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KAWAII~~~

Nya! Good god, Tekken 7's Lucky Chloe is anime as hell


Kawaii new character
Dec 08
// Steven Hansen
I have a strong urge to get very, very good at Tekken 7 and just piss off (mostly western) players by beating them endlessly with this stupid cat girl. 
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DRAGON SEX

Dragon Dating Simulator is...well, duh, you date dragons


Imagine, dragons!
Dec 05
// Steven Hansen
I'm imagining the beginning to Stand By Me, but, instead, "Hey, kid, you ever plow a dragon?"  Dragon Dating Simulator is a visual novel with a "novel-sized script" and "at least" four dragons (two male, two female...
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JRPGs

Xbox head promises JRPGs on Xbox One


Yeah, and I promised my kid I'd quit drinking!
Dec 01
// Steven Hansen
The Xbox One bombed in Japan and continues to not do well. In fact, over the holiday weekend, Head of Xbox Japan Takashi Sensui stepped down. But according to Head of Xbox Phil Spencer, Japan's lack of interest in t...
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Criminal Girls

Criminal Girls: Invite Only up for parole in February 2015


Doin' time and the living's easy
Nov 26
// Brittany Vincent
You may remember Criminal Girls: Invite Only as the game we covered back in July two different times where it was briefly suggested the game shouldn't be localized. But that's only because I didn't write the post, because I'm...
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Ghost in the Shell Online
So I'm not sure what exactly to call this game. It was referred to as Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex Online when we reported on the Nexon-developed "hacking first-person shooter" almost two years ago. I gue...

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Pokémon

Pokémon Omega Ruby short is all kinds of wonderful


Gardevoir?
Nov 17
// Kyle MacGregor
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launch this Friday, November 21. Can't wait to catch 'em all over again? Well, maybe this lovely promotional short will help satiate you until then.
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New boxing game

Hoping for God Hand feels with the new Hajime no Ippo fighter


Balrog only
Nov 07
// Steven Hansen
Our first screenshot of Namco's upcoming Hajime no Ippo PS3 fighter looked like Punchout!!, and that was alright.  This lengthy trailer, however, points to a full 3D fighter and a huge, seemingly fungible skill lis...
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Pikmin stuff

Miyamoto's animated Pikmin shorts on sale, Pikmin 3 gets demo


For Wii U and 3DS
Nov 05
// Steven Hansen
Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto has been working on little, animated Pikmin shorts instead of making games. Good for him. I want him to make wine next. Coppola did it.  Pikmin Short Movies goes on sale after this Ninte...
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Attack on Titan

Looks like Atlus is localizing Attack on Titan 3DS


HNNNNNNNNG!
Oct 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Atlus USA is localizing Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind for Nintendo 3DS, according to a rating released today by the Australian Classification Board. Spike Chunsoft initially published the action game in Japa...
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Attack on Titan

Attack On Titan 3DS' 'Chain' expansion adds a few extras to the base game


Out in December in Japan
Oct 20
// Chris Carter
Japan already got Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Humanity some time ago on the 3DS, but now developer Spike Chunsoft is releasing a "Chain" expansion later this year. It'll have online multiplayer, as well as n...
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Sega fans, you should be watching the SeHa Girls anime


Dreamcast, Saturn, and Megadrive go to school
Oct 13
// Dale North
The first episode of the new Sega-themed anime Hi*sCool! SeHa Girls has launched. As a diehard Sega fan, and a gamer that still uses his Sega consoles, I watched this adaptation of a ridiculous light novel weekend and loved ...
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Terra Formars

Roaches beware: Terra Formars title headed for 3DS


This ain't no Bad Mojo
Oct 10
// Brittany Vincent
According to the latest issue of Weekly Young Jump, a Terra Formars game is headed for 3DS, for lots of maximum roach-killing action. It's like a can of Raid, but for your Nintendo handheld. The game, tentatively titled Terra...
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Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online: Lost Song is in development for the PS3 and Vita


With an original story
Oct 06
// Chris Carter
Bandai Namco has announced that a new Sword Art Online game is in the works, with the subtitle Lost Song. It currently has no release date but it's in development for the PS3 and Vita platforms. Instead of the prior PSP...
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Suda 51

Short Peace omnibus hits the Americas next week


Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day finally arrives Tuesday!
Sep 27
// Kyle MacGregor
Short Peace arrives in the Americas on September 30, Bandai Namco has announced. The anthology features four animated shorts headlined by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, and Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day, a side-scrolling action game from Suda 51 and Tokyo Jungle studio Crispy's. It will be available on PlayStation 3 exclusively as a downloadable package.
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Danganronpa

Danganronpa Another Episode gets daft trailer with megaphones


I don't know
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
Absolute Despair Girl: Danganronpa Another Episode -- thanks, horrible naming conventions -- takes place between the first Danganronpa and the second, Goodbye Despair, which comes out in North America on Tuesday. Another Episode is coming to Japan on September 25. 

