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Very Quick Tips: Bloodborne photo
Very Quick Tips: Bloodborne
by Chris Carter

Bloodborne can get pretty rough at times. All Souls games can. To help you ease from the frustration to the fun zone, here are a few tips to help you on your way.

General non-spoiler tips will be frontloaded at the top, but the progression-spoiler ones will be in the second section. Note that no bosses or story elements are spoiled, just navigational tidbits in case you get lost.

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Review: Bloodborne photo
Review: Bloodborne
by Chris Carter

Hidetaka Miyazaki created a legacy with Demon's Souls. With three Armored Core games under his belt at From Software, Miyazaki dared to capture the spirit of the King's Field series for a new era, and thus the Souls series was born. His philosophy of "less is more" served as a driving force for the franchise's allure, and his influences permeate throughout.

In just six years we've seen four total games using the formula, and despite taking a step back for Dark Souls II, Miyazaki returns to the driver's seat with Bloodborne.

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7:00 PM on 03.23.2015

Geralt will grow a beard while you play The Witcher 3

Some would call beard growth in videogames insignificant -- a waste of time. They would be wrong. As spotted in the NeoGAF recap of German gaming magazine Gamestar.de's factoid-filled coverage of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, pro...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 03.21.2015

Want to know exactly how Xenoblade Chronicles 3D's amiibo and StreetPass mechanics work?

As some of you may know, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D will ship with amiibo support. It's not all that complicated -- you touch Shulk to your New 3DS and you earn tokens that you can spend on in-game models or music tracks. A lot of people have asked for a rundown of what exactly that entails, and since I have access to the game I figured I'd shed some light on the feature.

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 03.20.2015

Upsilon Circuit could redefine multiplayer in online gaming

Robot Loves Kitty's ambitious Upsilon Circuit is what I would consider the quintessential slow-burn, developing story in independent games today. In keeping with the premise of the TV game show-inspired title, the New England...

Rob Morrow

1:30 PM on 03.20.2015

Prepare to scroll: This Dark Souls illustration captures the complexity of Lordran

Uncovering the mysterious, unforgiving, crazy-but-believably-crafted world of Lordran is one of the greatest pleasures experienced in not only Dark Souls, but in the last decade of videogames. I'm still wrapping my head aroun...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 03.20.2015

Microsoft-canceled Xbox One Phantom Dust reboot leaked, looks alright

Microsoft announced a reboot of a 10-year-old Xbox cult-classic, Phantom Dust, at its E3 conference last year. This raised a lot of "huh?" and a lot of "uh, ok" (from me included) but people who played the original were excit...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 03.19.2015

Grab 22% off The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited (now with no monthly fee)

The Elder Scrolls Online did a reboot of sorts earlier this week and the game is now subtitled Tamriel Unlimited. Gamers interested in the buy-to-play, no-subscription-fee version of the game can grab any old retail copy and ...

Dealzon

4:30 PM on 03.18.2015

Hey Atlus fans, there's a big sale today

I don't know what's going on lately, but there seems to be a plethora of sales happening, especially for consoles. Today's big fat deal comes by way of the publisher Atlus. Posted over on their Facebook page, they decided to offer some wallet relief for hump day. Take a close look, because here is what they got for sale:

Robert Summa



Talk turns technical with Masquerada: Songs and Shadows' Ian Gregory  photo
Talk turns technical with Masquerada: Songs and Shadows' Ian Gregory
by Rob Morrow

While at PAX East, I was fortunate enough to schedule a chat with the co-founder and creative director of Singapore-based Witching Hour Studios, Ian Gregory, to talk about the studio's beautiful upcoming "pause-for-tactics" 2.5D isometric RPG Masquerada: Songs and Shadows, planned for release on PC, Mac, and consoles (TBD) sometime in early 2016.

The game takes place in a Venetian-inspired fantasy city called Ombre, and as it happens, is the only place in the game's world where magic exists. However, discovering and donning rare masks are the key to learning and harnessing that magical power. Gregory describes the mask's function in the game as that of "batteries," storing built-up magical energy to be released in the form of the different classes' skills and abilities.

Players follow the story of Inspettore Cicero Gavar as he returns from exile to solve a kidnapping that, as the game's description states, will  "shake up the foundations of the city." Cicero, your starting character in the game, is a Maestro, a hybrid class that draws from the skills of all three main character classes.

The three main classes available in the game are the Sicario, who fills the role of an assassin; the Pavisierre, the tank in the group; and lastly, the Dirge, a bard-like character who can cast both summons and buffs. Each class will have access to eight to ten different abilities, all of which possess their own skill trees.

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7:00 PM on 03.17.2015

PSA: South Park: The Stick of Truth dropped to $5 on PS3

If you don't own South Park: The Stick of Truth or never played it, then what the fuck is wrong with you? Well, if you own a PlayStation 3, then it's time to correct yourself. Now that the game is only $5, there's really no excuse not to play it. You can check out some other price drops here (I know ya'll want that Smurfs 2). PlayStation Store Update [PlayStation.Blog]

Robert Summa

4:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Oh, hey, Final Fantasy XV has summons and HOLY SHIT

Final Fantasy XIII's summons were ok, but in using the correct party of Fang/Lightning/Vanille, you only get to see a handful (Bahamut, thankfully). And the whole techno Transformers look, while thematically consistent, led ...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Square Enix to reveal new console JRPG this year

Square Enix's last teased announcement ended up being a free-to-play Spelunker, but company president Yosuke Matsuda told Nikkei in an interview that we should expect some big time PS4 and Xbox One games this year, including ...

Steven Hansen



Review: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD photo
Review: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
by Chris Carter

For years now, some people have been saying that Final Fantasy is dead. While XIII was considered a misstep by some, XIII-2 was a marked improvement and Lighting Returns was one of my favorite games of last year.

Oh, and there's the impressive showing for Final Fantasy XV, the constantly improving Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which is one of the best MMOs ever made, a fantastic rhythm-based sub-franchise, and a handful of interesting side projects. Now we have Type-0 HD

Final Fantasy is far from dead, folks.

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1:30 PM on 03.13.2015

The Bloodborne launch trailer is so deliciously sinister

If you're worried about seeing too much of the game, stay far away from this video. It goes places. That said, you know a trailer is good when, without hesitation, you go back and rewatch it several more times in a row. Admi...

Jordan Devore

3:00 AM on 03.13.2015

Final Fantasy Record Keeper headed to a smartphone near you this spring

This year, Square Enix is makin' it rain Final Fantasy spinoffs on us. I mean, we've got Final Fantasy Type-0 HD coming in hot just next week, and DeNA and Square Enix just revealed the launch of Final Fantasy: Record Keeper ...

Brittany Vincent