October 5, 2017

October 5th Nintendo Download

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Jason Nason

Nintendo 3DS eShop

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions – There are so many surprises, thrills and laughs in store for Mario and Luigi that it isn’t even funny … except it is! Every hee-hee and ha-ha in this classic RPG adventure has been remade in 2D for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Plus, a new squad-based strategy tie-in sees Bowser’s Minions on a quest to stop Fawful. “Have you readiness for this?!?” Mario& Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions will be available on Oct. 6.


LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy – The renowned Layton series returns to Nintendo 3DS with the seventh installment, LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy. A new adventure packed with puzzles, mystery and humor introduces Katrielle Layton, daughter of the famous Professor Layton, in a casual, comical quizzical quest. Full of ingenious challenges, charming characters and clever plot twists, the newest instalment will prove that “The truth is always stranger than fiction.” LAYTON’S MYSTERY JOURNEY: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy will be available on Oct. 6.

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Hand of Fate 2 Coming To PS4 and Xbox One On November 7th

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Rae Michelle Richards

Defiant Development has penciled in a release date of November 7th for their action RPG sequel Hand of Fate 2 PS4, Xbox One and PC. Today’s release date announcement came with three brand new screenshots, confirmation of Xbox One X 4K support and the reveal of the game’s final non-playable companion. 

Ariadne of Stiegal is the 4th and final companion to be revealed for Hand of Fate 2. She is a melee tank character who has exclusive perks for the “meta board game”, unique dialogue options and her own storyline to explore. 

Players of Hand of Fate 2 will have to best challenges constructed from a deck of cards wielded by the returning antagonist “The Dealer”. Combining collectible card game elements, action RPG combat and storylines with optional dialogue paths, Hand of Fate 2 takes elements across a number of genres and fuses them together into a single unique package. 

Director of Defiant Development, Morgan Jaffit, had this to say about Hand of Fate 2’s Fall release: 

“The team has been keeping our heads down working on the game, and now that we’re nearly done, I can safely say this marks a new chapter in the level of quality we can achieve. I’m incredibly proud of this group and can’t wait to show their work to the world.” 

Make sure to check out the brand new screenshots below:


Monster Hunter Stories | Review

Posted on October 5, 2017 by Meghan Kass

“When a monster strikes, the fearful hide, but the brave? They ride” So goes what should be the motto of all Hunters, young and old. Long time fans of the beloved Capcom franchise, Monster Hunter, might have been fearful at the idea  of the spin-off “Monster Hunter Stories” when first discovered it would be a fairly large departure from the typical Monster Hunter game they have all come to know and love, but what of those who were brave and gave this Monster a ride? Was “Monster Hunter Stories” a pleasant addition? Or was this a bad egg? A closer look at the game will help you judge if this game is a ride worth taking.

“Monster Hunter Stories” has a completely different gameplay from previous titles. Instead of the real time combat usually associated with Monster Hunter games, Stories offers turn based combat instead. When the players comes against a monster or adversary, you pick from a selection of attacks. You can pick from power, speed or technical attacks and if you are successful in head to head combats with the enemy via a rock, paper, scissors type game you will raise your kinship points and be able to ride your monster and perform a special attack. If you chose to ride without performing a special attack immediately, you can further raise your kinship points and perform an even stronger special attack. Occasionally during battle there is also QTE type events where you must win at butting heads against your opponent by repeatedly tapping the A button. Another event is the air showdown where you press L and R to win and finally we have breath blast that require you to rotate the circle pad quickly. Doing this gains you extra damage and points for your Kinship meter. This may be a compete departure from past Monster Hunter combat but it is a unique, fun and easy going experience.


Another element of gameplay that is new to Monster Hunter is the element of collecting and hatching eggs. Throughout your adventures as a monster rider, you will locate monster nests. These nests contain an assortment of eggs for you to chose from. These eggs can contain herbivore or carnivore monsters and if you collect them, you can hatch them and build up your monster team. Some sub-quests also require particular types of eggs. As with many RPGs, there is a multitude of sidequests you can go on and jobs you can undertake. From collecting the dropped loot from certain monsters, to types of eggs, to specific crafting material there is always something that needs to be done in between main story quests.

The story is cute, even if it is fairly standard for a JRPG. You are a green horn rider and of course, you are now ready to leave your village and see the world. You get caught up in major world changing events and conflict happens within your social circle. It is clear that story was less of a priority than world building and gameplay, but it works for this game. This game aims for easy going fun and it hits the mark. The only minor issue was for non New3DS users, players might have some performance issues, but nothing game breaking as far as my understanding goes. Draw distance has also been a bit of an issue, as even I had the occasional NPC or enemy seemingly sneak up on me as I get closer.

Overall, if you are a fan of cute JRPGs or the Monster Hunter world, this game should be given a chance. It has charm, fun and a sweetness to it that is executed wonderfully. This game could have been a disaster if put into hands that clearly didn’t have a love for the world of Monster Hunter, but luckily the creators of this game showed care and respect for Monster Hunter while putting their own spin on it for a new ride that need not be feared.



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