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3:15 PM on 07.31.2014

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos trailer full of tits, upskirts, and murder

Holy crap, that song it goes into around the 45-second mark is so damn bad. Onechanbara Z2: Chaos is hitting PS4 in Japan this October, where it can hopefully help shift some units, as the PS4 library isn't tickling the country's collective fancy. Looks I lot better than the Onechanbara I played on Wii. 

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 07.16.2014

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos announced for PlayStation 4

Sony's PlayStation 4 isn't setting Japan ablaze just yet, like it is in much of the world. Part of that has to do with the dearth of software specifically targeted toward Japanese audiences. Enter Onechanbara Z2: Chaos, ...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Go in for the kill with these new Bayonetta 2 screens

"Do you want to touch me?" I mean, I wanna touch Bayonetta 2. I need my hands all over it. I can't wait much longer for its release, and we've already covered climaxing together. Here's something to keep you going while ...

Brittany Vincent





4:30 PM on 06.03.2014

Samurai Warriors 4 hacks and slashes west this October

Samurai Warriors 4 will launch in North America on October 21 and throughout Europe starting October 24, publisher Tecmo Koei announced today. The action game from developer Omega Force supports both co-operative play and cr...

Kyle MacGregor

9:00 PM on 05.27.2014

Co-op hack 'n' slasher Sacred 3 coming August 5

Thanks for not calling it Sacr3d. This new Sacred game features online (four players) and offline (two players) co-op, which will probably be its main draw when it releases on August 5 for PS3, 360, PC. Plus, your homies' voices can drown out those badly acted, hokey combat barks from the trailer.

Steven Hansen

7:00 PM on 05.18.2014

Tecmo Koei hopes Hyrule Warriors will be a million seller for Wii U

Hyrule Warriors, the Dynasty Warriors-esque action game set in The Legend of Zelda universe, is coming to Wii U this year. And developer Tecmo Koei hopes the game is a big hit, obviously.  Speaking in interview with Nikk...

Kyle MacGregor



Hack 'N' Slash lets you take revenge on those darn block puzzles photo
Hack 'N' Slash lets you take revenge on those darn block puzzles
by Bill Zoeker

Max recently sat down with Brandon Dillon of Double Fine, Programmer and Project Lead on Hack 'N' Slash. Brandon walked us through a demonstration of the game, which allows players to manipulate the actual code of the game with the protagonist's USB sword, and we all learn some lessons in critical thinking.

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2:00 AM on 05.08.2014

Hyrule Warriors slashing through nameless enemies in Japan this summer

Ready to cut through legions of Zelda opponents a la Dynasty Warriors? Tecmo Koei's Hyrule Warriors is releasing in Japan for Wii U this summer, according to a document recently released by Nintendo. As far as how long it'll ...

Brittany Vincent

2:00 PM on 05.05.2014

Croixleur Sigma is hard to pronounce, but fun to play

Doujin hack-and-slasher Croixleur debuted on western shores early last year, and it packed quite a punch. The game drew inspiration from the Devil May Cry series' Bloody Palace mode, pitting players against waves of...

Kyle MacGregor

1:15 PM on 05.02.2014

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete hits Steam this month

Tecmo Koei has honed in on the North American and European PC release date for Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition -- it's coming to Steam on May 13, 2014. The publisher included a handful of screenshots along with the announcement, including a shot of the graphics menu if you'd like to see what settings are customizable. Find those below.

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 04.23.2014

Croixleur Sigma attacks Steam on April 30

Croixleur Sigma is being unleashed next week, localization outfit Nyu Media has announced. The hack-and-slash brawler will hit Steam and various other digital retailers on April 30 for $7.99. Created by doujin studio Souveni...

Kyle MacGregor

7:30 PM on 04.17.2014

PC release confirmed for Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete

One of my great gaming sins has been managing to somehow skip out on the entirety of the Dynasty Warriors series, but now that one of them is releasing on Steam, my days of being uninformed about all things Lu Bu are numbered...

Jordan Devore

8:00 AM on 03.31.2014

Soul Sacrifice crosses over to Toukiden in DLC form

Toukiden: The Age of Demons is about to extend its lifecycle, with extra DLC crossover content from fellow Vita hack and slash Soul Sacrifice. Tecmo Koei has announced a series of new add-ons that involve new themed armor and...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 03.30.2014

Croixleur Sigma hacks and slashes onto Steam in late April

Croixleur Sigma is tentatively scheduled for an April 25 release on Steam, Nyu media announced today. The lovely doujin hack-and-slash initially hit western shores early last year, but has since been outfitted with a myriad o...

Kyle MacGregor







Review: Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition photo
Review: Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition
by Chris Carter

I still remember the first time I ever laid eyes on a Dynasty Warriors game. It was a cold winter afternoon in 2000, and for whatever reason, one lone copy of Dynasty Warriors 2 was calling my name at a local Blockbuster. I picked it up and subsequently played for days on end -- I was hooked.

Now here we are fourteen years later with Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (also branded the Complete Edition on the PS4 and Vita), with a brand new Lu Bu storyline, among other features. Like DW8 proper, fans will definitely want to pursue this one.

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Review: Toukiden: The Age of Demons photo
Review: Toukiden: The Age of Demons
by Kyle MacGregor

Originality is a pretty hard thing to come by, and ideas don't just materialize out of thin air. They're a patchwork of experiences lifted from our surroundings, filtered, and diffused back out into the world.

Many of us hide the stitching of our subliminal thievery, as we pull together material and create pastiches that are uniquely our own. Some openly celebrate their influences. And others are brazen enough to poach thoughts wholesale, copying intricate formulas to churn out imitation products.

Toukiden: The Age of Demons falls in that last category. Just about the furthest thing in the world from an original game, it pilfers liberally from the Monster Hunter series, and does little to obscure that fact. And that's okay. Despite the game's derivative nature, it manages to provide a reasonably decent, if somewhat drab, facsimile of its paragon.

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