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1:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Review: Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming

The original Half-Minute Hero was a very special and intriguing game. It boiled down an entire genre to its barest essentials, reducing the interminably long JRPG to just thirty seconds of gameplay. Both a heartfelt tribute a...

Kyle MacGregor


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9:30 AM on 04.01.2014

Half-Minute Hero sequel apparently hitting Steam April 4

Much like life itself, April Fools' Day is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get. Sometimes your candy is brimming with caramel. Other times, spiders are lurking in the nougat, just waiting to bit...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 AM on 03.30.2014

Half-Minute Hero 2 getting localized as The Second Coming

At long last, the much anticipated follow-up to Half-Minute Hero is finally setting sail for western shores, Marvelous AQL has confirmed. It's been nearly three years since the deconstructionist RPG launched in Japan, but be...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 03.29.2014

PS Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful sure looks like an acid trip

Hatsune Miku may be the queen of digital songstresses, but she's by no means the only act in town. Many are looking to join the party, like IA/VT Colorful, a rhythm game starring vocaloid idol IA. The musical title features 60 different tracks to get players bumping and grinding when the game arrives in Japan on July 31. Marvelous AQL has yet to announce a western release.

Kyle MacGregor

5:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Senran Kagura Burst box art was almost even sexier

Marvelous AQL didn't shy away from titillation with apparent porn game Senran Kagura Burst's European box art. The initial plan was even more blatant. The original box art design, prototyped above, was a slip cover. The outer...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Senran Kagura Burst commercial likens it to pornography

If you still live at home with an edgy "No stupid people beyond this point" sign on your door and your mom still cleans your bedroom for you because you are a child, she might find your porn game, this unfunny commercial suggests, with bundled up tissues and Vaseline.  Yes, you'll be Senran Kagura BUSTED. 

Steven Hansen

8:00 AM on 02.22.2014

WTF: This is one of the weirdest Japanese trailers ever

I have no idea what's going on in this trailer for the recently released, Japanese and PS Vita only, Valhalla Knights 3 Gold, but I have to say I'm mildly entertained. Well more entertained than I was when I reviewed th...

Wesley Ruscher

11:30 AM on 02.07.2014

Marvelous AQL is teasing a new project

Marvelous AQL has updated their site with a countdown clock teaser, and it might be hinting at Rune Factory developer Neverland Co.'s new project. The teaser simply states, "What have the developers of Rune Factory [Neve...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 01.24.2014

MAQL Europe reveals pre-order bonus for Senran Kagura

Senran Kagura Burst is making its way to European shores next month -- with a real life box and actual cartridge and everything! It's also getting a fancy pre-order bonus, according to publisher MAQL Europe. A 3D lenticu...

Kyle MacGregor

11:00 AM on 01.19.2014

Marvelous AQL flaunts Senran Kagura's European box art

In Japan, Senran Kagura is kind of a big deal. Marvelous AQL's ninja franchise has eclipsed its roots as a Nintendo 3DS game to spawn an anime series, manga, and a handful of new games. The property hasn't quite achieved the ...

Kyle MacGregor

10:30 PM on 01.15.2014

Senran Kagura creator helms rhythm game for PS Vita

Champions of vocaloid rhythm games rejoice. Be merry. Frolic. Go dance in the streets. Okay, stop. Come back. I have important things to tell you. Important things, I say. Marvelous AQL is developing something called IA/...

Kyle MacGregor





11:00 PM on 01.08.2014

Dekamari Senran Kagura is a rhythm cooking battle game

Senran Kagura is getting three brand new games, you perverts. Dekamori Senran Kagura is the most absurd of the bunch (which is saying something). It's a rhythm cooking game for the PlayStation Vita and PSP, categorized as a ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Senran Kagura Burst photo
Review: Senran Kagura Burst
by Jonathan Holmes

Senran Kagura Burst didn't receive a new, localized name when it was released on the 3DS eShop. That's kind of a shame, as a more comprehendable title for English speakers might have gone a long way to communicate what the game is about to its new audience.

They did leave in the word "Burst" though, which is important. It's the perfect word to describe the game. Senran Kagura Burst is a non-stop series of bursting of balloon-shaped breasts, bursting 500-hit combos, and bursting clothes exploding off of doll-like teenage girls. If you define "pornographic" as anything whose primary purpose is to stimulate and satiate your animal urges, then Senran Kagura Burst is your new porn game for 2013. It's like a compilation of all the "hottest scenes" from a regular beat-'em-up, without a lot of the design and pacing that holds those elements together in most well-made games.

They should have called it Boner Jams: The Game.

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Review: Valhalla Knights 3 photo
Review: Valhalla Knights 3
by Wesley Ruscher

Valhalla Knights 3 is dark and seedy. Its world congested with miscreants, lowlifes, and criminals; its landscape drab, dreary, and rundown. It borrows the unforgiving brutality of Dark Souls; the backbreaking grind found in the hardest of dungeon crawls; and all the statistical management and character tweaking of a typical MMORPG wrapped in a fantastic soundtrack by famed Japanese composer Motoi Sakuraba.

It also suffers from a pedigree that is quite abysmal. Beginning on the PSP and making a brief detour on the Wii, the Valhalla Knights series has been nothing short of a disappointing. An action-RPG series full of promising ideas, but ideas slopped together haphazardly to much critical chagrin.

With Valhalla Knights 3 though, developer K2 has a chance to start fresh on a new platform. Moving to the PS Vita, a system still much in its infancy, allows the developer a better chance of carving out a niche for itself in a landscape void of staunch competition. For the most part Valhalla Knights 3 cleans up the mess of its predecessors; unfortunately it introduces a whole new bevy of embarrassing design decisions to boot.

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6:00 AM on 10.01.2013

Marvelous shuts down Cross Horizon months after release

Cross Horizon is nearing the end of the line. Marvelous AQL made an unceremonious announcement Monday evening, disclosing plans to discontinue services for the title at month's end.  Curiously, the Meteorise-develop...

Kyle MacGregor

6:00 AM on 09.19.2013

Valhalla Knights 3 arrives this October for PS Vita

XSEED has released a new story trailer for Valhalla Knights 3. The forthcoming medieval action role-playing game is set to arrive on North American shores this October exclusively for PlayStation Vita.

Kyle MacGregor