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Hyrule Warriors

There's a max Rupee glitch in Hyrule Warriors


Can you pull it off?
Feb 26
// Jordan Devore
9,999,999 Rupees in Hyrule Warriors. Yeah, I could go for that. The game's community has been working tirelessly to figure out a newly discovered glitch that involves slaying a giant boss (King Dodongo, Gohma, etc.) with a w...
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Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors' play-as-Ganon mode looks broken and awesome


Upcoming patch will fix long loading times, thank goodness
Feb 26
// Jordan Devore
In the next and seemingly final piece of DLC for Hyrule Warriors, we'll be able to punch bosses in the face as the biggest boss of all, Ganon, in his own separate mode. I'm eager to let my anger out on the Imprisoned, that j...
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Dead or Alive 5 buggies

Last Round is the third Dead or Alive 5 release, but it has some bugs


There are known issues and then there are unknown known issues
Feb 25
// Steven Hansen
Koei Tecmo has been riding Dead or Alive 5 since 2012. If you count the PlayStation Vita-enhanced Dead or Alive 5 Plus, the recent Dead or Alive 5 Last Round release marks the fourth iteration. It has a couple new characters ...
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Bladestorm

Bladestorm: Nightmare will hit Steam in May


It still has dragons
Feb 18
// Chris Carter
In addition to the PS3, PS4, and Xbox One in March, it looks like the upcoming Bladestorm: Nightmare will be arriving on Steam in May. Nightmare is an expansion and semi-sequel of sorts to the original game, complete with new...
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Odolwa has gotten chunky
Happy Majora's Mask day! Over the past week, I've spent I don't know how many hours trying to get through the new DLC in Hyrule Warriors. Even if I did know, I wouldn't say. A lot. Way too many. To access certain levels, you'...

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Dead or Alive mods

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round director asks PC modders to be 'moral'


Restless clothes syndrome
Feb 11
// Jordan Devore
When I say "Dead or Alive PC mods," you think ___? You don't need to answer that. The series debuts on Steam this March and if mods created for past console versions are any indication, things are about to get wild. But hopef...
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Dragon Quest Heroes

So what's the difference between the PS3 and PS4 versions of Dragon Quest Heroes?


I'll tell you
Feb 10
// Chris Carter
Dragon Quest Heroes will launch in Japan this year on both the PS3 and PS4 -- Square Enix is "interested" in a localization, but we haven't heard anything concrete yet. So what's the difference in terms of the generational ga...
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Hyrule Warriors

The Majora's Mask music in Hyrule Warriors is so damn catchy


*Idles on map screen and awaits death by moon crash*
Feb 05
// Jordan Devore
I know it's early, but anyone else dig into the Majora's Mask DLC for Hyrule Warriors yet? I've played about an hour of it today and I'm loving the Termina map, especially its music, embedded above. So upbeat despite that ac...
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Dead or aroused

Dead or Alive 5 trailer shows off alternate bikini and ninja costumes


Dead or aroused
Feb 03
// Steven Hansen
Pretty cool. This video is three trailers in one. The regular old gameplay trailer, then a deeper look at Dead or Alive 5: Last Round's characters (there's two new ones in this iteration), and then sexy bikini ladies. Actual...
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Dragon Quest Heroes

Dragon Quest Heroes team interested in localization


Dual audio also on the table
Feb 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Speaking with Game Watch at the Taipei Game Show over the weekend, Square Enix producer Ryutaro Ichimura discussed a potential western release for Dragon Quest Heroes.  “I want to proceed thinking po...
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Hyrule Warriors sales

Hyrule Warriors had the most successful launch of any Musou game in the U.S.


I still hate Liu Bei
Jan 30
// Jason Faulkner
Nintendo's gambit with one of its most profitable properties seems to have paid off. Koei Tecmo's Hyrule Warriors is the fastest selling of any entry of the Musou series released in the United States. Great DLC and iconi...
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Hyrule Warriors

You can slice the Moon in half in next week's Hyrule Warriors DLC!


