2013 Niche Game Trailer Roundup

I have absolutely nothing to say today, but, in lieu of cancelling the post, I figured I would post some trailers of games you may or may not be aware of in order to build some amount of hype for the, generally, niche games. Sure, I could post the Grand Theft Auto V trailer, but that wouldn’t really surprise anyone, would it?

First up is Dragon’s Crown, a huge, allegedly, 88 hour beat em up, which is being developed for the Vita and the PS3. The major selling point of this game is it’s beautiful hand-drawn graphics, and, for many, the assets of the female characters, which even the perviest of men would consider a tad bit excessive.

Next, let’s look at Shin Megami Tensei Devil Summoner Soul Hackers, which is not to be confused with the even more long winded Shin Megami Tensei Devil Summoner Raidou Kuzunoah XIV vs The Soulless Army. This is a 3DS enhanced port of a 1997 first person dungeon crawler. As part of the greater SMT series, expect an incredibly dark story with tons of Pokemon-style collection of various demons and mythological beings.

As a slight aside, Atlus has rereleased all of their PS2 SMT games, meaning the previously $200 SMT Nocturne is now a wonderfully accessible $19.99. Because all of these games deserve some attention I will list their Amazon.com prices and link them. They have equivalent prices on Amazon.ca, but I haven’t checked for Europe or any of the other PAL territories. These games have all been infamously rare, and are of the utmost quality, so get your hands on them in case they become rare again. Some of these games only have a few left in stock and the prices seem set to inflate again when there isn’t anymore. In the case of SMT Devil Summoner 2, if you live in the US, you’re already too late, as that game is already worth over $100 again, but in Canada, it still hasn’t sold out so you can pick it up for $29.99.

SMT Nocturne – $19.99
Digital Devil Saga part 1 – $19.99
Digital Devil Saga part 2 – $19.99
Devil Summoner Raidou 1 – $29.99
Devil Summoner Raidou 2 – $29.99 (Canada)

The Persona games also have a bit of a discount and are available easier now as well, but, without exception, the newer/digitally available versions of these games are better.

So maybe you’re not going to get excited for a port of a game that’s sixteen years old. That’s understandable. So, here’s the trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV, the fourth game in the main series (Nocturne is the third despite not having the number in its title).

Dragon’s Dogma was one of the most surprisingly good games last year, especially coming from a new IP. However, it was definitely flawed with some bad design choices, lack of fast travel, and menu navigation. Dragon’s Dogma Dark Arisen is a new bit of DLC that goes beyond mere DLC. It unlocks not only a huge new area to explore, complete with new enemies and bosses, but it overhauls the game, fixing many of the minor design issues. The biggest advantage is that the game’s stand alone, meaning, you’ll get the entirety of the original Dragon’s Dogma from it if you haven’t already purchased the original. Those who have purchased the original will receive bonuses when it loads.

Because I seem to be Atlus fanboying today, let’s keep that going. As I mentioned in my branding article, Disgaea Hour of Darkness, also known as Disgaea 1 is actually getting a direct sequel called Disgaea Dimensions 2 (Because Atlus likes the Rambo style of naming conventions). All I can say is that it’s about damn time. Disgaea 1’s characters and story are close to many gamer’s hearts, and it’s good to know that the stars will finally get to step up again instead of playing meta supporting roles.

It’s been called massively impressive and it’s been called the saviour of the Vita. Truthfully, it’s hard not to see why when looking at the trailer for Soul Sacrifice which is set to be released in NA next month. With large scale detailed combat, and an incredibly inventive sacrifice mechanic, which should lead to some really varied playthroughs, Soul Sacrifice is definitely a game worth keeping your eye on, as long as you didn’t choose to sacrifice it.

I have been reading a lot of people on the message boards decrying the Wii U, saying that the system will be the end of Nintendo and that it’s total garbage, which only “sheep” would buy (Note: anyone who uses the word sheep is a complete asshole who isn’t worth listening to because they’re so far up their own ass). I have three trailers that, in my opinion, completely debunk any chance that the Wii U isn’t a system worth owning.

First up is not so much a trailer, but a brief look at the development of Bayonetta 2. You know Bayonetta 2, right? It’s that game, which is the follow up to the greatest action game ever made, which is exclusive to the Wii U because Nintendo fronted the money to make it.

Next is The Wonderful 101, a Pikmen-style game made from Platinum Studios, who are the makers of the aforementioned Bayonetta as well as the recently released Metal Gear Rising Revengeance. I would expect the same level of insane storyline and perfectly polished gameplay that we’ve come to expect from the rising studio.

Finally, there’s the biggest and best reason to own a Wii U: The untitled Monolith Soft RPG (But let’s face it: the game will be called Xeno-something). As a follow up to Xenoblade Chronicles, there are high expectations for this game, and the trailer, which I’ve posted before, does nothing but confirm that Monolith Soft may finally be ready to step up as one of the premier RPG developers in the world.

So there you go, internet. I made a post, which I thought I was going to be lazy in, but ended up taking almost as much time doing it as a regular post. I specifically wanted to highlight both the Vita and the Wii U in this article as a way to try to stem the tide of doom and gloom topics surrounding both systems. While games like Call of Duty, Mario, God of War and Halo will continue to top the charts, there are plenty of incredibly interesting games coming out for those that want something a little bit different.

Since I think I’ve bolstered my nerd-cred enough with this post, I feel like I can handle the abuse that will be generated by posting the extended trailer for Lightning Returns Final Fantasy XIII, which is something I’m very excited for.

-Mistranslations for the Modern Gamer

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