Currently on tap for release in North America on December 10th and December 17th respectively, Atlus is set to have both PlayStation and PlayStation 2 gamers covered come Christmas with Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth and Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land. Each game will retail for $49.99, a decent price for a game or a signed, stretched in the chest Hoshigami T-shirt, if you're into that kind of thing.
The PlayStation strategy RPG Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth drops players into a rich fantasy setting where they assume the role of Fazz, a young warrior caught up in a struggle for his homeland, Mardias, which has been beset by an evil plot. Developed by MaxFive, Hoshigami has drawn many comparisons to Final Fantasy Tactics, another highly acclaimed tactical RPG, for their like battle systems, among other similarities. Take a peek at our collection of 51 new English screen shots from the game here, as well as our updated artwork gallery here.
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land, Atlus' other title scheduled for release before the end of the year, will be their second PlayStation 2 game to hit US shores, following the release of Tsugunai: Atonement at the end of last month. Based on the classic PC PRG series, Wizardry will bring the familiar dungeon crawl gameplay style of its PC predecessors to the console world, but is also set to add a number of new play mechanics, like the unique Thrust System, in which special group attacks can be performed with a marked impact on party unity. Also carrying over from its PC RPG roots is Wizardry's high level of customization - the game features 5 races, 8 classes, and over a hundred weapons and items to uncover. In addition, while the fantasy-styled setting should be familiar to longtime Wizardry and dungeon crawl fans, the game's art has an undeniable Japanese flair to it, breathing new life into the well established series. Browse through our 4 galleries of English screen shots here, then head over to the packaging gallery for both Japanese and US box art.