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Ys IX: Monstrum Nox

Play as any of the six notorious Monstrum, each with their own unique Gifts that grant abilities such as scaling sheer walls or detecting hidden objects to protect the city from shadowy creatures.

Explore the massive city, accept quests to aid the townsfolk, and enter the Grimwald Nox to vanquish the threats to Balduq.

Familiar mechanics such as Flash Dodge and Flash Guard allow you to outmaneuver your foes, while new additions such as Gifts and Boost Mode further augment your ability to fight.



Nemezis: Mysterious Journey III

This is the planet Regilus - a dazzlingly beautiful, exotic, multi-layered and mysterious ecosystem. No wonder that colonial syndicates and private explorers fought for it. In the end, the oasis of natural deposits and minerals found on Regilus was deemed too small to fight for, and with no more hostilities, various Teleportation Travel Agencies turned the place into a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction.

Nemezis: Mysterious Journey III is a puzzle adventure game with countless brain teasers, in which two tourists - Bogard and Amia - find themselves engaged in a series of mysterious events. The protagonists are separated and, in order to find each other, must rely on a guide whose behaviour becomes more and more grotesque with every passing minute.

During their adventure on Regilus, the protagonists will visit seven different locations - each one a completely new artistic experience altogether. In order to find one another, Bogard and Amia must solve many intriguing puzzles with varying levels of complexity. Nemezis: Mysterious Journey III is a very player-friendly game. Choose a level of puzzle difficulty appropriate to your experience with games of this type. You will also have access to a digital guide, whose advice can be crucial in many situations. But are you sure you can trust it?

The game's creator and puzzle designer is the legendary Roland Pantoła - creator of critically acclaimed adventure titles such as AD 2044, Reah and the Schizm series.



Sniper Elite VR

One bullet can change the course of a war…

Southern Italy, 1943. Fascist forces occupy your homeland. Using stealth, authentic weaponry, and your skilled marksmanship as an elite sniper, fight for the Italian Resistance in this exhilarating first-person shooter.

Grab your rifle, gaze down the scope and take aim, as realistic ballistics and immersive weapon interactions bring a whole new dimension to this intense sniping simulation. Take on a new explosive stand-alone campaign with 18 replayable missions and hours of thrilling gameplay. Use stealth and cunning to distract and outmanoeuvre enemy troops and vehicles across levels packed with tactical possibilities. Experience the firepower of historically accurate WW2 weaponry, with an armoury of rifles, SMGs, pistols, shotguns, grenades & explosives. Witness the devastating effect of your shot as Sniper Elite’s signature kill-cam returns, rebuilt for VR.



Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

A new adventure awaits you in this second installment of the turn-based RPG series set in the world of Monster Hunter! Become a Rider and form bonds with friendly monsters known as Monsties to fight alongside them as you take part in an epic story.

You play as the grandson of Red, a legendary Rider. The story begins with a fateful encounter with Ena, a Wyverian girl who has been entrusted with an egg with the potential to hatch into a legendary Rathalos which could wreak havoc if awakened to its destructive power.

Embark on a journey which will test the bonds of friendship in a changing world, and discover the truth behind the legends of old.



Death's Door

Reaping souls of the dead and punching a clock might get monotonous, but it's honest work for a Crow. The job gets lively when your assigned soul is stolen and you must track down a desperate thief to a realm untouched by death - where creatures grow far past their expiry and overflow with greed and power.

Utilize melee weapons, arrows and magic to overcome a fantastic array of beasts and demigods. Mistakes are punished and victory is rewarded. Gain an edge by customizing your character stats and mastering the abilities and upgrades you obtain.

Venture beyond the Doors and explore a land full of twisted inhabitants and countless secrets, bringing hope to the weird and wonderful characters you’ll meet along the way.

Track down and defeat colossal tyrants with stories and motivations of their own. Experience a somber yet darkly comedic tale, uncovering the truths behind the flow of souls, the role of the Crows and the origin of the Doors.



Cris Tales

Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future -- all on one screen as you play! Join the newly awakened Time Mage Crisbell and her fantastical companions on their journey across a dark, fairytale world facing a grim future.

