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SMT IV Europe!

At long last, Shin Megami Tensei IV is out in Europe!


Oct 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Good lord, did Atlus take its sweet time, but Shin Megami Tensei IV is finally out in Europe. Also, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Better late than never! The role-playing game is available for &eur...
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Shovel Knight

The EU/AU regions are getting a Shovel Knight 3DS theme


As an apology for the delay
Oct 28
// Chris Carter
Shovel Knight came, saw, and conquered in a few territories. I've even see a few people say that it's their game of the year, which is awesome. But some regions haven't gotten the game yet, and as a result, Yacht Club Games i...
Persona 4 Ultimax Europe photo
Persona 4 Ultimax Europe

Persona 4 Ultimax arrives in Europe November 21


Every fight's great at your Junes
Oct 21
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax launches in Europe on November 21, Sega announced today. The fighting game arrived in North America late last month, and was met with near-universal acclaim. With good reason! Atlus and Arc System Works have crafted yet another marvelous experience that should indulge devout Persona fans and fighting game enthusiasts alike. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax dated for Europe [CVG]
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SMT IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV hits Europe on October 30


HNNNNNNNNG
Oct 17
// Kyle MacGregor
It's happening. It's finally happening. The long wait is nearly over. Shin Megami Tensei IV is coming to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand on October 30, Atlus announced today. Wow! That's a lot of p...
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Square Enix trademarks 'Masters of the Masks' in Europe


Hopefully a new IP
Oct 15
// Dale North
Masters of the Masks, eh? This trademark by Square Enix Europe is for a game, of course. But that's all we know. That's how it usually goes with these trademark things.  Any guesses? Something brand new, you think? Square Enix files trademark for 'Masters of the Masks' in Europe [AGB]
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It looks like Sony will be launching an official eSports league


Starting in Spain, with other countries soon
Oct 15
// Dale North
Spanish site Gamereactor has details on what looks to be an official PlayStation League for eSports on the PS4. The PlayStation Official League initiative was created in Spain, with other countries following. The report says ...
Shovel Knight's Eurotrip photo
Shovel Knight's Eurotrip

Shovel Knight heads to Europe and Australia in November


At long last!
Oct 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Shovel Knight is finally coming to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS in Europe and Australia next month, Yacht Club Games announced today. In the meantime, backers should waltz on over to the Humble Store and redeem their "Nin...
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Mevius Final Fantasy trademark filed in Europe


Gotta light?
Oct 06
// Dale North
The sharp eyes of NeoGAF have found a European Square Enix trademark for "Mevius Final Fantasy." The trademark covers games and merchandise, so this is probably some kind of videogame. I have no idea what a Mevius is, but I w...
Rune Factory 4 Europe photo
Rune Factory 4 Europe

Rune Factory 4 is finally coming to Europe


XSEED publishing 3DS RPG as a digital-only title
Oct 03
// Kyle MacGregor
It seems Rune Factory 4's trip across the pond was postponed more so than cancelled, and the role-playing game will be turning up on European shores fairly soon. Speaking with Siliconera, XSEED vice president Ken Be...

