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Review: Lost Dimension

Jul 27 // Kyle MacGregor
Lost Dimension (PS3, PS Vita [reviewed], PS TV compatible)Developer: LancarsePublisher: Atlus USA (NA), NIS America (EU)Released: July 28, 2015 (NA), August 28, 2015 (EU)MSRP: $39.99 The story begins with a man who calls himself "The End" authoring a string of deadly terror attacks and threatening to destroy the planet in 13 days unless someone can stop him. To do just that, the United Nations dispatches S.E.A.L.E.D., an elite team of teenage warriors with psychic powers. But before the final showdown, the kids must climb the villain's mysterious spire, where he awaits their arrival. The task is easier said than done, though, as the group soon discovers. During the ascent the team is locked in a room, where they learn there is a traitor in their midst whom they will need to "erase" before moving on to the next level. The task falls on central protagonist Sho Kasugai to use his visions and deductive skills to root out the traitors. When they're not pointing fingers at one another, the squad of psychics will need to work together to defeat an army of enigmatic robots that stand between them and their main objective. While the ensuing battles have been compared to those of Valkyria Chronicles, the resemblance isn't overly deep. Lost Dimension is indeed a tactical role-playing game with a similar aesthetic, but the combat here is entirely turn-based and has enough distinctive features to make it feel unique.  All of the characters have unique psychic abilities, ranging from offensive powers like telekinesis and pyrokinesis to defensive powers like healing and buffs. Using these abilities is tied to a pair of gauges, one of which is a sanity meter. In addition to managing what is essentially a mana bar, players will need to be mindful of the sanity meter, as depleting it can turn the tide of battle. Should a character run out of sanity, they will go berserk. In this state, players lose control over the character, who no longer differentiate friend from foe. It sounds bad at first, but berserk characters are extremely powerful, and utilizing them effectively is an essential strategy. Another great tactic at players' disposal in Lost Dimension is deferring, which, at the cost of a little sanity, can allow allied units to have multiple turns. This is great for taking advantage of enemy weaknesses with a powerful attacker or moving your forces across the battlefield quickly to close distance or retreat to a more defensible position. Since nearby units will assist their buddies in battle, stacking assists is another important part of the equation, netting you extra attacks for every ally in range. Of course, enemies can pull off this maneuver just as well, which can be pretty devastating. Missions are usually quick affairs, lasting around 10 minutes or so on average. After they're finished, Sho will have a vision where he'll see brief glimpses into what his teammates are thinking -- which might help players identify traitors. There's another ability that should help you do this as well, which allows you to go into someone's subconscious mind and tell for sure if they're the traitor or not. Thing is, you can only use this ability three times per floor, so it's best to narrow down suspects before firing your silver bullets. The game design also encourages repeat plays too, as the traitors are randomized, though it'll probably be a tough sell for most to invest a couple more dozen hours after seeing the credits roll. When a character is erased, they become materia, allowing other characters to use the abilities they learned before their untimely demise. It's little things like this, and the whole tension surrounding judgement and betrayal that made Lost Dimension an enjoyable experience for me. Knowing I made a blunder early on and would have to watch one of my favorite characters betray me was something I was dreading, since it made the showdown with The End all the more difficult. Lost Dimension has its frustrations and may not be particularly exceptional in any one category, but it's a memorable tactical role-playing game I really enjoyed. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Keep your friends close, then kill them
It wasn't long before I realized my adventure in Lost Dimension wasn't going to end terribly well. My comrades and I were turning on one another, agreeing to sacrifice a teammate at the behest of our sworn enemy. None of...

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir photo
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Atlus localizing Odin Sphere HD remake in 2016


Vague, but I'll take it
Jul 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is coming to the Americas sometime next year, Atlus confirmed today. The high-definition remake of Vanillaware's gorgeous PlayStation 2 role-playing game was unveiled earlier this week. On top of...
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ATLUS

Persona 4: Dancing All Night gets a release date


Taking the stage September 29
Jul 24
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4: Dancing All Night launches in North America on September 29, Atlus has confirmed. The rhythm game has been out in Japan since late June and is planned for an autumn release in Europe, where NIS America is handling ...

P4D x Hatsune Miku photo
P4D x Hatsune Miku

Hatsune Miku joins Persona 4: Dancing All Night


A match made in Heaven
Jul 23
// Kyle MacGregor
In case you were wondering just how long it would take for Sega and Atlus to finally cross streams, Hatsune Miku is making a guest appearance in Persona 4: Dancing All Night. The digital diva will perform a remix of "Hea...
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Sega

Sega knows it 'betrayed' fans, admits Atlus taught it how to be better


'We'd like to win back trust'
Jul 22
// Chris Carter
[Update: Sega provided the following statement to Destructoid today, July 22: "Seeing our fans across the world respond to our recent interview with Famitsu, lets us know we've made the right first step in acknowledging...
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Vanillware

Oh, Atlus and Vanillaware have another secret project in the works


Not the Odin Sphere remake
Jul 20
// Chris Carter
Just this morning, Atlus and Vanillaware announced the joint Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir project -- a PS3, PS4, and Vita remake of Odin Sphere with new content. It seems as if they have piggy-backed yet another tease o...
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Atlus

