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Final Boss Fight Comes First In JRPG ‘The Longest Five Minutes’

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Video games typically progress in intensity, leaving the boss at the end for the final fight. For The Longest Five Minutes, however, it's the reverse.

Published by NIS America, The Longest Five Minutes flips the usual flow of a role-playing game on its head and starts its story with the final boss staring down the game's hero, who for some reason has forgotten everything, including what he's doing in a fight in the first place.

It's literally a mind trip, as players go on an adventure inside the hero's mind to relive the journey he's taken so far and to piece together his memories while duking it out with the final boss.

Due for a release in 2017, The Longest Five Minutes is set to come out for the PlayStation Vita and PC.

Watch the game's trailer below!

Although a different take, The Longest Five Minutes isn't NIS America's first tango with a story line that pits the hero against the big bad boss right off the bat. According to some, the game is reminiscent of Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman, where the silent Main Character is forced to face the villain Darkdeath Evilman as the duties of the Absolute Victory Unlosing Ranger were passed to him.

Z.H.P. Unlosing Ranger VS Darkdeath Evilman was released in 2010 for the PlayStation Portable.

Aside from The Longest Five Minutes, upcoming games from NIS America include Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors (PS Vita), PSYCHO-PASS: Mandatory Happiness (PS Vita, PlayStation 4 and PC), Touhou Genso Rondo: Bullet Ballet (PS4) and Yomawari: Night Alone (PS Vita and PC).

Currently, other PlayStation titles are available with up to 60 percent in discounts thanks to the PlayStation Store Summer Sale. Running from July 27 to Aug. 24, the sale will see games for the PS4, PlayStation 3 and PS Vita marked down to ridiculously low prices there's no reason not to get them.

Those interested in scoring new games for their library have to be mindful that not all titles will be available on discount for the duration of the sale. Additionally, not all titles may be available with reduced prices in all regions.

Some of the games available on discount via the PlayStation Store Summer Sale include:

- Assassin's Creed Syndicate Gold Edition
- WWE 2K16 Digital Deluxe Edition
- Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition
- Battleborn
- DOOM 3 BFG Edition
- God of War: Ascension Ultimate Edition
- Red Dead Redemption
- Star Wars Battlefront
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Telltale Games Collection

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