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Developer: Capybara Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platform: Xbox One, other platforms to follow
Release Date: 2014
Justin says: Initially shown off at Microsoft's E3 event last year, Below is an adventure rogue-like from Capybara Games, the same folks behind Superbrothers: Sword and Sorcery EP. Visually striking perhaps doesn't even do Below justice. The game has a sharp aesthetic and some rather interesting use of scale to emphasis the size of everything around the relatively tiny player character. With another awesome score by Jim Guthrie and promised high difficulty curve and perma-death, Below should be on your radar if you're a fan of rogue-like or games like Dark Souls.
Developer: Silicon Studio & Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix& Nintendo
Release Date: February 7
Justin says: Perhaps with its lower barrier to entry, the 3DS has been seeing a lovely little resurgence into genres and niches that are going under represented. Bravely Default will be instantly familiar to fans of games like Final Fantasy V with turn-based combat and emphasis on the job system. One of its new mechanics over other similar titles are the Default and Brave commands. Brave allows you to expend multiple actions at once, but you won't be able to act again until you make up the deficit. Default stores up actions for later in the battle while also protecting you and learning to balance these two mechanics along with your expanding list of job skills and traits is important to success. The game is already out in other countries, and there is a demo available in the eShop, but the North American release is slated for early February.
Child of Light
Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platform: Wii U, PS4, PS3, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Release Date: 2014
Greg says: You wouldn't think that the writer of Assassin's Creed II and FarCry 3 would make a little girl's coming of age story with old school JRPG mechanics, but that's exactly what I got to play at Sony's big PS4 launch event last year. Child of Light is a delightful-looking game with time-based battle mechanics fans of Chrono Trigger might find familiar. The best part of Child of Light isn't all that, but that it's all written in rhyming couplets. An entire game scripted with poetic verse is just the kind of feat that gets my English degree flaring up and I'm excited to pick up Child of Light when it drops this Spring.
Developer: Gaslamp Games
Publisher: Gaslamp Games
Release Date: Spring 2014
Paul Says: Okay, so stay with me on this one - Clockwork Empires is a city-builder set in a Victorian Steampunk universe, where you're put in charge of creating colonies in distant lands and turning them into industrial powerhouses unfettered by the likes of "regulation" and "scientific ethics." Still with me? Okay, then you get to set about defending your fledging colonies from sky pirates, sinister cultists, malevolent eldritch entities from beyond space and time! What's not to like?