Scott Clay
Week in Review, 3/24/2018
Happy Ni no Kuni II Weekend
03.24.18 - 9:46 PM

One of the biggest RPGs of the year is available for everyone to enjoy this weekend. But while you're enjoying the colorful world of Ni no Kuni II, don't forget that there was a lot of RPG news this week, including stuff from the Game Developer Conference. This week we have news stories from Gino DiGioia, reviews from Caitlin Argyros and Rob Rogan, and a very special Random Encounter Episode where we say goodbye to a dear friend and colleague.

Review by Caitlin Argyros

It looks like we got our Ni no Kuni II review out just in time for you guys and gals that are still wondering whether to pick this one up. The first Ni no Kuni was a mixed bag, with its incredible visuals from Studio Ghibli and enjoyable story, but had its fair share of issues in the gameplay department. This time around it seems the sequel has addressed those concerns and wants to give players the entire package. Caitlin Argyros has your full review so definitely check it out.

Ni no Kuni II Screenshot

All good things must come to an end one day. It is the truth of all things, even if we wish that they would never end. This week we must say goodbye to our dear colleague Robert Steinman. Rob has been the host of Random Encounter since episode 1, and now 140 episodes later he will be leaving RPGFan. But endings don't need to be somber; they can be happy and joyful as well! So we wish you well, Rob, in all your future endeavors! So check out Rob's last hurrah on the microphone in our 140th episode of Random Encounter.

Review by Rob Rogan

So the remake of Secret of Mana is pretty rough. It has some good things going for it, but for the most part, it seemed to fall pretty flat, which is a hard pill to swallow since the original is a classic that many love. So many things could have been down so much better in this remake. Rob Rogan got down and dirty with it in his review, and gives you the complete lowdown on this remake of a beloved classic.

Secret of Mana Remake Screenshot

Story by Gino DiGioia

One of the top games on my most anticipated list has been Zanki Zero. Since they announced it last year, I couldn't help but be excited for what seems to be a cross between RPG dungeon crawler, survival mystery game, and visual novel. Knowing that it will be making its way over here to the west has got me pumped for it later this year. Oh, and they announced some other stuff too.

Zanki Zero Screenshot

Story by Gino DiGioia

Honestly, I can never get enough of the Yakuza series, so getting a remake of Yakuza 2 is fantastic, and it gets even better when it is coming to the west as well. I'll be honest, it's hard to play a PS2 game in this era. They are so blocky and low-res it almost boggles the mind at how we thought this stuff looked good back then, and this was only a few years ago. Sometimes I feel like the entire list of RPGs on the PS2 should get an HD remaster, but I'll settle for Yakuza 2, for now.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 Screenshot

And that's a wrap for this week. Be sure to check back on the front page for all your RPG news and reviews.