Atlus recently announced on their website that they have delayed the release date of Vanillaware’s upcoming remaster of Dragon’s Crown, titled Dragon’s Crown Pro, from January 25 to February 8 2018.
Along with news of the delay, Atlus revealed that the first-print editions of the game will include a code for a digital gamebook, titled The Treasure of the Isle of Evil Spirits. The gamebook will allow players to choose between one of the six characters from the game and use dice to resolve conflict, progress the story, and battle monsters along the way.
First released in 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, the 2D fantasy RPG will now be available remastered on the PlayStation 4, and will support 4K resolution. The game will also be cross-play compatible with the PS3 and PS Vita versions.
Hello fighting game fans, we’re excited to announce the third FGC meet up at the Nexus! The FGC (Fighting Game Community) is a crazy get together where like-minded gamers play anything from Lethal League to Street Fighter or Mugen to Tekken. The banter is spicy, atmosphere is tense and it can be quite competitive for those who want to test their skills.
I’ve noticed over the years that SA has grown tremendously in the gaming scene along with the world, to the point where individuals are earning an income for playing games. The community, however, has drifted and offline gaming has taken a back seat for the most part. Our aim is to change this, we want console meetups and LANs to be a more regular thing.
Here are the details of the upcoming FGC meetup:
Where - 21 Harley Street Ferndale, Randburg
When - The meet up will take pace on Saturday, 21 October, 2017. Things kick off at 10am and finish at 10pm (so if you’re like me, and work weekends you can still come in the evening and get a good chunk of gaming done with some new or familiar faces).
Cost - There is no admission fee for the venue, all we ask if you support the restaurant which will be open until midnight, and to make this easier there will be a FGC event menu offering the fighters better prices on meals (Optionally you can bring in your own food from any other source but then we will have to charge an admission fee of R100 for the day).
What to bring, and some good ideas - We will have our own ps4 and PC setup with Tekken but if you want to play something else like Injustice or Mortal Kombat etc please feel free to bring a system you prefer (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One etc) and the game, a screen with audio. There’s unfortunately no guarantee that ours are always available for use on the weekends. Regarding things like controllers and other personal possessions we suggest marking it in some way so we know it’s yours.. Oh and if you want to bring friends too that is always encouraged, the more the merrier!
There will be secure parking for those using their own transport. So start training, get your game on, start roping in mates and let’s make this a more regular and awesome event at the Nexus.
If you have any other questions please give us a call at the store on 011 789 8215, or alternatively you can check the comments where I will be adding my social media and discord handles.
Hope to see you guys there.
This week's deals on GoG are all about RPGs and you can get your hands on the entire Witcher series, the entire Risen series, and a ton of Bethesda's RPGs, going all the way back to 1994.
The Witcher Anniversary Sale
CD Projekt Red are both the developers of the Witcher series and owners of digital-distribution platform GoG. As such, they're using the 10th Anniversary of the release of first The Witcher game to offer up some great sales.
The Witcher is difficult to recommend these days, unless you still enjoy classic western RPG. It's based off a heavily modified Aurora engine, that powered Bioware's Neverwinter Night games, but attempts to introduce more active combat mechanics alongside a well-written narrative. At just $1.49 (R20), it's a fairly low-risk choice if you want to experience the origins of the now massive IP.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is effectively a 30-ish hour prologue to the third game that establishes the lore, characters, combat mechanics, sign usage, and crafting that all reappear in the sequel. It's a more linear game but has a diverging narrative and totally different quests depending on your choices at the end of the first act. At $2.99 (R40), I'd recommend it to anyone who is planning to (re)play The Witcher 3 to get the most out of the imported choices.
The Witcher 3 GOTY - Dropping to just $20 (R269), there's little excuse not to pick this up if you're an RPG fan. We've had nothing but great things to say about the original game and the the two excellent expansions - Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine.
Bethesda Publisher Sale
If you're looking to turn back the clock to the days of classic isometric RPGs, both the original Fallout and the outstanding sequel Fallout 2 are on sale for $4.99 each (R67). Just make sure to install the latest Restoration Project mods to get the full, bug-free experience.
If you're after the more modern Fallout titles, Fallout 3 GOTY Edition and Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition are on sale for $11.99 (R161) each. Although both great games in their own right, the expansions included in these editions are the highlight for me. New Vegas in particular has four wildly different yet excellent, narratively-linked expansions (just make sure to play them in the order they were released).
If fantasy is your preference, and you're a fan of The Elder Scrolls unique (and often grindy) levelling mechanics, you can pick up the classic TESIII: Morrowind GOTY Edition for just $8.99 (R121). Almost worth it just to sit back and listen to the soundtrack. The mechanically improved TESIV: Oblivion GOTY Edition is on sale for $11.99 (R161). It was my first Elder Scrolls experience and remains one of my favourites. The setting is admittedly a bit generic-fantasy but exploring the sprawling province of Cyrodiil remains a treat.
Buying any of these games nets you The Elder Scrolls: Arena and The Elder Scrolls Chapter II: Daggerfall for free. You can find all the deals here.
