steam account and other digital accounts.  These are extras I’ve gotten to give as friends, freebies that came with purchases, and just random extra codes I’ve acquired over the years.  I thought to myself, “What better use could I have for all these games than to give them away to people who will play them?”  And so, The Great Real Otaku Gamer Steam Backlog Contest was born!

For those of you that are interested and want to put in a minimal amount of effort, I’m going to give away my extra Steam codes!  But the rules for winning are something a bit different.  The winners for this contest will be the entrants with the smallest uncompleted backlogs!  After all, in this day and age with everyone oversaturating themselves with media, maybe the person who actually finishes what they start deserves a reward!  So please take a moment and head on over to The Great Real Otaku Gamer Steam Backlog Contest right here on Real Otaku Gamer and drop an entry my way!  You might just win a new game to play…and it might even be good!

No GravatarMiitopia may be coming out on July 28th but with the new demo, I was able to try it out for myself.

The game might seem simple at first, but in the 3+ hours I played the demo, it is anything but. This game is something that all RPG fans new and old will enjoy.

The story is a whimsical one where an evil Lord has appeared and taken away all of the Mii character’s faces. It is up to your chosen hero to stop him.

Of course, this is where the fun starts. Sure you can just cast yourself as the hero but who will be the villain? With the amount of Mii character’s out there the possibilities are endless. I chose to cast No Face from Spirited Away as my Dark Lord. But you could make it your boss, an ex, or anyone as long as there is a Mii of them.

As you play the game you meet a mayor and the villain comes to steal the town folk’s faces. This is also a fun moment as you can either cast the villagers or let spot pass do the work. I ended up having a village run by Tingle of Zelda Fame. Steve Urkel, Dr. Egg Man and Princess Daisy were also cast.

The battle system is standard RPG fare as it allows you to choose a class and fight in turn-based battles. But things can get wacky when you get more characters. When you create your characters you choose a nature. This nature can cause the characters to act out in ways you may not expect. Mixing characters and their natures will lead to different fighting styles.

My main character, for example, Stark, has the cool personality so he is just the coolest. Using his power he can find weak points when he attacks and dodges enemy attacks. So cool is a mite overpowered.

My mage character is kind so she is more apt to help out. My thief is laid back so he isn’t always excited about the battle, while my popstar is an airhead and sometimes loses focus.

This battle system makes things fun and should allow newer RPG fans to find a new game type to love. Beating enemies will free the faces and that is also a nice touch.

It really is interesting seeing what faces appear on the enemies because it makes them sometimes appear rather humorous. At one point I ended up fighting a living Boulder with Eggman’s face it was funny.

Miitopia’s fun also hinges around your characters and their relationships. If your characters like each other they will often team up and interact positively. But if their natures are at odds it may lead to trouble. Like when my laid-back thief his behind my pop star. She was certainly upset he would do this. Now I haven’t had characters dislike each other but I’m sure they end up causing problems for the person they hate.

Miitopia is certainly an RPG game for any and all to enjoy. It’s simple to a point that you can pick up and play it anytime for younger kids and busy people. Yet, it is deep in ways you may not expect.

If this game at all catches your eye, I think it is totally worth downloading the demo. Plus the save data will transfer over to the main game if you decide to buy it. All in all, I am excited to see what else this game has to offer. I really do want to take down the Dark Lord and explore this new RPG world. Since it comes out next month there isn’t long to wait.

If you like RPGs and casting your friends and literally any Mii in weird roles this game is for you. Miitopia comes out on July 28th but the demo is out now! Download it and at least start saving faces from the Dark Lord. You might just find you have spent 3 hours in the demo and you truly do want to spend more time in this zany world!

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Sega sent out the following

 

 SEGA® and ATLUS® today announced a bumper line-up for E3 2017 across two neighboring stands in the West Hall, showcasing a diverse selection of games in the publisher’s biggest E3 showing since 2013.

 
“We’re really pleased to see Yakuza and Sonic back on the biggest stage for video games, and having the first public hands-on for Total War: WARHAMMER 2 underlines a really strong showing from SEGA and ATLUS this year!” said John Clark, Senior Vice President for SEGA Europe Ltd. “We look forward to welcoming trade visitors but we’re especially looking forward to having the public come and see our line-up this year, it’s great for E3 and it’s great for publishers. We’re confident there’s something for everyone on the SEGA stands this year.”
 
“From a bleak story about 13 heroes and their mechs in 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, to the emotional, final story arc of Kazuma Kiryu in the Yakuza series as he goes from a lone fighter to a loyal protector, to nostalgic gameplay from titles like Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux, and longed-for sequels such as Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth, SEGA and ATLUS are positioned to deliver a very gratifying line-up for all E3 attendees this year,” said Naoto Hiraoka, President and CEO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc. and Senior Vice President of Publishing for SEGA of America, Inc.
 
“We’re thrilled to have not just one, but two great Sonic games coming out this year for all the major consoles plus PC,” said Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer for Sonic the Hedgehog. “Both games will be on the E3 show floor for everyone to try. Sonic Mania, which we recently announced is available for pre-order, will be showcasing new demo stages while Sonic Forces will have its first ever hands on experience. Come by and see why this is the year of Sonic.”
 
West Hall, Booth #4312
 
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life and Yakuza Kiwami
 
Visitors will be able to reacquaint themselves with the legendary Kazuma Kiryu in a double header of hard-hitting Yakuza™ action, playable on the show floor: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the latest entry in the long-running series and Yakuza Kiwami, a rebuilt-from-scratch HD remake of the original 2005 PlayStation 2 hit, Yakuza. Attendees who visit the booth will also have the opportunity to receive special Yakuza-themed swag (as long as supplies last).
 
Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces
 
If breakneck speed is more your thing, we’ve got you covered! Booth #4312 will feature playable stations for the ultimate celebration of past and future with Sonic Mania™, an all-new 2D adventure with stunning HD retro style graphics running at a smooth 60FPS and featuring all your favorite classic characters. Sonic Forces™, from the development team behind Sonic Colors™ and Sonic Generations™, will be your second dose of speedy Sonic action where you will get to experience fast-paced gameplay as Modern Sonic, thrilling platforming as Classic Sonic, and powerful gadget action as your own custom Hero Character! Those who come by to play Sonic could receive a special Sonic E3 giveaway item.
 
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim
 
ATLUS will have an exclusive new trailer for the hotly anticipated Western release of Vanillaware’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, a story of battle-ready youths, humanity and…giant mechs. Plus, be sure to  take a photo with the 13 Sentinels mech standee to receive a gorgeous poster featuring Vanillaware’s signature flair (while supplies last).
 
Three Highly Anticipated Nintendo 3DS Titles
  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth — Starting with the creation of your party to exploring the uncharted labyrinth of the Yggdrasil Tree, Beyond the Myth is all about choosing how your own adventure unfolds. Practice your map-making and FOE slaying skills with the playable hands-on demo on the show floor. Oh, and there will also be a live demo! 
  • Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology — Once again take the reins of Alistel operative Stocke as he unlocks the power of the White Chronicle relic and gains the ability to travel between two alternate timelines in this enhanced retelling of a JRPG classic. Watch a live demo of Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology, only for show attendees.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux — Demon aficionados can look forward to a new Redux trailer. New story content, additional endings, a new dungeon to explore and more await those who wish to brave the spatial distortion known as the Schwarzwelt! 
Be sure to check out the demos and trailers for a chance to get a colorful assortment of stickers!


West Hall, Booth #4300
 
Total War: WARHAMMER II, Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces
 
In neighboring booth #4300, Creative Assembly™ are unleashing the Lizardmen on the public for the first time in Total War™: WARHAMMER® II. The second game in the Total War: WARHAMMER trilogy is set in a whole new part of the Warhammer world, introducing four new playable races in an epic narrative campaign. In a spectacular quest battle taken from the game, E3-goers can seize control of a Lizardmen army as they march against the High Elves, who they’ve caught meddling in the dormant ruins of an ancient Lizardmen portal. Additionally, there will be playable stations for Sonic Forces and Sonic Mania at the booth.
This is a great lineup of games, and I would not be surprised to see some new announcements as well. E3 is just in a couple of days, its time to get excited.
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By John Kinsella On 8 Jun, 2017 At 09:09 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIroncast is a new game coming to the switch, and boy howdy is it a doozy of a game. Published by Ripstone and developed by Dreadbit, The story revolves around awar inn 1886 where a mystical power source, Voltite powers robots. These mechanoid beings are called Ironcast and it is up to the player to choose a leader and lead either Britain or France to victory. The Ironcast clearly have some steampunk ideas behind them but do to this power source they are able to work without steam.

After choosing their leader they are now ready to begin, fighting with robots. While it may just look like a simple puzzle game, it is anything but. Ironcast is a game that will test your mettle as you only have so many days before the invasion. You gain money which allows you to beef up your robots, and gain advantage in war. Never underestimate your opponents either as this puzzle game really offers serious strategy. The combination of both customizing your robot and the tactile nature of the puzzle game are sure to engage players.

Coming to both Steam and the Nintendo Switch, Ironcast is sure to be a game that people will enjoy playing. Plus who doesn’t like battling robots, in a historical setting? The game itself is fully playable with touch screen controls which is always a good thing for a Switch Game. Plus it is coming out this summer and at only 500 mb it won’t take up to much space. So, if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, give it a watch and see for yourself if you can handle the Ironcast driven tactical puzzle game! May you lead your army to victory.

By John Kinsella On 8 Jun, 2017 At 08:53 PM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarWith the rise of the Nintendo Switch some people assumed the 3DS had met its match, but this isn’t the case. The 3DS is going to continue a bit longer and with the release of games still coming this is a good thing. In fact, Atlus has just announced three new games are headed west! These three Anime inspired games are sure to scratch the RPG itch for owners of the 3DS family of systems. We have Etrian Odyssey V, Radiant Historia:Perfect Chronology, and Strange Journey Redux all headed to our shores in the next year or so!

First up is Etrian Odyssey V, players get to create a character from four different races and make them into what they want. A classic dungeon crawler where the point is to make it to through Yggdrasil’s Labyrinth and have their greatest wish granted. These games are certainly a solid addition to any RPG fan’s collection. Making your character, you can not only choose its race but also its voice and job classes which there are 10 of. This game is sure to fill a good gap of time for any willing to head into the game’s vicious labyrinth.

Next is Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology is the perfect edition to an old Nintendo DS title called Radiant Historia. In this new remake you not only get more amazing artwork from Masaki Hirooka but also more music from Yoko Shimomura. A classic RPG with a new fresh coat of paint and even a new character named Nemesia plus even more. There are even more events for players to go through with different paths of sorts. There is the Standard History, the Alternate History and the brand new Sub-History. With a game as big as this, players will certainly enjoy either returning to this world or experiencing it fresh for the first time!

Strange Journey Redux is part of the Shin Megami Tensei family of games and was originally released on the Nintendo DS. In this game you follow your character into a demon filled realm in Antarctica. Traveling through dungeons to figure out what is going on. There is also brand new story, a whole new dungeon and even the chance to hit new endings. For any fan of the series this may be just the game for you.

Etrian Odyssey V is hitting our shores this year while, Radiant Historia:Perfect Chronology and Shin Megami Tensei are coming early 2018. If you are in need of a good handheld JRPG consider picking one of these up and settle into a brand new RPG world!