Review: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Oct 01 // Alasdair Duncan
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (PC)Developer: The AstronautsPublisher: The AstronautsMRSP: $19.99/£14.99Release: September 25, 2014 First up, let's talk about the visuals; The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has some of the most sumptuous scenery I've ever seen in a videogame. The trees, rivers, valleys, and mountain summit look absolutely amazing and this impressive imagery truly helps set the scene. On the other end, unfortunately, the character models aren't up to scratch -- especially some of their facial animations. However, there's only a handful of characters in the game and their appearances are limited. Vanishing is really about mood, atmosphere, and the mystery behind what has torn a seemingly normal family apart. Players take control of the fantastically named Paul Prospero, a detective with ties to the world of the occult. He's arrived in Red Valley to find a young boy, the titular Ethan Carter, whom he has been corresponding with. Ethan has the same rare psychic gift Paul does, an ability to see into some sort of nether realm, but now that gift has gotten Ethan and his family into danger. [embed]281993:55825:0[/embed] An ancient evil force drawn to Ethan's powers has awoken and set his family against their own flesh and blood. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has its influences in The Shining, Sixth Sense, and Alan Wake but manages to not be just a pastiche of all of them. Ethan has a love for writing stories and his fiction is bleeding into the real world in interesting ways.  The crux of gameplay involves solving various murders strewn about the valley. Paul has to use his psychic powers to locate clues, recreate the murder scene, and identify the chain of events that led up to the crime itself. It's rare when a game asks you to do some actual deduction and there's very little hand holding outside of some audio cues and Paul's psychic ability to narrow down the location of clues and vital objects. Still, once you solve the first crime, the method of completing the remaining cases is pretty much the same: find all of the clues, recreate the events of the murder. What's interesting is that you can solve these cases out of sequence and in fact it's easy to solve the murder of a person that you'll see implicated later on in the game. You'll have to figure out each crime -- as well as Ethan's various story scenarios -- to progress to the end. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is quiet and contemplative game. Indeed, there's long stretches where you'll hear nothing but the beautiful, haunting orchestral score and Paul's occasional musings. It's rare to play a game that's this quiet and determined to let you take it at its own pace. Thankfully, there is a run button that comes in real handy later on in the game if you've missed solving something back at the beginning of the valley. Each crime takes place in a contained area, so you don't need to do much backtracking, although the final location takes place in the furthest corner of the playing area and you'll have to return there if you have missed something. Gamepad support works just fine and there's no disadvantage to using a controller over a keyboard and mouse. The only real blemish is a patchy underground area. Despite featuring a chilling murder and an impressive moment torn from one of Ethan's stories, it's also home to a frustrating, insta-fail stealth sequence. Even as a fan of stealth games, a sequence like this feels out of place here. It provides some initial scares but becomes frustrating and something that unfortunately needs repeated over and over again. While some will find the pace far too slow for their liking or the crime-scene puzzles too simplistic, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter holds up well. Having the story told almost out of sequence makes it even more chilling as you see people slowly turn on each other. The melancholy tale is matched with some wonderful visions to make a game that really sticks in the mind.
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A haunting mystery from former Bulletstorm devs
Perhaps the biggest surprise about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is that the developers behind the game were members of People Can Fly, the studio responsible for Bulletstorm; the idea that some of the people who came up with...

Persona 4 Ultimax Europe photo
Persona 4 Ultimax Europe

Sega to publish Persona 4 Ultimax in Europe


The fighting game travels across the pond this November
Sep 19
// Kyle MacGregor
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is coming to Europe this November, courtesy of Sega. The fighter's release will mark the first occasion Sega acts as a distributor for Atlus since the publisher acquired the Shin Megami Tensei&nbs...
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Bloodborne alpha

There's going to be a Bloodborne alpha


European invites only, at the moment
Sep 16
// Jordan Devore
Seeing the words "Bloodborne" and "alpha" together instantly cured my morning grogginess, but the feeling was fleeting: the "small-scale test" is only meant for European gamers, currently. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe h...
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Free 3DS game

Nintendo of Europe is giving out a free game to new 3DS players


Register a system, one of the upcoming Pokémon remakes, and Smash Bros.
Sep 11
// Jordan Devore
In Europe, Nintendo is running a "Nintendo 3DS Winter 2014 Bonus Game Promotion" in which folks who register a 2DS, 3DS, or 3DS XL as well as a copy of Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire can cla...
Total War photo
Total War

Creative Assembly will unveil the next Total War this month


Is it that time already?
Sep 09
// Jordan Devore
Later this month at EGX London (formerly Eurogamer Expo), Total War studio Creative Assembly will "reveal" the next installment in its popular strategy franchise. The announcement will be a part of a developer session schedul...
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Vib-Ribbon

Sony just filed a Vib-Ribbon trademark in Europe


Perchance to dream...
Sep 03
// Steven Hansen
Sony filed a new trademark for Vib Ribbon in Europe today, as spotted on NeoGAF. Vib-Ribbon is a cult classic PS1 game from the developer of PaRappa the Rapper and UmJammer Lammy. It never got a North...
Shin Megami Tensei IV photo
Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV's release delayed in Europe


Pee-yew in the EU
Sep 03
// Brittany Vincent
Atlus has reported that the European release of Shin Megami Tensei IV has been delayed from September to October. John Hardin, Atlus USA's PR manager, revealed the news on Twitter. He stated that due to a few last-minute EU s...
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Nintendo Europe lays off 320 employees this week


130 full-time and 190 temp
Aug 29
// Dale North
Remember how we heard that Nintendo Europe will lay off 130 employees last month? It gets worse. Those 130 full-time employees will lose their jobs this week, as will an additional 190 from their localization department ...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire get tin cases & pre-order toys in Europe


