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NCG Review – Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition (PS4, PSVita, Switch, PC, Xbox One)

Title: Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition
Platform: PS4, PSVita, Switch, PC, Xbox One

Mercenary Kings: Reloaded Edition is an enhanced port of its original title Mercenary Kings, which was release back in 2014. This enhanced port is available free to anyone who has purchased the original title, and is also available for purchase for Switch owners and newcomers. This time around the Reloaded Edition comes with some new content such as new balances, weapons and characters. Is it worth a revisit, or does it lack in bringing players back to the mayhem?

 

Visuals

Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition gameplay visuals take inspiration from classic titles such as the Metal Slug series. With the gorgeous and smooth animated retro style character sprites and the 16-bit backgrounds, Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition fits perfect on one of its new home, the Nintendo Switch, along with the platforms it has made a return to. It never got old seeing the different variations of enemies and bosses even after the 4 years that have passed by since the first title.MercenaryKings_Screenshot_01MercenaryKings_Screenshot_03

Audio

The soundtrack of Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition is still the same tracks from the original, and is still engaging as ever bring back that old school shooter genre attitude and feel. The tracks never felt like they were too repetitive and used too much throughout the game and the sound FX is what to expect as wellMercenaryKings_Screenshot_06

Gameplay

The core gameplay is back, as players will take on many missions such as rescue, item collecting, eliminate and many more different style missions. Co-op is back as well, with four player split screen and online play, so players can take on the missions with some friends at anytime.

When entering a missions players will be thrown into one of many maps to take on their, loaded with re-spawning enemies and items to find, but this isn’t your typical side-scrolling shooter. Players will be placed at a random point on the stage, and be able to freely explore the map. This is what keeps the game feeling fresh, as players will never feel like one map is ever the same.FriggCombatShort.gif

Like I mentioned, enemies will be everywhere, and if you backtrack to an area, the enemies will have re-spawned. This helps the game feel like maps are not so empty, and is very satisfying and frustrating at the same time. The frustrating part is that sometimes during collecting missions some big enemies feel like they just get in the way and shouldn’t have the abilities to re-spawn, as they take some time to defeat. Other than that, the core gameplay is addicting.

Weapon crafting is back and with some new knives and gun parts to discover. If you are a player that likes to collect items and craft items, Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition has a lot of crafting options for you. Players will collect items and craft new weapons and parts which will change how you gun works, or how far your knife will reach. This mechanic gave the game a huge amount of replay value.

Verdict

Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition is a perfect revisit to the title, and holds its guns up high. The title is also a perfect fit for its first appearance on the Nintendo Switch. I really recommend players who haven’t played the previous title to give Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition a try, and veterans to revisit the title. This title is certainly a game to check out, and I give Mercenary Kings Reloaded Edition a 7/10.Score

 

NCG Review- Drive Girls (PSVita)

Have you ever wondered what a game would be like if you mixed Transformers with an anime magical girl theme? Well  Drive Girls is what you have been waiting for! In a world where people have the ability to transform into cars, and yet have to fight to save their home land, Drive Girls is an experience that will take you for a ride!drive-girls-review-3.png

Story

The story starts with the player following Lancia, as she makes her way to take the ERT or emergency response team entrance exam, but then finds herself joining a group of vigilantes called the drive Girls, who are out to destroy the Bugs that come to vanquish the land. drivetrailer-1493131516493

The story was presented very well, and isn’t silly like most other titles of this genre, and I did find myself wanting to know what was going to happen next in each chapter, but after a while the story become the same old fight and in the same areas.

Audio

When jumping into Drive Girls, one of my favorite aspects that stood out to me was the soundtrack. Mainly consisting of electronic and rock background music, it really played a role in making the title have its own identity, as well as gave me that nostalgic feeling I use to have when watching an anime during my early days.

As always with most Tamsoft titles, I would have liked to have heard some English dubbing for the voice acting, but Drive Girls only featured the native Japanese dubbing. Which fans of oversea titles will love. It was also performed decently, as the voice actors actually caught the emotion of each character.

Gameplay

Developed by Tamsoft, a company known for Senran Kagura titles and many other titles of the same play style, Drive Girls is along the same sort of game play. Fast paced hacking and slashing, girls losing their clothes, and for this title a mix of car transformations as well. With these 3 aspects blended together you get a unique hack and slash title with some racing or car themed challenges. This was quite enjoyable for me, as I am a huge hack and slash fan, but what I can state right now before going into to details is that this title is not for everyone.vi_drivegirlsf

The game is fun to an extent, players will find the combo system smooth and satisfying, but the lack of enemy models just take from the game. As they are the same bugs thought out the whole game, and nothing more. It is very sad as the game feels like it wants to deliver but doesn’t.drive-girls31

The driving section of the game also lack in variety. Players will find themselves in empty roads with minimal obstacles, and long plank roads most of time. I wish the developers could have added more to each race, but that is just hopeful thinking, The only aspect the game has going for it is the equipment/ sticker system, as players will equip stickers to build up the character stats.drive-girls-6

That being said, the game is enjoyable, but falls flat during game play. There is no replay value and yet the story is fairly short. I would only recommend this title to anyone wanting a quick fix in the hack and slash genre. I give Drive Girls a 5 out of 10 for my final score.Score

 

 

Publisher NIS America is having a Sale on the Playstation Store

Publisher NIS America is having a huge sale on the Playstation Store today. The sales goes on all the way till October 17, so this is your chance to pick up any of the following titles you might of missed out on.