Review: Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Aug 19 // Chris Carter
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Vita)Developer: Bandai Namco GamesPublisher: Bandai Namco GamesRelease: April 23, 2014 (Japan) / August 19, 2014 (NA)MSRP: $39.99 So what is Hollow Fragment? Well, in Japan, there was Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment on PSP. Hollow Fragment is basically a semi-sequel that brings the upgrades the original visuals and adds more content, such as a new storyline and zone called "The Hollow Area". In other words, you're going to be up to speed if this is your first SAO game. Hollow Fragment's story takes place in the first half the Sword Art Online anime's plot, but changes the narrative drastically from a key point. In the series, the initial story ends at the 75th level of "Aincrad", the 100-floor main dungeon, after the players defeat the "Skull Reaper" boss, solve the "mystery" of SAO, and move on to a new arc. In Hollow Fragment, players must continue all the way to the 100th floor to truly find out what happened. If you aren't a fan of the show, the game does a decent job of catching you up to what's happening in the world: Players are locked into a virtual reality MMO, with their bodies essentially comatose in real life until they "beat" the game. But you really need to buy into the characters to enjoy yourself. Quite simply, the story immediately takes a backseat in favor of grinding and combat as you work your way towards clearing the game, and individual interactions are paramount. There's going to be fanservice, tropes, and cutesy conversations just like the show. In short, you aren't going to like everyone, and since the game packs in 100 companions (as well as characters never seen before on the first two arcs of the show like Sinon), you have a lot to sift through. Having said that, the Japanese voices are great, I generally like the characters at hand, and the hand-drawn models during conversations look straight out of the anime -- on the Vita's OLED, it looks incredibly crisp. If you find yourself loathing a certain conversation though you can use the handy fast-forward button (L). On your journey from floors 76-100, you'll have access to one town -- Arc Sofia. I like the "one city" concept in theory, but the hub itself isn't all that vibrant visually, or lively in terms of gameplay. Since the game is technically offline, you'll have to find NPCs by way of your "friends list," and track them down. You also have the option to enter the "Hollow" anytime you want, and complete a separate storyline with newcomer Philia -- which definitely breaks up the monotony of Arc Sofia since the Hollow is more of an open world compared to Aincrad's floor-by-floor structured approach. You have the option of just playing as the main character of the anime (Kirito), or changing your avatar's name and physical appearance using a limited character creation screen. To be clear though, you'll still be taking the place of Kirito's character as he was in that part of the show -- level 100 and all, so you'll have to do a bit of digging into his skillset to play catch-up. The game's combat is what I'd call "sufficient, but fun." It's mostly a slasher, where you occasionally time attacks in a quasi-rhythmic fashion, dodge when enemies are telegraphing their attacks, and hit a few "combo" attacks with companions. It's kind of like Phantasy Star Online's combat but more forgiving, and with a few more abilities to juggle. The combo attacks are actually enjoyable, as your partner may suggest certain tactics to you from time to time, granting an attack bonus if you fulfill their request. Likewise, you can give them words of encouragement with the d-pad and raise your stats temporarily. It's all very simplistic, but the bright visual style and attack animations help add to the allure of beating up tons of enemies. It's also very true to the show, even adding nuances like the "last hit bonus," where you're granting a bonus item if you finish off a boss. Keep in mind though that Hollow Fragment does have a superficial amount of depth. Although your characters do have access to a number of abilities and strategies, most enemies and bosses can be whittled down by sheer force of will with the same tactics. There is a level of customization to help bolster your fun though. Although Kirito's specialty is dual wielding, there are 10 weapon types in all that you can switch to at will to suit your playstyle. Just keep in mind that the game doesn't really get that difficult until level 85. Most of your enjoyment is going to be via role play, where you buy into the game's world, characters, and lore. Again, it helps if you come into the game liking the show so that you can enjoy the ride. You'll need that excitement if you want to make it through the roughly 50+ hour tale, because there's lots of grinding involved as you complete typical MMO kill quests to unlock floors and make your way to the end. Things like dating minigames, conversations between NPCs, and other sideshows ultimately help distract you from the dungeon-crawling nature of the game. There's also a New Game+ to keep you going -- so if you're looking for a lengthy RPG, this is it. Sadly, the only multiplayer is a small ad-hoc (local) mode where you can adventure with friends in a limited fashion. Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is ultimately a base-level RPG, but if you enjoy the show it's definitely worth checking out. It's very close tonally to the anime and really feels like a natural extension of the show inside and out. Just don't expect a whole lot in terms of gameplay variety.
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Find out what happens after the 75th floor
Despite how you may feel about the polarizing second arc of Sword Art Online, fans generally have nothing but good things to say about the first arc. It managed to nail a lot of aspects of MMO culture, along with marrying the...

