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1:30 PM on 01.15.2015

Monster Hunter-alike Toukiden: Kiwami hits PS4, Vita in March

Toukiden: Kiwami is coming to Vita and PS4 on March 31 in North America. It will be available digitally and at retail.  Kiwami includes, "both the original Toukiden: The Age of Demons story and a brand new sto...

Steven Hansen



Ready for Hyrule Warriors' Majora's Mask DLC? If not, grind these levels photo
Ready for Hyrule Warriors' Majora's Mask DLC? If not, grind these levels
by Jordan Devore

I'm continually amazed and frightened by how much mileage I've gotten out of Hyrule Warriors. This game is massive without DLC, and with it, god help us all -- it just keeps going.

After regularly playing since launch in late September, I've managed to clear the first Adventure Mode map, most of the Master Quest map, and around half of the Twilight Princess map. But just when I feel like my progress is coming together, more content drops. Not that I'm complaining.

There's still the Majora's Mask DLC ($7.99 standalone, or bundled with the other DLC packs for $19.99) on February 5. We got our first real look at that content -- Young Link, Tingle, three new costumes, and an Adventure map -- during today's Nintendo Direct. It's gonna be good.

I'm ready to start rocking Tingle, but if your current favorite characters aren't as leveled-up as you'd like them to be, the Twilight Princess map can help. In particular, the "Divisive Plan" missions (locations here) are ideal for grinding experience points. You'll face off against a single warrior, like Darunia or Fi, who will split apart into multiple clones as you deal damage. More clones equals more XP. Just be sure to take advantage of their elemental weakness (e.g., Water beats Fire)!

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2:15 PM on 01.14.2015

New Dead or Alive doesn't have a fighting cock, but it has a schoolgirl

I excitedly misread a Dead or Alive 5 Last Round press release that began, "THE FIGHTING ROSTER IN DEAD OR ALIVE 5 LAST ROUND CONTINUES TO GROW" Fighting rooster? It's getting bigger? My ears perked up. Sounds...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 01.13.2015

Atelier Ayesha Plus out today for PlayStation Vita

Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk launches today on PlayStation Vita. Atelier Ayesha Plus tells the tale of a girl, Ayesha Altugle, who after the death of her grandfather and the disappearance of her younger sister...

Kyle MacGregor

1:45 PM on 01.08.2015

Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason

I was really just looking for any reason to talk about that cyclops again, but yes, there's been a short delay for Bladestorm: Nightmare, the expanded release of Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War for Xbox One, PlayStation 4,...

Jordan Devore

12:30 PM on 12.23.2014

I'm so down for Dragon Quest Heroes

If there are any Dragon Quest fanatics in the house, they're out Christmas shopping. It's just me, guy who played Dragon Quest IX but remembers almost nothing of the DS role-playing game. That said: I love Hyrule Warriors, m...

Jordan Devore





2:00 PM on 12.10.2014

Did you know there's a Chain Chomp in Hyrule Warriors?

I'm on track to put more time into Hyrule Warriors than any other videogame in 2014. This is coming from someone who has spent, at most, half an hour with Omega Force's past titles. I may not be a Dynasty Warriors fan -- and,...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Dead or Alive 5 headed to PC but it won't have online at launch

It's great to see a series like Dead or Alive finally come to PC. Less great, however, is that "Online modes for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will be added in a patch within three months of release." I suppose it comes down to ...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 11.21.2014

Link can wear skimpy shorts in the new Hyrule Warriors DLC

♪ I believe in miracles, since you came along, you sexy Link. ♪ Next Thursday's Twilight Princess pack for Hyrule Warriors will be one to remember. The DLC adds Twili Midna as a playable character, the Postman cos...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons

I didn't play 2007's Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, but I might play Bladestorm: Nightmare, an expanded version of the real-time tactics game for PS3, PS4, and Xbox One. The core remains the same -- you still side with ...

Jordan Devore



PS3 role-player Atelier Shallie comes west this March photo
PS3 role-player Atelier Shallie comes west this March
by Kyle MacGregor

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on March 10, 2015, Koei Tecmo has confirmed. Gust's latest role-playing game will then arrive on European shores a few days later, March 13. Who's ready to get craftin'?

Koei Tecmo America [Twitter, Koei Tecmo Europe]

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11:00 PM on 10.23.2014

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches February 17

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, supposedly the last one with a five in the title, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 on February 17, Koei Tecmo announced today. Team Ninja's upcoming fighting game will carry ...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 10.21.2014

The Link amiibo will work with Hyrule Warriors

While Nintendo has mostly talked about its upcoming amiibo figures in the context of Super Smash Bros., other games including Mario Kart 8 and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker will also support the near-field communication toys...

Jordan Devore



Review: Samurai Warriors 4 photo
Review: Samurai Warriors 4
by Chris Carter

While the Dynasty Warriors series is often heralded as the pinnacle of Omega Force's hack-and-slash catalog, the lesser-known Samurai franchise has been churning out some of the best games in the stable.

Based around the Sengoku era of Japan, Samurai Warriors mixes things up with unique offerings like ninjas, samurai, and historical figures such as Goemon Ishikawa and Musashi Miyamoto. If you can get past the repetition, Samurai Warriors 4 delivers another hearty helping of action the developer is known for.

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1:30 PM on 10.20.2014

Atelier Shallie confirmed for western release in 2015

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will arrive in North America and Europe sometime next year, Koei Tecmo announced today. Everyone knew it was coming all along, but now we know know. Also, you can bet your bottom dollar on a Vita port turning up sooner or later. Koei Tecmo Europe [Twitter]

Kyle MacGregor



Hyrule Warriors' 'Master Quest' DLC is worth the price of entry if you're already addicted photo
Hyrule Warriors' 'Master Quest' DLC is worth the price of entry if you're already addicted
by Chris Carter

Hyrule Warriors is a massive game. If you want to 100% everything, get every weapon, and max out every character, it could last you roughly 200 hours or more. I'm hitting the 100-hour mark myself, due in part to the new Master Quest DLC pack that dropped yesterday.

The pack comes side-by-side with a free update that brings three new characters to the mix, and on its own delivers a new weapon (Epona), five new campaign maps, and a newer, tougher Adventure Mode map.

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