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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] launches February 9 in North America

Aksys Games has announced that it will release for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita in North America day and date with Europe on February 9, 2018.

The French-Bread-developed fighting game will be playable at PlayStation Experience 2017 in Anaheim, California from December 9 to 10.

Here’s an overview of the game, via PQube:

About

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] is the sensational new fighting game by developer French Bread, creators of Melty Blood, the fan-favorite fighter that’s been a staple of Japanese arcades and community events for years.

Hailed as a game that truly nails the perfect balance between traditional 2D fighter gameplay and the over-the-top action of ‘anime’ fighters, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] features an electrifying cast of 20 characters, 19 gorgeous stages to battle on, and a Chronicle Mode that will delight fans and newcomers alike with an all-new UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH single-player story.

Key Features

  • Thrilling cast of characters – A varied cast of 20 characters, including series newcomers Phonon, Mika, Enkidu and Wagner!
  • 19 glorious stages – Including 4 beautiful new areas, Cafeteria, Children’s Playground, Momiji Alley and the Cathedral of the Far East.
  • Re-balanced gameplay – Old favourites have new abilities and new gameplay elements have been added, including the ‘Veil Off’ system that opens up new combo opportunities.
  • Mission Mode – Learn new skills in a dedicated combo challenge mode and take on some of the hardest challenges in the game.
  • Tutorial Mode – An expansive tutorial mode has been added to the game that teaches all the skills necessary to level up your game.
  • Chronicle Mode – Discover the narrative of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] in a dedicated story mode experience.

 

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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.

Details

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

Story

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.

Audio

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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Graphics

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.

Verdict:

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.

Score

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!

Tokyo Tattoo Girls – Meet your companions!

Today, NIS has released a trailer introducing 6 companions you are able to choose from in their upcoming title Tokyo Tattoo Girls.

We will see this title in the US for the PlayStation Vita and Steam on November 17th.

Check out the screenshots below to get a glimpse of the Tokyo Tattoo Girls!

Which girl do you have your eye on? Let us know in the comments!

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms Coming Next Spring

The next installment of the Hakuoki is coming next spring to the PS Vita; prepare yourself for more romance with 12 handsome men!

Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms will follow Chizuru back in her home town, Edo, and the next chapter of the fallen Shinsengumi.  Who will Chizuru fall in love with next?

Key Features

  • 12 Charming Bachelors – Start by choosing from one of 12 handsome bachelors and fall in love with Japanese history’s most famous warriors.
  • Multiple Endings, One True Love – Explore the gorgeous world of Hakuoki through narrative choices that unlock branching storylines and up to 30 different endings.
  • Beautiful History Comes Alive – The dramatic romance, friendship, and betrayal unfolds on your screen through fluid animation, vibrant art, and detailed CGs.

Will you be looking forward to this title? Do you already have an idea of who you want a romance with? Let us know in the comments!

Get your horror game fix with Yomawari: Midnight Shadows new trailer

NIS America has released a new trailer for its upcoming horror title Yomawari: Midnight Shadows dubbed “Exploring in the Dark”.

Here’s an quick overview.

A summer night out with your best friend to watch the fireworks leaves you alone and scared in the dark. Pick up your flashlight and take on the views of two protagonists, Yui and Haru. The two girls have been separated by something seemingly sinister, and it is up to both of them to find each other in the night and make their way home. Along the journey, spirits, ghouls, and strange monstrosities will try to eat both of them whole. So find each other before it’s too late, because the dark is no place to be alone.

Yomawari: Midnight Shadows will launch for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and Steam on October 24 in North America and October 27 in Europe.

You can check out the trailer below.