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Danganronpa 2

Weirdos abound in this latest batch of Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair screens


Seriously, lots of weirdos
Aug 15
// Brittany Vincent
What can I say? It's a screenshot kind of day. Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is on the horizon, and NIS definitely doesn't want us to forget about it. Especially with the amount of weirdos in the game, as evidenced above.&nb...
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Anime

A bunch of bad anime, anime games are on sale on PSN


But isn't ALL anime bad?
Aug 11
// Steven Hansen
What is an anime game? Devil May Cry? What is an anime? The Simpsons is my favorite anime, but this upsets people. The best anime movie discounted during this PSN sale is The Iron Giant, which a lot of people with a...
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Naruto

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution receives official Steam release date


Dattebayo!
Aug 08
// Brittany Vincent
Ever sit and pontificate on how there just aren't enough Naruto games on Steam? Boy, do I have great news for you! Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution is headed for Steam on September 16 for European Naruto fan...
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Old Akira game

Cancelled SNES Akira game from THQ looks...not great


But maybe it could have been good perhaps!
Aug 06
// Steven Hansen
Before THQ was known for such great games as MX vs. ATV and Homefront, it made a name for itself with titles like The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots!. In those days, even before publishing the Ghost in the Shell&n...
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Studio Ghibli

Studio Ghibli considering restructuring after Miyazaki's retirement


This moving castle is a sad one
Aug 05
// Brittany Vincent
Appearing on the TBS program Jonetsu Tairiku, Studio Ghibli representative director and co-founder Toshio Suzuki stated that the studio was undergoing great changes. In light of Hayao Miyazaki's retirement last year the studi...
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Sekai Project

Sekai Project is gauging interest in localizing Key visual novels via survey


Go fill out the survey with your input now
Aug 04
// Brittany Vincent
Sekai Project wants to know if you're interested in seeing the localization of additional games from Visual Arts' Key label. The publisher is looking for your feedback, which you can provide through this survey. It asks which...
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Bullet Girls

Panties, bras, and firearms abound in Bullet Girls


Additional details emerge about the power of the undergarment
Jul 31
// Brittany Vincent
In D3 Publisher and Shade's upcoming action shooting game Bullet Girls, you'll play as the girls of the Ranger Corps, training to become frontline soldiers for the military. Some of the training is a bit unorthodox, with a go...
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Funimation
As an anime fan growing up, dubs were often hit or miss. Not a whole lot of companies took their dubwork seriously, and often times, I'd resort to subtitles to get my anime fix. But over the years, pretty much every major co...

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3DS

Jump reveals One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X for 3DS


A new One Piece game
Jul 24
// Chris Carter
One Piece is coming off its fresh Unlimited World Red release, and into the fire yet again with a a brand new release. Jump has just revealed One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X for the 3DS. It'll arrive this...

