Hello everybody and happy new year!
2014 is upon us and we have a fantastic year of games lined up for you all with a few surprises along the way. Only a couple of our upcoming titles have been announced to date so check back soon to stay in the know about what RSG has in store for you this year.
Before we sink our teeth into what may become of 2014, why don’t we first cast our gaze into the past and dig up some gaming gems that you may of missed. Some of the RSG team are here to give you their personal favourites from the RSG catalogue that they feel you must absolutely pick up sometime this year!
Daniel (Marketing Communications Assistant)
Harvest Moon: The Tale of Two Towns – Nintendo 3DS
What can I say about Harvest Moon? I’ve been playing this saga since Harvest Moon DS, and it’s only getting better with time. But if I have to choose one, no doubt, I would play “Tale of Two Towns” until the end! You have not just one, but two, completely different towns and ways to live out your experience as a farmer: theromantic village of Bluebell, where livestock is the engine of the economy; and the ancestral village of Konohana, growing the finest of crops in the land. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel the responsibility of bringing back the harmony between the towns, without abandoning your daily tasks. No matter how many times I play, I can’t stop! Now, excuse me, but I have a farm to take care of…
Martin. M (Production Coordinator)
Deathsmiles – Xbox 360
I’ve always had a weakness for scrolling shoot-’em-ups when I was a kid – sitting in front of my TV with the SNES plugged in, weaving through waves of bullets without getting blown to pieces, trying to get just that little bit further before being shot to hell. Of course, thanks to the concept of ‘bullet hell’ games becoming popular in recent years, I’ve been able to scratch that itch all over again with a selection of RSG titles like Under Defeat HD and Akai Katana. For me though, the best one has to be Deathsmiles, mainly because it’s so packed full of charm and character. Yes, it’s still got the frantic blasting action that the other games offer but the brilliant art style really tips it over the edge; the enemies and giant bosses are great and the main characters are all witches on broomsticks, all portrayed in a manga style. Plus, the version that RSG released on Xbox 360 was the definitive version with all the DLC, making it even better than the one that appeared in the arcades. Crazy shoot-’em-up fun with a gothic lolita anime twist… What’s not to like?
Samuel (Community Manager)
Virtue’s Last Reward – Nintendo 3DS/PS Vita
The visual-novel genre of video games never really appealed to me. I wasn’t sure how a games console would add to what I perceived to be a digital book but then came Virtue’s Last Reward. Just after I started at RSG, the Virtue’s Last Reward reviews were coming in and all full of praise from the highest caliber games journalists so I knew I had to try it for myself. What followed was one of the most intelligent, engaging and emotional video games experience that I have ever played. I remember the long nights on my 3DS promising myself I would go to sleep just after the next bit. I never did. In Virtue’s Last Reward you take part in a game of allegiances and betrayals – trust and deception – life and death. That’s all I can say without giving away more and I strongly recommend you unfold the mystery yourself!
Tyrone (PR Champion)
The King of Fighters XIII – PS3/Xbox 360
When it comes to gaming, it’s all about being the best. It’s about crushing your opponent in a one-on-one fight to the death using nothing but distilled skill and technique. The King of Fighters XIII is my favourite RSG title because it gives me the tools to prove my fighting dominance! At its core, KoFXIII is a solid fighting game that takes no prisoners. There are several gameplay features that distinguish this title from the other beat-’em-ups out there and that add considerably more depth to the combat. If you’re looking for head-on multiplayer contest, you won’t find many games more intense than KoFXIII. Its diverse range of well-balanced fighters, skill-based mechanics and intricate visual style has produced a loyal and active community who are a force to be reckoned with. Step up to the challenge, if you dare!
Yen (Marketing Manager)
Little King’s Story – Nintendo Wii
My favourite title from RSG’s history has to be Little King’s Story. This charming game has the perfect mix of RPG and RTS elements that make it impossible to put down. The draw of expanding and improving your kingdom and collecting great treasures is enough to keep anyone glued to their Wii controller. You play as a young boy, Corobo, who one day becomes king of a small settlement and it’s your job to lead your trusting villagers to greatness. You unlock and assign new roles to your dedicated followers to acquire vast riches and develop your kingdom. Its compelling gameplay gels amazingly with the story, characters and cartooney visuals. It’s also packed full of family-friendly humour which makes it a very enjoyable package.