Crisbell must embark across Crystallis and the four Kingdoms in a bid to stop the powerful Time Empress and rewrite the future of the world and all those living in it. Along the way, she’ll meet and recruit powerful allies with their own unique stories and skills like Matias the Frog and Willhelm the Child Mage.

As she explores the world and meets her unique companions, Crisbell will have to make choices with far-reaching consequences for the people she meets – consequences that will impact the world you’ll experience in real-time throughout your journey. Each companion will be invaluable as you face these choices and the myriad enemies who stand in your way. Will you buffet them with attacks, or discover creative ways to use Crisbell’s time powers to alter the reality of each fight?

Beautifully hand-drawn 2D art is animated frame by frame to bring the branching pasts and futures of each region, enemy, and NPC to life across more than 20 hours of gameplay. Experience a unique combination of branching stories, innovative combat, and classic RPG excitement in Cris Tales’ exciting and unforgettable exploration of how our actions echo through time.



Urban Trial Tricky Deluxe Edition

Now you can fully express yourself while exploring the urban jungle. With the full package of motorbike tricks, style, and extreme levels you will become unstoppable!

Urban Trial Tricky Deluxe Edition includes six additional savage customization options each with new rider skin, signature special trick, and the matching motorbike paint job.

Grab your seat and pull off the most savage tricks and combos on your motorbike. Ride freely, spin around in the air, go back and forth and let yourself be carried away by the fun, fast-paced gameplay, colorful visuals, and smooth controls.

Learn new freestyle, breakdance and FMX moves to fit your own style. Unlock crazy costumes and customize your motorbike at will.

Complete challenges and master countless outstanding maneuvers and tricks to rule the leaderboards.



Orcs Must Die! 3

Orcs Must Die! 3 ushers orc-slaying mayhem to a previously unimaginable scale. Solo or with a friend by your side, arm yourself with a massive arsenal of traps and weapons. Slice, burn, toss and zap hordes of repugnant orcs in this long-awaited successor to the award-winning series.

New to the series, War Scenarios pit players against the largest orc armies ever assembled. Mountable War Machines give players the essential firepower to heave, stab, carbonize, and disarticulate the abominable intruders.

Orcs Must Die! 3 is everything fans loved about the first two games and more. More orcs, more traps, more weapons, more upgrades and even better looking. It’s cranked up to at least eleven.

Play through a brand new story set more than 20 years after Orcs Must Die! 2, where the War Mage and Sorceress have rebuilt the order and trained new young apprentices.

All new War Scenarios deliver on the promise of massive scale first set out in Orcs Must Die! Confront overwhelming armies of orcs outside on the battlefields surrounding the castles. Thin out waves of orcs hundreds strong before they breach the walls and crash your rift.

You’re going to need new weapons of death and destruction to handle these hordes. War Machines are traps on an oversized scale. Lay down your mega flip trap and launch dozens of ragdolling orcs. Mount your mega boom barrel launcher and unleash pyrotechnic glory.

The legions of orcs keep coming long after the story is completed. Etch your name into the orc-slaying hall of fame through Weekly Challenges or see how long you can survive in Endless Mode.

Orcs Must Die! 3 comes with the Drastic Steps campaign and content for free, including terrifying flying enemies, heroic war guardians and of course more tools for orc destruction!

The new Scramble Mode pits you against vile orcs who evolve with increasingly difficult and sinister tricks up their chunky sleeves. But each level you survive, you collect your own modifiers to fight back with!



SAMURAI WARRIORS 5

A new SAMURAI WARRIORS begins.

After a 7-year wait, a new instalment in the tactical action series "SAMURAI WARRIORS" is finally here!

With this title, the historical period depicted in the first title of the "SAMURAI WARRIORS" series released in 2004 has been revamped. With visuals that have largely evolved since the first "SAMURAI WARRIORS", additional officers, and evolved actions, an even deeper drama set in the warring states is depicted. Also, with a focus on the lives of officers Nobunaga Oda and Mitsuhide Akechi, in order to more intensely and boldly depict the warring states era spanning from the end of the Ōnin War to the Incident at Honnōji, the title is the beginning of a new series, in which the stories and characters from the traditional "SAMURAI WARRIORS" have been revamped.



