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Want some more NieR Automata scans?

Of course you do.

This time around they’re from Dengeki PlayStation, and while there’s nothing new here, there’s some info I missed in the other piece, so here we go.

Humanity fled to the moon after creating the Yorha unit to do battle against the otherwordly invaders entering Earth. Meanwhile, the various robots you see in these scans are some kind of life form, sent in by the beings from space. They are capable of repairing themselves and even creating more. While their true fighting force is unknown, they’re strong enough that humanity abandoned Earth.

Dragon Quest Monsters Joke 3 feature from this week’s Famitsu. 

The Ride System lets the MC ride on any monster, regardless of size. This also means you can travel by land, sea, or air, allowing you to hit up places you might not have otherwise been able to reach.

DQMJ3 is shaping up quite nicely, and it’s already a much stronger looker than its precursors. 

Exist Archive feature from this week’s Famitsu.

This time we have a bunch of new character classes, along with some details on the item creation system and online modes. Let’s dive in!

  • Samurai: Kiriya Tokihisa starts off as this class. Uses a katana. Heavy armor type. Reach is smaller than the broad sword, but has top class damage against single enemies. Able to smash enemies down from the air, or throw them up from the ground, so is very useful in combos for dealing damage.
  • Grim Reaper: Myouji Ema starts off as this class. Uses a death scythe. Light armor type. Throws the scythe like a boomerang. Once the weapon is in the air, and can move along several different trajectories to do damage. Can deal damage to multiple enemies, but requires great skill in order to maximize damage output.
  • Tamer: Himuro Suzaku starts off as this class. Uses a blade whip. Light armor type. Super good reach. Able to hit multiple enemies in one go. Lacks the power of other classes, but due to the reach and hit number, it’s very useful in combos.
  • Storm Mage: Tsukishiro Mayura starts off as this class. Uses an orb. Magic garment type. One of the multiple magic types, is able to throw out multiple tornados. This class centers around wind attacks. Capable of healing magic as well. Can serve as the party’s healer.
  • Lightning Mage: Mitosagi Yui starts off as this class. Uses a rod. Magic garment type. Primarily uses magic revolving around lightning. Very strong attacks with multiple hits. Also capable of stunning enemies. Can learn magic that drops enemy’s stats. Bad at healing.

Item crafting system called Materialize. The goddess Amatsume can take items you don’t need and convert them into energy, thus creating a new item. She’s basically like a shop. 

Exist Archive also features two different online modes: Hot Spot and Speed Run. 

Hot Spot: The game looks at which areas players are playing in the most, and then ranks those areas by their popularity. The areas high up get better item drop percentages and other bonuses.

Speed Run: This mode lets you re-fight bosses and attempt to complete them under the standard time. This time is then uploaded to an online scoreboard. By getting good times, you can receive various different rewards.

Oh hey, it’s NieR Automata, the sequel to the amazing NieR. Oh hey, it looks goddamn incredible.

NieR Automata takes place on an Earth that’s been ravaged by war and all sorts of not great stuff. It depicts a war between the humans’ android/robot attack unit, Yorha, and some strange mechanical lifeforms. The main character is named Yorha No.2 Type B, and wields a katana and great sword.

Androids in the Yorha squad don’t actually have names, and so they’re referred to by their number. Because she wears special battle goggles, her eyes are rarely ever visible. It’s against the rules for them to have emotions, but each model does have its own individual ticks and traits. For example, 2B is much more calm than her counterparts. 

There’s also a new support system called Pod, which seems to work a whole lot like your book buddy did in the first game. 

The screenshots also show off strange robot enemies, which the magazine notes are very NieR-like in that something about them is oddly cute. There are many different variants of these machines, some of them with longer limbs than others, some that can fly, some that can merge with others, etc.

Guys, I’m so excited for NieR Automata. Fuck.

Famitsu’s Genei Ibun Roku #FE coverage from this week’s issue.

We get our first look at the in-game social networking system called TOPIC, which you view on your Gamepad. You can enjoy chatting with your party members/characters throughout the day. You can also adjust TOPIC to display a map of the city and even the dungeon. Seems handy.

