Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters is launching this fall for Nintendo 3DS. It’s the third version of Yo-Kai Watch 2, after last year’s Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits. Similiar to the upcoming launch of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters includes an extended version of the game with new quests, new Yo-Kai, new locations, and an improved co-op mode. An exact release date has not yet been announced.
Nintendo has revealed some details about what’s included in this new version:
- 15 Wicket Yo-Kai; now you can befriend the boss monsters from Yo-Kai Watch 2, bringing the total number of playable Yo-Kai to over 300.
- 12 new quests, including exploring the origins of Darknyan, bringing the total quest count to over 100.
- New locations, including the new Gera Gera Resort.
- Expanded version of Yo-Kai Watch Blasters co-op mode, with new bosses.
If you still have save data from Bony Spirits and/or Fleshy Souls, you can also gain access to new dungeons. These dungeons hold special bosses and exclusive Yo-Kai to befriend. Unfortunately Yo-Kai Watch 2’s co-op mode is still local play only.
Yo-Kai Watch 2 features the same gameplay and many of the same locations as the first game, released in North America in 2015. The basic concept is a Pokémon-like collect-a-thon, but with a unique 3-party battle system and a modern setting.
All three versions of Yo-Kai Watch 2 have been available in Japan since 2014, with Yo-Kai Watch 3 releasing in Japan last year.
Given my lackluster experience with the sequel, I’m not sure Psychic Specters is worth a return trip to Springdale. But often these extended/remixed versions become the definitive version. Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters could be a solid way to play through if you missed Yo-Kai Watch 2 the first time.
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The Steam Summer Sale is winding down (ends July 5) but yet another PC games-focused sale has started up. Humble is offering hundreds of indie PC games up to 80% off in what they’re calling the DRM-Freedom Sale. The sale ends next Monday, July 10.
DRM-free means that you’re purchasing an actual game executable and not a license to use a game within a digital store, such as Steam. With Humble you actually get two versions with most purchases: a Steam key and a DRM-free version. This essentially gives you a backup if you use Steam, or you could ignore Steam altogether.
Humble is known for their partnership with charities, and the DRM-Freedom sale is no different. Five percent of purchases will go to Save the Children, a charity that helps children in need.
Most of the sale prices are comparable to Steam’s, with some better and some worse. Make sure to read the game’s description to see if you’re getting both the Steam key and DRM-free version, or if you have to choose.
There are a lot of fantastic indie games from the last few years on deep discounts. Here are some highlighted deals of the DRM-Freedom Sale:
- The Witness $15.99 (60% off) – cheaper than Steam Sale ($19.99), but have to choose between Steam key or DRM-free
- Prison Architect $7.49 (75% off)
- Banished $6.99 (65% off)
- Outlast 2 $20.99 (30% off)
- FTL: Faster Than Light $2.49 (75% off)
- Rogue Legacy $2.99 (80% off)’
- Xenonauts $4.99 (80% off)
- Antichamber $4.99 (75% off)
- Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director’s Cut $2.99 (80%)
- Broken Age $3.99 (80% off)
- To The Moon $1.99 (90% off)
Note that Humble Monthly subscribers receive another 10% off all discounts. For the rest of the week you can subscribe for $12 and receive Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for free (deal ends July 7). Humble Monthly subscribers receive curated game bundle deals every month.
The Humble DRM-Freedom Sale ends July 10.