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Destiny Valentine's

Love is in the air for Destiny's Crimson Days


Valentine's Day-themed event
Jan 21
// Darren Nakamura
After a long holiday, Bungie is back to work this week. For the first update of the new year, Destiny will be adding an event not unlike the Festival of the Lost from Halloween. Except since this one is coming in February, it...
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Wii U

Here's some HD footage of Linkle in Hyrule Warriors Wii U


Transfered
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
The vast majority of the footage so far for Hyrule Warriors Legends has been by way of the 3DS, but it's not exactly the most impressive platform for showing off the new characters. Compliments of NintenDaan on YouTube, we no...
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FFXV

Well, it looks like Final Fantasy XV has Magitek armor


Alright alright alright
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Folks, Magitek armor has been confirmed -- nostalgia boosters, engage. New screens from Final Fantasy XV show the iconic suit in action, with the team battling one. Magitek has shown up in several games after its debut i...
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Witcher 2

The Witcher 2 is currently free on Xbox Live right now


Grab it
Jan 21
// Chris Carter
Why is The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings free on Xbox 360 in the US? We don't know (CD Projekt Red hasn't updated its Twitter in nearly two weeks)! But you sure can mosey on to the download link and grab it! I just tested it,...
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Music

The Banner Saga soundtrack is getting the vinyl treatment


Shipping Q2 2016
Jan 20
// Jordan Devore
Austin Wintory's music is once again making its way to vinyl. Following his collaboration with iam8bit on Journey's vinyl release, his orchestral soundtrack for The Banner Saga is next in line. Pre-orders open tomorrow, Janua...
Hyrule Warriors Legends photo
Hyrule Warriors Legends

Hyrule Warriors Legends will also support amiibo on 3DS


More daily items
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Hyrule Wariors Legends is nearly out in Japan, and as a result, more concrete info is coming out of the woodwork. Due to pre-loading, fans have learned that the file size is 16,101 blocks (2GB). Additionally, there's only one...
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Obsidian

Obsidian lead designer is up for working on another Fallout game


Yes please
Jan 20
// Chris Carter
Fallout 4 is a pretty good open world game that a lot of people are still enjoying weeks after launch, but I couldn't help but feel like it was a downgrade from New Vegas in many ways. Most of you agreed. That's bec...
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Bravely Second

Bravely Second: End Layer launches April 15 in North America


Props on that packaging
Jan 19
// Jordan Devore
Bravely Second: End Layer (video game names are just the best) hits North America on April 15, 2016, Nintendo confirmed today. If you're in Europe, you'll only have to wait until February 26. The collector's edition comes wit...
Final Fantasy Explorers photo
Final Fantasy Explorers

Final Fantasy IX gets the Final Fantasy Explorers snub


FFVII, X over-represented
Jan 19
// Steven Hansen
The upcoming Monster Hunter-ish Final Fantasy Explorers is a more nondescript, job-system-based affair, but that doesn't mean your favorite characters are absent. While in Trance mode, your character can use previously equip...
Valkyria: Azure news photo
Valkyria: Azure news

Valkyria: Azure Revolution gets villain, demo breakdown


The evil Maxim...how familiar
Jan 19
// Steven Hansen
I was reviewing our past coverage of Valkyria: Azure Revolution, Sega's PS4 spin off of the Valkyria Chronicles series, and damn, that bust. Straight up distracting. Onto the news. Famitsu has revealed an antagonist to the ga...
Hyrule Warriors Legends photo
Hyrule Warriors Legends

New Hyrule Warriors Legends spot reminds us that there's no campaign co-op


Also, I hope you have a New 3DS
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
I don't know why it didn't cross my mind, but the upcoming 3DS edition of Hyrule Warriors Legends will not have campaign co-op. This video confirms as much, noting that you can play levels side-by-side with a friend to s...
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Pokemon

The upcoming Pokemon Virtual Console re-releases won't have restore points


No save state
Jan 19
// Chris Carter
More information has come to light regarding the new Pokemon Generation 1 re-releases, particularly as it pertains to save state functionality and connectivity. For starters, players will not have the option for "restore...
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Knuckle Sandwich

Knuckle Sandwich is another peculiar RPG


Keep 'em coming
Jan 18
// Jordan Devore
I could have sworn one of us had already touched on Knuckle Sandwich, but I guess not. This latest teaser is as fine of time as any to introduce the surreal role-playing game and its prominent noses. The story, at least initially, has to do with a cult and missing people. Could the two be connected? Playing as a dude who is bored to tears of his new job at the diner, it's on you to investigate.
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Darkest Dungeon

Prepare to lose your sanity with Darkest Dungeon's launch trailer


Man, that guy has a cool voice
Jan 18
// Zack Furniss
Tough-as-nails insanity simulator Darkest Dungeon is finally releasing on PC tomorrow, and Red Hook Studios has a trailer to get you all hot and bothered (if you're into tentacles, STDS, and heart attacks). There's still...
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Iron Maiden