Revenge is sweet
Jan 29
// Jordan Devore
In this trailer overviewing the Majora's Mask DLC for Hyrule Warriors, we get to see Young Link don the Fierce Deity's mask and cut the Moon in half. My dark fantasy has finally been realized. There's more excitement abound:...
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Dead or Alive PC delay

Dead or Alive 5 will make up for its PC delay with 28 free costumes


Alright then
Jan 28
// Jordan Devore
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round won't hit its original February 17, 2015 release on PC, as Koei Tecmo has pushed the game to March 30 "n order to provide you with the best possible experience..." To that end, the company is giving...
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Hyrule Warriors

Hyrule Warriors ships one million units worldwide, which is damn good for the Wii U


Nice!
Jan 27
// Chris Carter
Hyrule Warriors is a really good game, which is why I'm glad it shipped one million units globally. Koei Tecmo has recently announced the numbers, and although yes, that number is shipped, not sold, that's still great for a W...
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Toukiden PS4 vs. Vita

Toukiden: Kiwami has better abs on PlayStation 4


PS4 vs. PS Vita comparison screens
Jan 23
// Jordan Devore
Between Toukiden: The Age of Demons and Freedom Wars, I'm slipping way behind on hunting/action games. Probably for the best, in the former case: Omega Force is coming out with an expanded version, Toukiden: Kiwami, that incl...
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Hyrule Warriors DLC

These are the Majora's Mask DLC outfits for Hyrule Warriors


Next update adds skill deleting, quick restarts, higher max level
Jan 16
// Jordan Devore
When the Majora's Mask DLC for Hyrule Warriors drops (January 29 in Europe and Japan; February 5 in North America), players will gain access to these three new costumes. As expected and feared by some, Lana is getting the Sku...
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Toukiden: Kiwami

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


Plus a cool anime trailer from Studio 4C
Jan 15
// Steven Hansen
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...

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

Jan 14 // Jordan Devore
Here are two more tips that will be a revelation to some of you and common sense to others: There's a quicker way to sprint! While moving, press and hold the evade button ("B" on the GamePad) to immediately start sprinting after you roll. No, you don't need to pick up material or weapon pouches dropped by fallen foes. You'll still earn those items upon successful completion of the level, thank eff. Got tips 'n' tricks of your own? Share 'em, if you'd be so kind.
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Bless you, Divisive Plan
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...

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Why am I so hot?

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


'Super Secret Fighting Chick' (not poultry)
Jan 14
// Steven Hansen
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...
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Atelier Ayesha Plus

Atelier Ayesha Plus out today for PlayStation Vita


Koei Tecmo localizes Gust's latest portable RPG
Jan 13
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Bladestorm delay

Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason


I like to think the cyclops' horn is actually gelled hair
Jan 08
// Jordan Devore
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,...
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Dragon Quest

I'm so down for Dragon Quest Heroes


That Healslime plush!
Dec 23
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Hyrule Warriors

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


In before Bow-Wow
Dec 10
// Jordan Devore
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,...
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Dead or Alive PC

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


Armageddon
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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Link's short shorts

Link can wear skimpy shorts in the new Hyrule Warriors DLC


Twilight Princess pack
Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
♪ 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...
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Bladestorm

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


Part history, part fantasy
Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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Atelier Shallie

PS3 role-player Atelier Shallie comes west this March


More cowbell!
Nov 12
// 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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Dead or Alive 5

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launches February 17


Koei Tecmo details complicated free-to-play situation
Oct 23
// Kyle MacGregor
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 ...
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Hyrule Warriors

The Link amiibo will work with Hyrule Warriors


No specifics yet
Oct 21
// Jordan Devore
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...

