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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

3:00 AM on 05.10.2013

Save big time on a bunch of Bit.Trip games on Steam

Gaijin Games has a huge sale going on right now on a bunch of the Bit.Trip games over on Steam. Bit.Trip Collection (Bit.Trip Beat, Runner, Core, and Void) is going for $11.98, and that includes the soundtracks for each game....

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 PM on 05.09.2013

Slice all the things in this Muramasa Rebirth trailer

Muramasa is gorgeous, this we know. It's still always a delight to see the game in action though, as is the case with this latest gameplay trailer for Muramasa Rebirth. Not much longer till the release! Rebirth will be out o...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

2:00 AM on 04.10.2013

Muramasa Rebirth out on June 25 for the Vita

Muramasa Rebirth is an amazing experience that plays great on the Vita. And now we know the game will be out on June 25 for the PlayStation handheld. What's that? You want more? Lucky for you, Aksys Games has a Collector's Ed...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

11:00 PM on 04.06.2013

Check out Muramasa Rebirth's improved translation

Muramasa Rebirth, the Vita port of 2009's Muramasa: The Demon Blade for Wii, is more than just a simple up-res. As noted in Steven Hansen's recent preview, publisher Aksys Games has re-translated the game, resulting in a much...

Tony Ponce







Muramasa for Vita is amazing, plays great photo
Muramasa for Vita is amazing, plays great
by Steven Hansen

God damn this game is pretty.

Vanillaware’s 2009 Wii title Muramasa: The Demon Blade inevitably pops up in just about any discussion of the best Wii games. It’s sitting on my shelf, snug in its shrink wrap, because I simply don’t play my Wii enough. I’m a terrible person.

This egregious affront is soon to be rectified in the best of ways, however, as Aksys is brining Muramasa: Rebirth to Vitas stateside.The art was already gorgeous, but this hand drawn mastery being completely redone in HD for the Vita on the console’s ridiculously pretty screen is a sight to behold. Add in a new localization effort, a dedicated jump button, and DLC featuring four entirely new characters. The game comes out this week in Japan, but I’ve played the incoming English (summer 2013) build. It almost makes it okay I waited this long.

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6:00 AM on 03.18.2013

Aksys: There's a western market for otome games

Otome games are a niche within a niche. Visual novels and dating sims focusing on romantic relationships from a female perspective, they've never quite gained traction outside of Japan. Maybe that's starting to change though....

Kyle MacGregor



Review: Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 photo
Review: Bit.Trip Presents Runner2
by Kyle MacGregor

By the time Bit.Trip Runner burst onto the scene three years ago, Gaijin Games had already established itself on WiiWare with a trio of some of the best games on the platform. The retro-inspired rhythm series shared certain core tenets, but always placed a clear emphasis on reinvention. Runner took that to the next level, shaking the abstract presentation of its predecessors for a much more mainstream look and appeal.

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien picks up where that game left off. After seemingly defeating his nemesis, protagonist Commander Video is sucked into an alternate reality where things look eerily similar yet unmistakably different. Trapped in this strange new land, our hero begins a new journey in search of a way home.

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1:15 PM on 02.28.2013

Bit.Trip Runner2 gets PSN sale, but no cross-buy for Vita

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2 doesn't come to PlayStation Network until next week. Gaijin Games, however, has a special offer in store for PlayStation Plus subscribers for being so patient. The auto-run platformer will be availab...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 02.23.2013

Bit.Trip Runner2 better on Wii U than Xbox 360

Bit.Trip Presents Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is gearing up for a multi-platform release next week and, from what I've played of it thus far, it's shaping up to be a mighty fine game. If I had to levy one complaint...

Kyle MacGregor

4:30 PM on 01.29.2013

Muramasa to be reborn on North American PlayStation Vitas

Muramasa: The Demon Blade is once again bound for the Americas. Aksys Games has announced plans to bring the acclaimed action role-player to the PlayStation Vita later this year. The original title was one of the most spectac...

Kyle MacGregor

8:30 PM on 01.17.2013

Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi hits PSP next month

The PlayStation Portable just won't go away. Aksys Games has announced that Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi is coming to North America on February 19, 2013. Unlike previous entries in the series, this is a hack...

Kyle MacGregor



Amazon: Buy a PS Vita and get Zero Escape for free photo
Amazon: Buy a PS Vita and get Zero Escape for free
by Dale North

A bundle over at amazon has you getting a free copy of visual novel/puzzler Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward with the purchase of a PlayStation Vita.

You'll have to buy one of the bundles listed here to get the game for free. When you add both the system and the game to your cart, the game will be knocked to $0 automatically. If you're interested, you have until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on December 15, 2012 to buy.

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11:30 PM on 11.14.2012

Aksys selling VLR watches for Hurricane Sandy relief

Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward is great. The sweet pre-order watch modeled after the in-game bracelet is also pretty great. If you missed the chance to score the watch for free, you now have the option to buy it directly f...

Tony Ponce



Review: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward photo
Review: Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward
by Tony Ponce

I cannot express enough how much I love 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors. A cross between escape-the-room puzzler and visual novel, it sits as a shining example of how powerful and engaging videogame narratives can be. Not only is 999 my favorite game of 2010, it's also one of my favorite games ever. Period.

According to 999 director / writer Kotaro Uchikoshi, the title's positive reception in the West was what kick-started development of a sequel. When I heard this news, I was filled with a mix of elation and apprehension. I couldn't wait to dive into the next chapter of the Zero Escape saga, but I was worried that it would fall into the trap of trying so desperately to surpass its predecessor that it loses the essence of what made the original fresh and exciting.

In most respects, Virtue's Last Reward is a far superior game. And while it doesn't quite exceed 999's overall quality, it comes very, very, very, very, very damn close.

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