The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

Immerse yourself in a dramatic yet charming and witty world of evidence-gathering, deduction and courtroom battles with this double-pack of the adventures of rookie lawyer Ryunosuke.

Set in late 19th century Japan and England, each title features five murder-mystery episodes filled with all the drama, laughs, twists, and “turnabouts” you’ve come to expect from the legally labyrinthine legacy of Ace Attorney. Join Ryunosuke Naruhodo, ancestor of series mainstay Phoenix Wright, as he attempts to uncover the secrets behind an international criminal conspiracy and solve a hauntingly baffling cold case, while tackling a series of tricky trials along the way. Dozens of hours of attorney action awaits you!

In the course of each case, you’ll speak to witnesses, examine evidence and clues, and attempt to deduce the dastardly intent behind the crime before proceeding to the courtroom. In court, you will hear testimonies, cross-examine witnesses, and present evidence. And of course, it wouldn’t be an Ace Attorney game if you couldn’t shout “OBJECTION!” when you know you’ve got the facts and evidence needed to contradict the prosecution’s claims and prove your client’s innocence.

The game includes a convenient assistance feature in case you hit a dead end in your investigation, so even if this is your first Ace Attorney game, you can get into your amateur sleuthing adventures with ease! Will you be able to crack these clever cases? The game is afoot!



Tribes of Midgard

Heads up, the Giants are coming! Midgard is under siege from unwelcome visitors. Mythical creatures, deadly spirits, and gigantic brutes threaten to bring on Ragnarök—the end of the world!

It’s up to you, a mighty Einherjar, to cut short your glorious feast in Valhalla and return to Midgard. There, you’ll need to become the ultimate Viking and survive—even thrive—to save your village, and the world, from total destruction. Luckily, you don’t have to brave it alone: your (mostly) fearless tribe of co-op companions will help you build up village defenses and find treasures through a vast, beautiful realm—all while doomsday ticks closer and closer.

But don’t let that stop your tribe from having the best apocalypse of your lives. “Surthrive” the Viking way in Tribes of Midgard, a multiplayer, action-survival RPG of gigantic proportions.

Discover dungeons, slay legendary beasts, and build anywhere as you explore formidable, procedurally-generated lands on your quest to take on Ragnarök.

Protect the Seed of Yggdrasil from a nightly invasion of Helthings, and work together with your tribe to withstand the ever-looming threat of the Jötnar, epic Giants hellbent on smashing the Seed—and your village surrounding it—to bits.

Choose your class and take the battle into the wilds as you seek resources to craft epic armor and mighty weaponry. Then, unleash powerful abilities and prepare clever village defenses to give your enemies some nasty surprises.

When the Giants arrive, it takes a village to bring them down! Adventure through Midgard solo, or form a tribe of up to 10 players in online PvE co-op. Test your Viking skills across various game modes as you discover your favorite play-style.

Throughout the year, limited time seasonal events bring bigger challenges and even mightier treasures to the endgame of Midgard, including new ways to progress and unlockable rewards for use across every game.



The Forgotten City

The Forgotten City is a mystery adventure game of exploration and deduction, and a re-imagining of the critically acclaimed mod that won a national Writers’ Guild award and racked up over 3 million downloads.

Combat is an option, but violence will only get you so far. Only by questioning an intertwined community of colourful characters, cleverly exploiting the time loop, and making difficult moral choices can you hope to solve this epic mystery. Here, your decisions matter. The fate of the city is in your hands.



Blaster Master Zero 3

The Pinnacle of Mutant Blasting Action Is Here!

In Blaster Master Zero 3, it's time to hop aboard the all-terrain battle tank G-SOPHIA SV and explore the world around you in sideview mode, then travel into the depths of numerous dungeons on foot in top-down mode as the series protagonist Jason! With a host of new abilities and weapons in your arsenal, Blaster Master Zero 3's hybrid of side-scrolling and top-down action is more intense than ever before!

