Friday, June 3, 2016

#TeamHandheld Report - 06/03/2016

Since this week's #TeamHandheld Report was going to be light on Now Playing content, I've opted to highlight some of the upcoming handheld games I'm most excited to play instead. Please enjoy.

Future Playing Top 10

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (Vita)

The more I think back on the first Cold Steel, the more excited I get about playing Trails of Cold Steel II. The characters were great, and after spending a whole game building things up, it is really exciting to see how a full game will be with everything already in place. It worked really well with Trails in the Sky SC, so I have high hopes for this.

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (3DS)

I played a little bit of Dragon Warrior VII on PS1 back in the day, but I wasn't too impressed. The fact that this version fixes a lot of the problems with the original release and my new love for the Dragon Quest series has me ready to check this one out. I hope we get a date soon, like maybe during its showing on Day 2 of Treehouse Live at E3.

Cosmic Star Heroine (Vita)

A classic style, turn-based RPG from a proven indie RPG developer? It's really hard not to get excited by a game that strikes those nostalgic cords, yet has all of the modern improvements you'd want. It doesn't hurt that I'm a sucker for a spy story and a cool female lead, of which Cosmic Star Heroine has both. Gameplay has been solid in Zeboyd's other titles, so I'm not worried about that. I'm curious how the story holds up.

Zero Time Dilemma (Vita)

I really dug the story of 999, but was bothered by a lot of the gameplay elements. When playing Virtue's Last Reward, I felt like the balance was much better as there were lots of improvements to the gameplay. That said, I only really wanted the mind screw story, so if Zero Time Dilemma heads more in that direction, I'll be totally fine with that.

Shakedown Hawaii (Vita)

Retro City Rampage DX was a pretty sweet little action game. All of the puns, parodies, and tropes were well-placed and made the game entertaining. Shakedown Hawaii looks to be like a more polished, deeper version of that. Just give me some free roaming goodness, and I'll be happy. Classic arcade action is always fun when done well.

YIIK (Vita)

I've been interested in YIIK's fun quirky style for quite some time now. I know it's not going to hit Vita at launch, but I hope it doesn't take too long to do so. Fun, unique RPGs like this are just perfect for handhelds. It should be fun to see how this one plays out, as it's tough to get a good idea of everything the game has to offer just from screenshots and trailers.

Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics (Vita)

While I try to enjoy roguelikes, as they seem fun in concept, it takes something special to really get me into them. Something like Etrian Mystery Dungeon was a blast, it just went on a little too long. Mystery Chronicle looks fun because it takes the roguelike style and puts it into a game where the screen scrolls to the side, so you have to keep from being pushed to your death. There are also Danganronpa characters in this version, so that's a plus for me.

Grand Kingdom (Vita)

Grand Kingdom wasn't even on my radar, but when the beta hit on PS4 I decided to give it a shot. It turned out to be a very addictive game that I could see myself playing a lot of on Vita. It combines party-based battles with positioning strategy in a way that's not really been done before. Since full rounds seem to take a while to finish, I think this would work much better for me on a handheld. I'm looking forward to checking out the LiteDemo soon.

Dragon Quest Builders (Vita)

Yeah, I'm a Dragon Quest fan and make no excuses for it. That said, Dragon Quest Builders isn't your typical DQ game like the others I've listed here. Combining story, action gameplay, and world building gives this game a creative twist that I've not really seen of the series since Rocket Slime. I'm not really a Minecraft guy, but it seems as if Builders offers more than just open world crafting and building, so that makes all the difference to me.

The Banner Saga (Vita)

I tried to avoid listing games that were already available on other consoles, but The Banner Saga is the one game that busted through that restriction into my top 10. That's because this game has been hyped up so much by people I trust, but I've just not had a chance to get around to it yet. Now that Sony's Third Party Production team has stepped in to help create the Vita version, I figured why not wait for that? Hopefully we're know more soon about a release date.

Honorable Mentions

World of Final Fantasy (Vita)

One of the only reasons this game isn't higher on the list is that fact that it still seems to far away. Famitsu screens just aren't enough, so I hope to see more on this soon. It looks super cute, so I'm down with that. Give me some solid details, please.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS)

While I'm super excited for this one, I have played it before. I didn't really get Dragon Quest back then, so this replay will be with a different appreciation. I love the characters and can't wait to have Jessica and Yangus back in my hands.

Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate (Vita)

I've always had a love-hate relationship with roguelikes. I really love to play them, but I never really do well enough to get very far. That said, I'm always willing to try a new one and this looks fun. Shiren is the master after all.

Moon Hunters (Vita)

Moon Hunters has been looking sweet for a while now, but we don't have a date on the Vita version yet despite it hitting PS4 soon. Let's hope it holds up doing well on Vita, especially with its multiplayer focus.

Romancing SaGa 2 (Vita)

Even though the only confirmation of this coming out in English is a single tweet asking for patience, just the fact that Square Enix might be considering bringing some of the Vita/mobile games like this to Vita here makes me happy. Fingers crossed we get this and other stuff like Adventures of Mana.

Upcoming Games

One Piece: Burning Blood (Vita)

I'm not familiar with One Piece at all, but I'll gladly give you a breakdown of how the game plays.

SteamWorld Heist (Vita)

This should be on my Vita soon, so I can't wait.

Paranautical Activity (Vita)

I've played a bit of this, but want to give it more time before talking about it. Not super exciting so far.

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