Game of the Month: May 2018

The game that I have decided to feature here this month is one that I have technically featured twice before over previous years. It is a crossover between Nintendo and Koei Tecmo franchises. This particular title has appeared on both the Wii U and 3DS, and now it has been released on the Switch, bringing features from both of its prior iterations together into one single package.
Before I talk about that, though, a few other games have had my attention over the past month or so.So, what have I been playing this month?
Xenoblade Chronicles 2I’m still playing through Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I have obtained every Rare Blade available, so I’ve been filling out their Affinity Charts. I’m hoping to get that all done before the next set of DLC drops.
If I do manage that, I guess the next step will be to spend some time playing Tiger! Tiger! in order to earn more upgrade parts for Poppi. I’ve attempted to get the item that makes Poppi QT π a Light type Blade, but haven’t had much luck yet. Fortunately, I quite enjoy the Tiger! Tiger! minigame, so I don’t mind playing it multiple times.
I’m currently on the final chapter of my New Game+ playthrough, so I’ll probably be finishing the story a second time fairly soon as well.
Talking of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, I have also been watching Skye Bennett – the voice of Pyra and Mythra in the English dub – play through the game on Twitch. She streams on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, usually at 8pm UK time.
If you can’t catch the streams live, or want to start from the beginning, Skye also uploads them to her YouTube channel.

Splatoon 2I’ve also been getting back into Splatoon 2. With the Octo Expansion coming out relatively soon, I figured why not. After spending a few months not playing it, I have quite a large number of weapons that I have yet to get my hands on. Updates to the game also have added new stages and gear as well, so I’m going to have my work cut out for me earning all that stuff.
I’ve only really returned to the game to play a few matches here and there, but at least I’m actually playing it now. Besides the Octo Expansion, there are a couple of other reasons I’m getting back into this game.
One of them is the Splatoon manga, and the other is a game that I bought on Steam that feels a lot like it took some inspiration from Splatoon.

Senran Kagura Peach Beach SplashThe game I am referring to is Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash. Much like Splatoon 2, I’m playing it here and there. At the moment, I have played through the Hanzo and Gessen stories.
Peach Beach Splash is a third person shooter, where all the girls use water guns. Matches can be played with two teams consisting of up to five members. It’s an all right game, but it won’t be my favourite entry of the Senran Kagura franchise.
There are plenty of different characters to choose from, but they all play the same when it comes down to it. Rather than your character, it is the weapon you choose that defines how they play. Every character can use every weapon. At least that lets you play favourites with no drawbacks, I suppose.
Peach Beach Splash also has an absurd amount of DLC – the DLC bundle costs much more than the game itself…
Of course, the typical features one would expect of a Senran Kagura game are all present and accounted for, as well.
Once I’ve played through more of the game, I’ll probably write up a review for it.

I’ve also been playing Love Live! School Idol Festival, BanG Dream! Girls Band Party and Fire Emblem Heroes as well. I haven’t really mentioned them before in one of these posts, despite playing them daily. Well, now I have.

OK, time for my Game of the Month.Hyrule Warriors Definitive EditionHyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is a crossover between Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda franchise and Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors franchise – but you knew that already. After all, this is the third time that the game has been released.
This time around, however, this Nintendo Switch title brings everything from the Wii U and 3DS versions together into a single package, which includes all the characters that were previously released as DLC.

Since I have talked about Hyrule Warriors at least twice before, I won’t dwell too long on it here. Instead, I’ll say that fans of Zelda and/or Warriors should definitely add this to their collection.
In fact, this game may even help Zelda fans get into the Dynasty Warriors franchise. There are plenty of familiar elements from the Zelda games present here.

There are plenty of familiar Zelda characters present here, but Hyrule Warriors also gives us a few new faces. I am particularly fond of Lana and Linkle myself.

Linkle

Linkle first appeared in Hyrule Warriors Legends on the 3DS

Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition is a very easy recommendation for me to make to Switch owners. There is a story mode to play through, and the Adventure mode gives you a lot of new weapons and costumes to unlock as well.

A worthy addition to my collection, fitting in nicely with the likes of Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star and Fire Emblem Warriors.

About Rory

I enjoy writing, manga, anime and video games, so naturally here on my blog, you will find anime reviews, Nintendo news and other such things that I deem interesting.
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