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Releases that will make you re-think your gameplay

by Brian Ashcraft

Here comes a devlish re-release

Hack-and-slash game “Devil May Cry 4” is getting a spiffed-up re-release. Originally for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, this special-edition version is headed for Xbox One, PS4, and once again, PC. This time, however, the game packs a whole host of new features.

There are new playable characters, such as a demon hunter known as Lady, new costumes for heroes Nero and Dante, and the return of “Devil May Cry 3” antagonist Vergil, who also gets fancy, new threads.

Other features include a newly recorded Japanese-language track (the English track is the same), a Turbo Mode that increases gameplay speed by 1.2 times, an auto-save so you don’t have to manually save gameplay progress, and a Legendary Dark Knight Mode, which ramps up the number of enemies and was previously found only on the PC release.

“Devil may Cry 4: Special Edition” is ¥4,490. Internationally, the game is only getting a digital release, but in Japan there’s a package version.

www.capcom.co.jp/devil4se

Dance the night away

Are you ready to dance? All night? Game developer Atlus is bringing its characters from the popular role-playing game “Persona 4” to a rhythm game. It calls it a “mind-blowing Persona sound action experience.” Gamers call it pretty cool.

In “Persona 4: Dancing All Night,” members of a J-pop group have vanished and protagonist Yu Narukami starts investigating to rescue them. Combat takes place in a mysterious realm known as the Midnight Stage, where battles are fought with dances.

The game features more than 30 tracks, including new music, old favorites and remixes from the “Persona 4” series.

To mark the game’s release, Sony is also releasing a special PS Vita with a white face and a yellow back that features “Persona 4” character Teddy getting down.

“Persona 4: Dancing All Night” is ¥6,980, and the PS Vita is priced at ¥28,980.

p-atlus.jp/p4dj

What if you buy this game?

The “Fire Emblem” series returns to the Nintendo 3DS, and it’s bringing an array of versions from which to pick from.

Set in a nation with two warring kingdoms, the keyword in Japan for this latest “Fire Emblem” is “if” — meaning “what if,” as in choice or possibility. Your first choice is between two boxed versions of the game: “Fire Emblem if: White Night Kingdom” (Titled “Birthright” in English version) and “Fire Emblem if: Dark Night Kingdom” (“Conquest”), each offering a different story line and side of the conflict. Or, you can go for the download version, which allows you to pick your side during a major plot point of your game’s campaign.

If you want to experience both stories, after the game’s release you can buy downloadable content that offers another way for gamers to play — and shop. Then, there’s a third campaign that can be downloaded for both versions. Finally, there is a special edition that comes with both the light and the dark kingdoms, the third campaign and other goodies, including an art book.

All these options might sound confusing, but they offer players the chance to experience Fire Emblem to whatever degree they want. Dip into it, or go all the way.

Both “Fire Emblem if: White Night Kingdom” and “Fire Emblem if: Dark Knight Kingdom” are ¥4,700 and the third scenario downloadable content is ¥2,000. The Special Edition, which has the art book, extra downloadable content and two limited-edition collectable cards is ¥9,250.

www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/bfwjv
Brian Ashcraft is a senior contributing editor at gaming website Kotaku.com.