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1:45 PM on 09.18.2014

Sonic x Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is, uh, yeah...

Admittedly, this collaboration is slightly less horrifying once you realize it's a Felyne (or Palico, if you want to be precise) wearing Sonic the Hedgehog armor. Slightly. Still, I think this tops the sexy/stretchy fan art f...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 09.18.2014

Bad dog! Outpost 13 basically lets you play as The Thing

This is why you name a dog Fluffy or Fido or Spot. When you go and give it a name like Fenrir, after a mythological wolf monster, it gets taken over by an alien being and wants nothing more than to devour your flesh and bone...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Watch Maya wreck Sadira in these new Killer Instinct Season 2 screens

Killer Instinct is still chugging, and I still go back to it occasionally to play with friends. It's really held up, and Season 2 looks to bring more characters in along for the ride. In addition to the confirmed TJ Combo and...

Chris Carter





12:30 PM on 09.18.2014

The Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is headed to Steam

The official site gave it away, to some extent, but here we go: Final Fantasy XIII is coming to Steam on October 9, priced at $15.99, with XIII-2 and Lightning Returns arriving for PC by spring 2015. XIII already has a listin...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 09.18.2014

This new TGS Deep Down Japanese trailer is in English

I know a lot of people have no faith in Capcom these days, but Deep Down looks interesting to me every time I see it. It doesn't look quite as good as a Souls game mechanically, but I'll take everything I can get i...

Chris Carter



I sure did kill a lot of giant bugs in the new Earth Defense Force on PS4 photo
I sure did kill a lot of giant bugs in the new Earth Defense Force on PS4
by Brett Makedonski

In the course of covering videogames, sometimes you go into an appointment knowing exactly what's going to happen. You know precisely how the game will play and what the demo will be like -- everything's just crystal clear. That's how my first look at Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair on PS4 went. There sure are a lot of bugs, and oh boy, do you ever kill them.

Dropped off in the middle of a giant city, I was given ten minutes to defend Earth with my forces. Equipped with a machine gun and a rocket launcher, I set off to blow as many giant ants into rust-colored oblivion as I possibly could. Real talk: If the game kept track of this sort of thing, I may have done more damage than good. But, we're here to fulfill our exterminator superhero fantasies, so let's not dwell on semantics.

Anyone that's familiar with the franchise won't be surprised to find out that The Shadow of New Despair isn't going to push the PS4 to its visual limitations. Right now, everything looks pretty rough, and I'd doubt it ever gets significantly better. Every asset in the game is just more jagged than we're used in 2014 (and the past several years), but that's to be expected with EDF. It's almost a calling card of sorts.

Another calling card is just how much cathartic, dumb fun it can be. Yep, good thing I killed those huge bugs so now I can go take care of the giant ants climbing on the skyscraper and then I can massacre this other group of them. Relentless, unceasing insect murdering. It's not for everyone, but it looks as if The Shadow of New Despair will be right up EDF fans' alley. And, that alley will probably house some bugs that needs blown up.

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11:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Nintendo Download: Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo

It's a pretty lively week for Nintendo Download, with a few big 3DS arrivals. On the Wii U side though we have Wild Guns on the Virtual Console, as well as Arrow Time U, and Spikey Walls. The big headliner is definitely ...

Chris Carter



Final Fantasy Explorers feels like Crystal Chronicles meets Monster Hunter photo
Final Fantasy Explorers feels like Crystal Chronicles meets Monster Hunter
by Elliot Gay

It's become exceedingly easy in recent years to point the finger at any four player cooperative game in Japan and call it a Monster Hunter clone. I'm not particularly fond of this way of thinking. Despite my love of Monster Hunter (200+ hours in MH4), I think many of the various hunting action games have unique, interesting qualities that separate them from one another.

Perhaps that's why I had been so jazzed to check out Final Fantasy Explorers, Square Enix's first attempt to dabble in the hunting action genre. With a stable of classic monsters, jobs, and giant bosses in its long history, Final Fantasy seems like the perfect franchise to get a spinoff in the genre.

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10:45 AM on 09.18.2014

Remember Triple Triad in Final Fantasy VIII? Check out Eminence: Xander's Tales

Back in the day when I first played Final Fantasy VIII, I fantasized about a world in which people could walk up to random strangers, ask to play a card game, and be treated to one without it being weird. We are not there ye...

Darren Nakamura

10:30 AM on 09.18.2014

Sonic Boom dashing to Wii U a week early

In a year when so many titles have been delayed, Sega is bucking trends. The rogue publisher has announced plans to actually hasten the release of Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric. Quelle surprise! The Wii U action platformer will now cross the finish line a week early, launching on November 11 alongside its Nintendo 3DS companion, Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal.

Kyle MacGregor

10:15 AM on 09.18.2014

Motorcycle combat racer Road Redemption on Steam Early Access

It has been a little over a year since the Road Redemption Kickstarter campaign launched, and to nobody's surprise, it has slightly missed its projected August 2014 launch window, but it is not too far behind yet. The Road R...

Darren Nakamura

10:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Feel the icy chill of these Dark Souls II Crown of the Ivory King DLC screens

Snow isn't a common theme with the Souls series, so it's interesting that the upcoming Dark Souls II DLC Crown of the Ivory King will take place on an icy tundra. This new batch of screens looks suitably dreary...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 09.18.2014

Bladestorm lives up to its name, looks nice on PS4 and Xbox One

I'd never played Bladestorm, the historical action/strategy title that seems to be a bit of a cult classic within the Dynasty Warriors type. It's still a bit odd that Koei Tecmo is reviving the 2007 PS3 and 360 game and that ...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Hyrule Warriors DLC contents confirmed, some characters are free

In my review of Hyrule Warriors, I noted that during the course of the experience I got a free update -- an additional mode that added extra levels. It looks like the free DLC parade isn't done yet, as an upcoming update will...

Chris Carter







Bloodborne comes west on February 6 photo
Bloodborne comes west on February 6
by Kyle MacGregor

Bloodborne will launch across North America and Europe starting February 6, Sony has announced. The PlayStation 4-exclusive from Demon's Souls developer From Software will also receive an $80 collector's edition, which includes an ornate case, art book, and a digital soundtrack. 

Along with the news comes a new trailer that provides a peek at the title's online functionality.

Bloodborne Coming 2/6/2015 to PS4, Collector’s Edition Detailed [PlayStation Blog, PS Blog EU]

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I pissed off a bunch of Bloodborne's villagers right quick photo
I pissed off a bunch of Bloodborne's villagers right quick
by Brett Makedonski

Maybe it shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but the beings hanging out in the Tokyo Game Show showing of Bloodborne weren't exactly enamored by my presence. That's putting it lightly. Cautiously trekking through the village that the demo thrust me into, I quickly found out that none of them wanted to be my friend, and all of them just wanted me dead.

Some of them succeeded in their mission.

Able to select from a few different characters for the demo, I toggled between a fairly well-balanced build and one that favored agility. Rolling, blocking, and backward jumping to my heart's content, I disposed of these neighborhood crime watch suspicious suspects with relative ease. That is until they decided that group efforts would be more effective. Turns out these freaks of the night know a thing or two about efficiency and teamwork.

It's tough to get a real feel for a title like Bloodborne from a 20-minute demo without time to flesh out a unique character. I mean, it was Souls-esque with more fluid feeling controls in a setting that actually sets itself apart from the Souls series. That's grand; I'm all in. Given that it was my proper introduction to the game (I just kept missing it at other shows), what a fine first impression. But, a cheery visit and maybe a useless housewarming gift would've been a bit more inviting than death ad nauseam. I guess that's just how From Software rolls.

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