Warning: This is going to be one of those posts where I positively gush enthusiasm for a game that I have never played. I’m sorry, but I get excited.
I like to peruse the weekly list of game releases for both Sony and Nintendo, mining for hidden gems. If anything grabs my interest, I poke around online. If I am still interested after said poking, I bring the goods to GamingNexus in an attempt to spread the word.
This week, the game that caught my attention was Defender’s Quest: Valley of the Forgotten DX, which will be releasing on PS Vita on May 24. As a Vita fan, just the simple fact that this game is releasing on Sony’s red-headed-step-handheld brought me in for a closer look, and then I saw this blurb:
“Defender’s Quest is a tower defense/RPG hybrid that focuses on tactical depth, customization, and story. The battle system builds off of tower defense, with individual characters taking the place of towers. Each character levels-up, learns skills, and equips gear individually, allowing the player to customize their battle experience and strategy.”
That all sounded interesting, so I hopped on the old Google, and quickly found the game’s Steam page, where Defender's Quest has an “Overwhelmingly Positive” review history, and Metacritic, where the 2012 PC version only got two reviews, but they are both very positive (9.0 from RPG Gamer and 8.5 from Destructoid). Then I saw that a PS4 version released just this year, and it has a rock-solid 8.0 with consistent reviews across four outlets.
All of this seemed promising, but then I watched this video:
I’m totally going to play this game. How could I not? Any game that has a surprising video that makes me laugh out loud promoting it has my instant and undying love. It is almost like they made it just for me. It was the "crap sandwich" joke that put me over the top, but the whole mood of the thing sold me completely.
No word yet on pricing for the Vita version, but the PS4 version is available here for $14.99.