AX '14: NIS America to localize three new games


Fireflies, Gods, and fugitives are heading our way

Anime Expo 2014 is among us, and NIS America has revealed three new titles that they're planning to localize in the west. If you happen to be a Vita owner, then you'll enjoy the first game on the list, since htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary hits North America and Europe this Fall for the Vita as a digital release.

In case you aren't familiar with #NiQ, the game has you control two fairies who're supposed to guide a young girl known as Miril through a labyrinthine ruin that's filled with many dangers. Aside from the title's beautiful storybook-like visuals, #NiQ also has a feature where you can switch between a light and dark world to overcome the maze's obstacles. While #NiQ looks like an adorable title, players'll be in for some gruesome deaths in the deadly labyrinth.

Next up on NIS' list, the company's releasing The Awakened Fate Ultimatum, the sequel to The Guided Fate Paradox, in North America and Europe next year for the PS3. Instead of playing as a God that helps grant people's wishes, the Fate Ultimatum places players in the middle of a war between the angels and the devils. Unfortunately, Fate Paradox's sequel abandoned NIS's glorious 2D sprites in favor of 3D models. Hopefully, Fate Ultimatum's gameplay'll make up for the lack of hand-drawn characters, since the title's gameplay might improve Fate Paradox's roguelike elements.

Last but not least, Criminal Girls: Invite Only's heading North America and Europe on the Vita in 2015, which means that the west will get to discipline the convicts when they get out of line. Since Criminal Girls has a few segments where players touch convicts, NIS plans to censor certain parts of the title. However, you'll still get to mess with the game's Touching System through the Vita's touch screen, so there's that.

Anyway, Criminal Girls: Invite Only's other system involves guiding the prisoners through Hell, so that they can resurrect as redeemed individuals. Of course, players will put the ladies through RPG battles when they face the underworld's trial. Since this game is a port of the original Criminal Girl's game, the Vita version has nicer artwork, along with having Miu and Himekami as playable character.

Overall, NIS America did a fine job with their announcements at AX 2014. At the moment, htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary's my favorite reveal of the bunch, since I'm digging the game's visuals and puzzle elements. As for the weakest link, the award would go to Criminal Girls: Invite Only, since I heard that the original game by Imageepoch wasn't that great. Then again, the Vita port might be better, so the title's audience might be in for a good time.

To those on here, are you all looking forward to any of NIS America's new titles?

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