A time-traveling Iron Maiden RPG? Um, yeah bro


'Play as Eddie in his various guises'
Jan 18
// Zack Furniss
Well, here's something I never thought I'd write about: Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast will be a mobile RPG in which you play as Eddie (the band's mascot) traveling through time to recover the shattered shards of his soul. ...
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Mario and Religion

Did You Know Gaming takes on religion in the Mario series


Interesting stuff
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
Japanese media is no stranger to religious references, with many creators inserting them for no reason other than looking "cool." In this episode of Did You Know Gaming, we get to see a few of those concepts as they pert...
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Dragon's Dogma

I'm surprised Dragon's Dogma runs as smooth as it does on PC


Out now
Jan 18
// Chris Carter
I'm falling in love with Dragon's Dogma all over again with the PC port. It's not just the fact that it fixes the framerate issues of the console original, but the fact that the updated visuals make everything look new ...

Here's what we know about Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD

Jan 18 // Chris Carter
Confirmed info: Twilight Princess HD features a 1080p visual overhaul based on the GameCube edition of the original (left-handed Link). Three slots will be available for items, the GamePad can be used for inventory management, and you can now instantly switch to Wolf Link with the GamePad without pausing the game. The physical boxed edition nets you a Wolf Link and Midna amiibo for $59.99. Said amiibo will interact with the upcoming Zelda Wii U game in some form. This week, digital pre-order codes showed up on Amazon for $49.99. Multiple control methods will be supported, not just the GamePad. Pre-orders at specific retailers come with a music CD. There is an amiibo-based dungeon that requires the Wolf Link and Midna toy to unlock. Tears of Light sections are streamlined so they're less tedious, similar to the pieces of the Triforce in Wind Waker HD. They now require 12 tears instead of 16. Miiverse Stamps are in A new item called the Ghost Latern has been added. It will glow when a Poe is near, helping him recover Poe Souls. The wallet limit has been increased by default. Hero Mode is in, with double damage modifier and "no health-replenishing hearts." Using the Ganondorf amiibo will increase the damage level to quadruple.
Twilight Princess HD photo
And what's rumored
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is set to arrive in March worldwide, and as usual, Nintendo is being very guarded about what the remake actually entails. Here are some hard details announced by Nintendo.

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Dungeons & Dragons

Four retro class specializations come back to D&D in this month's Unearthed Arcana


Blades, Jesters, Cavaliers, and Scouts
Jan 18
// Zack Furniss
This month's Unearthed Arcana brings Dungeons & Dragons four retro class specializations that I hope my players use: the Colleges of Swords and Satire for Bards, and Cavalier and Scout for Fighter. Bards from th...
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SEGA

Japan gets Phantasy Star Online 2 PS4 release in April, and you get nothing


Sigh
Jan 17
// Kyle MacGregor
The PlayStation 4 edition of Phantasy Star Online 2 will begin service on April 20, Sega says. Of course, the Sonic Boom company has no official plans to bring the new port to western shores, and it still has yet to make good...
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Grand Kingdom

Grand Kingdom is coming west by way of NIS


More localizations, ahoy
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
Whenever I see a localization announcement, it generally brightens my day. More games from Japan gaining a whole new audience is a great thing. Recently, NIS has noted that it's bringing over Grand Kingdom to the west, ...
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Project X Zone 2

Project X Zone 2 is getting a 3DS demo later this month


Right on, demos
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
Did the holidays completely warp your sense of time? Because Project X Zone 2 is coming out next month internationally. And before it's out, you'll have a chance to play its demo in North America. It'll arrive on January 26, ...
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Fallout 4 update

The next Fallout 4 update makes settlements slightly better


It's in beta on Steam
Jan 15
// Jordan Devore
Update 1.2 for Fallout 4 was mostly concerned with performance issues, controller remapping, and some miscellaneous fixes. Update 1.3, available now in beta on Steam, has much more going on. Here are some standouts for today...