Review: Samurai Warriors 4

Oct 21 // Chris Carter
Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3, PS4 [reviewed], PlayStation Vita)Developer: Omega ForcePublisher: Tecmo KoeiReleased: October 21, 2014MSRP: $59.99 (PS4) / $49.99 (PS3) / $39.99 (Vita) Samurai Warriors 4 is the biggest game in the series yet with 55 total characters, and 12 full story campaigns. It's massive. Old favorites return, such as Geomon Ishikawa, Kojiro Sasaki, and Musahmi Miyamoto, and there are a number of characters who make their appearance for the first time in the series. Whether you're a newcomer or an old fan, this is a great place to start. Warriors 4 follows Omega Force's tried-and-true two-button combo system, with both light and heavy attacks that morph into stuns, area-of-effect, or juggle attacks depending on the order of operations. The neat thing about Samurai Warriors is that it opens up an entirely new combo system with its heavy attacks, called "hyper combos." Instead of using the same light-to-heavy moves you'll also have the reverse available, which gives each individual character at least ten unique powers. This is added on to the fact that every combatant has their own signature power, which can be a special grapple or even a grenade attack. Omega Force has done a great job of further mixing it up with a rock-paper-scissors system, where enemies, officers, and generals may be more prone to normal, hyper, or special attacks. In Samurai 4, you can to use more advanced moves like air recoveries, shadow dodges, guard breaks, and ripostes. You can also switch between two characters at will, which is a nice touch for instant fast traveling. While it's not overly complex, it still offers another layer on top of the traditional Warriors formula. [embed]282659:56010:0[/embed] Having said that, missions can blend together over the course of each campaign. There are a lot of actual venues that range from indoor palaces to vast expanses of woodlands, but at the end of the day you're still going to move from officer to officer, slaying all who are in your way as you carve your path towards the boss character. Past Warriors games have mixed the action up with siege weapons and additional tactics, but Samurai Warriors 4 brings things back to the basics, for better or worse. While the actual combat system has more legs, missions tend to be linear affairs. Playing on hard will force you to try more, like kill enemy banner holders to lower morale, but it's still not as deep as prior games. Thankfully there is full split-screen support for the console versions, as well as online play for the entire campaign and free mode to help alleviate the feeling of repetition. Even if you start to feel in a trance due to the blending mission structure, the sheer variety of the roster will keep you interested for a while. Samurai Warriors 4 does a great job of making you feel like a badass with faster gameplay (especially on PS4, with more enemies on-screen and a superior frame rate). Characters can employ ninja tactics (Kotaro Fuma), use demolition-like weapons (Ujiyasu Hojo), glowing demon swords (Nobunaga Oda), or more traditional methods of combat -- odds are you'll find a style you'll like. The actual quality of the stories vary, but they tend to all have some form of cheeseball humor characteristic of the franchise. It's performed by way of Japanese audio, which is actually perfect for the Samurai line, but there's just one problem -- it's tough to follow what's going on in-game with constant babbling, so you have to constantly look at subtitles to figure it out. While the story and free modes had me occasionally stopping for breaks, the new iteration of the "Chronicle" mode had me playing late into the night. Simply put, it's an Empire-like open-ended gametype that allows you to take your created character on a tour across Japan. You can start off serving the lord of your choice from the story, and from there, you'll begin your travels as a foot soldier into something greater. Not only do the missions themselves have greater variation from the core modes (instead of grand battles every time, you might just stop a band of thieves, for instance), but you'll also have a small amount of choice in terms of how your story plays out. Whether it's denying certain missions from your superior officer or expanding your personal army, there is an element of unpredictability involved. It helps that the character creation process is robust. Not only does Omega Force provide you with a large amount of customization options, but the studio also offers over 20 different weapon styles, from polearms to dual daggers. When everything is said and done, odds are you'll be able to create a male or female avatar you're happy with. Samurai Warriors 4 suffers from the same pratfalls as the rest of the Warriors series on occasion, but the strong offering of content and robust Chronicle mode will keep you interested for quite a while. If you have a friend available to play with locally or online as well, you can expect to play even longer.
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Goemon is back, baby
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 aroun...


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