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Review in Progress: Project X Zone 2

Feb 12 // CJ Andriessen
Project X Zone 2 (3DS)Developer: Monolith Software Inc.Publisher: Bandai NamcoRelease: February 16 (US), February 12 (EU, AUS)MSRP: 39.99 I'm more than a dozen hours into Project X Zone 2 and I'm still amazed how many improvements have been made from the last game. Project X Zone, released in 2013, had the misfortune of coming out after the outstanding Fire Emblem: Awakening. When compared side-by-side, it's not hard to argue that Awakening is the better TRPG while Project X Zone mostly coasts by on its fan service appeal. Here we are with sequels to these titles releasing within a week of each other and, while I haven't played Fates yet, I can honestly say there is more to Project X Zone 2 than just its cast.  The biggest improvement you'll find here is the battle system. Unlike the first game, player and enemy turns are now separated so the enemy only moves after you've made your moves. Something about this small change just seems to make the chapters move at a more breezy pace compared to the first game. Yes, chapters are still interrupted halfway with extended bits of story and exposition, but I have yet to reach a chapter in the game that is aggravatingly long. Combat is still all style and timing as you chain together attacks for maximum damage. Time it right and you can increase your damage output. If you have a solo unit assigned to your team or are adjacent to another team, you can call them into the action and significantly increase your attack power if you land a Cross Hit. Unlike the first game, Cross Hits are noticeably more difficult to properly land this time and there are many attacks that can break them. Just throwing a whole bunch of characters on the screen at the same time isn't a guarantee you'll perform a Cross Hit. Now, you have to know your teams and their attacks well. The big new addition to the combat system is the Charge Bonus. If you don't use one of your attacks in a fight, that attack will be charged for your next fight. A charged attacked does more damage and regains more XP than a standard attack. You seem to be limited to three attacks at a time (plus a special attack if you have enough XP), but there is no limit to how many of those three attacks can be the same one. This means I can use the same individual attack three times in a row and save my other two for a Charge Bonus to use in my next fight. Charge Bonuses are rewarded both when you're attacking and when you're countering, which has also seen improvements this game. When the enemy is on the advance, only a full defense (which negates any damage you may take) uses the group XP. Now, regular defense and counters use the character's individual SP. Speaking of counters, I've found them a hell of a lot more useful in this game than the last. You're able to use more of your attacks this time and when countered, the enemy's shield will already be depleted so all of your attacks will do damage. I've defeated more enemies on the defense than when I was the one attacking.   If you're wondering how the story is, know that it's better than the last time around. Yes, there is still a lot of exposition and, yes, every character has to comment at least once in a story segment and, yes, I am missing pervy Frank West and his camera; but everything is much more focused. I don't know if this is the work of the localization team or the original scenario writers of the game, but gone is the disjointed structure of Project X Zone and here is an easy-to-follow storyline that even people who are totally unfamiliar with the series will be able to understand. As someone as stupid as I am, I appreciate the simplicity.  If you're in Europe and plan on picking this up today, know there is an option for paid DLC in the intermission menu between chapters; however I have no idea what it entails as nothing has been available for me to purchase at this point. I will have more on the DLC as well as the improved maps in the game in the full review next week. [This review in progress is based on a retail version of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Mega Man

Mega Man is coming to Nintendo Badge Arcade


Mega news, man
Feb 10
// Chris Carter
Mega Man, meet badges. Badges, Mega Man. According to Famitsu, Capcom will be partnering up with Nintendo to bring the Blue Bomber and company to Nintendo Badge Arcade, in the form of special in-game rewards and boards. Right...
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Mega Man

Mega Man EXE's 15th anniversary celebration looks fun


In Japan, of course
Feb 08
// Chris Carter
Over in Japan, lots of little events are held for almost every major gaming franchise. They're pretty much all awesome despite how intimate they are, and that's definitely the case with the Mega Man EXE 15th anniversary....
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Mega Man

This Mega Man 2 concert kicks ass


Of course it has the Wily theme
Feb 01
// Chris Carter
Over in Chiba, Japan last weekend at the Makuhari Messe (hey that's where TGS is!), a Mega Man concert was held -- specifically, of the Mega Man 2 variety. If you're into game music at all it's worth checking o...

