A reader reports back on his experiences with new games such as Dynasty Warriors 9 and the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game.
Last week I made my regular visit to MCM London Comic Con at the Excel Centre in London. Readers may recall I went to the same show earlier this year back in June. For those not in the know MCM is a celebration of all things popular culture from the latest blockbuster movies, stars of anime and television shows, creative cosplayers, and the chance to play the latest and upcoming video games.
However, before the show officially opened its doors I went along to an exclusive presentation at the Disneyland Paris booth, whose presence there was a secret. I was guessing it could be a sneak peek at a new Marvel superhero movie but was left slightly disappointed with the actual announcement of a tie-in of a Marvel Super Heroes experience/attraction at Disneyland Paris, which happens to coincide with Disneyland Paris 25th anniversary.
On to the show proper now, although there were major games publishers in attendance such as Nintendo and Ubisoft a lot of the games on offer, such as South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, I had already played back in September at EGX 2017, which was a shame.
I then headed to the Square Enix area to play a few rounds of the Final Fantasy Trading Card Game. At last year’s MCM this was shown off for the first time and since its inception I have become enamoured with it and have competed in regional tournaments and met so many great people along the way. I cannot recommend this game enough, it’s easy to pick up but difficult to master.
All the cards are very well balanced, the meta is in constant flux and you can create competitive decks without a huge expense. This time I managed to get my hands on a rare promotional card of Gabranth (from Final Fantasy XII) as well as a demo kit to encourage new players.
As I was in the card playing mood walked a short distance to the Konami stand where they had Yu-Gi-Oh! on display. I had some Yu-Gi-Oh! cards many moons ago and have fond memories of the anime and PlayStation 2 title Yu-Gi-Oh! The Duelists Of The Roses. I was shown by the friendly staff how the game currently plays but it would have been nice to have a practice game, but I can’t complain too much as they provided me a free booster pack and a new player’s guide to browse through.
Finally on to the video games now, the first one I went to was Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony. I have played the first two titles in the main series so was looking forward to getting my hands on this. Trying to explain the premise of the game is quite difficult to explain, but revolves around a group of gifted people trying to kill each other without getting caught and are trapped inside a high school, all in the style of a visual novel adventure game…
I doubt many newcomers are going to jump on this late in the franchise but from what I saw it was just more of the same, which is not a bad thing. One thing that had changed was the fact that I played the game on a PlayStation 4, this is the first that the series been developed for consoles, although this game isn’t really the type to benefit from the change. But it is nice to have another option and gain more visibility. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is also available on the PlayStation Vita and PC and is out now.
Next up was Ys VIII: Lacrimosa Of Dana. The Ys titles have 30 years of history behind them but are not as nearly well known as some of their contemporaries. It is always a series I have been aware of but never got into, but perhaps I will keep more of an eye out from now. On the day I just picked up halfway through somebody else’s session, so had no clue as to what was going on story wise.
After a bit of further research the plot actually sounds rather promising. You control Adol, who I think is a recurring protagonist throughout this long-running role-playing series, whom has just become shipwrecked on a mysterious island after the passenger liner he was travelling on sinks.
So it is up to you to search the rest of the passengers, explore, map and build a village as you band together to survive. I scavenged for supplies and killed some monsters on an overworld map. The combat is action-based and fast paced, I had a three-man party and I could switch to them on the fly. I played the PlayStation 4 version but is also now available PlayStation Vita and PC.
Finally, over in the Koei Tecmo region was hack and slasher Dynasty Warriors 9. This was the first time it was playable in the West. I know these games don’t have the best reputation on these hallowed pages, but I actually quite appreciated it. I remember playing the third instalment back on the PlayStation 2 and fundamentally it is the same premise as ever, one warrior versus thousands. This time round the setting is in waning days of the Han dynasty and emergence of the Three Kingdoms era in China. I selected a character called Cao Cao and had a set 10 minutes to do as I pleased.
Combat is still absurd and I manged to rack up a kill count of over 300 people. I manged to infiltrate and capture a fort with the help of my allies who were using siege towers and battering rams. The game also featured execution style moves and some light stealth elements where you could pounce on unaware foes. I was also quite impressed with the huge open world in which you could fast travel around and it also featured a day-night cycle and weather system.
The game will be released in Japan on February 8th 2018, but just has an early 2018 Western release date for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Overall I had a great time, while video games are not the main attraction there is still quite a bit on offer, from the larger companies to niche and indie titles there is really something for everyone to enjoy.
MCM London Comic Con returns to the Excel next year in May.
By reader Thomas Pozzetti (eyetunes – PSN ID)
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