NCG Reviews Yomawari: Midnight Shadows

Yomawari is back with another title, Yomawari: Midnight Shadows.  This is a wonderful title fit for this spooky season.  If you are looking for a title to help you get through the trick-or-treat rush, or need a couple of scares to keep up with the season, this is the perfect title for you.


Title: Yomawari: Midnight Shadows
Release Date: 10/24/2017 (North America)
Developer/Publisher: Nippon Ichi Software (NIS)
Genre: Survival Horror
Platfrom: PS4, Windows, PS Vita


Yomawari tends to touch on deep topics, particularly around death and loss.  Midnight Shadows follows the same theme.  The story begins with Yui and Haru watching the fireworks together for the last time; Yui will be moving to another town.  The fireworks show marks the last chance the girls will get to spend time together.  While most series signal that friendships can remain strong through distance, Haru struggles with the separation.  The separation between Yui and Haru is where the conflict of the story lies.

Throughout the game Haru desperately searches for Yui, putting herself in frightening situations.  Every time Haru seems close to finding Yui, Yui is long gone. Yui, however, is placed into new areas without a sense of how she got there; her goal is not to seek out Haru, but rather return home; to find her “home”.

Will the girls find each other in the end?

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Game Play

If you have played Yomawari: Night Alone, you’ll already have a good grasp of the game and its mechanics.

For those who are new to the series, game play is simple.  You must wander around the town to find Yui.  You can walk, run, tip-toe, pick up/throw items, turn on/off your flashlight, and hide.  You must use these skills to get through the town, which is filled with ghosts at nearly every turn.

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Midnight Shadows added a few new mechanics such as moving objects, carrying objects that give you special abilities, and exploring indoor areas. There’s also a need side-scrolling part that contrasts the usual top-down view.

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The ghosts work as a guiding mechanic.  Some areas that you should not be accessing based on where you are in the story line will be filled with ghost obstacles at every corner to deter you from going that direction; some ghosts will just outright block your path.  When you are going in the correct direction, you will have to analyze how the ghosts move and utilize what is around you to either escape from the ghost or to sneak past it.

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While the ghosts do pose a challenge, the difficulty is not to extreme. You will easily predict the movements, figure out how you need to get by, and then move forward with the story. Of course, this comes along with an infuriating amount of deaths and blood splatter.


At the beginning of the game you are told that you must put your headphones in and only focus on the screen; you have to promise that you will.  Why? Because putting in headphones immediately sucks you into the creepy atmosphere of the game.  There is no real soundtrack, but the ambient noise from buzzing streetlights, kicking up leaves, cawing raven, and the airy breath of a wondering ghost -it is enough to set the tone of the game.  The audio also works to make you leap from your seat.  When those jump scares happen, you will feel your entire body tremble!

To be safe you can play without sound, but what is the fun in that?

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I love the style of Yomawari.  It is a combination of innocence and darkness.  The characters themselves are cute but these cute girls get lost in such a chilling atmosphere.  To depict the child-like nature of the main characters, scribble art is used frequently.  It appears in the objects found around the town and Haru’s retelling of her search for Yui.  It only drives home the child-like nature of the girls which really makes you think how the heck these girls are enduring so much terror without losing their minds.

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Despite having such a wonderful art style, I did noticed that there is a slight lag in movement.  I played this title on the PlayStation Vita and noticed that while walking or running there was a slight pause in motion when moving toward areas, or areas that needed to load.  Sometimes this felt annoying because the pacing of the game is already slow, but it reminds you that this is not a title you can just rush through.  At least not if you want the full effect of the game.


I’d give this title an 8 out of 10.  There is not much variation from the previous title as far as mechanics.  However, the story is compelling and the jump scares, while absolutely terrifying when they happen, are pretty fun to play through.


Have you played any Yomawari titles? Will you be picking this one up for a few scares? Which is your favorite horror game? Let us know in the comments!


Guacamelee 2 announced for Playstation 4

During the PlayStation Media Showcase at Paris Games Week 2017 pre-show DrinkBox Studios announced Guacamelee! 2 for PlayStation 4.

No release date has been announced except that it will release “soon-ish”.

You can check out an overview, screenshots, and trailer below.



