Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree's Woe and the Blight Below by Benjamin Sawyer

There are only a few games that have shifted their gameplay almost completely in their more recent titles, the most notable being Hyrule Warriors. Dragon Quest Heroes (insert enormous subtitle here) is now the most recent, transitioning from its normal turn-based combat style, to the hack and slash gameplay of the Dynasty Warriors franchise. While the transition is viewed differently by the various fans of the series, the overall opinion is one of positivity.

The story is cheesy and fun, the controls are great, the combat is genuinely entertaining, and there is a fairly sizeable cast of players, adding a level of replayability and combat freshness that few games offer. A true action/rpg, Dragon Quest Heroes is easily worth $50 of the $59.99 price.

Yes...that title is also real. Though it is notably cooler than the Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition, it still sounds like a Fall Out Boy song title, or Coheed and Cambria album.

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~Billy

Tales of Zestiria by Benjamin Sawyer

When it comes to consistent quality in the genre of JRPG’s, the Tales franchise has become a bit of a household name. Tales of Zestiria, the most recent release, is no different, and while the moniker “One of the Best JRPG’s Out Right Now” may not include a ton of games, it is still something worth taking note of. The Bandai-Namco title is chock full of great moments, entertaining side quests, and features a unique “Armatization” feature, allowing players to fuse with Seraph partners to form powerful hybrids.

Traversal, both mechanically and in terms of backtracking, can prove to be a bit of a drag at times but the environment is too beautiful to care too much. Dungeons are linear but tough, allowing for a lot of interesting opportunities to test out the revamped, and solid battle system.

Tales of Zestiria is a title that will pull you in for at least 30 hours, most likely many more, making it easily worth the $59.99 ($49.99 on PS3).

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~Billy