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8:00 PM on 01.27.2014

Fan-made Dark Souls II shields look great in-game

From Software is incorporating the six winning community-made shield designs from that contest into Dark Souls II and here's a look at two of them all finished up. How seamless. Not only are the winners going to receive a cop...

Jordan Devore





4:00 PM on 01.25.2014

Super Heroine Chronicle is one game NA will never see

If it's one thing An American Tale taught me, it's to "never say never." But come on, what really are the chances of Super Heroine Chronicle landing on North American shores? It takes the mash-up wackiness of the Super Robot...

Wesley Ruscher

7:00 PM on 01.24.2014

Namco Bandai is changing its name to Bandai Namco

In Japan, Namco Bandai is referred to as Bandai Namco. I've long wondered if and when the company would decide to go for unified branding worldwide and it's finally happening this year. Announced at a board meeting yesterday,...

Jordan Devore

1:15 PM on 01.23.2014

Tales of Phantasia goes free-to-play on iOS devices

Namco Bandai is doing its best Square Enix impression today, as the publisher has released a free-to-play version of beloved role-playing game Tales of Phantasia on iOS devices in North America. The classic title fi...

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 01.20.2014

I'm dreading some of Dark Souls II's Achievements

"This is Dark Souls - Die for the first time." Perfect. The Achievements / Trophies for Dark Souls II have come out and this is not a link to click if you're one to fear spoilers. Locations, bosses, friendly characters, and c...

Jordan Devore

1:00 PM on 01.19.2014

Namco Bandai to publish The Witcher 3 in Australia

CD Projekt has announced that distribution duties for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in Australia and New Zealand will be handled by Namco Bandai; they're also handling distribution of the upcoming RPG in Europe. I'd have thought t...

Harry Monogenis

9:30 AM on 01.16.2014

Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day out now in Japan for PS3

The stunning fifth and final episode of Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace anthology made its debut on PlayStation 3 in Japan today. I'm all kinds of jealous right now. A sidescrolling action game, Ranko Tsukigi...

Kyle MacGregor



The new Dark Souls II trailer is very, very noisy photo
The new Dark Souls II trailer is very, very noisy
by Conrad Zimmerman

A new trailer for Dark Souls II has just hit the interwebs and it is thrilling. Huge enemies, vast and inhospitable environments, it's sticking to the playbook and that's just fine. The only problem I have with it is that it's so damn noisy.

There's a whole bunch of talking going on in the latter half. I suspect they are things that would have considerable interest pique-ing potential, but I don't know because I can't make out anything over the noise of the score and sound effects. It's like I have a teenager in the house, they really like orchestral music for some reason, and all I want to do is watch my damn show. Turn that racket down.

But the demon-horses? Terrifying.

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Review: Dark Souls: Design Works photo
Review: Dark Souls: Design Works
by Chris Carter

The art of the Souls series blows me away. It truly is an adventurous experience, because although the style is consistent, you literally never know what you're going to walk into next. Whether it's a series of decadent libraries or a murky, poisonous swamp, every single area in a Souls game looks uniquely haunting.

Dark Souls: Design Works is an art book that collects most of that beautiful madness in one place, and although it's lacking in many areas, it is pretty much a must-have for fans of the series.

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10:30 AM on 01.07.2014

Indie puzzle platformer Vessel not coming to Xbox 360

In a bit of sour news for fans of puzzle platformers, it appears that Namco Bandai, who was handling the Xbox Live Arcade release of 2012's PC title Vessel, has stopped working on the port. In an email with XBLA Fans, John Kr...

Darren Nakamura

3:00 PM on 12.22.2013

Namco unveils first look at Tales of Zestiria footage

Namco Bandai has unveiled the debut trailer for Tales of Zestiria, and it has dragons. The role-playing game is currently in development for the PlayStation 3 and will ostensibly release in 2015 in commemoration of the serie...

Kyle MacGregor

1:30 PM on 12.20.2013

Namco Bandai seems to want Dark Souls for mobile

"We'd like to bring Dark Souls to mobile, but it's very difficult because the guys at From Software are very much console oriented," Namco Bandai director of global strategy for mobile Alex Adjaj told Digital Spy. "To change ...

Jordan Devore





8:00 PM on 12.19.2013

Dark Souls II will be a 'good experience on PC'

Given that Dark Souls was only ported onto the PC after a vociferous campaign by fans, it was no surprise to me that the PC version felt lacking. Although many problems were fixed by the modding community, Dark Souls II produ...

Alasdair Duncan

4:45 PM on 12.19.2013

Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day has a giant evil Pomeranian

Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day will serve as the concluding piece to Short Peace, a four-part animated anthology from Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo. I need to see this film so badly. Just look at the art in those traile...

Steven Hansen



Tales of Zestiria announced for PS3 photo
Tales of Zestiria announced for PS3
by Dale North

Namco Bandai has announced that Tales of Zestiria, the latest Tales series game, will be coming to North and South America for the PS3. This is a worldwide announcement -- a first for the series. How nice!

All we know so far is that the RPG will return to its series roots with a fantasy setting. Makoto Yoshizumi, chief producer, says that "this title will be going back to the roots of the series."

All four series designers are on-board for character design: Mutsumi Inomata, Kosuke Fujishima, Daigo Okumura, and Minoru Iwamoto. Cutscenes and openings will be handled by ufotable.

"Over the past few years the Tales Of team has taken great strides to strengthen our relationship with players across North America and Europe," said Tales producer Hideo Baba. "To respond to their love and support I am honored to open a new chapter of the Tales Of series together with Japanese and overseas fans."

YES. More RPGs. More Tales.

Don't miss the two teaser screenshots in our gallery.

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12:45 PM on 12.05.2013

Dark Souls II screenshots show off new covenants

Lately, Namco Bandai has been pretty keen to show off its upcoming title, Dark Souls II. With early 2014 looking pretty packed, From Software's next entry in the Souls series looks to be the one to keep an eye out for. In the...

Alessandro Fillari