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2:15 PM on 04.22.2014

Lords of the Fallen challenge trailer takes a mulligan, kicks in doors

It turns out that when a hulking behemoth charges at you as fast as it can, you might want to get out of the way. If that wasn't common sense, the first 40 seconds of this new Lords of the Fallen trailer expertly convey...

Brett Makedonski


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1:45 PM on 04.22.2014

Modder Durante has tips to push Dark Souls II's graphics even further

Modder Peter "Durante" Thoman led the charge in making Dark Souls a better-looking game on PC. While the PC port of the sequel is an improvement over developer From Software's last effort, there's room to push its graphics fu...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Namco has made another Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures

Coming to PS3, 360, Wii U, and 3DS this fall, a sequel to "an emotionless venture that's devoid of any soul or effort." I guess Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures, which is based on the new Pac-Man television series, did well enough to warrant a sequel.

Steven Hansen



Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen photo
Preview: Dropping fools in holes in Lords of the Fallen
by Steven Hansen

Thousands of years ago, people defeated god. They believed evil could be excised from humanity. Sinners were marked with tattoos and exiled. People also believe vaccinations lead to autism and that How I Met Your Mother is a good television show. Point is, people believe dumb, wrong things.

Fast forward to Lords of the Fallen's present and the demons have returned once more. The good, upstanding people of civilized life turn to the man who committed the most deadly sins, the man whose facial tattoos make Zell and Tyson cower.

That man is you, naturally. What, did you expect to play a shivering townperson? Maybe a frightened townperson simulator where you keep running away from relentless, disgusting demons and every time you die you just jump to the perspective of someone who isn't dead yet and you're just endlessly, brutally murdered until everyone is dead and the game is over. That would be a different game. This one is about punching monsters with big claws.

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Tales of Xillia 2 coming west this August, collector's edition detailed photo
Tales of Xillia 2 coming west this August, collector's edition detailed
by Steven Hansen

We knew Tales of Xillia 2 would be coming to the Americas before the first Tales of Xillia came out, but now we have a date, along with a bulky collector's edition. You can get your hands on the PS3 RPG on August 19 in North and South America.

You can also drop $130 on the collector's edition, which includes a figure of one of the new main characters, Ludger Kresnik, a replica pocket watch (it doesn't run), a cat key chain, a CD of selected tracks, an art book, and alternative costume DLC of characters from past Tales games.

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Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day: A confusing mess of things I like photo
Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day: A confusing mess of things I like
by Steven Hansen

I finally got to play Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day last week. The lovechild of Suda 51, Tokyo Jungle director Yohei Kataoka, Silent Hill sound director Akira Yamaoka, and a bunch of other Japanese development talent, I've followed Ranko Tsukigime closely. 

So I was excited to finally get to play it. But I couldn't talk about it until today. Despite the fact that it decided to up and release in Europe last week. Even though it doesn't have a firm North American release date.

Whatever. I'm going to go see Short Peace in theatres this Thursday at least.

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Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates photo
Namco takes Gundam Vs gameplay west with F2P Rise of Incarnates
by Steven Hansen

The 2 on 2 Gundam vs. Gundam series is as big in Japan as that full-scale Gundam model in Tokyo. It's also big on the Destructoid Forum, in that one Gundam fan keeps explaining how it's the best fighting game and tries to get people to import it. I'm more of a Gundam Battle Assault 2 kind of guy.

Anyway, Namco is taking the format of Gundam Vs. and bringing it west with a new IP, the free-to-play Rise of Incarnates. Because the 2 on 2 format is a bit different for Western audiences, Namco went with a F2P model to build a player base.

And you know it's been developed specifically for the west for several reasons. First, the initial stage being shown off is New York, with the post-apocalyptic staple crumbling Statue of Liberty. Second, there is a blond character with big hair. He looks just like us, my fellow Americans, with his rock and roll nonchalance and red leather jacket.

Though he turns into a monster and there is a mad scientist who rides on a tidal wave of corpses.

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10:00 PM on 04.20.2014

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day out now in Europe

Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day arrived in Europe over the weekend. Developed by Tokyo Jungle studio Crispy's and Grasshopper Manufacture, the PlayStation 3 title serves as the final installment to anime legend Katsuhiro ...

Kyle MacGregor

1:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Hideo Baba confirms Tales of Hearts R for Western release

Ready for more Tales games to invade your backlog? Who isn't, right? Like a fabulous shooter once said, get psyched, because Tales series producer Hideo Baba has just confirmed that the PlayStation Vita Tales entry Tales of ...

Brittany Vincent

1:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Boxed PC copies of Dark Souls II delayed in the UK

There was some confusion this morning about a possible delay for the PC version of Dark Souls II, which is already later than its console counterparts. Regrettably, there is a delay, to May 2 -- but only in the United Kingdom...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 04.09.2014

I could spend an hour looking at all the new Smash Bros. screenshots

If you haven't yet been to the official Super Smash Bros. website following yesterday's infodump from the all-Smash Nintendo Direct presentation, you're going to want to do so sooner than later. I feel like I've said it many ...

Jordan Devore







An early look at the PC version of Dark Souls II photo
An early look at the PC version of Dark Souls II
by Alasdair Duncan

How many times have I died in Dark Souls II now? 12, 14... 16?

Truth is I've already lost count of how many times I've taken a blade to the chest or an arrow to the face. Whenever I think I'm making progress, something takes me by surprise and I'm back to square one but I have to persevere, I need to keep pushing on. I have to learn about the enemies, their patterns, their routines. 

I swear I'll make it out of the tutorial area at some point.

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6:00 PM on 04.07.2014

Bandai Namco reportedly recruiting talent for 'Smash Bros. 6'

Nintendo may be hyping upcoming Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and 3DS, but according to Siliconera (via Game Jouhou) Bandai Namco has been sniffing around for talent to work on a "Smash Bros. 6" for a 2015 release. As posted o...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 PM on 04.04.2014

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 added to EVO 2014 lineup

EVO co-founder Joey Cuellar made a special presentation on iPlayWinner revealing that Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be part of this year's EVO lineup. Bandai Namco Games is also joining the event has a primary sponsor for the ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

6:00 PM on 03.26.2014

This JoJo's Bizarre Adventure limited edition is worth over 2000

Bandai Namco has this super ultra limited JoJo's Bizzare Adventure: All-Star Battle up for auction right now. What makes it so special? It comes with a statue of Jojo incrusted with 6000 Swarovski crystals. Along with a ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Review: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z photo
Review: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z
by Wesley Ruscher

On paper, the thought of participating in an eight-player Dragon Ball Z battle sounds like the stuff of fanboy dreams. Blasting Kamehamehas across the chasms of Namek while fighting alongside your favorite Saiyans could be as exhilarating virtually as it was to watch years ago on TV.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z attempts to recreate this in all its chaotic glory. More than a simple one-versus-one fighter, the game is jam packed with characters -- from practically the entirety of the franchise -- that can be pitted in teams of four against each other in any dream combination possible.

Unfortunately in reality, having four Krillins trying to dismantle the likes of Androids 16 through 19 together is not even half as entertaining as the thought is ridiculous.

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