Review: Time and Eternity

Controversial game... but we loved it

Review: Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly

The greatest horror game ever hits the Wii

Review: Lollipop Chainsaw

Juliet's so hot right now

Review: Dragon's Dogma

There's not a spark of creativity in this wyrm

Review: Pandora's Tower

Tragic beauty

Monday, October 31, 2011

Review: Kirby Mass Attack (Nintendo DS)

I am sure Kirby Mass Attack is closer to a sequel to Yoshi’s Story on the N64 than a real Kirby game. It features many of similar elements – a somewhat nonlinear approach to levels, a similar preoccupation on chomping down fruits, and a similar ultra-cutesy visual style that has you in control of not one character, but a team of them.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Screens: FFXIII-2; join me in the drooling

We've got another massive bunch of Final Fantasy XIII-2 screens for you, and every time we see more about this game, our anticipation skyrockets.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Screens: Code of Princess; this princess is fine

Here's a game that we're hoping two things from: one, it actually gets a western release, because there can't be enough 3DS RPGs coming our way. The other is we hope the cute cosplayers out there take a liking to the character.

Screens: Heaps and heaps of Dragon Quest X screens

Yes, yes, opinions are divided over a MMO Dragon Quest game, but we're all for it. It looks awesome, and we reckon it will play awesome.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Digimon Masters, an MMO launches; in English, too!

Digimon's kind of popular. Not as much so as Pokemon, perhaps, but enough so that we reckon there are some very excited fans out there: Digimon Masters is now live!

Screens: Final Fantasy Type-0

We're going to have an import review for Square Enix's rather dark and violent PSP adventure Final Fantasy Type-0 shortly, but in the mean time, whet your appetite on these rather impressive screenshots.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Review: Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 (DS)

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 is, like its predecessors, headed straight to a future where it’s compared unfairly to Pokemon.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Review: Bleach: Soul Resurrection (PS3)

A manga about a boy with the powers of the reaper, defending humankind from evil spirits? Sounds just dandy as source material for a game. Which is precisely why Bleach deserves better than this game.

Japan sales figures; October 10-16

Nothing really has changed his week in terms of hardware sales. The Nintendo 3DS is holding steady at top, with about 50,000 units/ week. The PS3 and PSP together account for roughly as many sales, the Wii still putters along nicely with around 12,000 units.

Screens: Check out the ugly Cyclops of Dragon's Dogma

Dragon's Dogma is an ambitious project from Capcom, a big open-world adventure that looks stunning and has a range of classic mythological creates to fight.

Review: Sonic Adventure (PSN/XBLA)

Sonic’s first true 3D adventure makes its way to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but is it as impressive as it was in 1998? Short answer: no. It's a reminder that Sonic Team tarnished what could have been a more than solid game by cutting corners and neglecting to fix ever apparent issues. Surprisingly, it can still be thoroughly engaging entertainment despite this.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Using the 3DS' gyroscope to... good... purpose

If I Was In A Locked Room With A Girl (Onna no Ko to Misshitsu ni Itara Marumaru Shichau Kamo Shirenai), is as dirty as it sounds. As we wait for the 3DS sequel to the classy, intelligent Love Plus, developer Intense comes through for the less wholesome crowd.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Review: Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland (PS3)

Atelier Totori is a pretty clever little package. Developer, Gust, has managed to reuse so much of Atelier Rorona’s assets and gameplay that this game, the direct sequel is a double dip in the truest sense, and yet by the same token if this is your first Atelier game, it’s not going to confuse you.

PlayStation Vita's worldwide launch is almost simultaneous

Sony's made it official, the PlayStation Vita will launch in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, and Australia/ New Zealand on the 22nd and 23rd of February, 2012.

Screens: Devil May Cry HD, anyone?

