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Review: Rain photo
Review: Rain
by Jim Sterling

Sony has a stable of impressive top-tier game franchises -- Uncharted, Killzone, God of War, the kind of blockbuster productions every console needs to open eyelids among the mainstream users. I, however, will remember Sony's impact on this generation in terms of what it delivered in the shadows of its titans. 

Flower, Journey, Unfinished Swan -- the less glorified games that gave the PlayStation 3 more personality and charm than any of its glossy, big-budget properties. Games often as beautiful as they are bleak, understated games that nonetheless make more of an impact on the player than any billion-dollar explosion could.

Games like Rain, a latecomer that nonetheless deserves to be counted among the PlayStation 3 games that truly mattered in the last five years. 

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11:30 PM on 08.21.2013

Rain out this October for PlayStation 3

Rain will be coming to your PlayStation 3 on October 1 for North America, October 2 for Europe, and October 3 for Japan. It'll cost $14.99/€12.99, and if you pre-order the game you'll be given three bonus items: a music...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

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