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Ironfall: Invasion photo
Ironfall: Invasion

Nintendo pulls 3DS game over homebrew exploit


Ironfall: Invasion removed from eShop
Aug 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Ironfall: Invasion is a decent little shooter for Nintendo 3DS that you likely haven't heard of; and now that you have, you can't play it, as Nintendo has removed the game from its online store. The move came mere days after...
Splatoon cosplay photo
Splatoon cosplay

Splatoon Squid Sisters cosplay staaaays fresh


'Hold on to your tentacles'
Aug 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Splatoon's "Squid Sisters" Callie and Marie (or Aori and Hotaru, as they're known in Japan) seem to be a big hit with the Comiket crowd, as there are more than a few pairs of cosplayers have been spotted wandering around this...
Comiket 88 photo
Comiket 88

This Chun-Li cosplay is fierce!


More like a spinning beard kick amirite?
Aug 15
// Kyle MacGregor
Comiket 88 is well underway and the cosplayers are out in force in and around the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center, so you can expect more wonderful photographs like this throughout the weekend.
Dragon Quest XI photo
Dragon Quest XI

Dragon Quest XI's first screenshots look amazing


No matter which version you choose
Aug 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix unveiled Dragon Quest XI for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo 3DS late last month at an event in Tokyo, where the publisher gave attendees a nice long look at the game. Today, the company has shared the first ...
Rodea: The Sky Soldier photo
Rodea: The Sky Soldier

Rodea: The Sky Soldier delayed again


Now planned for November
Aug 12
// Kyle MacGregor
NIS America has once again delayed the release of Rodea: The Sky Solider. After initially planning on a September release, the publisher pushed the game back a month. Now it's happening again. The new target dates are Novembe...
Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey photo
Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey

Final Fantasy vets, Scottish studio making a RPG


Introducing Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey
Aug 12
// Kyle MacGregor
Final Fantasy VII writer Kazushige Nojima and composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Valkyria Chronicles) have joined forces with French developer Kobojo's Scottish satellite studio to create Zodiac: Orcanon Odyss...
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KONAMI

Konami is killing PES 2014 servers in November


Better buy this year's version
Aug 11
// Kyle MacGregor
In case you were looking for another reason to curse Konami's name (as if there weren't enough already), the publisher is shutting down online support for Pro Evolution Soccer 2014. It's not a very good reason, mind you,...
PlayStation Plus photo
PlayStation Plus

Sony is hiking PS Plus subscription prices in the UK and Europe


Subscription costs rise Sept. 1
Aug 11
// Kyle MacGregor
Sony is preparing to raise PlayStation Plus subscription prices in the UK and Europe. Currently, a one month membership runs £5.49, whereas three months go for £11.99. The company hasn't yet announced what the new...
Yokai Watch x Just Dance photo
Yokai Watch x Just Dance

Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version is a thing that is happening


Surprise!
Aug 11
// Kyle MacGregor
For the love of money, Level-5 and Ubisoft are joining forces to put out Yo-Kai Watch Dance: Just Dance Special Version, a crossover (for Wii U of all things) that's a sure-fire bet to sell millions.
Japanese indie games! photo
Japanese indie games!

Steam discounts Japanese indies for Comiket 88


Doujin deals abound
Aug 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Valve is always looking for an excuse to throw a sale, and this week Steam has deep discounts on Japanese indie games. The occasion? This summer's Comiket is taking place over the weekend. Comiket (Comic Market) is a biannual...
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir photo
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Good lord, Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir is pretty as hell


Or at least as pretty as Valhalla
Aug 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Odin Sphere was pretty. But this, this is better. Oh man, it's so much better. Oh, in case you haven't heard, Vanillaware is remastering its 2007 PlayStation 2 classic as Odin Sphere Leifthrasir for Sony platforms. The u...
Bandai Namco photo
Bandai Namco

Bandai Namco might be localizing Tales of Link


Trademark filed in Europe
Aug 09
// Kyle MacGregor
As spotted by Gematsu, Bandai Namco filed a European trademark for Tales of Link last week. The free-to-play role-playing game launched on iOS and Android devices in early 2014, but only in the Japanese market. Given the publ...
Halo 5 leak photo
There's a hole in my beta, dear Liza
The theme music from Halo 5: Guardians and shots of multiplayer menus (including Warzone, the new 12-on-12 mode) have leaked online following a recent update to this winter's now-defunct beta. Despite having concluded m...