Blaster Master Zero 3 brings Jason back to where the series all began, the planet Sophia, in order to save series heroine Eve in this final installment of the BMZ trilogy.



The Ascent

The Ascent is a solo and co-op Action-shooter RPG, set on Veles, a packed cyberpunk world.

Welcome to The Ascent Group arcology, a corporate-run metropolis stretching high into the sky and filled with creatures from all over the galaxy. You play as a worker, enslaved by the company that owns you and everyone else in your district. One day, you are suddenly caught in a vortex of catastrophic events: The Ascent Group shuts down for unknown reasons and the survival of your district is threatened. You must take up arms and embark on a new mission to find out what started it all.

You belong to the corporation. Can you survive without it?

Play the entire game alone or work together with up to three friends in local or online co-op.

Aim low or high, switch weapons and equip lethal gadgets, take cover and use the destructible environments at your advantage and keep adjusting your tactic as you face new enemies.

Customize your character with cyberware that suits your playstyle. Allocate new skill points as you level-up and try various augmentations to take down your enemies in new creative ways.

Meet new allies and enemies and find loot as you explore the brimming world of The Ascent and its wide range of districts, from the deep slums to the higher luxury spheres.





Thief II: The Metal Age

The ultimate thief is back! Tread softly as you make your way through 15 new complex, non-linear levels full of loot to steal and guards to outsmart. Improved enemy AI, new gadgets and a riveting story will draw you into the world of Thief II: The Metal Age, a place of powerful new technologies, fanatical religions and corruption.





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Great thread as always lashman .

But for real who would buy those pixel remasters after seeing those screens? That font is a JOKE. And the kerning is all over the place, and the drop shadows. It's insane. If that's the care given to this, did anyone look at any of the other parts? Fuck that. I'll just emulate the roms and turn on scanlines. Boom done. Better quality, better style, better everything.
 
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Kvik

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my contributions to the JRPG Book
Did you write the Trails part of the book? Nice, and congrats! I have the PDF but I'm waiting for my Collector's Edition to come. Speaking of which, this book sells extremely quick. Less than a week and it's already sold out for both the regular and collector's editions.

Oh, and great work as always, lashman !

Looking forward to Ys IX and Ace Attorney this month. Finishing Azure and Cold Steel III & IV will come first, though.
 

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Did you write the Trails part of the book? Nice, and congrats! I have the PDF but I'm waiting for my Collector's Edition to come. Speaking of which, this book sells extremely quick. Less than a week and it's already sold out for both the regular and collector's editions.

Oh, and great work as always, lashman !

Looking forward to Ys IX and Ace Attorney this month. Finishing Azure and Cold Steel III & IV will come first, though.
I wrote the Trails (Liberl/Crossbell/Erebonia) sections and the Ys IX portion.
 

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Hellpoint is pretty good. Started it this evening. Getting a very soulsey vibe from it but in space sort of.
 
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If you think about it, $18/game in the FF Pixel remaster bundle is probably not that expensive if the port is good, but knowing Squeenix, any number of them will be scuffed to various degrees, making it practically unjustified. The Final Fantasy modding discord will be looking into modding it, of course, but it's a shame we have to keep relying on modders to fix Squeenix's oversight.
 

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it's not oversight ... it's incompetence
Well, you're not entirely wrong. I'd like to think that it's not the engineering side that is incompetent, but rather the management part of it. I mean, this font issue for example. I'd be willing to bet that their designers probably want to license a proper pixel font or build one from scratch. But the upper management would say "screw it, it's not in the budget, just get a GPL2 licensed font from somewhere and call it a day". Or something along these lines.
 
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And a wonderful new thread, like every month, thank you lash!
and thank you as always! :blobhug:

Well, you're not entirely wrong. I'd like to think that it's not the engineering side that is incompetent, but rather the management part of it. I mean, this font issue for example. I'd be willing to bet that their designers probably want to license a proper pixel font or build one from scratch. But the upper management would say "screw it, it's not in the budget, just get a GPL2 licensed font from somewhere and call it a day". Or something along these lines.
oh, definitely ... it's ALWAYS the management, obviously

devs never ever want to do a bad job ... but then can't if the management won't let them