Inside Pulse 12

Game Collection Roundtable 03/21/2015: Code Name S.T.E.A.M. (3DS), Breath of Fire IV (PSN), Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga

Every week, the Diehard GameFAN team adds new games to their collections. Sometimes they are new releases, physical or digital, DLC or full games, but they are all building blocks in our greater collections.


Lucard

Tabletop

  • Impudent Mortal’s Warehouse District

I bought the full set from this Kickstarter as it gives me a great game board to use with my Batman Miniature game, for which I am about to get the 2e rulebook and miniatures of Alfred, Nyssa Al Ghul and Lobo to paint…once the damn package arrived from Spain

Video Games –

  • Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga
  • Shin Megami Tensei Digital Devil Saga 2
  • Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 1
  • Shin megami Tensei: Devil Summoner 2
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • The Cursed Crusade
  • Echo Night
  • Battle Master
  • Tales From the Borderlands Episode 2: Atlas Mugged

I managed to sell my two PS2 Devil Summoner games for $40, which was great because ATLUS digital sale was Tuesday! I ended up snagging both games for $4.99 each and used the rest of the money to buy the other Atlus games. I can get rid of my review copies of DDS 1 & 2 now and my old copy of Nocturne Maniacs, allowing me to FINALLY bring my copy of physical PS2 games down to twenty, which has been something I have been trying to do for years. I even had enough left over to get The Cursed Crusade (it was three bucks) and The Stick of Truth, which was on sale for $4.99 as well (Sold my original for more than I paid for it during a Gamestop crazy trade in bonus a while back) so my wife can finally play that. I used the rest to get Echo Night and Battle Master, two PSOne games I love. Plus now that I have them digitally, I can play them on any Sony system and this too finally knocks my PSOne collection to twenty physical titles as well. Total amount spent on these nine games? $3.90

Oh, and the next episode of Tales From the Borderlands, which was free since I got the season pass way back when. Whoo.


Mark B.

  • Resident Evil Revelations 2 (XBO)
  • Zombie Army Trilogy (XBO)
  • Under Night In-Birth.Exe (PS3)
  • DOA 5: Last Round (XBO)*

After several weeks spent working on horrible real life things, on with the game buying, mostly. The first three were things I actually wanted; RER2 is a sequel to the best recent Resident Evil release in a couple years (which isn’t nearly as much of an achievement as one would think) and while the campaign is aggressively okay, Raid Mode is as fun as ever. Zombie Army Trilogy, on the other hand, is Sniper Elite, in World War II, with zombies, and while you’d think we’d all be getting tired of zombies by now, sniping them with friends and trying to hunt down and kill zombie Hitler makes them fun again. UNIBE, on the other other hand, is a fighting game from my favorite fighting game developers at this point, Ecole and French Bread, and it’s pretty good so far. It’s not the experience Melty Blood was, but it’s beautiful and feels good to play, which is all I could really ask for from it.

Also I rented Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, hence the asterisk, but I wanted to take a second to note SWEET JESUS I thought Itagaki leaving would make the series less sexist but NOPE. When a game makes you feel like you need a shower just by looking through the available DLC (or, alternately, lets you get through two verses of “That’s Infinity” while scrolling through said DLC), that’s an achievement all its own.


Aileen

  • Cinders (PC)
  • Transistor (PC)
  • Massive Chalice (PC)
  • Breath of Fire IV (PSN)
  • Shin Megami Tensei Nocturne (PSN)

The first three games on the list were birthday gifts (thank you Chris and Mark!), and ones I’ve had on my wishlist for a while. The art in Cinders looks gorgeous, and the premise seemed interesting (also a lot of people have said good things about it). With Transistor, I liked Bastion, and while I know they won’t play the same I imagine I’ll still enjoy it anyway. In the case of Massive Chalice, yes yes, I know, Double Fine, Early Access, and all that, but the game itself still sounded interesting enough for me to want to try it. As for the last two…well, I have a weak spot for big sales and JRPGs, and I’ve especially had my eye on Nocturne (and the DDS games, but my backlog is big enough already).


Aaron

  • Code Name S.T.E.A.M. (3DS)
  • Tales From the Borderlands Episode 2 – Atlas Mugged (PS3)

Unlike the rest of the staff here, I didn’t hate the demo. And so far, I’m liking the game pretty well. It has a few hiccups, but the tactical gameplay is picking up quite well. I can’t wait to dig deeper, assuming there aren’t that many more escort missions.

– It’s been an especially long wait for this one, but it turned out to be worth it. It’s just as funny and action packed as the first one. Of course, it still has the technical issues, but at least they aren’t as bad as in Game of Thrones.


Madson

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Collector’s Edition (PS4)

Despite popular belief, the FFXV demo wasn’t the primary reason for picking this up (though it certainly reinforced my decision). I’d actually been looking forward to the game’s release since its appearance on Japanese PSP’s, though for whatever reason, it never made its way west. Until now. It’s unfortunate that it sells for full retail price when it’s technically just an HD remaster, but given that the game so far is better than most modern FF’s, I’ll let that slide.

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