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Review by Dustin Murphy
How often do you hear about a PSP game getting released in North America these days? The answer is almost never. as of today, XSeed Games, well known as a publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., has sent out a little surprise for us all to enjoy. As of January 13th, 2015, North America will be seeing the digital release of Brandish: The Dark Revenant, which will be released with compatibility for PlayStation Vita owners.
So what makes this game just that interesting that it’s getting released on both fan favorited handhelds? Brandish: The Dark Revenant is at it’s core a action-oriented dungeon crawlers that will send players immersing themselves within this third person real-time title. With dungeon walls rotating around the characters, it’ll promise to keep players on their feet. Let alone will they also be experiencing gameplay that Nihon Falcom became well known for by their highly-acclaimed franchises such as Ys and The Legend of Heroes. The title will follow their rather well known formula of puzzles, RPG elements, fighting monsters, and avoiding traps across 40 sprawling floors of monsters and the beforementioned troubles. Players will be taking on the role of swordsman, Ares Toraernos as he takes on his arch-rival, Dela Delon, who’s interested in making his life all but a living heck as she escapes through each maze while trying to collect the bounty on Ares’ head.
With being re-imagined, this 90’s classic title will be returning with new graphics, animations, new maps, puzzles, traps, even smoother gameplay, but none-the-less featuring changes to the music, bosses, and more. Think that’s all? Players can unlock the new “Dela Mode” once completing the Ares campaign, which will let players take on the role of the of the villainous sorceress herself. That experience comes with harder maps, enemies, and even more traps that are crueler than before.
For those wanting to experience this digital download can grab it on the PlayStation Store for 19.99 USD on both PSP and PS Vita when it launches. The game has been rated by the ESRB as “T” for Teen since it features violence, blood, suggestive themes, partial nudity, mild language, and use of tobacco.
About the Writer:
Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the boarders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, MMO’s, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable and can’t be softened by even the biggest names in the gaming industry. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. To follow Dustin, hit him up on Twitter over at @GamingAnomaly, find him on his Google+. Wanna game with him? You can find him on PSN with RaivynLyken.