Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen, to Go West!, your weekly column about Japanese games and a man slowly descending into insanity. We've hit week 35, which means I'm one step closer to the edge, and I'm about to break.
Bad music-related pun notwithstanding, the shelves are relatively packed with new titles this week, so there'll probably be something for everybody.
Enough with the chit chat! Follow me after the break as I play games and lament the lack of Idea Factory releases this week.
New releases for the week of November 18-24:
Online Price: PS3 version: 6,421 Yen ($80.90) 3DS version: 5,706 Yen ($71.90)
The Lost Planet franchise has always struck me as a huge waste of potential. Monster Hunter proved that there's an audience for games that revolve around fighting giant monsters, and Lost Planet 2 really botched its chance to capitalize on that.
While E.X. Troopers takes place in the Lost Planet universe, it's a very different beast. Described as a manga-esque high-speed action game, this spinoff game is a cel shaded, ultra stylish 3rd person shooter that has its roots firmly set in the anime world. The game is quest based, and if you perform well you earn gold and experience points, all of which go toward upgrading your equipment and move list. Giant monsters and crazy foot soldiers are the enemies of the day here.
In the PS3 version of the game, you can take the fight online and partner up with two friends to take down monsters in the game's VR mode; a collection of optional quests that can get quite tough. The game also features three on three team deathmatch. Unfortunately, the 3DS version of the game lacks online play, so if you don't have friends close by, you're out of luck. On the plus side, all the VR missions can be played with two bots, so you won't be missing out on content.
E.X. Troopers isn't a complicated game, but it makes up for its simplicity by just being a good time. There's lots of stuff to do, the characters are fun and quirky, and the visual style is great. You really can't go wrong by picking this up for either system.
Plus, it reminds me of Mega Men Legends. Le sigh.