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[Games Around the Corner] Week 25, 2021 – Brain Punk World

This week brings co-op Dungeons & Dragons action and a new “Brain Punk” action RPG from Bandai Namco. There’s also some refreshed oldies in the form of Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX and the Legend of Mana remaster.

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance

Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance is a co-op action brawler that takes up to four players through Icewind Dale. As D&D characters Drizzt Do’Urden, Catti-brie, Wulfgar, and Bruenor Battlehammer, players have to stop an alliance of monsters from obtaining a powerful crystal shard.

Each character has their own playstyle and abilities - Drizzt dual-wields blades and can summon an astral panther, Wulfgar has a hammer, Catti-brie uses a bow-and-arrow, and Bruenor wields a hammer and shield. The game will offer new skills and gear to obtain as well. Enemies will include creatures like frost giants, White Dragons, and Beholders.

The game will be released on June 22 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX marks the return of Alex Kidd, and features the levels and boss fights from 1986’s Alex Kidd in Miracle World along with some new levels and the Boss Rush Mode. The 2D platformer will have updated visuals and gameplay, including “improved boss fight mechanics”, along with the option to switch to a “recreation” of the original visuals any time during while playing and a Classic Mode that offers the original experience. The game will also feature both reimagined and remastered music.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX will be released on June 22 for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch.

Legend of Mana

This remaster of the 1999 JRPG features remastered graphics, rearranged music, and the option to switch between the new and old soundtrack. It also includes "Ring Ring Land", a mini game that wasn’t released in the West back then, and the option to switch off enemy encounters.

For newcomers, the game sees the playable character journeying to find the Mana Tree they saw in a dream, only to find that the world map is empty. However, via the Land Make system, artifacts that you find while travelling can be placed on the map. Doing so will “bring towns and dungeons to life and advance the story,” as the game’s website describes. The game promises a large world to explore, along with “colorful” characters, “fearsome” monsters, and a variety of gear.

Legend of Mana will be released on June 24 for PS4, PC, and Switch.

Scarlet Nexus

Bandai Namco’s new “Brain Punk” action RPG sees psychic warriors battling deranged mutants called Others that hunger for human brains. The game will feature two playable characters, recruit Yuito Sumeragi and notorious scout Kasane Randall, with the Steam page promising a dual story experience involving a “complex story of bonds, courage and heroism”.

Players can make use of psycho-kinetic powers to lift and throw parts of the environment at enemies in addition to making melee attacks, and party members with their own special power can be called upon to contribute to attacks. There will be bonding opportunities with the party members as well. For environments, the game promises a “futuristic Japanese landscape that combines inspirations from classic anime and western science fiction”. Scarlet Nexus will be released on June 25 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, and PC.


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