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1:30 PM on 04.14.2014

Development ceased on World of Darkness MMO

CCP Games announced today that development has been halted on the World of Darkness massively multiplayer online game. In a statement, CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson expressed regret over the decision, sayin...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: Half-Minute Hero: The Second Coming photo
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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9:15 AM on 04.14.2014

I'm into Adventures in Game Development

I recently started watching Adventures in Game Development cold turkey. Falco Girigs, lead engine developer of the Elysian Shadows project, had just told me about his upcoming indie, next-gen 2D RPG for current computers and...

Dale North

9:00 AM on 04.14.2014

This Bound By Flame combat overview is pretty damn informative

I'm not completely sold on Bound By Flame yet, but this video is doing a pretty decent job of showing off the variety of locales, enemies, and combat situations the game has to offer. The basic gimmick is that you'...

Chris Carter



The joy of MMOs photo
The joy of MMOs
by Chris Carter

Read this list and let me know if it sounds like a good time.

Crunching numbers in the wee hours of the night to maximize damage output. Grinding out levels and letting auto-attack handle things for a few seconds while you play the air drums to Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight." Watching 10 different damage meters and battlelogs to see if everyone is running an efficient rotation.

Do these things sound like hell to you? To me, it's by and large why MMOs bring me joy that many other genres can't.

Allow me to explain why.

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1:00 AM on 04.10.2014

Atlus picks up EarthBound-inspired Citizens of Earth

It's been said before that a "failed" Kickstarter isn't the end -- that every dollar matters even if the total amount raised ultimately falls short. That's true for Eden Industries' Citizens of Earth, a role-playing game whi...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 04.09.2014

Child of Light partners with Cirque Du Soleil, Coeur de Pirate

Ubisoft haver partnered with Cirque du Soleil Media to enhance the theatricality of upcoming game Child of Light. The group provided guidance on everything from theatrical realization to costume design. Think stage direction...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 04.09.2014

Hyperdimension Neptunia U is a Vita title

A spin-off of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series is coming to Vita in Japan this year. Dengeki PlayStation magazine has a spread on Hyperdimension Neptunia U, which brings some action to the RPG series. Neptune and the gang w...

Dale North

3:15 PM on 04.08.2014

Atlus gives birth to a Conception II unboxing video

I've had my face in my PlayStation Vita for weeks now, trying to wrap up my play-through of upcoming RPG Conception II for a review for next week. I was hoping to bring you a fat, juicy preview of this baby making dungeon cr...

Dale North





9:00 PM on 04.07.2014

Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano paints Child of Light art

I am endlessly excited for the old school JRPG-inspired Child of Light, which comes out April 30. PC and PlayStation (PS3/PS4 are Cross-Buy) players will also be able to buy a physical, deluxe edition of the game (currently only available for pre-order in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), which comes with DLC, artwork, and a poster of Yoshitaka Amano's work, shown in the neat video above.

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Go on, take a peek at Persona Q's battle system

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and it's autumn release are still a ways off, which means there's still plenty of time to do things like watch gameplay trailers. And as luck would have it, Atlus has shared some  tantalizing footage of the dungeon crawler's old-school battle system. Just a few more months...

Kyle MacGregor



Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4 photo
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn plays like a dream on the PS4
by Chris Carter

The time has finally come for the last phase of the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn PlayStation 4 beta, which will carry over all of its data into the final release -- a release that's set in stone for next week (April 11th for early access, the 14th for everyone else).

Naturally, I took this opportunity to get back into the game in anticipation last week after leaving my level 20 Lancer in the frozen void close to launch, and I can't stop playing. I've already made a ton of progress on the PC version, and I'm absolutely addicted to the PS4 port -- it's just that good.

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7:00 PM on 04.04.2014

Popup Dungeon brings a papercraft tabletop RPG to life

Running through tabletop role-playing games can be fun, but it can also be a huge amount of work for an average dungeon master. Not only does the role require crafting scenarios and stories, more industrious DMs physically b...

Darren Nakamura

12:45 PM on 04.04.2014

Always Sometimes Monsters will make you feel bad on May 21

Are you ready to feel the weight of your decisions as they have devastating and irreparable effects on those around you? Are you prepared to put your needs at the forefront of everything you do, chasing love at the expense o...

Brett Makedonski



Over 5 million people registered for the Elder Scrolls Online beta photo
Over 5 million people registered for the Elder Scrolls Online beta
by Hamza CTZ Aziz

The Elder Scrolls Online is officially available today for the masses on the PC and Mac. To celebrate, Bethesda has released another badass cinematic trailer, titled The Siege.

Along with this trailer comes a neat little infographic Bethesda put together. Highlights include that 5 million people registered for the ESO beta, there's over 40 million weapon variations, there's so many character variations that the number can't even fit on the infographic, and that it would take 32 hours to read the over 2,000 books in the game.

Wondering how ESO is? Check out our first 24 hours with the game, and check back frequently as we'll have ongoing coverage of the game up until we do the full on scored review.

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3:00 AM on 04.04.2014

Reaper of sales: Diablo III expansion has sold over 2.7 million

In its first week of availability, the first Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, has reaped 2.7 million sales. Uhm. I mostly just wanted to write "Reaper of sales." I don't have anything else to say. Good job to Blizzard for responding to fan feedback with a $40 expansion that everyone went out and paid for, apparently. Path of Exile is free if you like click click click click games.

Steven Hansen