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Review: Toukiden: The Age of Demons photo
Review: Toukiden: The Age of Demons
by Kyle MacGregor

Originality is a pretty hard thing to come by, and ideas don't just materialize out of thin air. They're a patchwork of experiences lifted from our surroundings, filtered, and diffused back out into the world.

Many of us hide the stitching of our subliminal thievery, as we pull together material and create pastiches that are uniquely our own. Some openly celebrate their influences. And others are brazen enough to poach thoughts wholesale, copying intricate formulas to churn out imitation products.

Toukiden: The Age of Demons falls in that last category. Just about the furthest thing in the world from an original game, it pilfers liberally from the Monster Hunter series, and does little to obscure that fact. And that's okay. Despite the game's derivative nature, it manages to provide a reasonably decent, if somewhat drab, facsimile of its paragon.

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Very Quick Tips: Deception IV: Blood Ties photo
Very Quick Tips: Deception IV: Blood Ties
by Chris Carter

Deception IV is a unique release, mainly due to the fact that there aren't many trap-setting games on the market in general.

Because of that, it's often hard for people to acclimate if they've never played a past entry before (Trapt is on the PSN, by the way) -- so here are some tips to help you along.

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Review: Deception IV: Blood Ties photo
Review: Deception IV: Blood Ties
by Chris Carter

The Deception franchise is a series I wish more people were aware of. Although the concept of a character that can't physically defend themselves isn't typically a popular go-to mechanic, this survival horror-like idea is turned on its head with the existence of deadly traps.

There's something soothing about setting up a ridiculously elaborate Goldbergian machine and unleashing it upon your foes that's insanely satisfying, and Deception IV is no exception. In fact, it may be the best and bloodiest entry yet.

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9:00 AM on 03.24.2014

Samurai Warriors 4 features the legendary Musashi and Goemon

Samurai Warriors 4 came out last week in Japan on the PS3 and Vita, and a few legendary characters will be joining the fray. Most notably is the well known swordsman Miyamoto Musashi -- who may also be remembered adventuring...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 03.21.2014

These new Deception IV trailers are sufficiently absurd

Want to get an idea of what the gameplay is like in Deception IV? Watch these trailers to see how exactly the trap setting mechanic works. It's not very action oriented, with more of an emphasis on the strategic placement of traps for fun and profit. It may not be for everyone, but I've been waiting years for a Deception follow-up, so expect a full review sometime next week.

Chris Carter





2:00 PM on 03.18.2014

Very Quick Tips: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z doesn't really offer up a deep combat system, but depending on what enemies you're fighting, it can get pretty intense -- especially on higher difficulty levels. Here are a few quick tips to help you on your quest to destroy the undead horde.

Chris Carter



Review: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z photo
Review: Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
by Chris Carter

I really didn't know what to expect from Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z.

On one hand, it has the Ninja Gaiden name (which, admittedly, doesn't have much sway these days) and Keiji Inafune attached. But on the other, you have Spark Unlimited and the so-so grindhouse setup that kind of fell flat with a series of dull trailers.

The end result is a game that attempts to try a lot of different concepts, and only succeeds at a select few.

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8:00 AM on 03.02.2014

Atelier Escha & Logy conjures a launch trailer

Atelier Escha & Logy is almost here. Can't you just smell it in the air? The PS3 role-player will materialize on European shores come March 7. Meanwhile, folks in North America will have to wait until March 11 to ge...

Kyle MacGregor

8:30 AM on 02.26.2014

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn announced for PS3

Namco Bandai has announced that Tecmo Koei game Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn will be coming to the PS3 as a digital release this summer in the Americas. Gundam Reborn smashes together several anime and manga series' worth ...

Dale North

3:00 PM on 02.20.2014

This is how to build a trap in Deception IV

Deception IV is on the way here, and if you think it's going to be a constantly action packed experience, you should check out the above trailer. Essentially, the vast majority of your time is going to be spent in menus...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 02.20.2014

You'll fight mutant infants in Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z

I'm pretty tired of looking at Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. The seemingly endless parade of trailers and screenshots trying to be more extreme than the last batch is wearing on me. The longer it goes on, the more I have to wo...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:00 AM on 02.13.2014

Tecmo Koei may already be working on a Toukiden update

Although Toukiden: The Age of Demons has just launched this week on the PlayStation Vita in North America, Siliconera has uncovered a trademark filing for "Toukiden Extreme," which most likely hints at an updated version some...

Chris Carter

3:30 PM on 02.03.2014

Sexy horse traps in Deception IV's Rube Goldberg machine

I was watching Mouse Hunt the other day expecting it to not hold up since seeing it in theaters in 1997. Remember when a children's film could start with a bleak funeral that ends with a body in a sewer and continue towards ...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 02.01.2014

Zombies make out in this Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z video

Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z looks disgusting; over-the-top; insane; and unabashedly offensive, yet I still can't wait to give it a go. The latest trailer above sheds some light on a few of the game's more interesting costumes, and let's just say the school girl outfit is not quite what one would expect. Will you be picking up Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z when it drops this March? 

Wesley Ruscher

11:30 AM on 01.21.2014

New Deception IV: Blood Ties JP trailer is fantastic

Koei Tecmo does not let us down in this new trailer for Deception IV: Blood Ties. In just two short minutes you get brain bashing, face caging, stone crushing, horse racking, bomb bowling, pole bonking, and so much more. Stick around for the very end of the video, too. We just recently learned that the release date for Deception IV: Blood Ties is set for March 25. I can't wait.

Dale North

11:30 AM on 01.17.2014

Deception IV: Blood ties dated: March 25, 2014

Tecmo Koei has dropped the official date for Deception IV: Blood Ties for North America this morning: March 25, 2014. This follow-up to the PlayStation classic Tecmo's Deception is coming to PS3 and Vita -- traps and deaths a...

Dale North