News: Valkyries Third Sortie Announced
The latest and third installment in the Valkyries book series by Hidetaka Tenjin will be released this September in Japan. Like the first and second books, this one will...
The upcoming PS4 port of Assault Suits Leynos is getting a new demo this Friday (25th). The full game is also scheduled for December 23rd but from what I’ve played of the game thus far in the prior demo I am not holding my hopes out for this one. While it will clearly be better than the awful PS2 port of Assault Suits Valken, it’s still not a patch on the original game. I am a fan of Dracue’s work though, as the Gunhound games are good fun, but this feels like a tech demo than game. In any case, the latest trailer is out and shown below.
Vanillaware have finally announced their new game and it’s called 13 Sentinels Aegis Rim. Not only does it look suitably sumptuous, like all their games, but it also features mecha. While not much is known about the game, bar that is set for release on PS4 and PS Vita, we are very curious to see how this title will turn out. Previously Vanillaware has only really done fantasy themed action RPG’s, often with a historical bent. This looks decidedly futuristic and sci-fi with it. The music is also being Hitoshi Sakimoto and thus far has a real Origa vibe to it. The launch trailer is shown below.
Following the news that the next Gundam Extreme Versus game would be shown at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, we now know that Gundam Extreme Versus Force will very likely be a PS Vita exclusive. In the launch trailer (shown below) we see all manner of new game modes and mobile suits, with the YG-111 Gundam G-Self being notable. The upcoming ASW-G-66 Gundam Barbatos may also be present in the game but no further details are available about that yet. This will be the first named entry in the series to not have an initial arcade release. While this is definitely a PS Vita game we may yet still see a PS4 game come out but we’ll just have to wait and see if anything else pops up. No release is currently set but it’s probable we’ll see something next year.
The sequel to the first freemium Gundam game by Bandai Namco is now finally out in the wild. Compared to the beta version Gundam Battle Operation Next is definitely an improvement, in regards to general movement and controls, but it’s still pretty underwhelming. Bear in mind we’re in Japan so server issues and lag aren’t really a problem but even then the game is not exactly great. While it may look similar to the Gundam Breaker games, the core team behind that didn’t work on this (which likely explains why the gameplay element feels so disappointing). In any case, the game is now out on both PS3 and PS4 so you can see for yourselves what it’s like.
A couple months ago, we reported that Bandai Namco had registered the trademark for Gundam Extreme VS Force. This is presumably the fourth version of the series, which I doubt coincidentally is why it is given the moniker “Force.” With TGS 2015 coming soon, it appears the game has been leaked to be shown at the Japanese games convention for the very first time. With their recent pledge to bring future games to both the PS4 and Vita, it would be very interesting to see if Bandai Namco does have a console version of the game in store. But according to history, this will more than likely be an arcade title with Maxi Boost coming to consoles sometime late this year or next. Either way, it’s good to hear some new information regarding the series’ future. Until then, let us know what new units and mechanics should be added in Force!
As part of the Midsummer Maxi Boost Festival, even more mobile suits will be released for the Gundam Extreme Versus Maxi Boost in the arcades. They are the Nightingale, 00 Qan[T] Full Saber and Perfect Gundam. The first two units will more than likely be 3000 cost, similar to their predecessors already in the game (Sazabi and 00 Qan[T]). It will be interesting to see what type of gameplay Nightingale will bring, whereas Qan[T] Full Saber will be even more melee oriented than the original version. Perfect Gundam will be a 2000 cost unit and the first entry from the Plamo Kyoshiro manga. We’re looking forward to seeing what kind of other units will be on the way during the next couple months. Let us know what you think of these new inclusions in the comments below!
Hot on the heels of the brand new units that have already come to the console version of Full Boost are the inclusion of three more recently released Maxi Boost units! They are 00 Seven Sword G, Astray Red Dragon, and Tallgeese II. These units will be accompanying the Perfect Gundam on July 22 as part of the Midsummer Extreme VS. Festival DLC for Full Boost. Last year we received eight new units during the Midsummer Festival so it will be interesting to see if there are more along the way. Let us know what you think of these units in the comments below!
Due to all the pre-orders that Super Robot Wars BX has received, Bandai Namco will be including a download code for 2nd Super Robot Wars for those that buy the game at launch. This was the follow on to the first Game Boy game released in the same year, except this was (originally) on the NES. It also kickstarted the whole series to become a serious sit-down console game, rather than just something for a handhelds. The fact we’re getting this included with BX is a nice little touch. The game is released on August 20th in Japan and you can pre-order it here.
More units are coming in the form of Perfect Gundam and Marasai/Gabthley for both Maxi Boost and Full Boost. Scheduled to be released on July 22nd, these two units will be the 9th and 10th additions to the Full Boost roster since the 1.08 patch went live in May 2015. While not much has been discovered regarding the units’ playstyles, Perfect Gundam’s addition represents another Gundam manga series to the EXVS franchise in Plamo Kyoshiro. As for the Marasai/Gabthley, it will be interesting to see if the switching mechanic is similar to the Kapool tag mechanic or is like Char’s Zaku II where some moves switch to Char’s Z’gok for a set amount of time. It is interesting to see that Bandai Namco is still actively supporting Full Boost through brand new units that have yet to appear in Maxi Boost, which raises questions about Maxi Boost’s eventual console release. Anyway, let us know what you think about these two new units in the comments below!
Amongst the rather amazing selection of games announced at Sony’s PlayStation Briefing at this year’s E3, was the game Rigs. Developed by Guerrilla Cambridge, Rigs is basically an e-sports type first person shooter with mecha. The twist is that it uses the Morpheus VR headset for the PS4. Now I am not sure whether this will be any good but it looks promising at least and the Morpheus setup could result in something interesting. The trailer for the game (shown below) is quite interesting but seems more interested in showing the various facial reactions of the players rather than the game itself. No word on when this will be out but we’ll be keeping our yes on this.