Opinion's pretty divided on the Devil May Cry reboot that's coming up courtesy of developers, Ninja Theory (not sure why, Ninja Theory are great), but the HD remakes of the original three games should go down well.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BlazBlue gets special Manga Edition for Europe

Here's a nice little bonus for BlazBlue fans. On November 4, Arc System Works Europe is going to release a special Manga Edition of the game.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Screens: Ni No Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou [Wrath of the White Witch]

This is going to be the best damned game on the PS3. The Nintendo DS game was awesome, and with the lovely HD visuals that the PS3 can produce, Studio Ghibli's unique vision can really come to life.

Screens: Lord of Apocalypse

Lord of Apocalypse should be good. Square Enix's new action RPG is based on the arcade card battle game (in Japan) Lord Vermillion. The screenshots are doing a good job at selling the game to us.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Screens: Dynasty Warriors NEXT, the Vita launch title to look forward to

Tecmo Koei's first PlayStation Vita Warriors game, Dynasty Warriors NEXT, looks like it's throwing every trick the Vita is capable of at the book.

Japan sales figures; October 3-9

First, the hardware, where once again the 3DS has come out on top, by a significant margin:

Final Fantasy XIV Version 2 deserves a chance

As everyone knows, Final Fantasy XIV was a failure, so much so that Square Enix recognised that it was a failure and has done a massive overhaul of the game.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Screens: Can Sonic Generations cut it?

Let's face it, we long ago gave up on the quality of Sonic games, and yet by the same token every time we see new screenshots, we hope against hope.

Trailer: The new Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer is #winning

Chocobo racing, Moogles, towns to explore, the return of Lightning, Snow, Vanille and a powerful looking bad dude... XIII-2 is going to be spectacular.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Trailer: Daytona USA

Sega continues its strategy of releasing its old classics to PSN and XBLA is with its awesome Daytona USA, due for release on October 25 (PSN) and 26 (XBLA).

Valkyria Chronicles 3; bad news

If you don't speak Japanese, you're not going to be playing the third installment of Sega's popular RPG/ strategy hybrid; Valkyria Chronicles 3 will not see an English release.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Screens: Armored Core V

Dark Souls is great, but now it's time to ogle over From Software's other popular franchise, the mech battling Armored Core V.

Monday, October 10, 2011

How can Suda possibly top Lollypop Chainsaw?

Goichi Suda is batcrap insane. It works for him, he’s created some of the most memorable (though not necessarily the best) games we’ve seen over the past 10 years.

Review: Dark Souls (PS3/ Xbox 360)

Dark Souls is the game of the year. It’s an utterly brilliant RPG with a finely tuned difficulty curve, a massive, organic world and visceral combat.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Preview: RPG Maker gets an awesome new DS release (RPG Maker DS Plus: Create the new world)

The RPG Maker games on consoles haven't exactly had a great history when coming out West. America's had a couple on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, but it's unlikely anywhere English-speaking will get the 'sequel' to RPG Maker DS Plus: Create the new world.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sonic the Sketchhog races to the App Store

Many have accused Sonic the hedgehog of having sketchy games in the past, but such is literally the case with Sega’s latest release. Following the blue blur’s recent 20th anniversary, Sega has launched a new application, “Sonic the Hedgehog 20th Anniversary”. Despite its vague name, it includes a brand-new game developed exclusively for iOS called "Sonic the Sketchhog".

Friday, October 7, 2011

Trailer: Warriors Orochi 3 (Musou Orochi 2)

Tecmo Koei continues the stream of awesome Warriors Orochi 3 news with a spectacular trailer.

Screens: Nippon Ichi take a crack at the action RPG with The Witch and The Hundred Cavalrymen

One of the genres that the PS3 has struggled to provide gamers with is the dungeon-hack, top down RPGs. You know, like Diablo. There’s been Dungeon Hunter: Alliance, but that’s a PS3 game. Then there’s Dungeon Siege 3, but that failed to live up to expectations. Perhaps, then, Nippon Ichi can pull it off with The Witch and The Hundred Cavalrymen.

