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8:30 PM on 06.28.2013

CONFIRMED! Bayonetta's Enzo = Danny DeVito + Joe Pesci

If you play the original Bayonetta and don't immediately think of Joe Pesci the moment Enzo opens his mouth, you haven't been getting enough Vinny in your life. Some people find his manner of speech annoying, but like former ...

Tony Ponce

3:37 PM on 06.11.2013

It's E3, time for a Dynasty Warriors 8 trailer

It's E3, so that means it's time for more Dynasty Warriors stuff. This year, we get an English trailer for Dynasty Warriors 8, a trailer that mixed the music so loud you can't actually hear the English dub very well. Oh well...

Jim Sterling



Ryse: Son of Rome looks to be sinking photo
Ryse: Son of Rome looks to be sinking
by Brett Makedonski

Microsoft likes Ryse: Son of Rome enough to put it in Monday's press conference. If my hands-on time was any indication of the final product, there's no reason to be so keen on it. Despite having only five minutes with the game, it didn't do much to impress.

The demo that I was given was the exact same segment that was shown during the briefing. It was useful in that it displayed the mechanics behind the fighting system, and probably gave a good indicator as to how the game will be structured.

The combat doesn't appear to be overly deep. Face buttons are assigned for striking, shield bashing, parrying, and initiating executions. The movement and fluidity wasn't quite as clunky as I had anticipated, but it was by no means smooth. It felt nothing more than serviceable.

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8:00 AM on 06.05.2013

The Dishwasher: VS finally ported to PC, just not legally

Ska Studios has a pretty well-documented allegiance to publishing its games through the Xbox Live Arcade platform. The company's 2011 hit The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile has been an exclusive to the Microsoft service until...

Brett Makedonski





3:30 PM on 05.22.2013

It's a start: Crytek's Ryse will be exclusive to Xbox One

Crytek's long-talked-about but little-shown Ryse will be an Xbox One exclusive, according to the game's official website. This hack-and-slash title, set in ancient Rome, has been billed as a major -- "Gears of War / Halo" maj...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 05.09.2013

The cover art for Dragon's Crown is decidedly safe

George Kamitani's female character designs for Dragon's Crown have received a rather surprising amount of attention -- that's ... that's still going on, isn't it? -- but at least for the game's box art, the presentation is fa...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 04.29.2013

Hellraid announced: co-op slasher for Xbox 360, PS3, PC

Techland, the folks behind Dead Island, Call of Juarez and others, have just announced their next title, a co-op first-person slasher called Hellraid. This game is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 later this year.&nbs...

Dale North



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Review: Sacred Citadel
by Jim Sterling

The Sacred series is never going to give Diablo a run for its money, but it's always had its own unique charm. It's a fairly standard dungeon crawler with its own element of silly humor, and that's been enough to earn it a place in my heart. Given my fondness for Sacred, and my love of classic beat 'em ups, Sacred Citadel earned my attention from the outset. 

Trading its roleplaying robes for a brawler's tights, Citadel is a beat 'em up that, at least thematically, stays true to the series roots. Like its RPG precursors, Sacred Citadel is a game with its own sense of character, but clearly won't be giving the best of the genre anything to sweat about. 

Such is the Sacred way. 

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2:30 PM on 04.11.2013

Marvelous AQL's Valhalla Knights 3 gets a new trailer

After a lengthy delay, Marvelous AQL's Valhalla Knights 3 is heading to Vitas everywhere at some point this year, and you can get a taste of some gameplay in the new trailer above. This new iteration will feature a system wh...

Chris Carter

9:30 AM on 04.05.2013

New Dragon's Crown trailer is pure gameplay

Now that we know Dragon's Crown is coming to the US this Summer, it's a little bit easier to watch new footage and not be jealous of a localization. Hot off the heels of the dancing mouse, this new trailer is basically raw g...

Chris Carter

8:30 AM on 04.03.2013

Dynasty Warriors 8 coming here July 16 for 360/PS3

Dynasty Warriors 8 has been confirmed for Europe and North America today by Tecmo Koei. The eighth main installment in the hack n' slash series will release on both PS3 and Xbox 360, as well as feature both English and Japane...

Jim Sterling



PAX: Apotheon is more complex than it first appears photo
PAX: Apotheon is more complex than it first appears
by Joshua Derocher

Announced only a year ago, Apotheon is getting ready to release in 2013, and it's playable on the show floor here at PAX. At first glance it looks like a simple platformer or brawler, but the actual mechanics run deeper.

Directional combat, flanking, climbing on walls and ceiling, brutal physics, item upgrading, and dialog choices make give this stylistic 2D game an interesting edge. I am way more interested in it now that I have had the chance to play it.

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Review: Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires
by Jim Sterling

When it comes to milking a franchise, few companies are as impressive in their zeal as Tecmo Koei. This is a company that has not only released seven Dynasty Warriors games (with an eighth on the way), but managed to produce two major spin-off properties, each with their own sequels, and gets away with releasing two spin-off versions of every main installment it produces. 

Each Dynasty Warriors sequel gets two followups that copy most of the assets and add a few new pieces of content -- Xtreme Legends and Empires. We've already reviewed Xtreme Legends for the seventh installment, which introduced new characters and scenarios, but now Koei's back with the Empires variant -- a strategic take on the main game that charges players with uniting the kingdom through politics and force. 

As excessive as the Dynasty Warriors releases are, fans usually find the variant spin-offs interesting enough to give them a pass. However, with Tecmo Koei seemingly averse to spending money or exerting any effort lately, its usual tactics have become less easy to overlook, a problem wholly evident in Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires.

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6:00 PM on 02.25.2013

Check out Nipple Lights in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2

Strap on your Log Pose, because the crew of the Thousand Sunny is heading for the New World! After their inaugural voyage last year on the PS3, the Strawhat Pirates are coming back with new skills, new allies ...

Jason Cabral

11:15 AM on 02.18.2013

Shu 'nuff, we have more Dynasty Warriors 8 screenshots

A few more screenshots for Dynasty Warriors 8 have surfaced, showcasing a pair of characters from the Shu faction. If I'm not mistaken (I'm not), this is Liu Shan and Xing Cai.  These two characters aren't dramatically d...

Jim Sterling







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Review: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
by Jim Sterling

Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage was a great game, at least if you liked the Dynasty Warriors series and had an affection for the punch-happy manga upon which it was based. Kenshiro's post-apocalyptic wanderings worked remarkably well with the brawling, one-against-all gameplay Koei is famous for.

Koei is also famous for masses of sequels, and a follow-up was inevitable. Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 snuck out quietly compared to its predecessor, and unfortunately, there seems to be a reason for it.

The reason being, of course, that it's a paltry shadow of the original title in terms of visuals, quality, and ... pretty much everything.

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