Risen Series Sale
I've only ever tried out the first game from Gothic-developer Piranha Bytes. It was the Xbox 360 version, which looked like crap, had janky animations, atrocious dialogue, and yet the deep roleplaying mechanics always kept me going back. They're the type of game were multi-classing is rarely wise and messing up your character build can put you dangerously behind the difficulty curve.
You can pick up the first Risen for just $2.49 (R34), the pirate-themed sequel Risen 2: Dark Waters Gold Edition for $7.49 (R101), and Risen 3: Titan Lords Complete Edition for R5.99 (R81). Not quite sure how they determined those discounts - maybe the second game was most popular?
You can find all the deals here.
This week’s Deals with Gold is another mixed bag but there some great options if you’re an RPG fan. There is also a Fallout sale for everyone and a string of backwards compatible Xbox 360 Rockstar games on sale again.
Deals with Gold
The Witcher 3 GOTY – On sale for just R239.60, you’d be hard pressed to find a better RPG, with this much content at that price. From a narrative, gameplay and technical perspective, Sean rated it one of the best games of 2015. With the GOTY edition, you’ll also have access to the short but intense Hearts of Stone expansion that sees Geralt going up against the terrifying Man of Glass, and the massive Blood and Wine expansion that impressed me more than any RPG released in 2016. If you’ve already got the base game, the season pass and individual DLCs are also on sale.
XCOM 2 – If turn-based strategy and punishing difficulty is more your cup of tea, Lynley enjoyed his time with XCOM 2 on PC. It’s been heavily patched since launch and the console versions run really well, with excellent controller support. It is discounted by 60%, down to just R319.60). If you’re a veteran of the series, take a look at the recent expansion, The Chosen War, for an even tougher experience.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands - If a third-person stealth-action title that sees you teaming up with mates to take down Columbian drug cartels catches your fancy, Ghost Recon: Wildlands continues to destroy any hope series will return to its tactical and realistic roots. Jarred enjoyed his time with the game stating, “There’s very little that can match the feeling of a well-structured attack on an enemy stronghold. Doing so with perfect scouting, sync shots, and methodically making your way through the field, getting to the target, jumping into a chopper and flying away with the taste of victory in the air.” It’s on sale for R499.50.
There are also discounts on recent 2K Games releases, North American sports titles we typically force Jarred to review. NBA LIVE 18, which delivers a dynamic career mode, can be had for R499.50. Jarred reviewed and loved the standard edition this title based on. If you actually understand and enjoy American Football, Madden NFL 18 is on sale for R769.83. Jarred also enjoyed it, praising the story mode, great production values and soundtrack. Infinitely more exciting than field hockey, EA Sports NHL 18 is on sale for R669.33 if you enjoy violently colliding burly men on skates.
Fallout 4 GOTY – Not my favourite Fallout at launch but it’s grown on me since. Great visuals, sprawling environments and refinements to the mechanics that make playing it as a first-person shooter actually viable. The issues I raised in my review - annoying repeatable quests and an ending that has you picking one of four faction with little room for compromise – persist, however, excellent DLC such as Far Harbour make up for it. At just R602.33 for the recently release GOTY edition, it’s easy to recommend. If you just want to experience the already massive base game, it’s on sale for just R267.33.
Also on sale are the backwards compatible Fallout 3 for R99.50 and the outstanding Fallout: New Vegas for R74.50. All the excellent DLC for both games are finally available on the local storefront but only half of them are discounted, and by only 33%, so finding a GOTY edition disc is still your best choice.
Xbox 360 Deals
Red Dead Redemption – It’s a great time to pick up Rockstar’s excellent cowboy-western before the sequel launches. Combing their classic open-world gameplay, writing, characterisation, and brilliant voice-acting in a western setting makes this one of my favourite Rockstar games. It’s on sale for just R98.67. The sizeable and enjoyable zombie-themed expansion, Undead Nightmare, is also on sale for just R54.50.
Grand Theft Auto IV – GTA V be damned, I still love Nico Bellic and Liberty City. If you want to see where the next-gen GTA titles began, this is still a fantastic game with an amazing atmosphere (and most diverse soundtrack). It’s on sale for just R99.60, along with the glamorous and entertaining Ballad of Gay Tony expansion for R87.60 and, FINALLY, the dark but enjoyable biker-themed expansion, The Lost and the Damned for R74.50. It’s taken some time but you can now experience the complete collection, digitally, on a local account.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - The Enhanced Edition for the Xbox 360 was an incredible port of a game that taxed modern PCs (for the time). It's best treated as a lengthy prologue to the events of The Witcher 3 and shares a lot of the basic mechanics while introducing important characters that reappear in the sequel. It may be more linear but sports an entirely different second and third act depending on your choices, making it a great purchase for just R44.85.
For a complete list of sale items this week, check out the sales and specials page, the Major Nelson Blog, or Cheap Gamer for a list of games on sale with local pricing.
If you're not a fan of keeping credit card details stored online, or want to trade in some games towards digital purchases, AWX is stocking Xbox Live Vouchers again.