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6:00 AM on 08.02.2013

Get lost in this Rain developer diary

Rain is a neat, affective collaboration between PlayStation C.A.M.P. (Tokyo Jungle) and Acquire (Tenchu). I liked what I saw of the PSN title when I previewed it during GDC and Dale North seemed equally impressed sitting dow...

Steven Hansen

8:30 AM on 07.12.2013

Persona-styled JRPG Mind 0 gets trailer

Really, "Persona-styled" might be doing this game from Acquire and Class of Heroes developer Zerodiv a bit too much justice, because it reads like a knockoff. The cast is a group of highschoolers (not uncommon for a JRPG set...

Steven Hansen



Rain is another feather in Sony's cap of new IP photo
Rain is another feather in Sony's cap of new IP
by Steven Hansen

Keeping in line with the offbeat and interesting games that come from SCE Japan Studio, we have Rain. It’s being developed by Japan Studio, Acquire (Tenchu, Sumioni), and PlayStation C.A.M.P. (Tokyo Jungle, Echo Chrome) for the PS3 through download from the PlayStation Store, and it’s just the sort of idiosyncratic change of pace that Sony seems to foster.

Rain is meant to evoke the feeling of fright and wonderment that you might have experienced being lost as a child in an unfamiliar place. It does so by putting you into the transparent shoes of a young boy who has faded into invisibility in a mysterious city. He is lost, as alien to this world as the player. Only in the rain can he be seen -- sort of like Ben Affleck’s vision in that terrible Daredevil movie.

Thing is, nasty beasties also lurk under the pitter patter of raindrops. Like Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. Or Elektra. Also, cool, intimidating monsters.

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1:00 AM on 03.20.2013

Acquire's next PS Vita title is called Mind 0

When Acquire started teasing a new PS Vita game with satellite photos, Jonathan Holmes suspected they who made Way of the Samurai were making a sequel to PSN Centipede classic The Last Guy. I, on the other hand, fig...

Josh Tolentino



Review: Orgarhythm photo
Review: Orgarhythm
by Chris Carter

The mysterious strategy rhythm game Orgarhythm is here, and boy does it have a pedigree. First you have Tak Hirai (Space Channel 5 Part 2, Shenmue, Meteos) at the development helm, and Ayako Minami in charge of music direction. Then you add equal parts Acquire and Neilo, and stir until you have a concoction of hype.

Orgarhyhtm is a mix of rhythm and strategy -- two genres that don't normally take place in the same space. The development team has stated that the marriage is a bit hard to explain, but I don't think it's too difficult a concept to grasp, provided you have experience in the genre. To be blunt, it's a 3D Patapon.

You with me so far? Onto the game!

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12:00 PM on 06.21.2012

NIS announces Clan of Champions for PSN and Steam

NIS America has plans to release Acquire's latest multiplayer action title, Clan of Champions, later this summer on the PlayStation Network in both North America and Europe. Later this year the game will also launch on S...

Dale North

11:30 PM on 05.10.2012

Cut a bitch with this new Way of the Samurai 4 trailer

You'll see that they mean business with this new Way of the Samurai 4 trailer. There's the typical blowing sakura petals and sword slashes in the beginning, sure, but the action and pace continually ramp up as the trailer pr...

Dale North