That Atlus x Vanillaware game is Odin Sphere on PS3, PS4, and Vita


I'm in
Jul 20
// Chris Carter
[Update: check out the new trailer!] A short time ago Atlus and Vanillaware were teasing a special project, and now, they have confirmed that it's none other than Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir -- a new port for PS3, PS4,...
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thiEVO

EVO attendee steals PS Vita dev kit from Atlus


Down, down-right, right, theft
Jul 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Word on the ground at EVO is a PlayStation Vita has gone missing from Atlus USA's booth. Thing is, the hijacked machine happens to be a traceable dev kit, which can be deactivated remotely. The exhibitors say "all will be for...
And where tf is Boston? photo
And where tf is Boston?

Atlus teases HD project with Muramasa dev Vanillaware


That's all I got
Jul 17
// Steven Hansen
Visit this webpage (screen capture above). Ok, we're on the same level. Vanillaware most recently did an HD version of Muramasa for Vita in 2013 and also developed Dragon's Crown, which Atlus published (in Japan and North Ame...
Stella Glow photo
Stella Glow

Stella Glow coming to Europe spring 2016


Better late than never
Jul 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Stella Glow is coming to Europe next spring, NIS America has announced. The strategy role-playing game is the last effort from Japanese studio Imageepoch, which closed its doors back in May after filing for bankruptcy. Sega r...
Persona 4 Dancing photo
Persona 4 Dancing

Atlus fans have the best dance moves


All this energy's got us inspired now
Jul 05
// Kyle MacGregor
E3 is a sweaty, smelly place and Atlus did its damndest this year to take the electric circus' pungent aromas to new heights by getting over 1,000 up on stage to bump and grind with Teddie.
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Attack on Titan 3DS

Attack on Titan now available on 3DS in Europe


Australia and New Zealand, too!
Jul 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains has finally arrived for the Nintendo 3DS in PAL territories. The action game allows players to suit up in Omni-directional Mobility Gear and take on Titans as either familiar faces from the manga and anime series or characters of your own creation. For €30, the (digital-only) title comes with an exclusive 3DS theme. You can find our review here.
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Etrian Odyssey

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 is getting a demo this month


Expect a review later this July
Jul 01
// Chris Carter
Unsure on whether or not to pull the trigger on Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight in August? Atlus has you covered with a demo, which will allow you to play the intial portion of the story. As is the routine with At...
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Japanese charts

Fire Emblem Fates outsells Persona 4: Dancing All Night


Good thing Nintendo didn't kill it
Jul 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Last week was a great time to be a portable gaming enthusiast in Japan, as not one, but two highly anticipated titles launched on Thursday in Fire Emblem Fates and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Fire Emblem Fates was far and a...
Persona 4 Dancing photo
Persona 4 Dancing

Persona 4: Dancing All Night coming to Europe without delay


We shared the same mad potion
Jun 30
// Kyle MacGregor
It looks like Persona 4: Dancing All Night might arrive simultaneously (or close to it) across Europe and America, as NIS has followed Atlus' lead, announcing the rhythm game for a "Fall 2015" launch. In addition to the stand...
Attack on Titan 3DS photo
Attack on Titan 3DS

Attack on Titan 3DS maneuvers to Europe next week


Plus a discount for North America
Jun 26
// Kyle MacGregor
After a short delay, Shingeki no Kyojin: Humanity in Chains is launching across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand next week on July 2, Atlus USA announced today. If you're curious as to why the Nintendo 3DS game is being rel...
ATLUS photo
ATLUS

Persona 4: Dancing All Night opening movie


Scorpion something true now...
Jun 25
// Kyle MacGregor
No lie, I've been listening to Persona 4: Dancing All Night's main theme, "Dance!," on repeat since playing the game at E3 last week. It's just so danged infectious. I'm this close to importing the game -- which just came ou...
Persona 5 photo
Persona 5

New Persona 5 trailer leaked (Update)


Steal back your future
Jun 24
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: And it's gone!] Persona 4: Dancing All Night just launched in Japan, where first print copies of the game come included with a Blu-ray featuring a new Persona 5 trailer. Make sure to watch it while you still can! G onitono [YouTube]
Persona 5? It's good photo
Persona 5? It's good

Persona 5 screenshots leak via Dancing All Night bonus disc


New trailer may be uploaded soon?
Jun 23
// Steven Hansen
I wouldn't blame you for avoiding these if you want to wait to experience them in the majesty that is the second Persona 5 trailer, from where these screens were ripped. Folks in Japan got their hands on Persona 4: Dancing All Night early along with the special bonus disc that contains a Persona 5 trailer, so be on the lookout for that soon. Also, blue-haired guy a new character?
Trailer photo
Trailer

Lost Dimension brings anime paranoia to PS3, Vita


New E3 trailer
Jun 21
// Steven Hansen
Have you ever felt like you can read snippets of your friends' thoughts and that some of them are out to get you and you'd be better off killing them? Same, same. Lost Dimension tasks a group of 11 capable warriors with stop...

