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10:00 PM on 03.17.2014

999: The Novel is a Choose Your Own Adventure book

What really is a game, anyway? This is a question that bothers a lot of insecure people with insignificant things to argue about. Actually, when 999 came out on iOS in Japan we learned it had removed the "escape the room" puz...

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 03.11.2014

999: The Novel is coming to iOS

Aksys Games is bringing the DS game 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors to life in the form of a visual novel on iOS.  It's set to drop on March 17th and priced at $4.99 -- since it is interactive, you'll have some choices,...

Chris Carter

7:00 AM on 02.20.2014

Muramasa Rebirth's second DLC is out next week

Muramasa Rebirth is getting its second DLC campaign next week, and it's the most interesting one yet. It features Gonbe, a widowed farmer, and his grass roots rebellion against his lord. He has a sickle, bamboo spe...

Chris Carter



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Review: Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God
by Wesley Ruscher

With the amount of role-playing adventures I’ve journeyed through in my life that culminate in apocalyptic showdowns, I’m a little tired. Save the world, rinse, and repeat. It’s so rare that a Japanese RPG deviates from this path. Perhaps it is why I mostly enjoyed last year’s critically panned Time and Eternity. The game was a mess -- both in gameplay and with its unnecessarily perverted sidekick -- yet amidst its troubles I found its overall theme refreshing.

We live in a world full of problems: some big and some small. And while they may all not be the most altruistic, it doesn't change the fact they still may be important or, at the very least, interesting subject matter to us. This is what Time and Eternity excelled at, and it’s something Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God does even better.

Besides, saving the world is overrated.

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1:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Muramasa's Uprising of the Oone Resistance DLC detailed

Muramasa: Rebirth is set to have four side stories arrive in the form of DLC, and they all seem to be pretty meaty diversions. America just got its first, The Fishy Tales of Nekomata, and the second has just dropped in ...

Chris Carter



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Review: Muramasa Rebirth: Tales of the Nekomata DLC
by Chris Carter

Muramasa Rebirth is a fine upgrade to the original game, but there was one thing that didn't sit right with me. For whatever reason, someone decided to take the only new content that was created for the game (four new characters with original stories), and sell it as DLC rather than an extra.

It's a shame, because with a bit of extra content, Rebirth would have been an absolute must-buy for pretty much everyone -- even if you played the original Wii version to death. Having said that, if all of the DLC is as good as the first entry, it'll be worth picking up regardless.

Also, cats.

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7:30 PM on 01.09.2014

Muramasa Rebirth gets a trailer for its second DLC

Muramasa Rebirth was re-released on the PlayStation Vita, and not only does it look great, but it plays great as well. Four DLCs await us in turn with new characters and tales, the second of which can be previewed above by w...

Chris Carter

7:30 PM on 11.20.2013

Umm, Aksys has a short teaser for PS3 exclusive Magus

Aksys has released an incredibly brief teaser trailer for its upcoming action game Magus, co-developed by Black Tower. I mean brief. There are more logos than footage. Magus is headed exclusively to PS3 early 2014. In it, yo...

Steven Hansen

7:30 AM on 11.01.2013

Muramasa Rebirth transports DLC westward early next year

Muramasa Rebirth's long-awaited Genroku Legends downloadable add-ons will finally make their way to North America in early 2014, Aksys Games has announced. The supplementary content for Vanillaware's PlayStation Vita action ...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 PM on 10.12.2013

Aksys looks to curry favor with new Sorcery Saga trailer

Aksys Games' upcoming roguelike dungeon crawler certainly seems good-humored. In Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God, an adventurous young chef sets out on a quest to save a local restaurant by whipping up t...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 08.22.2013

Aksys throwing a sale on 3DS and Vita digital shops

Atlus isn't the only company ringing in the start of a new school year. Aksys Games is also so pleased that all the little brats are sweating in a classroom where they belong that it decided to place a number of games on the ...

Tony Ponce

1:30 PM on 07.26.2013

Sweet Fuse: At Your Side hits PSP in August

Sweet Fuse: At Your Side will arrive on August 27, Aksys Games has announced. In addition to being among the last games join the PlayStation Portable's library, the title's release marks something of a rarity, as otome visual...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 07.07.2013

Aksys to publish PS Vita roguelike about cooking curry

Aksys Games announced its next project at Anime Expo in Los Angeles earlier this weekend and it certainly sounds strange. The Muramasa Rebirth publisher has acquired the license to localize the hilariously named So...

Kyle MacGregor



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Review: Muramasa Rebirth
by Chris Carter

Muramasa: The Demon Blade was probably Vanillaware's most uneven game. Alongside of the expected spectacular visuals, a beautiful soundtrack, and surprisingly simple yet enjoyable combat system, came a fairly uninteresting story, and a lot of repetitive gameplay elements.

Although Muramasa was great on paper and on a canvas, it didn't always follow through with its premise, which was disappointing. It looks like not a whole lot has changed in 2013,  because other than adding in some gorgeous visuals, Muramasa Rebirth on the PlayStation Vita doesn't change much.

The repetition sure is a lot more manageable on the go in shorter spurts, however.

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3:00 PM on 06.26.2013

Muramasa is reborn on the PlayStation Vita this week

Although Muramasa wasn't my favorite Vanillaware game, it still had the signature style of the developer, and ultimately was an enjoyable experience. It looks like I'll be giving it one more shot this week on the Vita, in th...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 06.24.2013

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward goes free via PS Plus

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward headlines this week's PlayStation Plus update. The follow-up to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors joins Sony's Instant Game Collection today as a free download on PlayStation Vita for...

Kyle MacGregor