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3:00 PM on 06.01.2014

Marvelous AQL reveals new Senran Kagura 2 gals

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson is coming to Japan on August 7, and I'm sure we'll see the Nintendo 3DS brawler here sooner or later. In the meantime, Marvelous AQL has unveiled a couple faces that will be joining the titl...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 05.30.2014

New Harvest Moon being localized as Story of Seasons

Call it stereotypical of me if you will, but I'm a huge fan of Harvest Moon and its spinoffs -- even the wannabe games. That's why I'm so excited to see Story of Seasons releasing via XSEED this upcoming winter. After 18 year...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 PM on 05.20.2014

Hot deal: Muramasa Rebirth DLC discounted on PSN

Aksys Games has some nice deals on PlayStation Vita this week, with both episodes of Muramasa Rebirth's Genroku Legends downloadable content available for a song. A Cause to Diakon For and Fishy Tales of the Ne...

Kyle MacGregor

8:00 PM on 05.13.2014

Here's a trailer to remind you Soul Sacrifice Delta launched today

I was never able to really get into Soul Sacrifice when I played it around this time last year, which probably had something to do with Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate still getting plenty of attention from me at that point in tim...

Brett Zeidler

12:30 PM on 05.08.2014

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus jiggles to North America this fall

Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus is coming to PlayStation Vita in North America this autumn, XSEED Games announced today. The plot of Shinovi Versus unfolds shortly after the events of Senran Kagura Burst, revisiting t...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 PM on 05.04.2014

Take another look at trippy Vita rhythm game IA/VT Colorful

IA/VT Colorful certainly lives up to its name. The kaleidoscopic rhythm game from Marvelous AQL stars vocaloid idol IA and is nothing if not vibrant. While the visuals are certainly eye-catching, those bullet hell-esque elem...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 05.01.2014

XSEED keen on localizing more Senran Kagura games

XSEED boss Ken Berry once called the prospect of localizing Senran Kagura Burst a "scary proposition." Due to the title's subject matter and the conservative culture in the US, Berry surmised a western release had the "potent...

Kyle MacGregor



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Review: Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming
by Kyle MacGregor

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 and pointed critique, the bite-sized adventure brimmed with self-referential humor. It trot out just about every trope in the book, firing on all cylinders with a lengthy series of inside jokes and clever witticisms. Smart, familiar, and charming; it appealed to both fans of the genre and detractors alike in a way that so few games do.

Humor often has diminishing returns though. Even the funniest quip can lose some of its luster the second time around. And in that regard, Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming isn't quite as remarkable as its predecessor. Luckily, the deconstructionist RPG has upped its game in other arenas.

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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