This week's Japan hardware and software sales

The 3DS maintains its top spot on the sales chart this week - it looks to us that in its homeland at least, Nintendo's new handheld is finally catching on.

Marvellous announces browser strategy game for Sony PS Vita

You know the kind of game - free to play, browser-based, limited empire building games that constantly encourage you to turn over real money for additional perks - in other words, the Facebook games before Facebook was a glint in Mark Zuckerberg's eye?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Screens: First original Nintendo 3DS Harvest Moon unveiled

Harvest Moon: First Earth will be the first original Harvest Moon to be developed for the 3DS (The Tale for Two Towns will be a port from the DS game). As usual for Harvest Moon games, it looks like it's going to be good, clean fun.

Marvellous (and ex-Capcom, Keiji Inafune) hits up 3DS with coolest. RPG. Concept. Ever

Nintendo/ Marvellous fans who felt a little hard done by following the developer/ publisher's decision to make a sequel for Little King's Story for the PlayStation Vita can feel a bit vindicated. New Marvellous recruit, ex-Capcom superstar, Kenji Inafune is working on his first RPG ever for the 3DS, called King of Pirates, and it looks incredible.

R.I.P Steve Jobs

As everyone who uses the Internet has just seen, Steve Jobs has passed away at the too-young age of 56.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Screens: Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave

To be honest I don't know what this game is about, but it looks pretty good to me. Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave brings together some of Bandai Namco's favourite Tales series characters together in what looks like a real brawler.

Great news, Europeans, MonkeyPaw has launched on the PlayStation Network!

MonkeyPaw Games is a great little niche publisher; it brings some of the weirdest and most Japanese Japanese games possible to the west, completely unaltered.

Screenshots galore: Super Mario 3D Land

The world is gearing up for Mario's first "true" 3D Mario game, due for release in Japan on 11/03/2011.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Screens: Mahjong Cub3d

It's not our first thought when it comes to innovative ideas for the 3DS, but hey, as long as it plays well, we're all for giving Atlus' Mahjong Cub3d a shot.

Looking back: Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon

One of the true hidden gems of the Wii’s RPG library is Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon.

Monday, October 3, 2011

The five best Warriors games on PS3

There are a lot of Warriors games out there for the PS3, especially if you’re importing them from Japan. And not all of them are titled with “Warriors,” games like Ken’s Rage and Trinity Souls of Zill o’ll are still Warriors games, even if the game titles don’t say as much.

With that in mind, we’ve listed the top five PS3 Warriors games that people should look into. Those that aren’t on this list are still worth it for the Warriors diehards, but if you only plan on getting one or two of the series, these are the ones to go with (or wait for Warriors Orochi 3, which looks absolutely incredible).

Screens: Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena

Atlus and Arc System Works have released a bunch of screens for their upcoming 2D fighting game based on the Persona universe.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New screens: Musou Orochi 2 (Warriors Orochi 3 in the west) + release date

Another day, another spectacular set of screenshots on Tecmo Koei's upcoming demon/ Samurai/ Dynasty Warriors mashup. Musou Orochi 2 looks like it's picked up some nasty boss battles and spectacular character models in the process.

Review: White Knight Chronicles 2 (PS3)

White Knight Chronicles was a fascinating case study in the challenges the JRPG genre faces in the modern gaming world. It was a steadfastly traditional JRPG, complete with slow paced, tactical battle system and a linear, epic quest.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Trailer: One Piece Musou looks crazy fun

The newest Warriors franchise is a tag team between Bandai Namco and Tecmo Koei, to bring One Piece to the Warriors formula.

Trailer: Dragon Quest Rocket Slime 3

Dragon Quest is coming to 3DS! Unfortunately it's not a "full" game (yet), but fortunately it's the newest game in this very popular series starring the little blue fellow everyone has grown to love over 25 years.

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