Masquerada: songs and shadows

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch (in development)

Many of my favorite games stick with me over the years not because of finely-honed combat systems or impressive visual effects. Often it’s the story and characters that remain the most memorable aspects of those cherished gaming experiences.

Masquerada: Songs and Shadows has one of the best stories I’ve experienced in years. It’s an epic tale about heroic sacrifice, forbidden love, political betrayal, and self discovery set within a richly realized world of urban renaissance and ancient mystery. Masquerada’s tactical combat is serviceable, but it’s the story and characters that demand you experience this unique RPG.

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Review

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Available On: Nintendo 3DS

The Fire Emblem series has exploded in the last few years. The tactical role-playing series has been around since the 90s, but only in the U.S. since 2003. With Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia we’re already getting our third Fire Emblem game for the Nintendo 3DS – but it’s actually a remake of 1992’s Fire Emblem Gaiden.

Playing the remake of the second game in the storied franchise with updated sprites, 3D dungeon crawls, polished voice acting, and anime cutscenes is an incredible treat for any Fire Emblem fan.
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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Will Have 5 DLC Packs

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is launching on May 19 for Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo has detailed the upcoming downloadable content for the tactical role-playing game. A total of five DLC Packs will be available. They can be purchased individually, or as part of the Season Pass Bundle for $44.99.

  • DLC Pack #1 – Fledgling Warriors Pack ($7.99): Includes the Astral Temple dungeon and two new maps. It’s designed for early to mid-game levels. Releases May 19.
  • DLC Pack #2 – Undaunted Heroes Pack ($9.99): Includes Inner Sanctum dungeon and two new maps. Designed for stronger and more seasoned adventurers. Releases May 25.
  • DLC Pack #3 – Lost Altars Pack ($14.99): Includes several dungeons that contain the power to upgrade characters to exclusive classes not found anywhere else. The pack includes 10 total classes. Releases May 25.
  • DLC Pack #4 – Rise of the Deliverance Pack ($12.99): New story content (with additional voice acting) that acts as a Prologue and details the Deliverance in Zofia. Includes several new maps, new support conversations, and a new character to play. Releases June 1.
  • DLC Pack #5 – ??? ($5.99): Nintendo didn’t release any information about this pack except for the price and that it contains “two pieces of content.”

Each individual piece of content (such as a single battle map) can be purchased separately if you really want to pick and choose. See the Fire Emblem Echoes DLC page for individual content pricing.

Fire Emblem Echoes will also receive free DLC in addition to the above paid options. The first is called Mila’s Bounty. It’s a special gift that the goddess Mila will bestow. Simply connect to the internet in-game and check for downloads.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is a remake of the second ever Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem Gaiden. It originally launched in 1992 for the Famicom in Japan. It introduced dungeon-crawling to the tactical series. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia releases on May 19 for Nintendo 3DS.


Banner Saga 3 Announced, Now Live on Kickstarter

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Indie game developer Stoic has announced the third and final game in the Banner Saga trilogy, Banner Saga 3. Like the first game, Banner Saga 3 is seeking funding through Kickstarter. The campaign begins today, with the funding goal of $200,000.

“We’re going full circle and returning to Kickstarter where it all began,” says John Watson, co-founder at Stoic. “In 2012 the backers were instrumental in bringing the saga to life, smashing our intial funding target that led us to increase the scope, fidelity and production values of Banner Saga.”

“We’re proud to be indie,” Watson continues. “Despite the stellar support we get from our publisher, Versus Evil, we’re not taking any outside funding to bring this series home. We’d love Kickstarter support to add additional features that are simply beyond our current budget.”

The Banner Saga series takes place in a hand-drawn world of vikings and monsters. The series melds an Oregon Trail-like journey full of tough decisions and harsh consequences with a tactical turn-based combat mode. Since the beginning the games and story were designed as a trilogy.

The Banner Saga released in 2014 and won the Game Developers Choice Award for Best Debut. The sequel was released in April 2016 and was nominated for Best Strategy Game at the 2016 Game Awards.

Minimum pledge for the Banner Saga 3 is $20. At any pledge level you can add an additional $20 to receive the first two games after the campaign finishes. If the campaign reaches its funding goal early, stretch goals for additional funding will be announced. The first Banner Saga raised over $700,000 from 20,000 backers in 2012.