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Mega Man

Mega Man Legacy Collection Special Edition spotted


But it's apparently not official
Jan 28
// Chris Carter
The physical editions of the Mega Man Legacy Collection are coming next month, and Amazon has just sprung a brand new bundle on us. It comes with a Mega Man statue and collectible E-Tank. If the former meets the latter, ...
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Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9 is a lesson for future Kickstarters


Don't overcommit
Jan 25
// Chris Carter
Well, Mighty No. 9 has been delayed. Again (Déjà Vu, right)! Even though the aforementioned headline stresses "again," it would be nearly indistinguishable from the past occurrences. So what's wrong this ti...
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Mighty No. 9th delay

Mighty No. 9 delayed (again)


'Spring 2016'
Jan 25
// Steven Hansen
Mighty No. 9 had a firm February 9 release date after a series of delays (the original Kickstarter estimate for delivery was April 2015) and then a recent promise that there'd be no more delays. Well, about that... A very hil...
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Mega Man

Mega Man stickers invade Japanese messaging app Line


Alright!
Jan 22
// Chris Carter
When I visited Japan for the first time last year, I was surprised to find that everyone used basically one messaging app -- Line. Literally, every person I met used it, even writers who were there on assignment and were in t...
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Weird Mega Man stickers

I need these weird Mega Man stickers in my life


Bad Art Mega Man is my spirit animal
Jan 13
// Nic Rowen
Well aren't these just the best reason to break your old Trapper Keeper out of retirement? Straight out of the Japanese Capcom store in collaboration with B-Side Label, this collection of, um, eccentric, stickers of...
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Mega Man

These official Mega Man headphones are sexy


Officially official
Jan 11
// Chris Carter
If Mega Man merch can be made, Capcom will either make it, or allow someone else to make it. It's the eleventh commandment. Look it up. The next piece of merch on the block is the official Mega Man headset, complete with...
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Gold Mega Man

The Gold Mega Man amiibo is back up at Best Buy


$49.99
Dec 31
// Chris Carter
Shortly after the Gold Mega Man amiibo was unveiled, pre-orders sold out nearly everywhere online -- you still can't find it at places like Amazon. But late last night it seems like the package popped up on Best Buy, and it's...
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Mega Man

The Mega Man Board Game is finally coming soon


Set to ship this week
Dec 29
// Chris Carter
I backed the Mega Man Board Game Kickstarter at its lowest level nearly two years ago, and now, it's finally ready to ship. Jasco games has announced that the final editions of the game will arrive in their warehouses today, ...
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Mega Man X8

Mega Man X8 is coming to the PSN soon in Japan


On PS3 for now
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
If you were gunning for Mega Man X8 on the PSN, you might be in luck. Capcom has confirmed that the game will arrive on the PS3 this week in the form of a PS2 Classic. If you recall, Capcom is seemingly probing public op...
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Mega Man

Have a quick look at the Mega Man Legacy Collection 3DS themes


Bundled with the game
Dec 11
// Chris Carter
Mega Man Legacy Collection is just around the corner on 3DS. Although it was released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC earlier this year, it's still slated for an early 2016 release on 3DS. When it arrives on the portable it'll come...
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Mega Man

The final Archie Mega Man comic has a release date


December 23
Dec 08
// Chris Carter
Once Mega Man #55 drops, Archie will be putting the series on an indefinite hiatus. This is a stark contrast to their Sonic line of comics, which has not one, but three unique series to its name. It also started in 1992,...
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Mega Man

The final issue of Archie's Mega Man comic is delayed again


Sad times
Dec 02
// Chris Carter
It's a sad time for the Archie Mega Man comic. Despite the fact that it was highly acclaimed in the eyes of many critics and fans, it's coming to an end after just 55 issues. In even sadder news, said issue isn't actually out...
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Mega Man

The Mega Man toy machine continues: Tamashii Buddies dated


April 2016 at 1,620 yen
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
The Tamashii Buddies series is pretty popular in Japan, as figures that basically feature a background diorama of sorts. They're not action figures and have no articulation -- rather, they're meant to be displayed. They're co...
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Mega Man Legacy

Mega Man Legacy Collection won't be released physically in Europe


As such, no Gold Mega Man amiibo
Nov 19
// Chris Carter
[Update: Capcom has clarified that the €14.99 price is not discounted, and will be "the same for all digital version across both North America and Europe, including the upcoming 3DS release." Well, this is a bummer ...
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Now I've got your power!

