[Games Around the Corner] Week 26, 2021 – Doki Doki Again
This week seems to be full of blasts from the pasts, with a tactical RPG series getting its first game in six years, two 16-bit games from the 90s getting a modern release, and a popular visual novel from a few years back getting a new release with new features. Read on to find out what they are:
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny
The first Disgaea game in six years and the first to feature 3D graphics, tactical RPG Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny sees a Netherworld zombie called Zed using his Super Reincarnation ability to deal with a God of Destruction who threatens the lives of Zed and his sister Bieko. With Super Reincarnation, Zed can revive after defeat at Level 1 with his strength carried over and receive Karma, which can be used to improve stats and skills.
The game will also sport various other gameplay features such as series staples lift, specials, character creation, and team attacks. There will also be a shortcut function, Specials and Evilities, a Skill Shop, and the returning Dark Assembly and Item World, which allow for bill proposals in a demon senate and floor-clearing to increase item levels respectively.
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny will be released on June 29 for Switch.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol
90s LucasArts games Zombies Ate My Neighbors and its sequel Ghoul Patrol are making a return. This time, the 16-bit games will have a save feature, museum features including a developer video interview and galleries of game art and unreleased concept images, two-player local co-op, and achievements.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors follows teens Zeke and Julie as they face off against creatures ranging from zombies, mummies, and vampires to Chainsaw Maniacs, Evil Dolls, Lizard Men, and more. Players can use weapons like “uzi squirt guns, exploding soda pop, bazookas, weed wackers and ancient artifacts”, as well as various power ups. There are 55 levels including a grocery store, a shopping mall, and a mysterious island.
Meanwhile, Ghoul Patrol sees Zeke and Julie trying to stop a spirit that they accidentally unleashed from rewriting history with his minions. The duo can use weapons like “crossbows, ping-pong ball machine guns, Martian ‘Heatseeker’ guns, and more” against enemies that include “garbage can ghosts”, “ninja spirits”, and “adolescent-eating plants”.
Zombies Ate My Neighbors and Ghoul Patrol will be released on June 29 for Switch, PS 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Doki Doki Literature Club Plus!
The popular 2017 dating sim and psychological horror visual novel Doki Doki Literature Club returns with a new release that adds a bunch of new content. Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! adds six Side Stories “about friendship and literature”, over 100 unlockable images, 13 new music tracks, a built-in music player, optional content warnings, and an entirely Full HD artwork. There are also hints of more surprising types of new content, with a Steam announcement mentioning that Plus! will have “some things that you'll want to discover for yourself when you play the game”, although the main game will still be “true to the original”.
The game will be released on June 30 for Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.