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New footage shows even more Dynasty Warriors 9 gameplay

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Well this is a *far cry* from the Dynasty Warriors I know

Dynasty Warriors 9 is gonna be so weird! The marketing machine has been revving up for a while but within the past week two noteworthy things happened. First, Koei Tecmo America confirmed the game for the U.S. on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. No date has been set but it’s always nice to hear that we won’t have to try and import a new installment.

Second is the release of the latest trailer which shows much more of the actual gameplay. Up to now it’s been a lot of tightly edited clips with no on-screen display but finally we get to see the game in action. The major change from previous entries in the series is the promise of an open world. Before, you would carry out preset missions with remixed targets, obstacles, and objectives on a handful of maps. While it’s easy to dream up something like Dynasty-Warriors-meets-Far-Cry, the reality is looking to land on the well-worn DW side. But that’s not say I am at all disappointed by what I’ve seen so far.

While major battles look pretty much the same — your larger-than-life hero cuts through throngs of idle fodder with dazzling combo strings, working to take over a territory — this latest video reveals some unexpected variety. Somewhat like Red Dead Redemption or Grand Theft Auto V, random side missions seemingly pop up as you’re criss-crossing the landscape. You may be on your way to a battle when a nearby enemy messenger triggers a sudden chase. Or you may stumble across a supply convoy that will make future battles easier if you can wipe it out.

The new footage also shows off something I never thought I’d see in a Dynasty Warriors game: stealth. It’s all in Japanese so I can’t tell you the specifics but seeing fabled tyrant-ruler Cao Cao creeping through the grass and Metal Gear style exclamations pop up over the heads of suspicious soldiers looks absurd and delightful. Stealth can also apparently be used to sneak up on (or sneak away from?) animal encounters. The series has had battle-ready tigers and pandas for years but the latest PR copy implies they’ll be out in the world doing their own thing, probably waiting for you to collect 10 or more of their hides for a side quest.

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All your slash fiction favorites return!

The series is no stranger to RPG leveling, weapon and armor forging, and item crafting. None of that has been shown yet for Dynasty Warriors 9 but given the large scale of the world, the hub towns, and the item drops seen in the video, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of it. Just a few other random sightings from the footage: grappling hooks for scaling castle walls, a bow and arrow for every character with a bunch of different arrow types, exploding casks to shoot with those arrows, air dashes and wall jumps, riverboats for traversing waterways, realtime day/night lighting, troop commands, and glorious slow-mo! Oh, and naturally there’s thrashing guitar rock.

I’ll be back with more when an official date is announced or another worthwhile trailer is released. For now, I’m already fighting the urge to go back to the last entry we picked up or try to power through DW: Strikeforce again. Check out the official site for more screenshots and character art.

Original Dragon Quest hidden inside Dragon Quest XI

Original Dragon Quest hidden inside Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age just launched in Japan on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS but players have already found a special Thank You gift hidden in the game. Play-Asia’s guide starts with “after finishing the story”, which is already crazy considering the game has only been on sale for about a week.

Anyways, first you finish the game, then you take a pair of sisters back to the Tree of Life where you can watch a hidden credits video. During the video the “Spell of Restoration” appears — the password system from the Famicom and MSX versions of Dragon Quest — presenting you a download code to punch into the Nintendo eShop or PlayStation Store. Better take a screenshot before it scrolls by.

Once redeemed you’ll have your very own free copy of the original Dragon Quest that nobody else can play, sorta. Some comparisons by fans indicate that this hidden game is a port of the mobile version that’s been kicking around on smartphones since 2013. But, nobody else can play it on a PlayStation 4 (it’s totally got trophies) or Nintendo 3DS, just yet anyways.

The “Spell of Restoration” apparently has a shelf life and the free download codes hidden in Dragon Quest XI will expire on January 28th, 2018. By then I totally expect this version of Dragon Quest to be available for all to buy, followed shortly by more mobile ports of Dragon Quest 2 through 6.

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NieR: Automata invades Spelunker World through August

NieR: Automata invades Spelunker World through August

Tozai has revealed the latest Spelunker World cross promotion after a long break from new content and naturally it features Square Enix’s most goodwill-garnering title of 2017, NieR: Automata. The details page is broken at the moment but all you really need to see is that new loot that lets you dress up your hapless spelunker as 2B, 9S, A2, and Emil.

The promotion begins July 27th and runs through August 24th in both the U.S. and Japanese versions of the game. I’m not sure if I’m ready to return to the grind just for some chibi gear but I might pop in to see if they did anything clever. NieR subverts a lot of video game conventions and if they squeezed something like that into Spelunker World I’d hate to miss it. Video probably coming soon!

City Shrouded in Shadow continues to look Awesome & Weird

I’m equal parts excited and disappointed about Granzella’s upcoming City Shrouded in Shadow. Excited that the team of IREM refugees have found a way to continue the Disaster Report legacy without relying on natural disasters. Disappointed that the solution is to have the city invaded by giant monsters of the trademarked variety.

Given the niche nature of the gameplay and the complexity of licensing Evangelion, Godzilla, Ultraman, and now Gundam (?!) (Sorry, I can’t distinguish between giant mecha) it’s almost totally unlikely we’ll see the game outside Japan. Maybe, maybe, maaaaaybe Namco will be gracious enough to bring it over but for now all I can do is watch this latest trailer, and  ✨ d * r ` ea ~ m

Get your music purchases from Loudr by June 30th

Get your music purchases from Loudr by June 30th

I realize this may be a little late to be terribly helpful but if you ever bought any music from Loudr you should probably dig up your password and download it now. Like today… as long as today is June 30th, 2017 or earlier.

Way back in December the site announced they were getting out of selling digital music in order to rebrand and focus on music licensing and distribution. They’re still helping independent artists make rad video game covers, they just aren’t selling them directly.

Purchases from the site ended on January 31st but they’ve given people a solid 5 months to get in and grab their goods. So get in and download your music (or export to Dropbox, that’s a super handy feature!) as soon as you can!