It's no secret that Level-5 prides itself on good game design. While keeping the classic adventure game alive with the Professor Layton series and bringing epic roleplaying to home consoles with White Knight Chronicles, Level-5 has also started a unique 3DS project bringing four famous names together to work on individual projects.
The compilation is titled GUILD 01, and features the following games:
Suda 51 (killer7, No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned) will helm Maiden Liberation (pictured), a fast-paced shooter where the President of Japan is a high school girl who pilots a mecha, with special animation segments by Studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist). This reminds me of Metal Wolf Chaos, only with all gekiga-feeling American manliness replaced with a curvy schoolgirl. Thanks, Suda, for picking up where Dead or Alive's Itagaki left off.
Comedian Yoshiyuki Hirai brings us Rental Weapon Shop de Omasse, where you run an RPG weapons shop, creating weapons with a burly blacksmith and renting them out to a cast of hapless adventurers who might conveniently lose weapons you've put your heart and soul into. Suddenly, I am overwhelmed with flashbacks from working at not one, but three video rental stores. I think I'm going to be really, really good at this game.
Yoot Saito (Project Seaman, Odama) is known for making incredibly weird games that are unexpectedly fun--who else can re-imagine Sengoku warfare as "tactical pinball" and make it work? I assume the same will apply to Air Porter, a multi-level sim where you work in an airport, handling luggage and eventually expanding the airport. Cue Tom Hanks living in your airport, or Bruce Willis blowing it up.
Yasumi Matsuno (Tactics Ogre, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII) makes his Level-5 debut with Crimson Shroud, a game he describes as a "tabletop RPG" with a "dark fantasy setting." Okay, I'm sold already on the tabletop RPG idea, even without any gameplay being shown yet. Piquing my interest even more is the fact that it reunites Matsuno with FFXII and Final Fantasy Tactics' composer Hitoshi Sakamoto.
So what do you think? Just like with the DS, developers are warming up to the 3DS after a shaky start, and look to be delivering original, fun experiences on a handheld. Personally, as long as Matsuno's developing more RPGs, I'm fine. What about you?