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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 photo
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







Review: Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2 photo
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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Review: Croixleur  photo
Review: Croixleur
by Kyle MacGregor

It's impressive to reflect on how far-reaching and influential indie games have become in recent years. Small teams and one man acts are emerging from the woodwork to deliver experiences that rival those manufactured by the old guard. Despite how brightly that star shines, though, its spotlight rarely has extended to Japan's doujin scene.

There's a thriving indie community on the other side of the Pacific, but you wouldn't know it given how little attention it receives in the West. Nyu Media is looking to change that by publishing high quality doujin software for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Croixleur, their latest project, is an entertaining arcade romp. But if Nyu is looking to reverse the tide of perception, this serviceable hack-and-slash adventure probably isn't going to be the game to do it.

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9:00 AM on 01.25.2013

Oh HELLO and have Dynasty Warriors 8 screenshots

Oh HELLO there, I didn't see you on this fine Friday morning. Would you like some new screenshots for Dynasty Warriors 8? Here they are! HELLO! Today we get some a hearty selection of heroes from Jin, Wei, Wu, and Shu. Feast ...

Jim Sterling

11:30 AM on 01.22.2013

Dynasty Warriors 8 Treasure Box may make me import

In Japan, Dynasty Warriors is a big enough deal to justify special editions. These "Treasure Box" versions are packed with extra trinkets, but never make it Stateside. Dynasty Warriors 8's Treasure Box is classy enough to mak...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 01.20.2013

Devil May Cute: Indie hack-n-slash comes to PC this week

The Japanese indie scene may not be as celebrated as our own, but that doesn't mean it has to stay that way. Companies like Nyu Media are working to change by bringing these eastern-developed "bedroom" games to the ...

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

10:00 AM on 01.15.2013

Dynasty Warriors 8 screens reveal Wu, Lu Bu, woo hoo!

Some new Dynasty Warriors 8 screenshots have arrived, mostly focusing on Wu but taking some time to reveal the new designed for the "Other" force generals including Dong Zhuo, Diao Chan, Yuan Shao and, of course, Lu Bu. ...

Jim Sterling

2:00 PM on 01.14.2013

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Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.23.2012

New Dynasty Warriors 8 trailer and Jin screens

Here's a new Dynasty Warriors 8 trailer, featuring our usual excited announcer and a pair of new characters for the Jin faction -- Zhang Chunhua and Jia Chong.  As well as the video, a bunch of Jin screens show off the ...

Jim Sterling

4:45 PM on 12.17.2012

Dynasty Warriors implicated in school shooting

As if the circular blame game surrounding violent crime wasn't bad enough, one particular British tabloid has decided to implicate Dynasty Warriors in the Adam Lanza school shooting. Yes, we've moved on from Mass Effect and a...

Jim Sterling

8:00 AM on 12.11.2012

Dynasty Warriors 8 trailer arrives with much shouting

Here's a trailer for Dynasty Warriors 8, centered mostly around the new characters. Introduced in the video are Yue Jin, Li Dian, Lu Su, and Guan Yinping. Other new characters, not in the video, are Guan Xing and Zhang Bao.&...

Jim Sterling







Review: Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper photo
Review: Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
by Jim Sterling

Warriors Orochi 3 was one of the best entries in Koei's long-running Warriors series, perhaps since Dynasty Warriors 3. Not only was it packed with content, the inclusion of Ryu Hayabusa, Joan of Arc, and other characters from Tecmo Koei's game library, made it quite a special installment. 

The Wii U has given the publisher another chance to release a great game, and Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper seeks to justify itself with more content -- including two new characters and a dueling mode that evokes memories of Golden Axe's oft-forgotten competitive feature. 

It would have been a decent idea, had the port job not turned out so badly.

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