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Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire photo
Review: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
by Brittany Vincent

For a franchise that’s continually berated for remaining the same over the years, Pokémon is wildly successful, having pushed forward on its own, full speed ahead. It hasn’t needed to change much to sweep the nation with each new release, though some of the series’ newest releases have received criticism due to lack of content. Pokémon X & Y hit the 3DS in 2013, enticing us with gorgeous new scenery, brand new monsters.

However, X & Y, although introducing the new Mega Evolution element, were otherwise lackluster when it came to post-Elite Four content and seemed a bit of a step back feature-wise. Game Freak is remedying the situation by releasing a Pokémon game that's been celebrated as having a plethora of features and is a perennial fan favorite. Oddly enough, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire feel like a much more complete experience than the original titles or X & Y.

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Review in Progress: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor photo
Review in Progress: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
by Chris Carter

I've been playing World of Warcraft off and on since it launched in 2004, but the Burning Crusade expansion came at the perfect time in my life. Throughout the years I've been dabbling in the other expansions, leveling up my characters and only stopping to raid mostly in Lich King before taking it casual.

If my first 20 hours or so with Warlords of Draenor are any indication, I might get back into it.

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2:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Etrian Odyssey Untold 2 opening film is just stunning

Etrian Odyssey Untold II: The Knight of Fafnir may be crawling to Nintendo 3DS in Japan next week, but we still haven't heard anything about Atlus USA's plans for a western release.  Maybe we'll learn something after Persona Q comes stateside later this month. In the meantime, check out the Untold II's opening movie, courtesy of animation studio Madhouse. It's so pretty!

Kyle MacGregor



Final Fantasy XV nature hike: Pig dinosaurs, red soled shoes photo
Final Fantasy XV nature hike: Pig dinosaurs, red soled shoes
by Steven Hansen

Final Fantasy XV footage? Yes, please. 

Check out the gas station at :22. Check out the abs at 1:12. Check at the weird main character running motion at 1:20 (little Verbal Kint in there). Everyone being tired at 1:46. The dinosaur pig at 2:02. Party members offscreen killing enemies without your involvement at 3:00 (at least that's what it sounds like). Nighttime at 5:20, though I'd like it even darker. 

I don't know why the cast are all red-soled, men in black fashion disasters, but everything else is pretty sweet.

Wonder what sort of player traversal options there will be outside of the car, which seems road-restricted. Remember when Final Fantasy VIII had you drive cars and run out of gas? Weird game. There were some grazing chocobos. And those sort of lame flying drop ships at the end.

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Code Giveaway: Grab an energy boost in Terra Battle photo
Code Giveaway: Grab an energy boost in Terra Battle
by Papa Niero

Here's a quick word from our sponsor, Terra Battle, a free-to-play role playing game designed by Final Fantasy's creator, now available on your Android and iOS devices.  The game is on its way to 1.2 million downloads, which according to their Download Starter will unlock new music by legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu. They're so close!

Are you already playing Terra Battle? Do you suck? It's OK, so do I. This might help: claim and punch in this Energy Code into the game. There's only a limited number of codes (and one code per person), so grab yours now!

If you haven't checked out what it's all about check out Kayla's first impressions video for a look at some of the battle mechanics. Happy hunting!

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2:00 PM on 11.13.2014

It's Deoxys vs. Rayquaza in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire's new Delta Episode

Legendary Pokémon Deoxys is back in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire -- and he's battling Rayquaza in space! Today's trailer shows some of the new Delta Episode, a storyline centered around an asteroid headed toward the ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Sega seems pleased with Valkyria Chronicles sales

Valkyria Chronicles came out on PC yesterday. It was a good day. Especially if you're Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. Money, money, money, money... Money! Sega was proud to announce the amazing strategy role-playing game "force...

Kyle MacGregor







PS3 role-player Atelier Shallie comes west this March photo
PS3 role-player Atelier Shallie comes west this March
by Kyle MacGregor

Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is coming to PlayStation 3 in North America on March 10, 2015, Koei Tecmo has confirmed. Gust's latest role-playing game will then arrive on European shores a few days later, March 13. Who's ready to get craftin'?

Koei Tecmo America [Twitter, Koei Tecmo Europe]

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Review: Tales of Hearts R photo
Review: Tales of Hearts R
by Kyle MacGregor

The Tales series may not have the same cachet in the West as do other prominent role-playing game franchises, but its renown is definitely on the rise. Bandai Namco has expressed more confidence in the franchise in recent years, showing a willingness to push Tales as a global brand rather than just a curiosity for Japanese audiences.

It seems there's a market for this sort of thing -- a healthy niche that appreciates something more antique in a world so obsessed with pioneering and being cutting-edge. Time marches on and the Tales series digs its heels into the ground, refusing to yield to fads and ephemeral trends. It's old-fashioned to a fault. But would you have it any other way?

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1:00 PM on 11.11.2014

Final Fantasy XIII-2 coming to Steam December 11

Continuing with its plans to release the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy on Steam, Square Enix has announced the Steam release date of Final Fantasy XIII-2, "with a host of new features and enhancements," as spotted by Eurog...

Steven Hansen

9:00 AM on 11.11.2014

PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition

The third installment in the Dragon Age franchise is finally here. If you're like me, you are cautiously optimistic with this one after playing Dragon Age II. I'm more of a tactical player, and felt that I was left in th...

Patrick Hancock

7:00 AM on 11.11.2014

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's Jack the Doppelganger is too sexy for his shirt

I frown on the idea that additional Vault Hunters are being offered for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel's season pass in place of story DLC (rather than in addition to it, as Gaige the Mechromancer and Krieg the Psycho were in B...

Darren Nakamura



Review: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
Review: Dragon Age: Inquisition
by Chris Carter

Dragon Age II felt like a great action game that was outsourced to a lesser developer. It lacked the polish BioWare typically puts into its titles, and almost the entire affair felt like a gigantic step back from everything Origins had established. What was once a promising franchise that reminded me of the glory days of RPGs such as Baldur's Gate became a shadow of its former self, with lazily re-used assets and no sense of scale.

BioWare went back to the drawing board with Inquisition, the third Dragon Age outing, and the game is all the better for it. It feels like a culmination of its predecessors' strengths, with all of the bells and whistles that come with current-gen hardware.

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Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4) photo
Review: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Patch 2.4)
by Chris Carter

The prospect of playing as a Ninja again in Final Fantasy excited me. After working my way up to level 50 in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, the class ended up having so much style and substance that it changed the game for the better, and I'll be enjoying it for months to come.

While the rest of the Dreams of Ice update wasn't as enjoyable as playing a Ninja at endgame, A Realm Reborn remains worth playing.

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5:00 PM on 11.07.2014

We'll have to StreetPass to catch Latios and Latias in the Pokémon remakes

In order to reach and catch Latios in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Latias in Pokémon Omega Ruby, we'll need an Eon Ticket. And to get one of those, well, it's kind of a pain in the ass. Here in the US, The Pok&eac...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 11.07.2014

New Mass Effect will be written by Halo 4's writer

Can I put a clause in my contract that I can only be photographed with purple and blue lighting on either side of me, too? BioWare is introducing lead roles on its new Mass Effect project with nice, colorful studio photo...

Steven Hansen