New This Week: 12th July 2010

Welcome to Platform Nation’s weekly feature where we inform you, the reader, on all the game releases you should be looking out for.

Each week as well as bringing you news about which games are due to hit the shelves in the seven days ahead, the Platform Nation writer will choose their pick of the week.

My pick for this week is:

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is the newest iteration in the Dragon Quest series and a first to make its debut exclusively on the DS. Developed by Level-5 and published by Nintendo, Dragon Quest IX hits store shelves this week.

My view: If you don’t know this already, I’m an avid player of JRPGs and I’m definitely no stranger to the Dragon Quest series. While the prior installment in the series, Dragon Quest VIII, was more story involved and had a large cast of preset characters to follow it, Dragon Quest IX goes back to its roots letting the player decide the look and class of the characters in the party. You have a wide variety of aesthetic customizations you can make to your player characters. You can also choose from 6 classes to play at the start of the game, the soldier, warrior, magic user, priest, thief, and minstrel. There’s also a new emphasis on multiplayer. The game has a co-op mode that goes up to 4 players locally. I haven’t had the chance to experience this mode at all yet so I’ll avoid commenting on it. As a hardcore role playing game nerd, I get really excited when I see games like Dragon Quest IX. I love going back to the super crazy grind-fest that is the Dragon Quest series. There’s something unexplainable about my love for the old high-fantasy role playing games. If you were really craving an classic-style Dragon Quest with over 100 hours of content you can sink your teeth into, then I gotta say, you’re going to have a good summer with Dragon Quest IX.

The full rundown. As well as my pick of the week the following games are due for release:

Xbox 360: NCAA Football 11, Little League World Series Baseball 2010, Deathspank

PS3: Little League World Series Baseball 2010, NCAA Football 11, Landit Bandit, Deathspank

Wii: Little League World Series: Double Play, The Bachelor

DS: Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, The Bachelor

PC: Disciples III: Renaissance, CosmicBreak

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