December 2016: Battle Chasers: Nightwar
dungeon diving, jrpg-turn based combat, party, Airship Syndicate
Kickstarter RPG with a great developer behind. "Classic JRPG combat meets action packed dungeons and stylish storytelling. Use skills and strategy to survive a lush, brutal landscape". Created by ex-Vigil Games veterans, including two of Vigil's co-founders, Joe Madureira and Ryan Stefanelli.
PC (Steam + GOG)/PS4/Xbox One
Does it count?
Not sure where you're going with this. The game draws inspiration from games like Dragon's Dogma. They're going for an open world Action RPG not a Shadow of Mordor clone.
Watch this if you're concerned about GG's direction with the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvI5AHu5Xao
February 26, 2016: (EU/AUS Bravely Second: End Layer - Nintendo 3DS
turn-based, Silicon Studio/Square Enix, party, job system
Sequel to Bravely Default: Flying Fairy, which in turn was a spiritual successor to Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light. Bravely Default was streamlined in all the right ways. The game uses a turn-based battle system, but for people who don't like that, there are fast forward options. There's an auto battle option for easy fights and you can turn down random encounter rate or completely turn them off. It uses a job system similar to Final Fantasy V which gives you many build options.
If Larian managed to do it, why wouldn't Obsidian?
worked better with a gamepad
I am in for the Jrpgs. Gonna be a packed year.
I think that Horizon:Zero Dawn will disappoint. It looks really cool, and hype is high, but we are all forgetting the developer behind the game. Who knows though, on a gameplay perspective, the potential is there and they have a new writer on board.
I'm as excited for Persona 5 as I have been for the past year. It was the reason I bought a PS4. This is looking to be another good year for me to buy games that I don't have time to play all of. Probably sacrilegious to want some shorter high quality JRPG's, but that's where I'm at in my life. Too much desire to read comics and get better at my job.
Also, what is a blobber?
Seriously? I mean, I guess you might have already played Dragon's Dogma on console or not care for action RPGs, but there was so much stuff released towards the end of last year that I'd be really impressed if you're already done with all of it.The post holiday drought is real. I have all day to play video games and not a one to give a crap about.
Tis-100 threw a wrench in my OP updating schedule but I swear I'll get to it eventually!
Seriously? I mean, I guess you might have already played Dragon's Dogma on console or not care for action RPGs, but there was so much stuff released towards the end of last year that I'd be really impressed if you're already done with all of it.
The post holiday drought is real. I have all day to play video games and not a one to give a crap about.
Any game that lets you climb (not ride) a flying dragon cannot be merely average.
And anyways, calling DD's world bland is selling it short, from what I've seen. There's a real dedication to making the world hostile and unwelcoming that very few games ever try to capture. Not sure how it'll last as I continue levelling and gaining power, but thus far it's had a multitude of challenges where sheer brute force isn't enough; it's like a D&D campaign brought to life and it's glorious.