16. Dec, 2014 15:18 (HKT)

DEC 18 BIG RELEASES: Godzilla, Gundam Breaker 2, Final Fantasy Explorers!

The craziness of release-filled November is behind us, but there are still a lot to look forward to in December, more specifically all piled onto December 18th - yup the 18th again! The gaming industry can be so kind, or so cruel... depending on how you look at it!


PlayStation®3 [KAIJU ACTION] Release: Dec. 18th, 2014

We have absolutely no clue how Santa fit this behemoth in his sack, but we are so happy Bandai Namco Games made it possible! We know exactly what we'll be playing leading up to Christmas!

First things first, despite the recent Godzilla film this is NOT a direct movie tie-in! Godzilla for the PS3 has been developed as a throwback to the classic Godzilla films of the '50s and onwards, which will definitely shine through when you see their use of screen tint, tokusatsu (a style of special effects), and the classic Godzilla forms and enemies!

In typical Japanese industry fashion gameplay has remained largely unknown for the time being, but the trailers and a little guesswork implies that you'll play as Godzilla himself (or at least variations of) - using cities as your battleground and wrecking them as you face off against a roster of familiar enemies. 

GodzillaPlayStation 3JPN US$ 24.9924h
Godzilla (Japanese)PlayStation 3ASIA sold

PlayStation®3 PlayStation®Vita [Action] Release: Dec. 18th, 2014

Gundam Breaker is so appealing to Gundam fans because it really captures the feeling of building YOUR dream Gunpla in-game, earning and using parts from existing real life Gunpla kits! Bandai Namco have even stepped up the Build-A-Gundam features in this sequel by adding 100 different pieces for each slot (head, arms, legs, body, etc.) which will ultimately allow up to 10,000,000,000 (yes, BILLION) kitbashing combinations. The only thing stopping you from putting GPB-04B BEARGGUY's head on every Gundam is your own imagination. What you equip isn't solely aesthetic either and can affect your performance greatly, as well as add abilities. 

Gundam Breaker gameplay and combat is modeled after traditional hack n' slash games and Gundam Breaker 2 looks like it will adopt many of the same features from the previous title, with improvements to make combat more fluid and fast. Gameplay types were divided into five different mission categories, and should see a return in Gundam Breaker 2: Normal, Defend, Survival, Team Battle, and Arena Gain. Normal mode has players fight through different stages with a respawn mechanic, while Survival is similar but ends when your HP reaches zero. Defend has players defend a certain point against an onslaught of enemies. Team and Arena allow multiple players to team up.

One of the exciting places you'll be doing battle is a brand new stage modeled after the 'Gundam Cafe' in Akihabara, Tokyo where players will fight on the tabletops of the famous Gundam eatery. 

First-print run copies of the game will include a download code for 'HG Powered GM Cardigan,' 'HG Build Burning Gundam,' and 'HG Lightning Gundam' Mobile Suits from the Gundam Build Fighters Try TV anime.

The Omachidashi pack includes both games for the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita. PS3 will be on-disc while PSV will be available as DLC (via PSN).

Gundam Breaker 2PlayStation 3JPN US$ 69.991-5d
Gundam Breaker 2PlayStation VitaJPN sold
Gundam Breaker 2 (Chinese Sub)PlayStation VitaASIA US$ 34.9924h
Gundam Breaker 2 [Omochidashi Pack]PlayStation 3, PlayStation VitaJPN US$ 128.991w


Nintendo 3DS™ [Action RPG] Release: Dec. 18th, 2014

Hopefully you imported a Japaanese New 3DS for Christmas because Square Enix are definitely on to something with Explorers!

Final Fantasy Explorers is an upcoming quest-driven action RPG with many elements similar to Final Fantasy Chronicles (GameCube) and the Monster Hunter franchise. The premise of the game is that the titular Explorers are hunting the world for crystals, the source of life and civilization, which are guarded by fearsome beasts and summons from the Final Fantasy franchise.

The title makes use of the classic Job system, familiar to nearly any RPG player, with these jobs currently confirmed: Beastmaster, Machinist, Dragoon, Dark Knight, Ninja, Paladin, Hunter, White Mage, and Time Mage.

Each job falls under the category of a tank, support, or damage dealing role but the way you play is mostly determined by how you customize your abilities. Abilities are something you earn and upgrade in this game and are linked to job versatility - so don't expect to get them all at once!

Players don't choose their job immediately, in the beginning your character will be a 'Freelancer' who will be able to collect materials and create gear, but won't be specialized in any one thing. 

The 'Trance' system will bring the power of past Final Fantasy characters, called 'Legend Characters', into your battles by temporarily transforming into one of the iconic characters while simultaneously gaining the ability to use special attacks without consuming AP. Some of the already revealed Legend Characters are: Cloud, Yuna, Lightning, Tidus, Bartz.

The use of Trance will also allow you to use the power of your Summoned Beasts. Beasts are added to your team by collecting 'Spirit Stones' which are occasionally dropped upon death. Once you've collected your Spirit Stones, journey to the Monster Laboratory located in Libertus to create new monsters as well as level them up.

There will be no real appearance customization, instead your worn equipment will be visible. Players disappointed by this news need not worry too much as you can still add some flair with 500 different equipment pieces to choose from, including famous weapons and armor pieces from the Final Fantasy franchise. Material collection and equipment creation is core to hunting games, and will surely play a large role in Explorers' progression.

Final Fantasy Explorers will have both singleplayer and multiplayer modes, where the multiplayer will be up to 4 player co-op with both online and local capabilities. Communication between players will be possible through the use of preset text phrases.

As one of the first games to utilize the extra buttons on the New Nintendo 3DS players will be able to control the camera using the C-stick while the ZL button is for monster lock-on and the ZR button is for summon monster lock-on.

Final Fantasy ExplorersNintendo 3DSJPN US$ 57.991-5d
Final Fantasy Explorers Original Soundtrack JPN US$ 24.991w

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