Guacamelee! 2 picks up seven years after the original game. Juan Aguacate is living a happy life with his family, when his friend and trainer Uay Chivo discovers a new evil menace that threatens to destroy not only Mexico, but time and space itself.


Guacamelee! 2 is the sequel to the award-winning, Mexican-themed co-op-multiplayer Metroidvania action game, Guacamelee!. The studio took the time needed after finishing Guacamelee! to change gears with their following title Severed, all the while perculating new ideas for a Guacamelee! 2. Now, DrinkBox has happily returned to their much loved franchise.


  • Non-Stop fighting action featuring an extensive move list
  • Multi-dimensional Platforming
  • Combat moves double as player movement mechanics, uniting platforming and fighting
  • Amazing new player abilities: Eagle Boost, Chicken Glide, and many more non-bird-themed powers!
  • A colorfully vibrant world containing dingy swamps, abandoned temples, arid deserts, and many other fun locations
  • New rendering engine: Normal mapped characters and environments significantly enhance the game’s visuals
  • Drop-in/out 4-player local co-operative play
  • 300% more chickens
  • 99% less memes

‘Guilty Gear Collaboration Song Set’ with Pre-Order’s of DJMAX Respect in Japan

Arc System Works has announced that early purchasers of DJMAX Respect will get a  “Guilty Gear Collaboration Song Set” in Japan.

The “Guilty Gear Collaboration Song Set” includes the following three tracks:

  • “Break a Spell” (Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev 2)
  • “Holy Orders (Be Just or Be Dead)” (Guilty Gear 2: Overture)
  • “Marionette” (Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign)

DJMAX Respect is available now for PlayStation 4 with English subtitles in Asia, and will launch in Japan on November 9.
You can check out a preview of the songs below.

Nintendo 3DS/Switch eShop Update October 26, 2017

Nintendo eShop sales:

New Games:

  • Super Mario Odyssey – Available on Oct. 27
  • Violett (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • ZOMBIE GOLD RUSH (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Poi: Explorer Edition (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bridge of the New Moon (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • ACA NEOGEO MUTATION NATION (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Moon Hunters (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Time Recoil (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Splasher (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • Piczle Lines DX – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch)
  • King Oddball (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 30
  • Monster Jam Crush It! (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 31
  • Cartoon Network: Battle Crashers (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 31
  • MONOPOLY for Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 31
  • Heroes of the Monkey Tavern – Demo Version (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch) – Available Oct. 31
  • Worcle Worlds (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • Halloween Night Archery (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
  • GALAXY BLASTER CODE RED (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
    Creeping Terror (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS) – Available Oct. 31

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet release date and pre-order bonus announced

Bandai Namco has announced that Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in the Americas and Europe on February 23, 2018.

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet, is the latest installment to the beloved action role-playing game and anime franchise Sword Art Online. For the first time in the series, Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet introduces third-person shooter gameplay, forming a unique hybrid shooter/action-RPG title. Those who pre-order Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet will receive the special Silver Assault Gun and Asuna and Kirito SAO avatar costumes. The limited Phantom Edition of Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet includes the full game and figurines of Kirito and Sinon with a game-exclusive costume available exclusively at the BANDAI NAMCO Official Store.

In addition to the release date, Bandai Namco also shared the following game details:

  • UFG Weapon: The user’s avatar will be gifted by the ArFA-Sys with this special weapon. It enables 3D movements around the environment allowing the player to throw a light wire and reach higher areas of the map, getting closer to enemies reaching a better shooting position or to hit flying opponents.
  • Bounty Player: In offline mode, besides enemies, some NPC will appear and challenge the player. They can appear in group of 4 or alone and defeating them will guarantee more rewards and a thrilling experience.
  • 4-Player Party: The player will have the chance to face the entirely solo experience by himself or go to up 4 party members. In party mode the player won’t direct control the members but will have the chance to set specific actions and behaviors.
  • New Characters: Besides Kirito, Asuna and Sinon new characters will join the crew like Yuuki, Strea, LLenn and Pitohui, both from Alternative Online Gun Gale.
  • GC Events: During the game some special actions can trigger special party events to discover more about the characters’ life.

You can check out a new set of screenshots, the official box art, and trailer below.