Gaming Bits: Star Ocean, a flight simulator on mobile, and more

Gaming Bits: Star Ocean, a flight simulator on mobile, and more


In an effort to keep on a roll, here’s more miscellany from my inbox:

What a name

Square Enix has been livestreaming lots of footage and information about its upcoming JRPG, “Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness,” on its YouTube channel.

“Star Log #3” is the latest to hit, and if you watch, I suggest you skip past the first seven and a half minutes as it’s just a still frame and some orchestral music.

Once you get past the overlong musical intro, it includes two talking heads, a gameplay trailer, and a discussion about the game’s item creation and “private action” systems.

If you don’t want to watch, “Star Ocean” includes fairly substantial crafting and skill systems, where you’ll spend a lot of time simply hunting for resources.

The PlayStation 4 game, rated T for teen, will be released June 28 and retails for $59.99. A collector’s edition will be available exclusively from Square Enix’s online store for $109.99, but if you’re the type of person to blow $110 for “Star Ocean,” you probably know all this already.

Two worlds collide

Speaking of Square Enix, they’ve teamed up with developers from Level-5 to incorporate characters from “Yo-Kai Watch” (a series of games that sparked a cartoon) into its MMORPG “Final Fantasy XIV.”

According to the developers, “The time-limited event will launch this summer and feature a total of 13 different Yo-kai from ‘Yo-Kai Watch,’ including Jibanyan and Whisper. Players will be able to earn special quest rewards, such as original Yo-Kai themed weapons, mounts, and minions.”

Japan gets a little bit extra: Final Fantasy characters will appear in the next Yo-Kai 3DS game over there.

Zombies, zombies, zombies

A popular PC-Steam survival horror/tower defense/first-person shooter/crafting game, “7 Days to Die,” is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on June 28, priced at around $29.99.

The premise is simple: In between waves of zombies every seven days, you gather resources — including food and water — and build a defensive structure; then, when the blood moon rises and the dead walk, you try to survive.

It’s being released by Telltale Publishing, which has done the extremely popular and noteworthy “The Walking Dead” games, so if you preorder, you get access to five character skins from that series, including Michonne and Lee Everett.

The console version adds split-screen local multiplayer, in addition to other new multiplayer modes.

On the Marrakesh express

“Hitman Episode 3: Marrakesh” will be released May 31.

I could tell you more, but ehh, it's Hitman. If you care about the series, you already know it involves trying to assassinate targets in creative ways, by disguising yourself, etc., and this one will be set in Marrakesh.

Honestly, I just wanted an excuse to write the header.

Fly the mobile skies

A flight simulator, “Take Off - The Flight Simulator,” will be released on iOS and Android on June 9.

Players get to play inside 14 “realistically recreated” airplanes and fly from 21 big city airports.

The game begins in “free-flight mode” around an open-world version of Hawaii, and the experience is focused around completing missions in order to unlock new stuff.

Personally, I’m not sure how complex a smartphone flight simulator is going to get, but I guess we’ll see.

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