Project Diva X feature from this week’s Famitsu.

Looks like SEGA is trying to shake things up in their popular rhythm game franchise with the addition of the Live Quest Mode. Fans of The Idolmaster should be fairly familiar with some of the new gameplay features I’m about to go over.

In the Live Quest Mode, raising your “Voltage”is the key to clearing a song. By equipping certain accessories and modules, you can activate bonuses that allow you to boost your voltage significantly more than if you didn’t. All accessories, modules, and even songs are classified by different Elements: Neutral, Cute, Cool, Beauty, and Chaos. By having the right things equipped during certain songs, you can get your Voltage to skyrocket.

We also get a new look at some of the modules and their respective Elements. Hatsune Miku V3 is a Neutral module. Astray (?) is a Cool module. Pumpkin Dream is a Chaos module, Pizzicato is a Cute module, and Ambivalence is a Beauty module. 

I’m digging these new additions to the game thus far. I always liked how the outfits and accessories had an affect on performances in The Idolmaster, and I’m interested in seeing how this plays out in the new Live Quest Mode in Project Diva X.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate that we have new news for Gyakuten Saiban 6. Let’s take a moment to appreciate that Gyakuten Saiban 6 is a thing.

All right, feels good.

  • Some new details. Odoroki and Naruhodo will be sharing main character status, with Odoroki’s trials taking place in Japan and his mentor’s in Kurain.
  • Good ole’ Auchi Fumitake will be making an appearance in Kurain as well, after getting chased out of the Japanese court system. For those of you who might have forgotten, Fumitake is the younger brother of the Auchi who appeared in GS 1-4. 
  • Leifa is capable of summoning the memories of the dead, and showing what they last saw on the surface of the water mirror in the center of the courtroom. This is used as decisive evidence for who the culprit is, but apparently there are contradictions…?
  • The five senses are represented in the vision through text floating onscreen. The timing with which the text appears is important.
  • On the bottom screen, you can stop the vision, go back, forward, etc.

The following is the brief creator interview that conducted with Drakengard/Nier creator, Yoko Taro, in Dengeki PlayStation. If the answers seem bizarre and weird, that’s because they are. He’s a weird, amazing man.

Question 1: If you could participate as a staff member on any company’s game, what game would it be?

Yoko Taro: None of them. I know how low my own capabilities are, so I wouldn’t want to ruin my favourite game with them. I also really don’t want to participate in any games that are as bad as I am.

Question 2: Good luck! You can do it!

Yoko Taro: Thank you. I’ll let them know you said that. 

Question 3: I read your twitter a lot, and I noticed that you really like Tenka Ippin’s ramen and steak. If you had to erase one of these from the world, which would it be? By the way, when I say erase, I mean that all memories of them ever existing would be gone from you and everyone else in the world.

Yoko Taro: If I’m able to make that decision, that means I have time between hearing the problem and having to give an answer. According to your question, that amount of time hasn’t been determined. In that case, I’d probably stretch out my answer for as long as possible, “hmmmmm, I wonder what I should doooo. Their ramen is good, but so is their steak… Oh, wait, today I think I want to watch Mad Max!”

Question 4: I like Mr. Yoko a lot! The characters that appear in your game are generally very abnormal/different compared to other games, right? I was wondering if this was something influenced by your stance against discrimination? In Nier, you even had a party member who was a sexual minority. I’ve always wondered about this.

Yoko Taro: Thank you for liking me so much. But, I don’t believe I’m some sort of example of someone anti-discrimination. In the past and up until this point of my life, I’m guilty of bullying, hating others. I’m aware that I’ve done these things. Maybe it’s that sense of resignation that’s had an effect on the characters I’ve made.

Question 5: What is it about your games that makes you personally think, “Man, my games are different from all the others?”

Yoko Taro: Outside of the naming sense, I don’t think they’re all that different from other games.

Exist Archive got a four page feature in Famitsu this week, so let’s go over some of the new information!

For those of you not in the know, Exist Archive is Tri-Ace’s new Vita/PS4/Everything title that’s basically Valkyrie Profile in all but name. Huzzah!


