JRPG Gamer's Guide: May 2014 Edition

By Andrew McDanell on May 4, 2014, 3:46PM EDT

The cute and crazy, the dark and deadly, and the returning legend. No it's not the return of Chucky, but rather another edition of the JRPG Gamer's Guide. In this edition we look at three very niche titles that are sure to either grab you, or leave you puzzled. But first, let us dive into the big announcements for the last month.

Quite a few titles were announced to be localized in the JRPG genre. This includes the much anticipated Tales of Hearts R title that hit Japan last March on the PS Vita. It's due to arrive in Winter 2014 for North America and Europe and acts as a remastered version of the Nintendo DS version with improved visuals and gameplay.

For fans of Valkyria Chronicles, the similar styled Natural Doctrine, which was released in Japan this April, has also seen some promise. NIS America has slated a western release for Fall of 2014 for PS Vita, PS3, and PS4. While it didn't do all that well in Japan, there still seems to be a huge fanbase behind its localization.

However those two titles are quite a ways away. Let's take a look at what's in store for your wallets in the month of May.

Drakengard 3
From the creators of the original Drakengard and Nier comes the much anticipated prequel to the PS2 series of Drakengard. A fast-paced hack n slash title that will have you mowing through waves of enemies, Drakengard 3 gives players control over Zero. She has been deemed as a traitor by the powerful Intoners as she seeks to destroy all those who are affected by the powers of the evil flower.

Zero yields a variety of weapons that can be changed on the fly to manipulate play styles. Also while building combos she can fill a meter that will unleash her deadly Intoner mode and grant her a temporary boost in power and give her the edge in combat. Expect Drakengard 3 to hit store shelves on May 20th in North America and May 21st in Europe exclusive to the PS3.

Mugen Souls Z
Compile Hearts is back again with yet another installment of the Mugen Souls universe. Taking their whacky world and upgrading it with a new story, you play as an ultimate god seeking to recombine the power of the twelve gods, only to confront Chou-Chou who happens to be the super powerful undisputed god. Are we gathering all of this?

Mugen Souls Z will allow you to fully explore the vast 3D environment, capture enemies by exposing their fetishes and even build your own allies from tons of customizable appearances. It's a bullet list of thousands of features to check out. Dive in when Mugen Souls Z hits PS3 on May 20th in North America and May 23rd in Europe.

Mind Zero
The folks at Acquire have joined together with the Class of Heroes developer ZeroDiv to bring another take on the dungeon crawling JRPG world. Taking notes from the successful Persona franchise, many of its elements may be a bit familiar to fans. You play as a high school student named Kei who ends up forming a contract with a being called MIND, a powerful being with deadly powers. Together with friends, Kei will uncover the secrets behind the MIND while being trailed by the government and other forces.

Gameplay jumps from first person to third person during battles as you receive and dish out attacks, relying on the powers that come with each unique MIND that you have at your disposal. You can also Charge, which increases your MP regeneration, or Burst, which speeds up your action time. Mind Zero is exclusive to the PS Vita and due to release in North America on May 27th as well as May 28th in Europe.

This concludes the May edition of the JRPG Gamer's Guide. While not as packed as previous months, there's still a bit to be had here. If you plan on diving into any of these titles, be sure to leave us a comment below. Also be sure to stay tuned to Gaming Union for updates on these titles as well as reviews!

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