Beyond the Labyrinth looks ace

One of the main grumbles about the 3DS is lack of software with more promises of future releases than actual dates and with the launch games predominately being revamps of old titles, consumers have been reluctant to upgrade of buy the system in the numbers Nintendo had hoped for. Along comes Tri-Ace, the team behind Resonance of Fate and Star Ocean, with Beyond the Labyrinth and jaws are pleasingly dropped at the first screenshots (via Siliconera).

The game may still lack a release date and for that matter any real detail but from the look of it, Beyond the Labyrinth is at least making good use of the 3DS’s processing power. Famitsu bagged eight screens in total (see them all here) and state the game is a dungeon RPG featuring a talkative female who may or may not be the lead but is clearly important since she’s the first character shown. It probably goes without saying the look of Beyond the Labyrinth is reminiscent of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus which is another exciting prospect.

But other than the handful of screenshots and it being called a dungeon RPG, very little else is known. Though Tri-Ace do like to experiment with combat mechanics, opting to not always stick to the regimented ideas of JRPGs. It’s possible Beyond the Labyrinth will continue this tradition but it’s just as possible that there could be no fighting whatsoever but instead an emphasis on exploration and puzzle solving. Either way it’s worth keeping an eye on this game’s development for the art-style alone if not anything else.


3D Dot Game Heroes lengthening video

The term ‘size isn’t everything’ is a mantra for those who feel embarrassed by the length of their swords. Much like our little hero from PS3 exclusive 3D Dot Game Heroes by RPG veterans Atlus. He felt rather self conscious about his weapon but a visit to the Blacksmith gave him the length and girth so sorely needed for wasting enemies. It’s all captured in the video after the break as well as the charm and wit of this nostalgia-fuelled adventure. I wonder if the ‘Darksiders is/vs Zeldadebate will cross over to 3D Dot Game Heroes since it too shares some similarities (and pays homage to Link’s first quest). I’d like to see it get judged on its own merits – like the humour and fully customisable character and weapons, one of the benefits of a world created purely by blocks!

3D Dot Game Heroes will be available May 11th in the US and has an estimated May 14th European release date.

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