Every time a gaming occasion like Gamescom rolls round, I wait with bated breath for an motion role-playing sport with fashionable fight, trendy characters, and a litany of anime motion sequences to make my head explode in pleasure. And Gamescom, like Prometheus descending Mount Olympus, delivered simply such a sport unto me, with a trailer for a brand new upcoming open-world RPG that left me thrilled. The one downside is that I can’t inform that sport other than a conceptually related city RPG from Genshin Impression developer Hoyoverse to save lots of my life.
The nearly equivalent video video games in query are NetEase Video games and Bare Rain’s just lately introduced free-to-play open-world RPG, Venture Mugen, and Hoyoverse’s Zenless Zone Zero. Whereas Venture Mugen’s open-world setting units it other than ZZZ as evidenced by its characters swinging by means of cityscapes like Spider-Man and cruising (and Akira sliding) alongside streets like characters in Grand Theft Auto, I couldn’t assist questioning if the trailer I’d simply watched wasn’t me misclicking on a video for ZZZ. In my protection, the video games are awfully related.
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Venture Mugen is a free-to-play city open-world RPG the place you play as an Esper charged with investigating supernatural occurrences “that threaten the stability of this distinctive city paradise,” in accordance with Gematsu. Gamers should weed out the spooky specters in team-based fight with characters that fulfill practically each anime archetype you might consider. You’ve bought Dila, the sleepy-eyed mysterious lady, Bansy, the bubbly extrovert, and Mechanika, the tech skilled.
In distinction (?) to Venture Mugen, ZZZ has you play as a Proxy, a battle-hardened information that assists industrialists on expeditions to accumulate assets from Ethereals, dimension-hopping creatures that come from a rift known as Hallows. Very similar to how Venture Mugen has you tackle contracts to exterminate “the Chaos,” ZZZ has you tackle contracts to exterminate Ethereals. They’re like poetry as a result of they rhyme, you see. However wait, there’s extra! Even their respective web sites share related design components, from their Jet Set Radio-esque auto-playing music to their interactive character bio sliders and the best way they nestle their information and weblog posts on the backside of the web page. These video games couldn’t be extra related in the event that they tried.
Whereas I might very simply have a look at Venture Mugen and ZZZ’s similitudes uncharitably as a case of the previous aping the latter’s movement, I’m truly not that mad about their similarities as a result of every sport showcases sufficient distinctive wrinkles to their formulation that I’m equally excited to strive them each out every time they land launch dates.
On the one hand, ZZZ will permit me to play as an enormous freaking grizzly bear named Ben Larger, who sports activities a gold chain and totes round an enormous rocket launcher, as I string collectively sick combos with a debonair wolf boy named Von Lycaon. Alternatively, Venture Mugen will permit me to Naruto-run throughout the edges of skyscrapers and vault onto unsuspecting goons loitering on rooftops or sucker-punch a kaiju girl. On the finish of the day, who am I to pit two equally dressed unhealthy bitches in opposition to one another? My solely want is that, every time they each come out, their gacha mechanics are merciful to my pockets.