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Scheduled release date:
May 27, 2014
Aksys Games
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Release Date:
May 27, 2014

If you’re looking for a unique take on dungeon-crawling and you own a PlayStation Vita, you might want to consider purchasing Mind Zero later next month. A first-person action/RPG where you fight with your MINDs (in Japanese, it’s “Mental Inside Nobody Dolls”) and party members, the gameplay features a mix of strategy and flashy, crowd-pleasing action. It’s the kind of game that can really soak up a lot of hours, so make sure you’ve got a big chunk of spare time on your hands.

You play as Kei, a high school student whose life changes forever when he forms a strange partnership with a MIND, a mystical being with extremely dangerous powers. Kei has no idea why he has contracted this MIND, but he’ll have to figure it out before the government (and other enemies) track him down. You will have the option of utilizing your helpful partner in battle; you can always choose to fight alone or with your allies. You can attack, defend, charge, burst, or use items. Charge is basically like Defend, but your MP gauge fills faster; as for Burst, that’s sorta like Haste, as your turn will come about faster as the battle progresses.

MINDs can also attack, burst, or utilize a set of special skills. Once the player advances, he’ll learn more skills with which to equip the MIND. You’ll always have to keep an eye on your MP, though, because if it drains to nothing, your MIND will retreat, leaving you to fight without its assistance. For comparison purposes, this mechanic will remind role-playing fans of the acclaimed Persona franchise and to some extent, the Summons in Final Fantasy . For instance, remember when the Aeons came to fight alongside Yuna in FFX? Think of a more complex version of that system.