The Class System:

Combat style varies heavily based on which class a character is. These are divided into three different styles: close range, long range and magic. There are different weapons for each class, and even equippable armor changes based on the class. For example, a warrior will wear heavy armor, a long range class will use light armor, and a magic user will wear magic garbs of some kind. 

Classes:

  • Gunner- Mitsuhide Yasakata is the first one to gain access to the Gunner. Uses two guns to deal long range damage. Wears light armor. One shot isn’t particularly powerful, but multiple shots can be fired off quickly and with a high measure of accuracy. Good at responding to multiple combat situations. 
  • Berserker- Namerou Todoroki is the first one to gain access to this class. The Berserker wears light armor and wields a grenade launcher, making it a long range class. It has a variety of tricky attacks, like blowing enemies into the area, circling around them and launching them into the sky, etc. The Berserker is difficult to use, but if you can string together its combos effectively, you can maximize attack patterns.
  • Fencer- Kanata Kujou is the first one to gain access to this class. Uses a great sword and wears heavy armor. Its attacks are capable of wielding several different effects, like launching enemies, smashing them down, etc. It’s good against multiple types of enemies, and is the safest option in combat. It also has good guard abilities, so placing a Fencer in the front of the party as a shield is effective.
  • Lancer- Ranze Miwakawa first gains access to this class. Short range. Uses a pole weapon and wears heavy armor. Able to attack multiple enemies at once with its long spears and staffs. Also has strong single enemy attacks. 
  • Flame Mage- Koharu Nagi first gains access to this class. Magic user. Uses jewel bangles and wears magic garbs of some kind. Damage output is high compared to other magics. Can learn resurrection, attack buffing and weakening magics as well, so it also works as a support class.
  • Freeze Mage- Ren Ogami first has access to this class. Wields a baton. Wears magic garbs. Magic user. Learns primarily ice magic. Not good at group attacks, but has a lot of magic that launches enemies or sticks them to the ground. Good for combos. Also has healing magic and defensive magic.

This week’s Famitsu features a big ole’ feature on Genei Ibunroku #FE, also known as Fire Emblem x SMT for those of you who don’t feel like typing all that out every time.

As such, here’s some character translation stuff from the feature. I haven’t been keeping up with the English language version of the game, so I apologize if I don’t use official wording that has already been established.

  • Mamori Minamoto: She’s an elementary schooler, and a talent at the protagonist and co’s talent agency. Mamori is also a Mirage Master. She likes wearing kimono, and she enjoys singing Showa-era ballads. She’s super polite and well-mannered, and is treated like a little sister of sorts by the folks at the talent agency.
  • Barry Goodman: He’s a former popular musician who made the trek to Japan in search of otaku culture. After retiring, he joined the protagonist’s talent agency and works as a trainer, putting the various talent through super tough training. During his days as a performer, Barry was both a capable dancer and musician. He has no mercy for talent who can’t get their shit together. Despite his strictness in training, he’s something of a moodmaker at the agency, and his favorite anime is Dia Majou Iroha. 
  • Draug is Mamori’s Mirage, a super tough armor knight. He lends his giant axe to Mamori, who is still a rookie as a Master.
  • Virion is Eleanor’s Mirage, a strong archer. He transforms into a bow during battle, and prizes elegance. He acts a bit like an aristocrat. He frequently butts heads with the stubborn Eleanor.
  • Tharja is Kiria’s Mirage. She’s a dark mage. She transforms into a magic staff during combat. She’s also assists Kiria during her daily life using her magic.

The final two pages show off the cast’s transformed forms.


Famitsu also goes over the contents of the special Fortissimo Edition of the game, which includes:

  • A special illustration package.
  • An original art book
  • A special vocal selecrion CD
  • An original costume set featuring a fashion show set, a girls swimsuit set, and a boy’s swimsuit set.
  • Early buyers also get a Devil Survivor 2 costume for Itsuki, a Persona Q Rei costume for Tsubasa, an SMT IV Walter costume for Toma, and an Etrian Odyssey III Princess costume for Kiria.

And that’s all for now!