The Longest 5 Minutes is one of those throwback JRPGs in that it looks like an 8-bit classic and makes fun of a lot of tropes from that age. However, it doesn’t play at all like one. I’m getting a real Half-Minute Hero vibe here, and those who have played that mini-masterpiece know that’s never a bad vibe to feel.
This slick Syupro-DX game has been picked up by NipponIchi for distribution in North America, and it will be bringing it to the PS Vita and PC in early 2017. The game launched for the Vita in Japan just yesterday.
Originally developed by Nippon Ichi Software and Syupro-DX and releasing today for the PS Vita in Japan, The Longest Five Minutes will take you inside the mind of a hero during his final encounter with an epic and evil Overlord. As the story unfolds, the conversations you have with your party and the Overlord will unlock memories of the hero’s journey. Each memory plays out in classic 8-bit RPG style, and the outcome of those memories affect your party in their final battle.
Our hero faces the origin of all evil, the Overlord himself, but suddenly loses all memories of his adventure.
His finishing moves, the name of his hometown, and even the reason he’s trying to defeat the Overlord in the first place, all gone. Our hero feels as though he’s letting his allies down…
In the midst of battle, his allies’ words and the Overlord’s taunting triggers flashbacks, bringing his memories back piece by piece. Our hero tries to regain his priceless memories before it’s too late, but the Overlord stands before him, his power unyielding!
Again, The Longest 5 Minutes will be released on PS Vita and PC through Steam in early 2017. In spite of its title though, I doubt it will be able to live up to the previous standard for “the longest five minutes”