Operation Backlog Completion 2017
Apr 122017
 

We’ve got another Nintendo Direct to look forward to this evening at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET.

Its main focuses will be ARMS and Splatoon 2, but since it says it will include information about the Nintendo 3DS as well as the Nintendo Switch, it’s safe to guess those two games won’t be the only things shown.

So let’s make a few predictions!

Likely

Predictions I think have a fairly good chance of coming true:

Yooka-Laylee Switch Release Date

Yooka-Laylee came out yesterday for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but the Switch version’s release date is still unknown. A Nintendo Direct so soon after the game’s launch sounds like the perfect time to announce when this 3D platformer will be available on the Switch.

Pikmin 3DS game

Remember the side-scrolling Pikmin spin-off they announced for the 3DS and then said nothing more about? It’s supposedly still due out this year, so maybe this is the 3DS news on its way.

Less Likely

Predictions I think could come true, but probably won’t.

Virtual Console details

Nintendo hasn’t said much about how the Virtual Console will work on the Switch, but maybe they’ll give details today. It would certainly count as “information.”

Ever Oasis news

Ever Oasis looked very cute and interesting when it was announced at E3, but we’ve barely heard anything since then. How about a new Ever Oasis trailer?

Unlikely

Predictions I’d love to come true, but I won’t hold my breath for.

Bayonetta 1 & 2 for the Switch

Yesterday, Bayonetta was announced for the PC, but many fans are hoping to see the first and second game brought to the Nintendo Switch. If it happens, it’s probably the sort of announcement they’d save for E3, but who knows?

Mother 3 localization

I’m still convinced this will happen eventually, and since they sprung EarthBound Beginnings on people during a tournament, why not casually drop the third game during a Nintendo Direct like this? Best of all, bring it with the Virtual Console news I mentioned above.

The Great Ace Attorney

We’ve waited patiently in the hopes that Dai Gyakuten Saiban, or The Great Ace Attorney, will be localized. There will be a live stream about the sequel next week. This week there’s a Nintendo Direct with unspecified 3DS news. COINCIDENCE?

…Yes, probably.

But we still can dream!

What are your predictions, likely or not, for today’s Nintendo Direct?

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Apr 102017
 

I heard praise for Severed in the past, but it wasn’t until I sat down and played it that I realized what made it so enjoyable.

Going into it, the only thing I knew was that it used touchscreen-based combat (which is why it’s available for Vita, Wii U, 3DS, and iOS). It’s difficult to imagine Severed without a touchscreen, because it’s the heart of the battle system.

You slash enemies to damage them and slash against an enemy’s attack to counter. For many enemies, you need to wait until they show their weak spot, or attack in a specific way to reveal it.

This starts out simple, but gets pretty challenging later on. Fighting multiple enemies at once turns into a careful balance of dealing damage while switching between enemies to counter their attacks. If you build up your Focus gauge through successful attacks and counters, you’ll be able to sever parts of the monster’s body once you defeat it.

Ah yes, severing monster limbs.

You play a young woman named Sasha on a journey through a strange, twisted world to find and save her family. Before the game begins, Sasha’s arm is cut off, and that’s only the start of Severed’s macabre love of hacking off body parts.

Monster pieces–arms, eyes, wings, etc.–are used to upgrade Sasha. You have a skill tree to fill out, and each upgrade costs a certain number of parts. You can also break pots to find giblets, which can be converted to other parts.

Severed has a Metroidvania-esque progression style, although in some ways it also reminded me of The Legend of Zelda. You explore several dungeon areas, which involve locked doors, some backtracking, and areas you won’t be able to access until you have certain upgrades.

Finding secret areas is enjoyable, and since enemies don’t respawn, you can backtrack in peace.

(The lack of respawning enemies might make you nervous in a game where your upgrades depend on gathering monster parts, but I fully upgraded Sasha with parts to spare, and there’s an area near the end of the game where enemies do respawn, if you need more.)

Now, I haven’t said a lot about the story. Severed has a minimalist story that leaves more questions than it answers, but it does have some enjoyable moments and characters. In general, I liked it more for its exploration and unique combat than for its story, but that’s enough to carry it.

If a dark, stylish game with touchscreen-based combat and dungeon exploration sounds fun to you, look into Severed, because it’s a great little game.

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Apr 072017
 

The Legend of Heroes series has caught my attention lately, especially since many fans celebrate it as one of the best classic-style turn-based RPG series still around.

Although I’m still at the start of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, I was excited to see the announcement today that Trails in the Sky the Third will be available through Steam on May 3.

But that’s not all! The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is also coming to Steam this summer, with over 5,000 new voiced lines compared to the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions.

(I have a copy of Trails of Cold Steel for the Vita, so I’ll probably stick with that, but it’s still interesting news.)

The Legend of Heroes is a large RPG series divided into several smaller series, all set in the same world. There’s another arc that goes between Trails in the Sky and Trails of Cold Steel, although there’s been no hints of localization for the “Crossbell Arc.”

Then again, with the way these announcements are coming, who knows?

Have you played any game in the Legend of Heroes series? Are you planning to pick up Trails in the Sky the 3rd or Trails of Cold Steel when they’re available from Steam?

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