By Phil Schipper / March 18th, 2013
The 7th Dragon series, Imageepoch’s Japan-only RPG’s for PSP, 7th Dragon 2020, is about to see a third game: 7th Dragon 2020-II. It takes place a year after after the events of 7th Dragon 2020, and features new classes and voicing options. 2020 shifted the series from the fantasy world of Eden to the future of Tokyo, and in its sequel the menace of dragons will return.
It will also see the return of Hatsune Miku as a character–this time with the option to have her contribute to the background music. Her rendition of the game’s main theme plays in our first trailer, which gives us an overview of the game.
Next, let’s look at the new classes that have been revealed so far. First we have the Samurai class, which uses a brand of swordplay that’s probably familiar to most of us. Their highest level attack, or “Exhaust” skill, is a giant energy wave that cuts through all enemies.
Second, let’s go back to that class that was teased in the main trailer: the Idol class. These singers can buff party members and shoot sound waves at enemies from special megaphones. A team of Idols can use a surround sound attack. Their Exhaust skill is… a Tokyo dance party. Seriously.
Class #3: the Trickster. These lightning-fast illusionists like to attack enemies from all angles with knives, swords or guns. Unfortunately, the video doesn’t show their Exhaust ability, but they still look fantastic.
The fourth class-centered video we’ll see is the Hacker, which uses computers to augment their basic abilities. They can simply shock enemies with wires, or summon electronic projectiles. Their Exhaust skill calls on a satellite cannon to strike enemies.
The final video simply shows us the game’s character creator. Once you’ve chosen one of the game’s several templates, you’ll pick your character’s class, basic color scheme, voice (from 40 choices!), and name. It looks like a nice compromise between between the extensive, time-consuming creation of some modern RPG’s and characters that are laid out for you. Being able to do this quickly helps especially because your whole party will be made up of these characters.
You can visit the game’s site for screenshots and more about the different appearance options in the game.
Japan will be getting 7th Dragon 2020-II on April 18th, along with the Hatsune Miku soundtrack. I’m jealous. Are you?
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