Meet the Team 2

Hey, guys!

We’re back with another meet the team article, where we talk a bit about what we do here, and then what our favorite Degica Game is. Last time, Nick (hey, that’s me!) discussed Pharaoh Rebirth+, and Mark talked a bit about OneShot.

This week, we have two more Degica Games staff ready to talk about their favorites.

So let’s get going!

James

Greetings from Tokyo, Japan. My name is James Wragg, and I work in Degica’s game publishing division.

My job involves all the scheduling, budgeting, bug-chasing, localising fun you don’t want to hear about, and all the unannounced titles you do. Which leaves little to say, so on to my favourite Degica game.

No surprises, it’s a shooting game, which is not an easy pick given our catalog: Castle of Shikigami coming up, DariusBurst CS and it’s glorious tunes and crossover DLC, the Cave titles, RefRain, the evergreen Judgement Silversword, and the fun-packed Rival Megagun. So which one?

Shmups Skill Test is one of the first games I launched when I joined Degica, so that’s one feather in its cap, but more importantly, it’s a title that encompasses everything I love about games.

Look, any time you let me remind everyone that Empty Cans Go In The Trash!, I will -Nick

Look, any time you let me remind everyone that Empty Cans Go In the Trash, I will -Nick

In a nutshell, it’s the Wario Ware of shooting games: a mixture of short, sharp and varied mini games, mixing various skills that any shooting player will find handy.And similar to its Nintendo-born brother it’s a lot of fun too; poking fun at the shooting genre with references and parodies, all wrapped up in a frantic, timed measurement of your shooting prowess. A complete game can be as quick as a few minutes but rarely lasts longer than five meaning it’s perfect for a brief blast or a prolonged hi-score-hunt.

And similar to its Nintendo-born brother it’s a lot of fun too; poking fun at the shooting genre with references and parodies, all wrapped up in a frantic, timed measurement of your shooting prowess. A complete game can be as quick as a few minutes but rarely lasts longer than five meaning it’s perfect for a brief blast or a prolonged hi-score-hunt.

Look at all those minigames!

Look at all those minigames!

What’s your shmups age?

Ethron

My name is Ethron Young and I create the trailers for Degica Games. As a motion designer, I must employ several creative disciplines including video production & 3d animation. Collaborating with fantastic team members and being a part of something amazing drives me to create something relevant and truly special for each and every title.

Being a traditional turn-based RPG fan, my favorite Degica game is Echoes of Aetheria.

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There is just something special about joining an entourage of characters to go off and save the world. Many aspects of this game remind me of the days of SNES and PS1 RPGs, complete with airships, dungeons, and even political corruption. The best part for me is always diving into characters and plot to reveal deeper layers of story.

But even with a great story, the battle system in an RPG can make or break the game and with Echoes of Aetheria, it definitely makes it. Too many games, even big budget titles, have suffered from slow, grinding battles.

This is not the case here. The fast-paced battle system employs a combination of Grandia and Suikoden type mechanics that feels refreshingly familiar, and yet takes it a little further for a beautiful polish.

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Combine that with a high-quality orchestral style soundtrack and character-driven narrative, and you have something profoundly worth experiencing. So pick Echoes of Aetheria up and experience it today!

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