Check out all of Mega Man 1, recreated in Mario Maker!


Promoted from out community blogs
Nov 17
// Tony Ponce
[As someone who joined Dtoid in what I call the silver age, I know of past alumni of Dtoid but nothing specific. Decommissioned fighting robot Tony Ponce swings by show us his extremely ambitious remake of Mega Man 1 through ...
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Mega Gold

Golden Mega Man amiibo confirmed, with exclusive challenges for Mega Man Legacy Collection


All gold everything
Nov 12
// Jed Whitaker
The upcoming Mega Man Legacy Collection for 3DS will have exclusive extras including challenge levels that can only be unlocked with a Mega Man amiibo. A gold Mega Man amiibo will be available exclusively as a pack-in with the collection for 3DS. Reminder: spray paint is cheaper.
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Mega Man

The last issue of Archie's Mega Man comic has been delayed


Sad times
Nov 12
// Chris Carter
As I've said in the past, Archie's Mega Man comic line is pretty phenomenal. It manages to deliver interesting storylines as well as flesh out a few popular characters, all the while appealing to adults. Sadly, that seri...
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Mighty No. 9

Please don't add amiibo support to Mighty No. 9, Inafune


Haha can you imagine more delays
Nov 11
// Chris Carter
Since there is another way to monetize Mighty No. 9, Keiji Inafune is considering it. When asked by USGamer regarding the possibility of amiibo in the game, Inafune responded, "That's definitely an option for us, and if we ha...
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Mega Man

Brand new Mega Man avatars hit the PSN


From Legacy Collection
Nov 09
// Chris Carter
In the dead of night, Capcom has pushed a handful of new Mega Man avatars to the PSN. They're based on the new Legacy Collection artwork, and will run you around $0.49 each. There's a few cherry-picked Robot Masters here, two...
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Mega Man Legacy Collectio

Japan is getting a hella expensive Mega Man Legacy Collection package


For 3DS
Nov 05
// Chris Carter
You win again, Japan. Sort of. Capcom has announced that come February 25, 2016, when the physical package of Mega Man Legacy Collection is released, Japan will be getting a special edition. It's going on sale for 9,709 ...
Mega Man photo
Mega Man

I really wish the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon was more like the original pitch


Better footage unearthed
Nov 02
// Chris Carter
Back in 2011, the original pitch for the Ruby-Spears Mega Man cartoon was found. Simply put, it looked pretty great, and was faithful to the source material. Instead, we got a weird "super fighting robot" rendition that...
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Zero

If a Small Soldiers situation ever happened, this massive Zero would be terrifying


That hair
Oct 30
// Chris Carter
Small Soldiers, also known as the evil PG-13 inverse of Toy Story, might have had a mixed public reception, but it also spawned a pretty badass PlayStation game. It also haunted the dreams of many kids, which is exactly what ...
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Mighty No. 9

Mighty No. 9 gets a new site, still a long ways away


Man, this game
Oct 30
// Chris Carter
A new website has popped up for Mighty No. 9, delivering all of the previous information in one place. This includes a look at all eight Robot Masters Mighty Numbers Roll Call, Dr. Light Dr. William White, Mega Man's Bec...
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Mega Man 3

Mega Man 3 in Unreal 4 is arguably better looking than Mighty No. 9


It was also made by one dude
Oct 22
// Chris Carter
One guy who really likes Mega Man 3 (hey, I'm with you buddy) has created a build using Unreal Engine 4, and it actually looks pretty neat. This whole thing was developed by Handré De Jager, who has posted hi...
Mighty No. 9 photo
Mighty No. 9

Inafune promises no more Mighty No. 9 delays, talks sequel


I bet the anime won't be delayed
Oct 22
// Chris Carter
The Mighty No. 9 situation is just silly to me at this point. After multiple delays, including a last-minute one that was perfectly timed around the Red Ash project's end, and an "apology" Flash game, it's almost li...
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Mega Man X

TrueForce's made-up Mega Man X doppelganger has a backstory


X-Kai
Oct 19
// Chris Carter
TruForce revealed its X-Kai figure last month, which retails for $89.99. He's described as X's "evil counterpart," and now, he has a backstory. According to the narrative, Dr. Wily stole Mega Man's blueprint and built a proto...

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