Review: One Piece Unlimited World Red

Jul 17 // Chris Carter
One Piece Unlimited World Red (3DS, PS3, Vita, Wii U [reviewed])Developer:  GanbarionPublisher: Bandai Namco GamesMSRP: $29.99 (3DS), $39.99 (Vita), $49.99 (PS3, Wii U)Released: July 8, 2014 You'll begin the journey with a very quick introduction to hero Monkey D. Luffy and his crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, as you sail up and dock at a lone island and take a small trip to its major city, Trans Town. What is initially a quick pit stop becomes a calamity, as Luffy soon learns that his allies have been captured -- cue non-stop action until the end of the game. If you're looking for a grandiose theme, setup, or explanation of who everyone is in detail -- you're sheer out of luck. People who haven't read the manga or seen the show will likely find themselves completely lost, not only in terms of the overall concept of the world, but where the characters fit in and why you should care about them. Having only seen a few arcs of the anime myself though, I was able to grasp the majority of the Straw Hats' relationships, and identified with the characters a bit more. For those who aren't familiar with the series, Monkey isn't just an ordinary pirate -- because he tasted the cursed Gum-Gum Fruit, he has rubber powers that allow him to stretch his limbs like taffy. Just like the series, you can slingshot yourself using your arms to fly around the world like Spider-Man, and essentially turn a melee attack into a ranged ability. Unfortunately, Luffy can't swim as a result of the Gum-Gum Fruit. [embed]278172:54926:0[/embed] It's this simple "Mr. Fantastic" setup that makes for a fun (though relatively shallow) combat system, where even button mashing looks ridiculous, as Luffy waves his arms about and hits multiple enemies. When I say shallow I really mean it, as most fights can be completed with basic combos and sparing use of special abilities, which are earned when you inflict enough damage. Now, there are combos, but you have a full list at the start, with no real room to expand upon the systems given to you at the beginning of the game. It's disappointing to say the least, since that basically translates to the experience feeling the same from start to finish. This is the way Unlimited World Red works: You'll enter an area, fight hundreds of worthless trash monsters, and eventually do battle with an entertaining boss -- then repeat that for the rest of the game. On paper that doesn't actually sound that bad (it sounds like most every other action game, right?), but said trash is just that -- trash that isn't all that engaging to fight. There's no open world, really -- Trans Town is the wheel, and all of the linear stages are rudimentary spokes. In terms of its style though, Red looks a lot like the anime, and the bright cel-shaded style does wonders in the visual department -- especially on the Wii U. Japanese audio with subtitles is all you're going to get here (like most localized anime games) in case you were wondering, but the cast does an excellent job. Luffy isn't going at it alone either, as most of the cast is playable (or parties up with you at some point). There's also an Arena Mode that's separate from the story that allows you to essentially set up your own Boss Rush sessions. The Wii U version was tested primarily for this review, and the only real advantage you're going to get is Remote Play and a 3DS save link -- that's it. The latter isn't seen often, but it basically lets you Cross-Save between the Wii U and 3DS versions, which is a nice feature -- though of course, it's not a Cross-Buy game, so you'll have to purchase both. While Remote Play is always appreciated, the touch screen cannot be used for inventory management (or anything really), which is odd considering that the 3DS has that capability. There's also a very small multiplayer component that isn't a big deal (player two is invincible and can fight alongside of you during story missions on console and sidequests on portables). Think "Tails" from Sonic but a little less interesting. The 3DS and Vita support four players, and the Wii U and PS3 only support two. One Piece Unlimited World Red is a very standard action game that won't excite masters of the genre, but it has more than enough charm to make up for its simplicity. It also certainly helps that it's an original story, so hardcore fans of the manga or show will want to get in on Red even at a discount just to experience more Straw Hat goodness.
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Forbidden fruit
One Piece games are kind of up in the air at this point in terms of quality. Just when I thought Pirate Warriors had solidified that seal of quality from the franchise, Romance Dawn snuck up and stole most of that g...

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Solatorobo

Play as Solatorobo's Red in Little Tail Story special event


Just look at his adorable little peg legs!
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
Namco Bandai's Little Tail Story is now running a new event where players can recruit Solatorobo: Red the Hunter's main character Red for their armies. Solatorobo was released in October 2010 and is set in a steampunk fantasy...
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One Piece

One Piece Unlimited World Red producer talks about the original story


And why it's original
Jul 09
// Chris Carter
Bandai Namco producer Koji Nakajima spoke to Siliconera recently about One Piece Unlimited World Red, specifically in regards to the story, and how it features an original tale rather than one drawn from the various arcs in t...
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French Bread fighter

Arc System Works fighter Under Night In-Birth coming to PS3 in 2015


Melty Blood dev French Bread getting its crazy anime fighter out and available
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
Aksys Games is bringing Melty Blood developer French Bread's Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late to PlayStation 3 in 2015. Guilty Gear studio Arc System Works published the fighting game in Japan earlier this year. "Under Nig...






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