At no extra charge
Aug 29
// Steven Hansen
In the United States, if you buy both Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire at Toys R Us, you get a Charizard plush. In Europe, a GAME or Nintendo UK pre-order will net you a nifty tin case and a little toy when the game releases, November 28. I think Europe got the better deal, unless you must have both versions of the game and need a throw pillow or snuggle buddy. 
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I Love My Little Boy

I love my little boy girl horse on 3DS


Wouldn't you?
Aug 18
// Brittany Vincent
I Love My Little Boy/Girl (you can buy either or, "Boy/Girl" isn't the name) and I Love My Horse are two Neopica-developed titles releasing in Europe for 3DS. Real talk, they look like the kind of games I used to play and rev...
Tokyo Twilight photo
Tokyo Twilight

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters confirmed for 2015 European release


Get your ghost huntin' on
Aug 08
// Brittany Vincent
NIS America announced today that Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters will be making its way to Europe in 2015, so no one has to be left behind when it comes to bustin' ghosts. 'Cause it makes you feel good and all. Tokyo Twilight Gh...
Randal's Monday photo
Randal's Monday

Clerks actor heads up point-and-click adventure Randal's Monday


He's taking it day by day
Aug 03
// Jonathan Holmes
Many who fondly remember playing point-and-click adventure games growing up are quick to find that the feeling just isn't the same should they give those classics another spin. The same is often said of Clerks, Kevin Smith's...
Shin Megami Tensei IV photo
Shin Megami Tensei IV

Shin Megami Tensei IV hits Europe in September


Good things come to those who wait... and wait... and wait...
Jul 30
// Kyle MacGregor
Shin Megami Tensei IV will be summoned to Europe this September, Atlus announced today. The role-playing game will retail for €19.99/£17.99 via the Nintendo 3DS eShop. Atlus notes all the downloadable content will ...
First Light photo
First Light

Infamous First Light getting physical release in Europe


We made 'Fetch' happen!
Jul 29
// Steven Hansen
Infamous: Second Son's standalone "First Light" DLC is so standalone that it's getting a disc-based release in Europe, PlayStation's Twitter announced. You'll have to wait a bit. First Light will be available ...
Sailor's Dream photo
Sailor's Dream

The Sailor's Dream is the new iOS title from Simogo


The follow-up to Device 6 will be released in late 2014
Jul 28
// Alasdair Duncan
Swedish developer Simogo has put out two of my favorite iOS titles -- Year Walk and last year's Device 6 -- so I'm really happy to hear that the studio will have a new game out this year. The title is The Sailor's Dream and ...
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Freeeeeeeeeedom

Memory spared: Freedom Wars gets retail release in Europe


Freeeeeeeeeeedom
Jul 24
// Steven Hansen
The Monster Hunter x headphones Vita game Freedom Wars was originally only coming to Europe digitally. This upset some people. Maybe their internet access is limited. Maybe they don't want to spend money on over-pri...
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Sony's gamescom press conference set for August 12


What's in store?
Jul 17
// Dale North
Sony's gamescom press conference will take place on Tuesday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m., says Videogamer. There's no indication of what to expect at their media event, but my experience is that they always bring plenty of announc...
Akiba's Trip 2 photo
Akiba's Trip 2

Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed coming to Europe


NIS America publishing brawler for PS3 and Vita in October
Jul 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed is confirmed for Europe, NIS America announced today. The PlayStation 3 and Vita game will launch in the region on October 10. Set in Tokyo's famous electronics district, Akihabara, t...
Nintendo's PS4 photo
Nintendo's PS4

You don't have to buy Destiny to get a white PS4


'Nintendo's white PlayStation 4'
Jul 10
// Steven Hansen
I like the white PS4. I don't fancy myself spending $50 on Destiny ($450 for the bundle). Thankfully, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida told French site GameOne that the white PS4 will be sold on its own (in Europe) before the ...
PS4 bundle photo
PS4 bundle

Save a bit on Driveclub with this PS4 bundle


Rollin' coal
Jul 08
// Steven Hansen
If you are European and absolutely sure you want Driveclub at launch and a PS4, then Sony is happy you exist. Here's the bundle. It's just a PS4 (with controller) and a copy of Driveclub for €439.99, which...
Bloodborne photo
Bloodborne

You can get your hands on Bloodborne at gamescom


Or wait until 'early 2015' like the rest of us
Jul 08
// Jordan Devore
Watching is one thing, but playing? Mmm. If you want to get your hands on From Software's next action-RPG -- and chances are you do -- you'll need to book a flight to Cologne, Germany for this year's gamescom in August. That'...

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