PC Port Report: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Jan 15 // Patrick Hancock
Tested on: Intel i7-4770k 3.50 GHz, 8GB of RAM, Geforce GTX 970, Windows 10. Framerate measured with RivaTuner. First thing's first: the PC version has an option to turn off all Pawn banter completely. In case you think you might be missing something, just know that its gibberish like "IT'S WEAK TO FIRE" and probably also "A FORMIDABLE FOE!" As an aside, I kind of like how annoying the Pawns are. For whatever reason, I get a huge chuckle out of their loud, uncalled for shouts. The PC Port also supports 4k resolution, but as I do not have the capabilities to test this, I cannot comment on how it looks. My bet is that it looks very good. Most players who have played before will have one thing on their mind when it comes to the PC Port: the framerate. While I have not played the original, the framerate was evidently awful. There are three options for framerate in the options: 30, 60, and Variable. The PC port runs smooth as butter on my rig, easily going above 60 framer-per-second in towns and hovering around 60 FPS outside and in combat. The texture quality is, well, the game is from 2012 and it shows. They're a bit muddy, especially when viewed up close. Comparing screenshots and videos, I can't say they are much better than the original, but it's hard to tell without playing the other version myself. Regardless, I wouldn't say it looks bad. Just...not great. There's also some noticeable pop-in with objects. Generally they appear off in the distance, but occasionally when turning a corner, an NPC will magically appear right in front of your very eyes. Damn, this game does have some fancy magic! Key bindings can be remapped to your heart's content, but the same is not true when using a (non-Steam) controller. There are six different presets for controllers though, and you're bound to find something that fits your playstyle between them. The Steam controller works just fine, either using it as a traditional controller or rebinding the keys to your heart's content. I've found that binding "grab" to a back grip paddle makes fighting monsters as melee way more entertaining. It really feels like grabbing! Consumables can be assigned to hotkeys, but only numbers 1-5. It's incredibly simple to do: open up your inventory, select the consumable, then press the number key to assign it. Done! This makes things like pulling out a lantern or using flasks a breeze and is also an incentive to use a keyboard and mouse. The keyboard and mouse controls feel very tight, and aiming bows has never been easier. When switching between keyboard controls and a controller, the game automatically changes the on-screen prompts and recognizes the new input device. I've tested with with both the Steam Controller and a wired Xbox One controller. There are plenty of graphics options, including the ability to change the field-of-view, something not seen too often in PC ports, let alone ports of third-person action games! Regardless of FOV, the camera pans out while a weapon is active, so there's always plenty of room to see what is happening on screen; the FOV slider affects non-combat view more than it does combat view, from what I can tell. Other graphical options that PC players have come to expect are here and can be tuned to fits any player's setup. Remember, Dragon's Dogma is a few years old at this point and shouldn't really be taxing to most gaming PCs these days. One issue is that the graphics can only be changed from the main menu. Once you load a save, most graphics settings are locked in. As for the "double dippers" who are curious if this is worth a second investment, it depends. If you bought it and never spent much time with it because of technical issues, definitely pick it up again. The same goes if you never got a chance to play the Dark Arisen content for whatever reason. If you've had your fill of the game and its expansion originally, then I'm not sure there is much here, except the opportunity to play a smooth game and not a PowerPoint presentation. This is a wonderful port from Capcom. It could have just easily just plopped this on the new platform with little to no care and called it a day. The fact is though, there are many features that are exclusive to the PC version and it runs at a stable framerate. Plus, it's not being released at full price! No, it's not perfect, but for $30 it's hard to say no to such a great RPG. [This PC Port Report is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
Dragon's Dogma PC photo
They hold the advantage!
Why didn't anyone tell me Dragon's Dogma was so amazing?! I missed out on the original back in 2012, and I hadn't really heard much about it in the first place. I knew, vaguely, what it was, and had even downloaded it vi...

Valkyria Chronicles photo
Valkyria Chronicles

Man the Valkyria Chronicles Remaster is beautiful


'New' story trailer
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
If you somehow missed out on the amazing Valkyria Chronicles in the PS3 era (maybe you weren't born yet), and missed out on the great PC port recently that's been sold for dirt cheap every other week, you'll get your ch...
Omikron photo
Omikron

You can grab Omikron for free in remembrance of David Bowie


From the Square Enix store
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
Square Enix is paying tribute to the legendary David Bowie today, who unfortunately passed earlier this week. All you have to do is go onto the Square Enix store, add Omikron: The Nomad Soul to your cart, and use the promo co...
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Monster Hunter Stories

Monster Hunter Stories still looks damn cute


Set for Japan this year
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Capcom really hit it big with Monster Hunter. Now in addition to all of the other spinoffs that the series spawned over the years, Stories is now in the picture, and it's damn cute. It'll feature less stressful game...
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amiibo

Info for 'amiibo dungeon' spotted on Twilight Princess HD Amazon listing


Amazon France
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
I expect some controversy to come out of this for sure, given the talk about amiibo functionality as of late. According to the Amazon France product listing for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, there's an amiib...
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Five Nights RPG

We're about a month out from Five Nights at Freddy's World


The supposedly final game
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
What the heck is up with the new Five Nights at Freddy's? Will it be an honest-to-goodness JRPG as originally shown, or is there something more sinister underneath that suspiciously upbeat veneer? Either way, I'm curious to s...
Fallout mod photo
Fallout mod

Fallout 4 looks so much better with seasons


Good job, modders!
Jan 13
// Jordan Devore
Thanks to the modding community, Fallout 4 has a long life ahead of it. We've had fun covering assorted user-made gags, but it's stuff like this multi-person Seasons project that I most love to see. It introduces much-needed color and variation to the Commonwealth without going over the top. Spring, summer, fall, and winter are all represented. The side-by-side comparison is seriously impressive:

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