Japanese indie games! photo
Japanese indie games!

Here are all the doujin games from Comiket 88


Over an hour of Japanese indie trailers
Aug 09
// Kyle MacGregor
Comic Market (or Comiket for short) is scheduled to take place this upcoming weekend, starting August 14. There, hundreds of thousands of people will pour into the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center to get their hands on rare ...
ATLUS photo
ATLUS

These Persona 4: Dancing All Night remixes are hot!


But I still prefer the originals
Aug 09
// Kyle MacGregor
I'm sure most Atlus fans would agree one of the Persona series' greatest strengths is its music. The studio's in-house composer Shogi Meguro and his crew do brilliant work, which makes the idea of an entire game dedicated to...
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The experience is built around Autolog
The new Need for Speed reboot is an always-online experience, which might be a bit of a damper if you live in an area with a less than stellar Internet connection. But them's the breaks, I guess. According to executive produc...

Podtoid 302: Virtual Reality is the Future

Aug 08 // Kyle MacGregor
[embed]297458:59878:0[/embed] What We Discussed Gamescom (Star Wars, Tomb Raider, Assassin's Creed, MMOs) Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest Oculus VR inventor Palmer Luckey's unfortunate TIME cover Dark Souls  Darren is playing some dumb mobile game Penny Arcade Expo Gardevoir Rocket League Inside baseball and actual baseball Recent Episodes Podtoid 301: The Least Interesting Man in the World Podtoid 300: Randy Pitchford's Little Asshole Podtoid 299: Blast Ball Podtoid 298: Tales of E3 and Batman: Arkham Knight  Podtoid 297: E3 2015 Predictions, Tips & Tricks  Send any and all questions, tips, and Steven Hansen fan art to [email protected]
PODCAST photo
LOL
Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or download it here. No Brett or Steven this week, as the beastie boys are still off gallivanting around Cologne, Germany for gamescom. But we did manage to bring back PCWorld's illustrious Hayden Dingman to discuss the hottest, sweatiest, smelliest news in the world of video games for your listening pleasure.

A Boy And His Blob photo
A Boy And His Blob

There's a new A Boy And His Blob in the works


Coming soon for consoles and maybe PC
Aug 08
// Kyle MacGregor
Majesco may be hanging by a thread these days (the company only has five full-time employees at the moment), but that isn't stopping it from publishing "new exciting titles" like A Boy and His Blob. Among other things, depart...
Lara Croft GO photo
Lara Croft GO

Lara Croft GO launches on August 27


Just in time for PAX
Aug 08
// Kyle MacGregor
I was pretty fond of Lara Croft GO, the new minimalist Tomb Raider from Square Enix Monréal, when I checked out the game at E3 a couple months ago. So, I'm delighted to hear we needn't wait too much...
Forza Motorsport 6 photo
Forza Motorsport 6

The Forza 6 team is way too hyped about rain


They recreated every damn puddle y'all
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Look, Forza Motorsport 6's dynamic rain features might be all well and good, but to your average dude that just wants to race cars real fast, these guys are way too stoked about some puddles.
Homefront photo
Homefront

Homefront: The Revolution is doing an Xbox One exclusive beta


Can you feel the excitement?
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Guerrilla warfare shooter Homefront: The Revolution is getting an exclusive multiplayer beta this winter on Xbox One. Until then, watch some propaganda about our faceless Korean overlords.
Thimbleweed Park photo
Thimbleweed Park

Ron Gilbert's Thimbleweed Park coming to Xbox One, Windows 10


'Use balloon animal with corpse'
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Microsoft's gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany, The Secret of Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert took the stage to announce that his upcoming adventure game Thimbleweed Park would be coming to Xbox One and W...
DVR on Xbox One photo
DVR on Xbox One

Xbox One DVR functionality coming in 2016


A subscription-free serivce
Aug 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at Microsoft's gamescom media briefing, the company announced a subscription-free DVR service with the ability to record shows on a schedule or in the background while you're gaming. To utilize the upcoming feature Xbox...
Poor Pac-Man photo
Poor Pac-Man

Pac-Man wants to eat your diapers


Also, trash, sanitary products, etc.
Aug 03
// Kyle MacGregor
Pac-Man reminds me of a child actor whose star burned too bright. Much like that cute kid from that one movie, Pac-Man fell on hard times after his crippling meth addiction landed him in rehab. Nowadays, the poor guy can been...