Persona 4 goes full Miku in Dancing All Night

Jun 20 // Kyle MacGregor
This is all a set-up for a rhythm game, where the spotlight shines on Atlus composer Shoji Meguro's infectious tunes, including some new tracks to go along with remixes of old favorites.  Persona 4: Dancing All Night's gameplay is reminiscent of Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA series, which makes sense given the tiles were both created in part by the same studio, Dingo. Unlike the Project DIVA games, where the notes fly in from off-screen toward the center, Atlus is taking the opposite approach with Dancing All Night. Star-shaped objects appear and fly from the center of the middle of the screen toward six points on the outer edges of a ring, all of which correspond to parts of the D-pad and individual face buttons. As rhythm game veterans know very well, how you time your button presses as the notes fly into these zones will impact how well you score. There are various levels of difficulty to select between, so fans of the genre can challenge themselves while those just looking for a new Persona story can breeze through the stages with less resistance.  As you tap along with the beat, familiar faces like Kanji and Chie will groove out to the music on the Midnight Stage while Shadows look on the in audience. Eventually, the stages will culminate in a Persona summon, which I got a real kick out of. Seeing (the main protagonist) Yu's partner Izanagi jam out on a bass guitar put a big smile on my face. Atlus also showed us the game running on a PlayStation TV, which might be a tad more challenging than playing it in the palm of your hands on the Vita depending on how far away you sit from your screen. Since we were pretty close to the monitor during our demo, this required us to rely heavily on our peripheral vision, which added a layer of challenge. Whether it's an RPG, fighter, or rhythm game, more Persona is always a good thing in my book and seeing Persona 4: Dancing All Night in action this week at E3 has me no less excited about the game. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of it when it finally launches sometime this fall.
P4D preview photo
Just set it free and dance!
It's been months since the Investigation Team cracked the case and life is getting back to normal. That is, until members of Rise Kujikawa's J-pop group suddenly go missing. And, surprise, surprise: The rescue mission brings ...

Persona 4 manga photo
Persona 4 manga

Udon publishing Persona 4 manga in English


Coming this September
Jun 17
// Steven Hansen
Aside from two different anime series, a great Vita port, and whatever else, Persona 4 also got a manga that was previously only available in Japan (in Japanese, except through fan translation). Maker of fine books Udon is br...
ATLUS photo
ATLUS

Stella Glow launches on 3DS this holiday season


Complete with that $49.99 'Atlus tax'
Jun 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Stella Glow is coming to North America this holiday season, Atlus USA just announced. The upcoming RPG is likely to be the swan song project for Luminous Arc developer Imageepoch, whose recent bankruptcy filing isn't expected to impact the title's release. Atlus is exhibiting Stella Glow at E3 this week, so expect some impressions out of us soon.
E3 2015 badge reveal photo
E3 2015 badge reveal

E3 2015 badge artwork revealed


A beary Persona E3
Jun 12
// Steven Hansen
You all had a lot of fun fielding guesses and doing Photoshops last week when we teased the 2015 E3 badge. Now take a look at the real dang thing. A double whammy. Lot of people were guessing Persona 4: Dancing All Night and ...
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Atlus

Atlus redesigns its entire US website


It's way easier to find actual info now
Jun 11
// Chris Carter
Often times for eastern studios, you'll find that their Japanese-language sites are incredibly detailed, but their international productions are lacking. Lately though, more and more developers have been patching up their ove...
ATLUS photo
ATLUS

Atlus USA officially announces Legend of Legacy


FuRyu RPG heads west this fall
Jun 11
// Kyle MacGregor
The Legend of Legacy is coming to North and South America, Atlus USA proclaimed today. This isn't exactly a revelation, considering the studio's PR manager John Hardin inadvertently spilled this particular can of beans while ...
Dungeon Travelers 2 photo
Dungeon Travelers 2

Censored RPG travels to Europe October 16


チーズ トイレ
Jun 05
// Kyle MacGregor
[Note: This image was created by Destructoid. It is not a reflection of Dungeon Travelers 2's in-game graphics, or how Atlus has gone about applying "minor edits" to four of the game's images. Sorry for any confusion.] A...
Persona 4 photo
Persona 4

Margaret gets down in this Persona 4: Dancing All Night trailer


Can't wait for this
Jun 05
// Chris Carter
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is set to debut this month in Japan and September overseas on the Vita. It's pretty much one of the only major exclusives that's coming to the platform, and Atlus seems to be having a lot of fun ...
Who's that Pokemon? photo
Who's that Pokemon?
Everyone loves good teas. Green teas, black teas, barley teas (the best tea despite not technically being tea), Charles Barkley teas. Well, how about an E3 badge teas? I will stop the unfunny joke now. The stretch was steep. ...

Etrian Mystery Dungeon photo
Etrian Mystery Dungeon

Etrian Mystery Dungeon explores Europe September 11


Courtesy of NIS America
May 31
// Kyle MacGregor
Etrian Mystery Dungeon is coming to Europe on September 11, NIS America has announced. Destructoid's reviews baron Chris Carter was enamored with the game when it landed in North America last month, saying "the more [he] play...

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