Porting classic games has become something of an epidemic during this console generation. What’s worse is that, more often than not, these ports act as a reminder of just how far graphics in video games have come across the years. Rare exceptions to this rule do occur and when treated with the proper care, some games shine on the newer platforms. If I hadn’t played it back on PS2, and you told me that Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir was a brand new game I would likely believe you. The upgrades they’ve made to this classic action RPG were smart and the gorgeous graphics, a trademark of Vanillaware, looks as good today as they did back in 2007.
It seems as though no genre of game is too sacred for the investigation team of Persona 4 to break into. As the series has become more popular, they’ve broken out of the RPG mold to include a couple fighting games and even their own anime. The latest adventure, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, as you may have gathered, is a rhythm game focused around the likable group of teenagers from the aforementioned RPG. Regardless of the change in genre, Atlus is certainly treating Dancing All Night as a canon entry in the Persona 4 universe with its own expansive story mode and all the characters you’d expect to see from the original game.
In spite of what others might tell you, the real use of graph paper has always been scrawling out maps of dungeons for a plucky group of explorers to investigate. Since its inception in 2007, the Etrian Odyssey series has drawn upon this concept. Tasking players with not only traversing a mysterious labyrinth, but also drawing the map from scratch as they go. After a series of games in the series, Atlas has started releasing remakes of the original titles with one major addition: an official story mode. Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight is the second of these remakes and adds some great new features to an already fun game.