You aren't the hero in this RPG

Aug 02 // Kyle MacGregor
A Healer Only Lives Twice isn't a typical RPG by any means. Instead of putting the player in control of the prototypical hero, they actually have to defend him. After a light introduction, a warrior and the eponymous healer venture into a dungeon teeming with all sorts of dangerous monsters. The goblins, slimes, and other beasts advance toward the duo in rows, the leaders of which attack the "tank," while the rest wait their turn until a gap opens in the ranks. The only power players have over the tank is suggestion, telling him which row to attack while you see to his defense. The tank, despite his name, might as well be made out of glass and relies on the healer to vigilantly mend his wounds and cast various sorts of defensive buffs to reduce the effectiveness of oncoming attacks. You'll also be crafting items and learning skills on the fly to make your party more effective, which means you'll never be without something to do in the heat of battle. If the tank and healer don't succumb to their enemies, the healer's torch will eventually go out, at which point the journey will begin anew after allowing you to spend the experience you just earned on a myriad of different upgradeable attributes. This makes your quest easier at the outset, allowing you to go progressively further each time, as you learn more and become increasingly powerful. It's a really enjoyable little game that I'm glad I managed to pick up before it disappeared with scores of others when Sony turned off PSM's taps last month. Thankfully, A Healer Only Lives Twice is aptly named and won't be gone forever. Its creator has plans for the game in a post-PSM world. A Healer Only Lives Twice is primed for a Windows PC release sometime this summer, ensuring that a larger audience will have an opportunity to play this cute roguelike RPG if they so choose.
Doujin Dojo photo
But playing second fiddle isn't half bad
Doujin Dojo is a weekly column dedicated to spotlighting independent games from Japan and the people that make them. Every time I talk about PlayStation Mobile, someone inevitably mentions it's the first time they've ever hea...

Exist Archive photo
Exist Archive

Tri-Ace and Spike Chunsoft unveil their new RPG


Introducing Exist Archive
Aug 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Oh hey, I didn't see you there. I was just reading about Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky, a new role-playing game from Star Ocean studio Tri-Ace and Spike Chunsoft of Danganronpa fame. Revealed in the latest iss...

Podtoid 301: The Least Interesting Man in the World

Aug 02 // Kyle MacGregor
[embed]297061:59761:0[/embed] What We Discussed A bunch of bullshit, probably Recent Episodes Podtoid 300: Randy Pitchford's Little Asshole Podtoid 299: Blast Ball Podtoid 298: Tales of E3 and Batman: Arkham Knight  Podtoid 297: E3 2015 Predictions, Tips & Tricks  Podtoid 296: On Fleek Send any and all questions, tips, and Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic to [email protected]
Podtoid photo
Stay thirsty, my friends
Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or download it here. On this week's episode of Podtoid, PCWorld's Hayden Dingman joins the crew to take an audio tour of Darren's house, make fun of Donski's amiibo collection, and talk about other stuff too, probably.

Final Fantasy XII photo
Final Fantasy XII

Rumor: Final Fantasy XII is getting a remake


According to Distant Worlds composer
Aug 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Today at a Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert in Pittsburgh, composer Arnie Roth stated that "there is a Final Fantasy XII remake underway," adding that it would be coming out "soon." Maybe he meant HD remaster. That sounds...
Steel Strider photo
Steel Strider

Doujin spin on Turrican, Contra coming to Steam


Steel Strider blasts off this fall
Aug 01
// Kyle MacGregor
Chances are you're unfamiliar with Astro Port, which is equal parts understandable and unfortunate. Japanese independent studios don't get lavished with attention (something we're trying to change), and Astro Port's wares are...
Grandia II HD photo
Grandia II HD

Here's what the Grandia II HD remaster looks like


Coming to PC later this year
Aug 01
// Kyle MacGregor
GungHo Online is putting some of that Puzzle & Dragons money to good use by remastering one of the best RPGs from the Dreamcast era, Grandia II. An enhanced version of the old classic is on its way to PC later this y...

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