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8:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Chibi Final Fantasy IV is on Steam at typical Square price

The cutesy, 3D Final Fantasy IV remake released on Nintendo DS in 2008, then mobile devices last year (along with a 3D remake of The After Years) has now come to Steam with things like trading cards and achieve...

Steven Hansen


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




11:00 AM on 09.19.2014

Turn-based JRPG Zodiac's MMO-inspired multiplayer explained

Once you get past the beautiful artwork and big names -- Final Fantasy composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII), series scenario writer Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII) -- Zodiac does start to ...

Steven Hansen



Former Final Fantasy devs team with European studio on JRPG Zodiac photo
Former Final Fantasy devs team with European studio on JRPG Zodiac
by Steven Hansen

French developer Kobojo has announced a new game, Zodiac, made in collaboration with frequent Final Fantasy composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII), series scenario writer Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII) and sound designer Masaaki Kaneko.

The team describes the completely hand drawn turn-based RPG as, "Final Fantasy meets Valkyrie Profile and Dragon's Crown in a new online multiplayer experience." 

Kobojo, which has Paris and Scotland-based studios, started as a social game developer, but has since shifted focus to developing high quality role-playing games for mobile devices. It is showing Zodiac at TGS on iOS and PlayStation Vita, but there is no lead platform for the loose 2015 release date.

CEO Mario Rizzo explained that things like platform and price model will need to be worked out on the business side. "It could be Xbox," he said, and noted that it is a Unity game so PC and console versions are all viable (it was being demoed with a controller). Cross platform compatibility, too, will be completely dependent on platform holders, as there are "no technical restrictions" on being able to play the game on your phone, then pick up the same character on your Vita or elsewhere. "Only business restrictions," Rizzo said.

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11:30 AM on 08.25.2014

Alienware Alpha Steam console to debut in Japan at Tokyo Game Show 2014

Alongside all of the crazy Japanese things we expect to see at Tokyo Game Show next month, we're adding one very American thing. Alienware will debut their Steam gaming console, the Alpha, at the September 18-21 event. It was...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 07.22.2014

Azure Striker out next month in Japan, working on North American release parity

Keiji Inafune's other not Mega Man game, Azure Striker: Gunvolt, is coming to Japan (via 3DS eShop) on August 20. No word on a specific North American release date. Inti Creates' Takuya Aizu explained...

Steven Hansen

4:45 PM on 07.14.2014

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

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...

Brittany Vincent

8:00 AM on 07.08.2014

Criminal Girls' sexual punishment will only be mildly censored

A lot of people were upset after NIS America announced it had "edited certain aspects" of Criminal Girls: Invite Only for Western release. The "c" word (censorship) was thrown around nobly as it always seems to be w...

Steven Hansen



Review: Monster Monpiece photo
Review: Monster Monpiece
by Brittany Vincent

Too often, unique and engaging games are passed over due to their risqué content and gimmickry, and Monster Monpiece is inevitably one that will fall victim to this curse.

It's not difficult to see why some may be turned off by it, though -- despite the fact that it's a strategic card battler, it's also rife with many of the same tropes that will turn members of even its target audience off: like "rubbing" illustrations that happen to resemble young women and engaging in adult situations. But beneath the trappings of a fluffy "adult" game is a challenging and entertaining card game that's quite fun.

And believe it or not, that's actually the main attraction. 

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3:30 PM on 07.04.2014

Sexual punishment probably scrubbed from Criminal Girls western release

Criminal Girls: Invite Only, a touched up version of the 2010 PSP game Criminal Girls, is coming to Vita in North America and Europe next year, NIS America announced. Criminal Girls involves guiding seven girls through ...

Steven Hansen

2:45 PM on 07.01.2014

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star also coming to North America

Last week, Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star received confirmation of a European launch, but no specific news of a North American release. Well, that didn't last long. Koei Tecmo America has announced the Gust ...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star is coming to Europe, but US release uncertain

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star is a sci-fi/fantasy RPG from Tecmo Koei Europe that may or may not be releasing in the US. Figured we'd get that out of the way for anyone who might be interested after reading the synopsis. ...

Brittany Vincent





2:15 PM on 06.23.2014

Suikoden creator working on Western-targeted project

Suikoden creator Yoshitaka Murayama is away from Konami and the series he built, but with his new studio, Blue Moon, he might be making a game that we can all eventually play.  "It’s hard to say with cert...

Steven Hansen

12:45 PM on 06.16.2014

NIS takes us to an island paradise, battles us, then travels back in time

NIS was a bit of a hidden treasure at E3. The publisher shared a booth with Atlus and it took me stopping and actually looking at what was on display at the demo station to put two and two together. The search was well worth it because I was rewarded with a closer look at three upcoming titles: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited, and Natural Doctrine.

Natalie Kipper

12:30 PM on 06.07.2014

Get a load of the new Pokemon R/S Mega Evolutions and trainer duds

The latest issue of Japanese game mag CoroCoro has revealed some of the new Mega Evolutions for the Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire remakes, including new Megas for starters Sceptile and Swampert, event Pokemon Diance, and series masco...

Jonathan Holmes

4:45 PM on 06.06.2014

Yukiko & Yosuke get Persona 4 Ultimax trailers

I got so excited about Yu's Yul Brynner chest on the Persona 4 Ultimax box art that I almost missed new trailers for Yukiko and Yosuke. I never noticed this, but Yosuke's persona sort of looks like the frog navi the frog reporter uses in Mega Man Battle Network 2. Yeah, I like those games.

Steven Hansen

3:30 PM on 06.06.2014

The Japanese box art for Persona 4 Ultimax is real good

This is the official box art for the Japanese release of Persona 4 Ultimax. It's pretty great, even with the best characters (Mitsuru and Chie) getting teeny billing. That Yul Brynner chest pose though.

Steven Hansen