Ys, however you’re supposed to pronounce it, has been around since 1987, the same year as the first Final Fantasy game. With only its eighth mainline game compared to Final Fantasy’s fifteenth, it’s clear to see that maker Falcom like to take their time between iterations. While never a huge success, it’s a series that’s always had a bit of a niche following, especially in the west. Although, counter to the usual trend, it seems to be a series on the rise after Ys Celceta a few years ago.
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Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku is quite the title. The first part celebrates the reappearance of the Cladun series of games. Yeah, don’t worry, you’re not the only one scratching your head. Prior to this review I’d never even heard of the series never mind played any of them either. Cladun was a niche game released on the PSP at the turn of this decade and a sequel arrived a year later. The series came and went without much of a dent in the Western gaming world, but here it is once again on the PlayStation Vita. The subtitle This is Sengoku is what drew my attention to this release. Even if you’re not acquainted with Japanese history, at some point you’ve played a game that has something to do with the romanticised and hugely popular Sengoku period. Tokugawa, Nobunaga, yeah you’ve played something that has been inspired by Sengoku.
Fate / Extella is a single player action game based on the Fate series created by developer Type Moon. Starting as a visual novel geared towards adults, the series never quite took off in the west, only reaching a niche audience with its later spin off games. Back again, the series turns to the Dynasty Warriors games for inspiration by becoming a hack n slash.
The more I think about the premise of Criminal Girls 2, the more awesome it is. The concept is really cool. In this version of Earth there are delinquents, classified as such because they died before they could become true convicts. Basically destined to be criminals, but died too soon. They are sent to the Hell Spire where you, as a programme instructor, are to guide them back to Earth and let them be reformed. It’s a cool modern day Japanese Sci-Fi thing and I really like it.
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