Not sure what to pick up? Check out our reviews of some of the latest titles released by NIS, such as Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet BalletPsycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, Grand Kingdom, Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls. and our latest review for Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors, which releases today October 11.

PlayStation 4

  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance – $29.99, $23.99
  • Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance Season Pass – $17.49, $13.99
  • Grand Kingdom – $32.49, $27.49
  • Natural Doctrine – $17.99, $11.99
  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness – $34.99, $29.99
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight: Revival Edition – $19.99, $15.99
  • Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet – $22.49, $19.49

PlayStation 3

  • Battle Princess of Arcadias – $14.99, $11.99
  • Disgaea 2 (PS2 Classic) – $4.99, $3.99
  • Disgaea 3 – $10.49, $8.99
  • Disgaea D2 – $19.99, $15.99
  • GrimGrimoire (PS2 Classic) – $4.99, $3.99
  • Legasista – $9.99, $7.99
  • Natural Doctrine – $11.99, $7.99
  • The Awakened Fate Ultimatum – $19.99, $15.99
  • The Guided Fate Paradox – $9.99, $7.99
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight – $14.99, $11.99

PlayStation Vita 

  • Cladun (PSP) – $2.99, $1.99
  • Cladux x2 (PSP) – $3.74, $2.24
  • Criminal Girls: Invite Only – $14.99, $11.99
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair – $23.99, $19.99
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls – $23.99, $19.99
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc – $23.99, $19.99
  • Demon Gaze – $19.99, $15.99
  • Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days (PSP) – $9.99, $7.99
  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention – $19.99, $15.99
  • Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited – $19.99, $15.99
  • Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness (PSP) – $7.49, $5.99
  • Disgaea Infinite (PSP) – $4.49, $2.99
  • Grand Kingdom – $25.99, $21.99
  • Natural Doctrine – $11.99, $7.99
  • Operation Abyss:  New Tokyo Legacy – $19.99, $15.99
  • Prinny: Can I Really Be The Hero? (PSP) – $2.99, $1.99
  • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness – $27.99, $23.99
  • Stranger of Sword City – $19.99, $15.99
  • What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord?! 2 (PSP) – $1.99, $1.19
  • ZHP (PSP) – $9.99, $7.99

VALKYRIE DRIVE -BHIKKHUNI- Is Out Today

Today marks the launch of Valkyrie Drive – Bhikkhuni- for the PSVITA. Senran Kagura fans might already be aware of Valkyrie Drive — it’s very much in the same vein! Except the twist here is that the girls literally transform into weapons when they receive, er, pleasure from the other girls. The better the relationship between the girls then the stronger the weapon that they become is. It’s very unique.

Here is a quick overview on the title:

From the creator of Senran Kagura, Valkyrie Drive – Bhikkhuni- dials up the action a notch with an intricate high octane combat system, multiple characters to master, 28 story missions and arena based online multiplayer.


Turn your partner on to turn your partner into a superweapon and skillfully wield your pleasure powered weapons to take on hordes of enemies and gigantic bosses!

  • Ultra-fast hack and slash action with a focus on stylish aerial combos
  • Large imaginative bosses to battle
  • Take your favourite girls into the dressing room and rub and touch to raise their levels
  • Choose between 7 playable characters to master
  • The girls’ clothing will rip and tear as you take damage
  • 24 Story Missions to tackle – replay them with different characters too
  • Battle it out in arena based online multiplayer – up to 4 players

You can get the Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni- Liberator’s Edition exclusively from Rice Digital webstore

Be sure to catch the release trailer below

Fate/Extella The Umbral Star Recieves a Limited Edition Package, and New Trailer

XSEED Games/Marvelous USA Inc. has announced that Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star will receive a special Noble Phantasm Edition for Playstation 4 and PSVita on its release in early 2017.

This package will include a 7.5” by 6.3” hardcover art book featuring over 100 pages of high-quality artwork from Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, a pack of sixteen collectible 3” by 5” cards depicting each of the game’s Servants, and a 24” by 17” cloth poster, all housed in a custom box.

Along with the announcement of the Noble Phantasm Edition, XSEED Games/Marvelous USA Inc has also released a new trailer and screenshots showcasing the action-pack gameplay players can look forward to in Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star.

Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star is planned for launch early 2017 for PS4 and PSVita systems. The Noble Phantasm Edition will retail at $69.99 for PS4 system and $59.99 for PSVita system, while the standard edition of the game will be available for $49.99 and $39.99.

Will you be picking up this title?

Leave you thoughts in the comment section and be sure to check out the trailer and screenshots below

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